Black Make-Up Artists to Know

In an industry that is just now catching up to speed when it comes to catering to darker skin and being inclusive of darker black women, it can be kind of difficult to find makeup artists to draw inspiration from, learn from, or even book because contrary to popular belief, a lot of popular makeup artists don’t truly know how to work with dark skin.

They don’t know what color make our skin pop, they don’t know how to match our foundations correctly, they don’t know how to highlight and contour our faces without making us 3 shades lighter. Our beauty is masked and lightened most of the time when it’s completely unnecessary.

White makeup artists take up a big chunk of the conversation and space when it comes to giving attention to professional makeup artists, especially celebrity makeup artists. I don’t see Black pro makeup artists getting the same shine as their white counterparts despite how deserving it is, so I want to help put them on the map too. And I don’t know about you guys but I’m tired of seeing cakey, unflattering makeup on everyone. I’m looking at you, Love and Hip Hop. So if you want to see fresh and glam makeup looks for dark skin, then you’ve come to the right place!

Jessica P. Smalls

Clients include: Janelle Monae, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Tika Sumpter, Amber Riley, Ebonee Davis

King Mali Magic

Clients include: Teyonah Paris, Denise Boutte, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Tiyana Robinson

Clients include: Issa Rae

Sheika Daley

Clients include: Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, Nicki Minaj, Iman, Zendaya, etc.


Clients include: Fantasia, Duckie Thot, Nene Leakes, Naturi Naughton

Giselle Ali

Clients include: Lady Leshurr, Clara Amfo, Cynthia Erivo, SZA

And saving the best for last…

Sir John

Clients include: Beyoncé, Viola Davis, Serena Williams, Gabrielle Union, Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, etc

“Erin Dyana is a freelance writer with a focus on pop culture, criticisms, and beauty. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Urban Social TV, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Clementine Zine, and Philadelphia Print Zine. In her free time she likes to create art, watch films, read books, and eat everything in sight.”


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