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Celebrating Some of my Favorite Black Makeup Artists

Top Black Makeup Artists

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m shouting out 11 of my favorite Black makeup artists. These are some of the most amazing top-of-the-line beauty pros in the industry!

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing or meeting almost all of these people. I even had the honor of collaborating with some of these talented makeup professionals. These amazing artists definitely all have a commonality that I’m drawn to which is one of my favorite things: gorgeous juicy skin and fun vibes.

If You’re Not Following These Makeup Artists, Do It Now!

Sheika Daley (@OfficialSheiks)

Makeup artist Sheika Daley and her look for Zendaya using Melanie Mills Gleam

Sheika is incredibly talented. As a top makeup artist you’ll find her work on covers of magazines like Marie Claire. You may also know her as Zendaya’s longtime makeup artist (seen here in my Gleam Face and Body Radiance in Rose Gold). In addition, Sheika is the creator of handcrafted and celebrity-worn Elora Lane Lashes.

Keita Moore (@kilprity)

Makeup artist Keita Moore and his look for Iman

Keita went to art school and turned that knowledge into makeup brilliance, working with major beauty brand campaigns and the biggest stars in music. His inherent artistry makes him one of the best makeup artists in the country!

Mali Thomas (@KingMaliMagic)

Makeup artist Mali Thomas and her look for Tiffany Haddish, using Melanie Mills Gleam Face and Body Radiance in Bronze Gol

Mali, also known as Mali Magic, is makeup royalty! Not only is she a Bobbi Brown global artist in residence, Mali is the founder of the #DewyBrown girls movement and a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity in the beauty industry. In her look above, Tiffany Haddish glows in my Gleam Face and Body Radiance face and body makeup in Bronze Gold.

Esther Edeme (@PaintedByEsther)

Makeup artist Esther Edeme

Esther is a professional makeup artist and fine artist, sharing the love of her art through teaching a masterclass series. Esther may be based in London but this jetsetting pro travels around the world “painting” celebrities like Ari Lennox, Jourdan Dunn, and Gabrielle Union.

Esther’s makeup centers around juicy skin. For this look, In this photo, Esther used my Gleam Face and Body Radiance all-in-one makeup in Bronze Gold to give Gabrielle Union that glam shimmer.

Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks (@AshuntaSheriff)

Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks

Ashunta is a seasoned artist with over 20 years as a beauty pro, and created her own cruelty free vegan makeup line: Ashunta Sheriff Beauty. Ashunta appreciates the power of Gleam, too! She used Gleam Radiant Dust in Bronze Gold on a look for Taraji P. Henson for the American Music Awards!

Nelli Patrick (@HeyNelli)

Makeup artist Nelli Patrick using Melanie Mills Gleam Radiant Dust in Bronze Gold

Nelli is fiercely passionate about her art and is committed to being a purpose-driven artist - and it shows in her amazing work! You can find her teaching masterclasses, sharing tutorials, and podcasting, spreading the message of total beauty through heart, mind, and spirit. Nelli used my Gleam Radiant Dust in Bronze Gold for this fabulous look.

Mila Thomas (@MakeupByMila)

Makeup artist Mila Thomas and her look for Nicki Minaj

You’ve seen Mila’s work all over TV! From Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood to The Real, her talent shines through. Superstars Niecy Nash, Nicki Minaj, and the Queen of this year’s Superbowl, Mary J. Blige, have sat in Mila’s beauty chair, and it’s no wonder that Mila’s considered one of the best makeup artists in the world!

Jamal Scott (@IAmJamalScott)

Makeup artist Jamal Scott and his look using Melanie Mills Gleam Radiant Dust all-in-one makeup in Deep Gold

Jamal’s talent is a treasure. His work as one of the best makeup artists in the fashion industry is notable, from runways to red carpets to glossy magazines. His portfolio is a nonstop parade of beautifully flawless faces ready for the camera! Here, Jamal used my Gleam Radiant Dust in Deep Gold on multi-passionate entrepreneur Juliet. 

Nicky Posley (@NickyPosley)

Makeup artist Nicky Polsey and his look using Melanie Mills Opalescence Gleam Face & Body Radiance moisturizing primer

Nicky is driven by the transformative power of beauty, art, and fashion. As a makeup artist with a background in fine art, he teaches one-on-one master classes and online workshops to students all over the world. He’s also a fan of my Opalescence Gleam Face & Body Radiance - the perfect moisturizing primer!

Romero Jennings (@RomeroJennings)

Makeup professional Romero Jennings,  Global Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics

Romero is a dynamic makeup professional: from his style to personality, he exudes amazing energy. He is the Global Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics, helping to set the creative pace and lead global projects at the company.

Danessa Myricks (@Danessa_Myricks)

Makeup artist Danessa Myricks

Danessa’s award-winning makeup line, Danessa Myricks Beauty, features multifunctional products. Meaning all of the products are meant to be used on multiple places and faces. Danessa is cutting edge with her trend setting makeups and videos. I have had the pleasure of traveling makeup shows with her for years, and she is one of the sweetest and most inspirational people I’ve ever met.

Celebrate These Top Black Makeup Artists!

I hope you are inspired and empowered by these kick-ass professionals who are truly some of the best makeup artists in the world. Please take the time to follow all of these Black makeup artists on Instagram and be prepared to fill your feed with amazing gorgeousness!

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  • Nadege | published at: February 22, 2022

    All those artists are truly amazing! Gorgeous face and body makeups!
    They are also as gorgeous as their clients.

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