With the Black Lives Matter protests coinciding with Pride right now, Allure editors would like to take time to amplify and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Black beauty creators we love following on Instagram. Pride, after all, exists because of the valiant efforts of Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, who not only created safer, inclusive spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community, but also have sparked others around the world to explore their own identities through beauty over the past 50 years since the Stonewall riots, using Johnson’s signature scarlet lipstick and rouged cheeks as inspiration.
These incredible beauty creators below aren’t afraid to experiment with bold hair and makeup and often inspire trends that eventually take over our feeds while doing so. We cannot let the LGBTQIA+ Black community’s go unrecognized today and every day.
Jacinda’s unexpected color schemes will make you reconsider what hues you’re drawn to in your favorite eye shadow palettes. Plus, her lip product application videos are absolutely mesmerizing.
Sai brings ’90s supermodel vibes with outfits to match to every single post, making us nostalgic every time we scroll past her on our feeds. Her wig-and-barrette pairings will make you want to add more hair accessories to your life.
One of the most referenced people for floral and white graphic liner looks lately is Myla. (We’ve even done so.) Her dewy skin is the ultimate canvas for vivid hues and shapes.
With shapeshifter in their bio, Khai fulfills the fantasy by constantly coordinating their hair with every makeup look for an immersive beauty experience, complete with whimsical backgrounds and liner looks.
The New York City-based piercer and model’s aesthetic can best be described as technicolor punk. She adds shocks of lime, coral, and cobalt to harnesses, leather, and chains.
Tann is a New York City-based tattoo artist who created a platform to provide better representation for deeper skin tones in the body art community and combat the systemic racism within it.
Philip is a model from New York City forging major changes in the fashion and beauty industries by working with brands like Nike, Sephora, and Marc Jacobs. And she’s just getting started.
When Dev Doee isn’t dancing the day away, they’re putting together stunning, glam looks.
Over in London, Asumadu is painting her face with detailed designs that belong in the Tate.
Looking for new ways to embellish your cut creases? Walker has plenty of examples to add to your mood board. Get your crystals ready.
Elle is helping redefine the art of face painting. His posts will make you want to cover your face with paint for the first time since you adorned your face with butterfly wings and tiger stripes as a kid.
The minimalist eye makeup moments from Char Ellesse make a major impact. Check out her feed for genius twists on winged liner.
Kareem R.’s feed is like being inside of a lava lamp. The psychedelic vibes are projected onto his face with stars, neons, and gems.
As Catherine takes down fat erasure, she assembles the dreamy photoshoots she wishes to see in the world with head-to-toe colorful concepts — rainbow braids and synchronized shadow included.
Whenever Arrows tests out imaginative new makeup looks between shoots and projects, they share the results for all to enjoy.
Welcome to the account of your Tumblr teen fantasies. Sebastian Rosemarie dreams up pastel, cartoon-infused looks you’ll wish you could reblog.
Based in Orange County, Nikki often uses the California sunshine to illuminate her flawlessly blended eye shadow and lush lashes.
Ari is a New York City-based writer who uses beauty as a creative outlet. Her pink-accented creations are sure to make you want to grab your closest palette.
Known on Instagram as Based Neon, the makeup artist often spotlights beauty brands by creating looks featuring their products to encourage them to showcase more Black people on their social media. He also recently started the hashtag campaign #ColourpopMeBLACK to help the brand notice more talented Black beauty creators.
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