Incredible Pride-Themed Looks from Black Beauty Creators

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

For anyone unaware, Pride wouldn't exist as we know it if it weren't for the inimitable Marsha P. Johnson — a Black trans woman who was a pioneer in the Stonewall uprising of 1969, and an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and their rights as equals. This means Pride wouldn't be what it is today without Black people. Period. End of story. And so, with the month in full swing, we're taking the opportunity to spotlight just some of our favorite Pride-themed looks from Black beauty creators.

Jeremiah of @jmdelore

Inspired by the Transgender Pride Flag, Jeremiah created this colorful look using the sparkly pastel pink shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Jackie Aina Palette, an aqua blue liquid eyeliner, white mascara, and two liquid lipsticks to match.

He also added barrettes in the same color scheme to his hair for some extra flair and to tie everything together. This look is such a brilliant nod to the flag and trans folks everywhere.

Dev of @devdoee

This Pride, Dev “thee baddie” Doee is using their platform — as well as their makeup skills — to highlight the importance of using people's proper pronouns.

"Pronouns aren’t preferred, they are required. When you don’t address someone by what they identify as, it can feel incredibly disheartening," reads a portion of their caption, which explains why it's so harmful to misgender trans and non- binary folks.

The multi-hyphenate dancer, actor, and beauty creator completed the statement look with lush lashes, two-toned eye shadow, and glossy lips.

Michael Brooks of @the_brooksbrother

Seriously, y'all, how mesmerizing is this work of art by Michael Brooks? The London-based beauty creator used a combination of Depixm Cosmetic's Emulsions and Anastasia Beverly Hills' Norvina Electric Cake Liners to paint the rainbow you see here, and then set it down with powder shadows from the Morphe x James Charles Palette. Brooks' bleached brows make the look pop even more, as do his neutral lips and minimal eye makeup.

Myla of @pradaolic

In a recent interview with ishonest's Devon Abelman, the British student explained how her queerness inspires her makeup looks — and clearly, this one is no exception. The Pride flag's colors draped across her lids not only emphasize her gorgeous eyes, but also encapsulate how proud she is to be a member of the LGBTQIA+ Black community.

Char Ellesse of @ellessechar

The use of colors from both Pride flags is incredibly powerful and was a poignant move on Ellesse's part. "If you’re not proud to actively support trans folk i don’t wanna hear about your '#pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈�🤪👑' black women STAY at the forefront of innovation, black trans women included ❤️," she writes to her fans.

TL;DR: Black Transgender Lives Matter. Never forget that.

Raisa of @raisaflowers

Let's face it: We're never not here for a bold brow moment, and this one by New York City-based makeup artist Raisa is one we won't soon forget. To achieve a similar look, try taking whatever colorful eye shadows you have on hand and blending them up past your crease and into your arches. For some guidance, watch Rai do her thing in this tutorial for ASOS's #ProudTogether campaign.

Naezrah of @naezrahlooks

New York City-based beauty creator Naezrah nailed this Pride look on every level. The hair, the rainbow undereyes, and that glow... we're completely in awe.

Marcus of @theglamgawwd_1990

This abstract rainbow butterfly look by Marcus of @theglamgawwd_1990 is one of the most beautifully intricate Pride creations we've ever seen. The beauty and fashion YouTuber reveals it took a whopping five hours to execute, and says Tiffany Hun of @illumin_arty was his inspiration. "[This] was by far the hardest look I’ve ever done but, I’m super proud of it," he writes. As he should be.

Kay Ferguson of @itskaijasmine

Bahamas-based MUA Kay Ferguson created this electric Pride look with Danielle of @tallbeauttyy, who originally came up with the look. (You can check out her equally awesome version here.) Both beauties used rainbow rhinestones to create a winged liner effect, which is easily one of the coolest techniques we've seen so far. To get a glimpse of the 20-year-old's creative process, check out this mini tutorial that shows how it's done. Then follow both artists for more incredible beauty content like this.

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