LGBTQIA+ Black Beauty Creators You Should Be Following ASAP

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

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 very own go unrecognized today and every day. Sultry smoky eyes, retro cow-printed liner, abstract face painting Jakob has all these looks covered and so much more. His bio reads, 'I want my name to be a household product in the beauty community', and we sure hope that becomes a reality for him sooner than later.

The 20-year-old from St. Petersburg, Florida, caught our attention last year after Fenty Beauty reposted a striking picture of him with mint hair, glowing skin, and lush lashes. On his feed, you'll find a myriad of stunning single- color looks where Davis matches his vibrant makeup to his hair. Growing up, he was told bright colors don't flatter darker complexions. As he got older, though, he realized this was just a myth linked to colorism. These days, he uses his platform to prove that those with deeper skin tones can look amazing in any color.

One of the most referenced people for graphic liner looks in fun floral and abstract shapes is none other than the UK's very own Myla. (We've even done so.) With her dewy skin as a canvas, she paints on vivid hues and avant-garde makeup. She's even shared with ishonest how her queerness drives her creativity.

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. Last year for Pride, Khai shared with ishonest how they feel represented by the butterfly look above: ever-changing, constantly flowing toward new definitions of themselves. The New York City-based piercer and model's aesthetic can best be described as technicolor punk. They combine shocks of lime, coral, and cobalt with harnesses, leather, and chains for a feast for the eyes. Tann is a New York City-based tattoo artist who created a platform called Ink the Diaspora to provide better representation for deeper skin tones in the body art community and combat the systemic racism within it all the while showcasing beautiful tattoos on queer individuals.

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. Plus, nothing is off-limits for Philip. She'll slip on a wig in every color and shape and cover her face in the glitziest of glitters, all in the name of a look. We always look forward to what she's going to do next.

As the chief creative officer of We Are Fluide, Dev Doee knows a thing or two about conceptualizing the perfect inclusive beauty moment. They even helped put together the beauty brand's 2021 Pride collection, complete with a palette that is so otherworldly that they named it just that. Over in London, Asumadu is painting her whole face with confetti-like designs that truly belong in the Tate. She's also the founder of the popular hashtag and account EditorialBLK, which celebrates Black editorial artists and helps provide them opportunities.

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 it with butterfly wings and tiger stripes as a kid. Plus, his smiling face is always a gift to see on our feeds.

The minimalist eye makeup moments from Char Ellesse make a major impact. Check out her feed for genius twists on winged liner and poignant infographics on racism against Black women, mental health, and many other crucial topics.

Kareem's feed is like being inside of a lava lamp. The psychedelic vibes are projected onto his face with stars, neons, and gems. You may even recognize him from his gilded collaboration with HipDot.

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. However, even their bare- faced photos are a joy to see. Welcome to the account of your Tumblr teen fantasies. Model 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 their flawlessly blended eye shadow and lush lashes.

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