Fill your Instagram feed with colorful hair and makeup looks from some of Allure editors’ favorite people to bookmark for beauty inspiration.
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.
1. Jacinda aka @adultsdrink
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.
2. Sai aka @blackspicegurl
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.
3. Myla aka @pradaolic
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.
4. Khai aka @blackbirdkhai
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.
5. Coral Johnson-McDaniel aka @sadistitt
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.
6. Tann aka @inkthediaspora and @okthen________
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.
7. Aaron Philip
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.
8. Dev Doee aka @devdoee
When Dev Doee isn't dancing the day away, they're putting together stunning, glam looks.
9. Wendy Asumadu aka @wendysworld_xox
Over in London, Asumandu is painting her face with detailed designs that belong in the Tate.
10. Anthony Walker aka @antwtff
Looking for new ways to embellish your cut creases? Walker has plenty of examples to add to your mood board. Get your crystals ready.
11. Elle aka @uggiebbyboy
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.
12. Char Ellesse aka @ellessechar
13. Kareem R. aka @facedbykareem
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.
14. Catherine aka @fatangryblackgirl
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.
15. Arrows aka @angryarrow
Whenever Arrows tests out imaginative new makeup looks between shoots and projects, they share the results for all to enjoy.
16. Sebastian Rosemarie aka @sebastianrosemarie
Welcome to the account of your Tumblr teen fantasies. Sebastian Rosemarie dreams up pastel, cartoon-infused looks you'll wish you could reblog.
17. Nikki aka @nikkicallowayy
Based in Orange County, Nikki often uses the California sunshine to illuminate her flawlessly blended eye shadow and lush lashes.
18. Ari aka @ms.bines
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.
19. Based Neon aka @neonmua
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.
'This article originally appeared on ALLURE'