7 Black Makeup Artists to Follow Now & Forever

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With February being Black History Month, it’s important for all of us to continue to show support for and amplify the work of Black artists making waves across the beauty industry. From brand owners and social media moguls to celebrity makeup artists, these MUAs are making a name for themselves and continuously inspiring others to do the same.

Whether they’re supplying glam for Hollywood’s biggest names or for their YouTube subscribers, these seven Black makeup artists are worth the follow.


Pat McGrath is a celebrity makeup artist, brand owner and overall beauty mogul. Her artistry can be seen on runways, in magazine spreads and on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, like Naomi Campbell and Kim Kardashian. Her Instagram is full of impressive makeup moments and gorgeous products from Pat McGrath Labs that you won’t want to miss.


Known for her gorgeous glam work on celebrities like Ciara and Jennifer Hudson, Yolonda Frederick always slays. In addition to her red carpet and event work, she also provides glam for runways, editorial shoots, film and television. She’s also the creator of Glam.Or.Ring, an accessory line that offers makeup phone cases and more.


Ariana Grande’s longtime makeup artist Michael Anthony is another MUA you need on your radar. While he may be best known for his work on the “Positions” singer, Anthony also provides glam for celebs like Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger and Paris Hilton. Anthony recently even took part in a campaign to get actress Anne Winters to play Madonna in her upcoming biopic. Needless to say, this follow is one you won’t regret!


Another makeup artist worth the follow is Nyma Tang. Best known for her YouTube series “The Darkest Shade,” Tang isn’t an ordinary beauty vlogger. She’s also an activist who uncovers underrepresentation in the beauty industry along with showing subscribers which makeup brands will actually work for them. Not to mention, her talent is seriously impressive!


Mali Thomas’ glowing glam can be seen on the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Adrienne Bailon and many more celebs. Whether it’s for a magazine shoot, a music video or a red carpet, her work is always top notch. And in addition to serving looks for celebs, Thomas also acts as Global Artist in Residence for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.


Another celebrity makeup artist serving looks and positivity on Instagram is Sir John. Working with celebrities like the one and only Beyoncé, Gabrielle Union and Kat Graham, he’s the best of the best. Sir John even has an editorial partnership with Barbie, where he’s provided several different makeup looks for the dolls.


Last but not least, Shayla Mitchell is a beauty guru who slays on social media sites like Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Her content ranges from makeup tutorials and product reviews to health and fitness. And whether she’s done up for a photoshoot or simply posing for a selfie, her glam is always on point.

Which Black makeup artists do you follow? Share with us below!