Using Their Faces as Canvases, These Makeup Artists Are the Real Deal

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While dominated by traditional status and defined by the status quo, beauty is a realm where possibilities are truly endless and where the imagination can (and should) run free. These black content creators are truly putting the “art” in“makeup artist” by treating their faces like blank canvases and painting astonishing, beautiful — and at times surreal — creations on them.

They thoroughly submerge themselves into characters like creatures from Avatar, Dr Seuss, and Marvel superhero films. They take the idea of selfie filters and then recreate them as makeup art. One content creator, @somuchsimone, even reproduced Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” on her cheek. These wildly outside-the-box works are not only inspiring, but they are also guaranteed to fill your Instagram feed with creativity. Find and follow our favorites below.

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@epic.werk

 

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🖤🖤🖤 She’s a warrior woman. With strength, power, and patience she was all set & dressed. The way she fought on life’s battleground, even the devils were impressed. ~Shruti Sharma~🖤🖤🖤 . . Thank you so much @juviasplace for sending me the new @fumidesaluvold #FumixJuvias The Queen Palette😭😭😭(Please tag @juviasplace & @anastasiabeverlyhills 😘) . . . . 💜Skin: @anastasiabeverlyhills Stick foundation (Amber, Caramel, Walnut) @maccosmetics Mineralized Powder (Dark), @cinemasecrets Ultralucent Setting Powder (Soft Custard) . 💜Highlight & Blush: @juviasplace The Queen Palette (adrian, fdv approved), @milanicosmetics Bronzer XL (01 Bronze Glow) . 💜Eyes👀: @anastasiabeverlyhills Eye Primer & NEW Black Liquid liner🖤🖤🖤 @juviasplace The Queen Palette (Glam, Sister2Sister, Seven, Ole, Adrian) @elegantlashes 301 Drag Lashes😍 . 💜Paints: @mehron Paradise AQ (White, Teal) . 💜Lips💋: @anastasiabeverlyhills Liquid Lipstick (Violet) & Lipgloss (Moon Jelly) . 💜 Hair: @janetcollection Extended Part Lace Based Wig (Platinum Blonde) . 💜Brushes: @Morphebrushes . . . #EpicWerk #AnastasiaBeverlyhills #ABHCosmetics #JuviasPlace #JuviasPartner #miamimakeupartist #fortlauderdalemakeupartist #wakeupandmakeup #undiscovered_muas #BeautyCon #fleektureme #morphebabe #AvanteGarde #FantasyMakeup #makeupmixies #editorialmakeup #TheList #BeautyBay #milanicosmetics #cinemasecrets #mehronmakeup #drag #dragqueen #dragmakeup #bioqueen #fauxqueen #thedragqueendom #abhliquidliner

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@naezrahlooks

 

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🎁🎄👶🏾ESME WHO👶🏾🎄🎁 The first and only black who child of whoville at the moment . She’s strong , creative and smart. She’s also Cindy Lou Who’s bestfriend .🎄 A fun collaboration with the talented @panda.kb 🎄 I didn’t have a nose prosthetic so I made my nose area out of cotton pads and tissue! My hair was hard to stay lol🎄 • • • • (Some products are gifted) • BROWS: @anastasiabeverlyhills clear brow gel • • CONCEALER: @tartecosmetics shape tape + @beautybakeriemakeup instabake concealer • • • FOUNDATION : @milkmakeup Hydro Grip primer + Flex Foundation stick in Espresso + @maybelline fit me foundation in 375 ( Java) • • – @maccosmetics burnt pepper blush + @anastasiabeverlyhills bronzer in mahogany + setting powder in vanilla + @thecrayoncase chalk dust in S + @katvondbeauty lock it powder in rich deep 225 + @blackradiancebeauty contour palette in light med • • • • EYES: @anastasiabeverlyhills eyeshadow base + @playinginmakeupbyyolondo jamrock palette + @hudabeauty red mini palette + @nyxcosmetics jumbo pencil in milk + @kimchichicbeauty diamond shart in world dominance + @peachesmakeup pixie pigment + @jlaruecosmetics white diamonds pigment • • • • LIPS: @patmcgrathreal divine brown mattetrance lipstick + @glowup_academy in MAMA$ + @byrcosmetics in raw • • • HIGHLIGHT: @alexapersicocosmetics brighten me baby palette + @anastasiabeverlyhills snowflake highlight + @thecrayoncase glowcaine highlight • • #naezrahlooks #newyorkmakeupartist #highlight #makeuplover #glam #makeupaddict #facebeat#nycmua #glammakeup #nyxcosmetics #undiscoveredmuas #facebeat #affordablemakeup #selftaughtmua #makeupslaves#motd #makeup #beauty #blackgirlmagic #darkskin #darkskingirls #colourpopme #makeupartistworldwide #beat #eyebrows #anastasiabeverlyhills #explore #studiofam #bkmua #crayoncutie

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