The beauty industry isn’t just about making someone look good — it’s about representing culture, re-creating history, showcasing artistry, and the freedom of expression and the artists in this list prove that in their work.
Keep reading to get inspired by these 10 Black creators who are either styling stars or rising stars in the space. Show your support for them by hitting the follow button, engaging with their content, sharing their work or purchasing their products!
Ursula Stephen is a Celebrity Hairstylist and New Image Beauty Expert who is a red-carpet choice for celebrities like Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox and more. With 15 years in the industry, not only is she an inspiration to follow but she’ll give you a much needed laugh while scrolling through your feed.
“All-inclusive” may just be Vernon Francois’ middle name as his creativity is fueled with his mission to celebrate ALL hair types and to show strength in hair’s texture and versatility. Internationally-acclaimed, his client list just may be our dream boss squad including Serena Williams, Willow Smith, and Lupita Nyong’o. Follow Vernon for texture tips, Black beauty’s, and curls from your dreams.
Glowing skin is always in with Esthetician, Ashley White. We obsess over her account for jaw-dropping before and afters and skincare product reccs that are next in line to “add-to-cart.” Consider face masks the new “cape” as we consider Ashley a total skincare hero.
We feel unworthy with this next Black beauty professional on the list — Tym Wallace. With over 10 years in the industry, Tymothe Wallace is the creative genius behind actress Taraji P. Henson’s ever-changing hairstyles that slay the red carpet and big screen. The “follow” button on his profile may as well say “bow down” with his client list that also includes Cardi B., Kelly Rowland, Yara Shahidi, Brandy Melville, NeNe Leakes, and more.
Obviously, we had to include Queen Bey’s go-to makeup artist on this list, Sir John! Global artist, educator and activist, he developed his skills training under Pat McGrath & Charlotte Tilbury and now has a running list of star-studded clientele including Joan Smalls, Ashley Graham, Olivia Culpo, and more. Follow Sir John to not only be inspired by his work but his activism in uplifting Black lives and other beauty creators.
We wouldn’t dare to lift a finger if we got our nails done by this next Black beauty pro, Canishiea J. Sams. With her mani’s being true works of art, Canishiea’s designs are fun, eclectic, vibrant and are the future of nails. Follow her account to be inspired by her work and start wishing every day was #ManiMonday.
“What can’t she do?” Is the question that comes to mind when we think of Celebrity Hairstylist, Lacy Redway. From box braids to victory rolls, Lacy has paved the way for stylists who aren’t afraid to tackle it all and by “all” we mean, every. hair type. ever.
Please excuse us while we drool over her client list that includes Tessa Thompson, Anne Hathaway, Lucy Boynton, Lupita Nyong, Emmy Rossum, Zazie Beetz, and tons more.
Self-taught and self-made Black makeup artist, Lungile Thabethe is someone who blesses our Instagram feed with her makeup looks on the daily and we know she will for yours too. Lunglie is based out of South Africa but inspires the beauty industry globally one pop of color at a time. Follow her profile for the sleekest cut creases and the most high-def selfies, we just may be blind.
Our skin already feels better just thinking about Nayamka Roberts-Smith, a.k.a. “The Internet’s Esthetician.” She moved to LA with a mission to spread skincare knowledge to women of color and is now the owner of “LA Beautyologist” where you can book a personalized appointment with her and shop her own skincare line and merch! Follow her account for skincare tips, lifestyle pics, and the SPF reminders that we all need.
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