Make Me Over: 10 Notable Black YouTube Makeup Gurus

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October 10, 2012 ‐ By Alissa Henry

"Black woman applying makeup"

Tyra Banks once said, “I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” Like Tyra, many women love cosmetics and won’t leave the house without being fully made up. Others like the thought of wearing makeup on a regular basis, but don’t have a clue to where to begin. For women looking to learn from scratch, step up their makeup game or just add a few tricks to their existing knowledge, Youtube is packed with tips and tutorials from “makeup gurus”.

While text tutorials are nice, there’s nothing like someone actually sitting down and showing you how to beat your face. This is especially true for beginners. These makeup women are the big sister or knowledgable friend you’ve never had that will show you how to do a smoky eye, apply foundation, and suggest good drugstore buys  — all at your convenience.

There are tons and tons of makeup artists on Youtube, but often the lists of notable gurus leave out the Black girls. Of course, you can learn about makeup from a woman of any color. However, if you’re looking for an expert who shares your complexion then you must check out this list of 10 Black Youtube makeup artists (with one honorable mention). It’s in no particular order and definitely not an exhaustive list, so leave a comment to let me know who else should be added to this list!

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  • ib

    My name is Rossy Leyva, my partner and I have been trying
    for a baby for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for
    about 5 months before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so
    powerful, We contacted him at this email; (dreka14demons@gmail.com), for him to
    help us, then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive
    in February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point
    where we were willing to try anything. And I’m glad we came to Dr EKA, Because
    his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his
    gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him
    via email: (dreka14demons@gmail.com) if you are trying to get a baby or want
    your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine you can as well
    contacted him (dreka14demons@gmail.com) To enable you have a taste of his nice
    work too.

  • ib

    MRS CHRISTY

    I have been trying for 10 years to get pregnant and needed
    help! Been going to the doctors but still nothing. The doctor said my husband
    and i are fine, I don’t know where else to turn. until one day I read how
    Prophet Okpobo (prophetokpobo1@gmail.com) helped others get pregnant ONLINE i
    then contacted the great spell caster via email and he cast a pregnancy spell
    for me and gave me a 2months sure guarantee that i will become pregnant , and
    exactly 6weeks later I went to check and i was pregnant and later on i gave
    birth, i can never forget the great spell caster(PROPHET OKPOBO) that`s opened
    my blessings of conceiving today its marking 5years my son was born and i also
    have a baby girl who is one and half years old, i want to use this medium to
    tell other women out there who is having pregnancy issues not to wait for years
    like i did contact him today email: (prophetokpobo1@gmail.com)

  • ib

    MISS MIRABEL,

    I would like to leave a testimonial for DR EKA, but before I do that let me
    introduce me to everyone and tell me on why I want to leave a testimonial for
    DR EKA (dreka14demons@gmail.com).
    But first, let me ask something, love, lust, affair, marriage, cheating,
    dumping, deceiving, divorce, magic, love spell, gypsy spells, have you all
    heard all this in your life and that to together, I hope most of you have not,
    but I have.

    My name is Mirabel and I am a 45 year old lady living in Salt Lake City, UT in
    USA.

    It all started when I was 18 years old and was attending my college. He

    was in my batch, topper of the class, best in all extra-curricular

    activities, the most handsome and charming boy I might have ever seen.

    After graduation I went for some odd jobs since I was doing my higher

    studies, once my higher studies completed I got a placement in a good IT

    company as a HR Manager.

    I remember it was hiring season, and this guy came in for a walk in interview
    at our office, I

    realized that he was the same perfect guy I used to chat in college and

    think about in my subconscious mind. It was my 30th birthday

    and suddenly this guy comes to me and gives me a ring and proposed me,

    since I also liked him, thought for a while and said a YES to his

    proposal, then after things went rapidly, we got married in the next two

    years itself and continued our professions in the same organization.

    He was a very caring and

    loving husband; he used to help me in daily chores of life as well, and

    made sure that all my wishes are fulfilled. Seven years passed by since

    we were married and then came in the problem. I saw a distinct change in

    the behavior of my husband; I started enquiring and found out that he is dating
    another lady from our office itself.

    When I came to know about the same I enquired more about it in the

    office, to which it came to my knowledge that the lady was not of a good

    character, even some of the staff reported that she uses magic to lure

    guys towards her.

    One of my office friends who is a member of a forum http://www.dreka14demons@gmail.com.

    asked me to visit this site and look for a spell caster who could help

    me bring him back by using a love spell. Without wasting any time I went

    to the site and while surfing read about DR EKA with 14DEMONS in one of the

    pages review-of-the-month-of-april-2013/ .

    This site gave a detailed

    description about DR EKA, and many members in the site had laid down

    their experience with the DR EKA, I read them all, and specially the

    one written by a guy called Oscar whose life changed with the help of DR EKA,
    again without wasting time I went to (dreka14demons@gmail.com)
    and contacted DR EKA, and to my rescue, he was quick in replying back to my
    email, I told he my problem in detail, and he being a very caring psychic told
    me that he would cast a LOVE SPELL to get him back to me, he also said that it
    would take a month’s time for my soul mate to return back to me.

    This is why I would like to thank and show my gratitude to DR EKA (dreka14demons@gmail.com),

    for he was like an angel to me, he was caring, soft spoken and a very

    good listener, and not to forget a true professional, his spells are

    also within my budget and it happened just like he foretold, my husband returned
    back to me, and now we are living a happy life forever, thanks a lot DR EKA (dreka14demons@gmail.com) for giving me
    back my husband.

  • ib

    Mrs kateliba,

    i
    have been married for 4years and i have a break up with my husband 3months ago
    and i was worried and so confuse because i love him so much. i was really going
    too depressed and a friend directed me to this spell caster Dr EKA and i made
    all my problems known to him and he told me not to worry that he was going to
    make my husband to come back to me and in just 48hours i receive a call from my
    husband and he was appealing that i should come back to the house. i have never
    in my life believe in spell and but now it have just helped me and i am now so
    happy. All Thanks to him and if you also want to have your Husband back to
    yourself here!! His email (dreka14demons@gmail.com), I am so happy to testify
    of your work and kindness. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • ib

    How
    I concieve a baby

    My name is Mrs Mabel mikeline my partner and I have been trying for a baby
    for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for about 5 months
    before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so powerful, We
    contacted him at this email; (prophetokpobo1@gmail.com), for him to help us,
    then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive in
    February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point
    where we were willing to try anything. And I’m glad we came to PROHET OKPOBO
    his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his
    gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. Contact him
    via email: (prophetokpobo1@gmail.com) if you are trying to get a baby or want
    your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine you can as well
    contact him (prophetokpobo1@gmail.com) To enable you have a taste of his nice
    work too.

  • TyraE

    AaliyahJayy on YouTube is the best mua ever!!!!

  • Joline

    JamaicanMakeupArtist!!! she’s really good!

  • Jennifer Willis

    One of the up and coming beauty Gurus I found today on youtube is Heaven Writes. She even has a Website dedicated to fashion and love advice. Her youtube is – fhttp://www.youtube.com/user/IAmHeavenNow

  • CloaknBraggart

    KellsterMakeup should be on the list… she’s amazing! And I thought the Fancy Faced would be on the list as well, she’s really good.

  • http://twitter.com/IamStephV Stephanie V

    I watch so many YT gurus but only subscribe to a few bc I’m so picky. Other FANTASTIC black beauties with great videos: lover4fashion, msroshposh, itsmyraerae, lizlizlive & uglyfaceofbeauty. beautycrush is like YT royalty & represents for the biracial ladies out there.

  • http://twitter.com/HoneyJade HJC

    beatfacehoney is great too!

  • candygirl

    i learned so much from beautybyjj and lilpumpkinpie05! and yes adrianna thomas has great hair videos. I recognize everyone of the guru’s except the last 2 and they all have been beneficial. You know you have watched too many youtube videos when you recognize on the list and can suggest more gurus to add lol!

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  • http://twitter.com/DestinyGodley YouTubeDestinyGodley

    Thanks for the Love Madame Noir!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MakeupGameOnPoint Jackie Olayiwola Aina

    omg I left a comment and I guess I didn’t post it afterall! Grr, anyhow. Madame Noir just wanted to say thank you for the feature, I just did a blog post about this and will be sharing this article with my subscribers. Thank you so much for sending love my way, and kudos to the other beautiful women featured. Thank you for giving back to black women what some of the negatives in our community take away from us. Thank you thank you, thank you!!! <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/MakeupGameOnPoint Jackie Olayiwola Aina

    Thank you so much for recognizing me Madame Noir :-* Will be posting and sharing on my blog right away!!

  • cojane

    Where is Bisa Nation? She is British and has a myriad of tutorials and product reviews

  • Ifuaskme2

    This is a great list but Ebony rocks for those of us without the time or desire for face painting

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrianna.thomas.921 Adrianna Thomas

    this is soooo nice of you all! I didn’t even expect to be on this list i love all the ladies on the list also and many others who didnt make the list! thanks again! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/MakeupGameOnPoint Jackie Olayiwola Aina

      congrats girl!

  • Shirley

    I don’t really wear makeup except for occasional lipstick, but I am LOVING this! Why? Because it showcases how beautiful, fierce, brainy, talented and creative our Black women are! And you know what…I’m going to have to revisit this post in the future because they’ve inspired me to try makeup…probably in 2013! Work it, girls!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561066915 Kimberly Shanae

    island beauty is from JAMAICA but resides in japan!!! just saying!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/MakeupGameOnPoint Jackie Olayiwola Aina

      Love her too

  • Real

    Shirley is my favorite on this list; her videos are high quality & she’s really engaging & has a great personality. But how could you forget britpopprincess? Both are youtube stars. The rest are kinda B-list in my opinion.

    • CloaknBraggart

      Shirley’s videos are like watching her do her makeup right in front of you. The quality of her videos is just amazing.

  • marahvee

    you guys are missing fabulosityisme!!!!! She’s one of the best!

  • Redbonegoodgood

    Love Nitrab!!! I think prettygyrlangie should have also been added to this list as well as Traycee!!

  • Tam Tam

    Lovee Jackie and Ebony and Island Beauty!!

  • labellapoka

    well another notable Guru is BEATFACEHONEY…the girl is on point…werrkkkkk!

    • slimmsopretty

      YESSSSSSS

    • http://www.facebook.com/MakeupGameOnPoint Jackie Olayiwola Aina

      cosign! Love her, she’s so underrated as an artist and deserves to be recognized much more than she is

  • chanela

    YEAHHHH YOU GO MAKEUPD0LL!!!!!! thomasandrianna is bomb too! her hair is always on point!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567515609 MzHandlingit Alexander

    I am not a fan of any of these women, maybe because this is my first time finding out that they even exist. But I would like to inform you of Black China Bear. She is the BOMB!!! you can request something from her and she does it to perfection!!! She gives tips on keeping money in your pocket rather it’s pertaining to makeup, to hair, to clothes, and yes, she is in school for COSMETOLOGY!!!!

  • Rebecca

    Im a subscriber to Jackie, Destiny, and The Island Beauty’s youtube pages. I was a former subscribed to Nitraa but I had to unsubscribe because her voice is annoying and I couldn’t take it anymore. LizLizLive (youtube name) is another favourite of mine on youtube. Please check her out.

    • psylocke_2001

      i had to unsubscribe from ulovemegz for that very reason. her videos are informative but i just couldn’t listen to that voice.

  • Ashley

    Oh and my girl Angie is definitely my go to guru! She’s prettygyrl83!!!

  • Ashley

    They also forgot AllThingsFabulous101 and TymetheInfamous!

  • Sabrina

    I love Jackie!!!! Lilpumpkinpie05 yallllll!

    • http://www.facebook.com/MakeupGameOnPoint Jackie Olayiwola Aina

      thank you so much Sabrina <3

  • DivaRia01

    Lover4Fashion, FabulosityIsMe and Tierra Monet! I can’t believe they are not on the list.

    • miss89

      Yes, Yes, YES for Tiarra Monet!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chassie

    thomasadrianna for the win! Hair and makeup stay winning!

  • Meyaka

    I love beauty by lee

  • vanna j

    Beauty by Lee has been the go to girl for me. Her makeup tips are so easy to follow. Im addicted.

  • Ann

    These women are so gorgeous and very pretty. I want to see more beautiful black women like these especially the pretty dark skinned ones.

    • http://twitter.com/gialaina Gia

      well nitrab isnt :/ but the others are.

  • sheena

    Who told this Nitraa girl to sing though?

  • Island Girl

    Check out Queen of blending mua on youtube…she did the makeup for Sean Paul’s bride..She’s pretty good!!