•BLACK HISTORY MONTH• ETERNAL - BLACK MAKEUP ARTISTS throughout the modern history of this craft have contributed countless masterpieces to every segment of the industry. Print, television, fashion, film, stage...
I AM BLACK! My love for my industry AS A WHOLE, has caused me to crave all of the knowledge & every detail I am able to adsorb & retain about MAKEUP ART. It is through love that I have sought to know, and know well - as many of my colleagues, pioneers, creators, geniuses and masters of this craft that I deeply & wholly love...MAKEUP.
All of this said to say, IT HURTS when I discover that my colleagues, my fellow beauty professionals of different skin shades and ethnicities DO NOT KNOW OF MAKEUP ARTISTS OF COLOR; whose talent, vision & sheer genius are as much a part of that "whole" that I speak of as every artist that has given to this great body. We feel ignored, IT FEELS RACIST, though I do know that most of my fellow creatives ARE NOT that way - IT STILL FEELS LIKE IT!
INDIFFERENCE feels like purpose & aggression. It is heartbreaking at times.
We are black; we know & embrace all of the intricacies within the Anglo-European beauty realm. We yet honor the mastery that EXCLUDES US (people of color) again & again, in so many ways, in so many areas - still, in 2013.
We are more than worthy; make an effort to GET TO KNOW SOME OF US...this is just a fraction, a snapshot, a glimpse. Our greatness is immense - we know you...GET TO KNOW US!
• Roxanna Floyd • Reggie Wells • Danessa Myricks • Pat McGrath • Valerie Hunt-Darden • Vanessa Evelyn • J.K. Hunter • Bimpe Onakoya • Rudy Miles • Fran Cooper • Sam Fine • Janice Tunnell • Denise Tunnell • Lazarus Jean-Baptiste • Lori Taylor • Byron Barnes • Marietta Carter-Narcisse • Ross Burton • Torrence Forde • Tiffany Marie Scott • Oslyn Holder • Mario Epanya • Nadine Luke • AJ Crimson • Theresa Francine • Derrick Rutledge • DeShawn Hatcher • Merrell Hollis • Cynde Watson • Romero Jennings • Ingrid Grimes-Miles • Valenté Frazier • Terrell Mullin • Lisa Carter-McPhee • Marc Harvey • Robert Greene • Lavette Slater •
...again, just a fraction.
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- I credit having two older sisters with my falling in love with EVERYTHING BEAUTY. Watching two fashionistas while growing up turned out to be a seduction of my interests. I was quite the tomboy until 8th grade then it began. As a teen, I began to devour every beauty editorial in all of the top fashion magazines: Vogue©, Elle©, Essence©, Cosmopolitan©, Harpers Bazaar© and Seventeen. I could not get enough. I was ever-willing to spend my last $10 on an eyebrow pencil and two fashion rags. I would spend hours at the nearest store to browse the make-up lines and become familiar with every tool there was. I learned to sew at a very young age (Mommy made sure), so this was the time I started designing and sewing my own outfits to wear to school. So of course I had to have nails and eye shadow to match. If my blouse had black and white stripes or a checkered pattern, then so did my nails and eyes. Eventually becoming a NAIL TECHNICIAN & MAKE-UP ARTIST was a natural progression.