17 Makeup Tutorials To Transform You Into Your Favorite Black Icons

by Summer Arlexis

Thanks to black women continuously slaying in Hollywood, beauty inspo à la celebrity black girl magic is always in abundance. With Halloween on the horizon, now is a better time than ever to channel your faves — and luckily, you're only YouTube clicks away from black icon makeup ideas that'll get your A-lister look down pat with no personal glam squad needed.

Wardrobe is key when dressing up like celebrity royalty, but it takes more than that to really nail a Hollywood makeover. Your beauty beat can make or break the overall getup, considering celebs are often remembered for their signature looks. What was Beyoncé at the 2017 Grammys without her glossy lids? Lauryn Hill circa the '90s wouldn't be Lauryn without her classic brown lip. Is Nicki Minaj minus a thick cat eye even a thing?

Prepare to break out the smoky eyes, statement lippies, and all the confidence you can muster. Major black girl magic moments are bound to happen on All Hallows' Eve and beyond if you look to these 17 celebrity makeup looks for inspo.


Beyoncé In 'Lemonade'

Soft, but nonetheless smoldering, Beyonce's makeup in the Lemonade visual album is worth recreating on Halloween and every day that follows. Pair it with a billowy, marigold dress, a baseball bat, and studded, chunky heels for the ultimate Queen B flair.


Nicki Minaj

Lashes galore and a bold cat eye are Nicki Minaj's cup of tea. Follow this tutorial to a T, and you could have the minimalistic makeup look down in a matter of minutes.



After sculpting eyebrows on fleek and a glossy, brown pout via the late, great Aaliyah, don't forget to cover an eye with side-swept bangs.


Lil' Kim

The rap queen was yet another fan of the '90s brown lip back in the day. Break out a colored wig, furs, and cheetah print to be well on your way to mirroring Lil' Kim's image.



Fresh-faced and fun is the way to go with makeup à la TLC. And if you plan to be the Left Eye of your girl squad, keep the eye black on standby.


Rihanna At The 2016 MTGV VMAs

Diffused magenta eyeshadow, red lips, and a chiseled contour sums up Rihanna's opening look at the 2016 VMAs. Simply gorgeous!


Janet Jackson

If there's one thing you absolutely cannot forget when imitating a '90s Janet Jackson, it's a brown lippie. Pair the look with flowing braids for extra brownie points.


Michelle Obama

The former FLOTUS sure knew a thing or two about getting glam. Jackie Aina's tutorial details how to get your smoky eye game strong just like the stunning Michelle Obama.


Beyoncé In "Partition"

Beyoncé's "Partition" video makeup doesn't hold anything back. It combines an intense smoky eye with plum lips for a look that's equally dramatic and sensual.


Lupita Nyong'o

Describing Lupita Nyong'o's makeup as anything other than immaculate wouldn't do her look justice. Deep red lips, subtle eye makeup, and an ultra glow are the essence of her beauty beat.


Grace Jones

It's all about vivid hues and exaggerating your features to get Grace Jones' iconic look. You're guaranteed to have fun while undergoing this makeup transformation.



Think monochromatic when it comes to Solange's beauty look lately. Diffused pops of color on the lid will be your jam.


Toni Braxton

Beak out your thick falsies and a warm lippie. You've got to slay to pull off a diva like Toni Braxton.


Taraji P. Henson

The Empire star has definitely been turning heads lately. You'll be sure to do the same when you paint your facade in her likeness, because the Cookie Lyon actress is always top notch.


Janelle Monet

Say yes to power red lips and blue liner courtesy of Janelle Monet. If there's one thing the songstress does well, it's being trendsetting in the beauty department.


Lauryn Hill

All hail the queen of a bronzey pout! A '90s Lauryn Hill wouldn't be complete with a chocolate lip and golden features.


Rihanna In "Wild Thoughts"

As fierce as ever, Rihanna in the "Wild Thoughts" music video was a sight to see. Go aqua on the lids and bright red on the lips to imitate the pop star to perfection and make everyone have wild, wild thoughts about you.


Chances are you won't want to retire your Halloween getup for good if you opt to dress up like a Hollywood hottie. There's just way too much black excellence spewing from the beauty looks of these beloved idols to not try out these looks all year round.