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African Women Are Doing YouTube Tutorials For Their Traditional Tribal Makeup

Avatar • Aug 23, 2015

Makeup tutorials are no longer just for crafting a smokey eye. YouTubers are are also using them to showcase pride of their heritage by creating looks that are unique to their culture.

Niger

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YouTuber, Fati of MakeupbyFatifatouNiger put together a tutorial displaying the traditional dress and make-up from her home country of Niger.

Liberia

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Coco of Dollface Emme is of Liberian heritage and created a look that is worn by women throughout her country.

A few other YouTubers tried to pay homage to their African heritage by crafting several inspired looks.

West African High Fashion

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Youtuber, Beautiful Artistry’s look was inspired by a photo of a West African model.

Bold Colorful Eyes

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Glinda of GlamHouseDIVA created an African-inspired look with festive shadows.

 

Would you be willing to explore your heritage by donning traditional tribal make-up?

 

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These are all so BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for highlighting our heritage!

Sabrina black
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Sabrina black

Go Africa! I love it a lot, especially that gold lipstick and blue lining down the lips to the chin. That looks magical. Thanks for sharing all of this homage. I’m getting familiar with them. So much love and dedication on here.

Me
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I’m all for capitalizing on your own culture before someone else does, but I’m also stingy so if I had a cultural tradition that could be taught, folks would have to pry it out of my cold dead hands. lol

Naija Girl
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Naija Girl

Hahahaha, soo true, I am so stingy with mine, I and so many Africans I know dont care for the capitalization of our cultures but what can one do, lol, even though now ppl everywhere and non-Africans are trying to be “Afrocentric” there’s still a whole lot about African cultures they don’t know, which makes me very happy lol, they can wear dashikis, henna themselves, pierce their septums, wear “African” jewelry, call themselves kings and queens (lol) and make African hairstyles all they want, those are just a fraction of the cultures in my continent, there’s so much more rich… Read more »

KamJos
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KamJos

Why are Nigerians so haughty about things like this? Seriously, asking. You could be related to some of the people wearing dashikis. Why not teach them the proper way then?

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Lol, pls, i’m not related to them, abeg, God no go gree, i used to wrongly think we were one until I came here and had nasty experiences with them and saw how they treated some of us Africans, and then learnt that actually they aren’t Africans as I thought, there’s been mixtures in there, so no matter how much some of them call our Africa theirs, lol, with all the dna testing and all, the Africans with sense know they are very different from us, we and our fore fathers do not have native american, irish or whatever else… Read more »

Myllee
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Myllee

I hate how “ethnic” and “tribal” are being always used to describe anything non White.There’s this
idea that traditional culture can only belong to people from
non-White people. Everything associated with “Western” cultures is seen as advanced, better etc…
Anyway,
Great Makeup looks, I am guessing in a few months time , Vogue or a fashion designer will claim they discovered/created it lol.

Joanna
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Joanna

Beautiful. I’m Liberian but haven’t seen anyone face drawn like that but when I lived in Liberia, I was a city dweller. Only performers would mark their face up. I did stumble upon a blog that has a few pictures of how my tribe, the Kru of Liberia and Ivory Coast, adorned and marked themselves in the past. Its sad to say we may not be carrying our traditions forward like other African countries, most of us Liberia city dwellers or Diasporan Liberians don’t even speak our native languages anymore. Hopefully, there is a Liberian Renaissance on the rise. Here’s… Read more »

Gugulethu Tshuma
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Gugulethu Tshuma

As a Southern African I always thought that sort of makeup was exclusively “our” thing, especially since Xhosa people are most well known for it, so thanks to things like this I’m learning something else about our beautiful continent!

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Nompumelelo
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Nompumelelo

Imma do that tomorrow 😀

KamJos
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KamJos

I never hurt you. Hope you get a good resolution to your issues.

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