Welcome to ESSENCE’S Vivrant Thing, your destination for all things Black beauty – where tutorials come to life and our melanin is celebrated. In this episode of Vivrant Thing professional makeup artist Jaleesa Jaikaran gives us tips on how to really make your bold lip pop.

With her work in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, and of course ESSENCE, Jaikaran is easily becoming one of the most sought after editorial makeup artists in the industry. She also has a long roster of celebrity clients, including Lion Babe, Terrence J, A$AP Ferg, and Amanda Seales. Her skilled hand combined with her visionary eye results in the type of work you only liken to great artists. Her canvas is the face, and she unleashes her passion for the transformative power of makeup through her unique work. And to think that it all started with a foundation purchase.

In this episode Jaikaran shows us some tricks she uses to really make a bold lip color pop. From what color lip liner to use (trust us, it’s not what you think), to which color corrector helps too. As a Black woman she understands the intricacies of our skin, the pigment of our lips, and the nuances of our beauty. Between her personal knowledge, and extensive professional expertise, she’s the perfect person for this lesson.

Check out her video to learn more about her work and to get those tips (and those lips). And make sure to watch Vivrant Thing every week to meet new industry heavy-hitters and learn new beauty lessons.

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