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Malika James

Red carpet rulers like singer Kelly Rowland and Being Mary Jane’s leading lady Gabrielle Union-Wade have had their faces beat by celebrity makeup artist Malika James. The Ohio-native who’s also versed in special effects makeup (The Walking Dead) has been part of the Being Mary Jane glam squad for several season, playing up the beauty of its stellar star.



“Before Gabrielle Union-Wade stepped on the red carpet to promote the film Almost Christmas, she spent 14-hours on the set of Being Mary Jane (pictured). So, we had to keep her look simple and fresh. I used the Koh Gen Doh moisturizing foundation, along with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under her eyes. Then I applied Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, in #10, all over for a gorgeous glow and a little Taj Mahal blush by NARS. For her eyes, I used her foundation and powder to keep everything cohesive, added Ardell lashes then I filled in her brows with MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Spiked. We finished the look off with a lip stain by Julie Hewett called Destiny.”



“I’ve been working with Gabrielle Union on her TV series, Being Mary Jane for the past three seasons. This season ‘Mary Jane’ moves to NYC and she has a new job—and a fresh look. So, I softened everything up. But there are moments when she wears a statement red lip (I love to mix MAC Ruby Woo and Lady Danger).




MAKEUP MUST-HAVE: Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation: “It mimics the skin the most out of any foundation I’ve ever seen and the colors are beautiful.”


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