Celebrity Makeup Artist Shares Her Journey & How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Makeup Business

Updated: May 6


Mila Thomas, celebrity makeup artist, entrepreneur, and mogul shares her journey to becoming a professional makeup artist on this week's episode of the So Lux Life Podcast.

Thomas takes us on her amazing journey from being born and raised in North Carolina to becoming a professional makeup artist and mogul in LA.



While Thomas talks us through her hardships, teaches us how to handle defeat, and gives us tips on building a brand (20:00 minute mark) within the professional industry; she also shares how showing gratitude has taken her places and booked her certain celebrity clients that she would have never landed had she not been kind-- not only to those in prominent positions, but to everyone.

Thomas was named as one of Essence magazine’s “9 Black Celebrity Makeup Artists You Should Know”. Thomas is currently the key artist for Nicki Minaj, and has worked with other celebrity clients such as Angela Rye, Karrueche, Issa Rae, Niecy Nash, Ashanti, Jennifer Lewis, Jasmine Sanders, Cardi B, Tamron Hall, and the list continues.


Mila's work on client, Angela Rye

Thomas was the department head & key makeup artist for VH1's Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood, and her work has been featured in major publications across the world.

Mila's work on hip-hop mogul, Nicki Minaj

With over 81k followers on Instagram, Thomas's artistry, which specializes in African-American beauty, has been seen on networks such as VH1, Bravo, MTV, FOX,CBS, E!, and more. Her work has also been featured on TV shows such as The Real, Basketball Wives LA, Hollywood Today, and Fashion Police.


Mila's work on Amara LaNegra

Thomas has worked many red carpets and awards such as the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes, but also travels around the world to work with key clients such as hip-hop mogul, Nicki Minaj.


Mila's work at the 2019 Met Gala

You can connect with Mila Thomas on Instagram: makeupbymila or via Twitter: @MakeupByMila