Here at TikTok, we are continuing our efforts to celebrate #BlackTikTok throughout Black History Month and our latest Creator Spotlight features Irish make-up artist, Jade Foley known on TikTok as @makeupbyjade_1.

With more than 68K followers and counting, Cork Native Jade's content about her incredible makeup looks have already garnered 2.6million likes. She previously appeared on RTE's 'Glow Up Ireland' showcasing her makeup skills to a national audience.

We sat down with Jade to discuss everything about Black History Month, why she started posting to TikTok, what she loves about the platform and what content and creators inspire her.

  1. What does Black History mean to you?

For me, Black History means acknowledging our history facing up to the problems and challenges that still exist. I believe in order for there to be change, you have to know what changes must be made. That means coming face-to-face with the issues themselves, even if they are hard to confront. It also means celebrating how far the world has come and uplifting the community in whatever way we can in terms of achieving greatness and breaking boundaries.

  1. Why does TikTok work well for your content?

TikTok is a platform that promotes authenticity, creativity and people being genuine. People respond well to my personality and who I am as a person, rather just my talents or content style alone. It is cool and really encouraging not to have that added pressure for it to be anything other than something I enjoy doing.

  1. What first inspired you to create on TikTok?

My makeup course trainer, Sinead, first inspired me to create a TikTok. She gave me homework of making a TikTok, because otherwise I wouldn’t do makeup on myself unless I was going out. She saw my potential with my ability to do good makeup and create content, and TikTok was the perfect platform for that. It was really rewarding as well to spend time putting the videos together, showing my transformation from make up free to fully glammed up!

  1. What is your goal on TikTok?

My goal is to inspire people to give things a shot and have a laugh too. I am quite the perfectionist and even some makeup looks I see online are quite daunting or intimidating because they look so difficult. So whenever I do something I just have fun with it and have a laugh, because even if it’s a disaster, it was just for fun! It's important to remember that it doesn’t always have to be so serious.

  1. What other Black creators are on your For You feed?

Other black creators on my feed would be @bonbonod14, who is amazing at telling black history on TikTok and making education accessible for everyone, @shavonte_dill, who is an unreal black queer makeup artist and a daily inspiration for my own content, @naezrah is also a really talented black makeup artist on TikTok and has been a trendsetter in the makeup world for years and blackcrystal77777 who is, at the moment, one of my favourite creators and never fails to put bigots & racists in their place while also being absolutely hilarious.

  1. What do you love most about the TikTok community?

What I love most about the TikTok community is how supportive people can be. I remember one time I was chatting to my followers on TikTok Live and saying how close I was to 50k and that I couldn’t believe it. The next thing, everyone decided they were going to get me to that milestone on that Live and managed to engage so much that I ended up reaching it. I wasn’t like off by a couple of people, I was hundreds away from reaching it so I was unbelievably grateful I started crying! The community on TikTok can be so kind and supportive - it’s amazing.

  1. What is your favourite TikTok you have made to date and why?

My favourite TikTok to date would be my Skittles transformation look. It was fun, bright and actually so fun to do as a makeup look itself. Even a year later, people still bring it up to me. It was one of the first times I reached the FYP of Nigeria, so the black community was extremely supportive of that video and even Kizz Daniel himself reposted it at one point.