Although Pride celebrations will look different this month — shifting from parades to Zoom parties — the makeup is sure to be the same: colorful, fanciful, and fun. We asked five makeup artists and creators to share their dream Pride looks and how they’re using makeup as an artistic medium to not only explore their identities but also cope during this difficult time in our new series, Pride in Place.Khai — aka @blackbirdkhai — is kaleidoscopic. No other word better describes the artist’s aesthetic. On a weekly basis, they post pictures of their colorful hair and makeup to represent the latest tesselation of their identity, almost never repeating the same style. Khai will add flowers to their hair, change out the color of the beads at the ends of their braids, and paint on new hues of liners. The 20-year-old from Atlanta shares a look that encapsulates all this exclusively with Allure along with why they believe gender doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have a singular presentation.Courtesy of KhaiMakeup and I have been through the works when it comes to expressing my queer identity. I knew I loved makeup, but I felt, at first, no one would respect my gender identity if I used it. Now, however, I know I am constantly changing — and so does my makeup. I love being a shapeshifter and changing my physical appearance. I had to learn there is no specific way to look gender-fluid.Pride, to me, is a celebration of me coming into who I am. Globally, it’s recognizing the struggle of the LGBTQIA+ [people] who came before us and continuing the fight for equality.When creating my Pride makeup look, I thought about how I wanted to express the definition of gender-fluidity. The color scheme is based on the gender-fluid/nonbinary flag. As a gender-fluid being, my energy is constantly flowing and changing. I tried to represent that with the liquid butterfly on my forehead. Butterflies are the symbols of change, and fluidity is the ability to change. I even twisted my braids up and pinned them to look like cute, lil wings.Courtesy of KhaiThere is no one way to look any gender, and I want to emphasize the importance of that. We, as people, are constantly changing, and we shouldn’t put too much pressure on showing identity through clothes or hairstyles. That’s why I keep shapeshifter in my bio — to give a notice that the viewer shouldn’t project any one look as my entire identity.Read from Allure’s Pride in Place project:Now, watch someone get their head shaved for the first time:Follow Devon Abelman on Twitter and Instagram.