Makeup artists are where the magic starts for so many models, actors, and celebrities, and since their job is all about visuals, they tend to have some of the best Instagrams around. These 13 are all worth a follow for their pics of your favorite celebs before and after they hit the red carpet, close-up looks at the things that inspire them, their takes on the latest trends, application tips, and so much pretty product.
Tom Pecheux used to be a pastry chef, but now he’s the man responsible for the glamorous makeup seen in Tom Ford campaigns and on the Chanel runway. His Instagram is a great behind-the-scenes look at the life of a busy makeup artist who works with all of the top models (like Gisele, pictured here).
@allure x #BeautyIsBoring “The Cool Girl’s Guide to Fall Makeup” featuring @annelotdw in mossy green eyes. Hair by @michaelduenas. Editor @spanych. A photo posted by beautyisboring_ (@beautyisboring_) on
Robin Black has worked with everyone from Marilyn Manson to Kristen Bell, and though she named her blog “Beauty is Boring,” her exquisite and, at times, incredibly elaborate work proves that’s anything but the case.
My first ever @youtube collab #makeup video with the one and only @karliekloss @voguemagazine #nyfw #youtubespaceny #makeup #beauty #youtube #comingsoon #KlossyandLisa A photo posted by Lisa Eldridge (@lisaeldridgemakeup) on
This British make-up artist got her big break when she was hired to work with Cindy Crawford. Now she’s worked with celebrity clients like Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Karlie Kloss (pictured here) and so many more.
@whowhatwear 60s Femme Fatale vibes on the darling @elizabethmcl ? ?✨?? Photo and make up by moi ??⚡️ The beauty essentials for Femme Fatale eyes, The New @sisleyparisusa So Intense Eyeliner and Sisley Phyto EyeTwist in Steel , pair it with soft pink lips Sisley Phyto LipTwist in Baby. #Makeup #Beauty #FemmeFatale #60s @margauxlee @teamid @xclusiveartists A photo posted by Nick Barose (@dilokritbarose) on
Nick Barose is a Hollywood makeup artist who includes Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyongo amongst his celebrity clients. And while he certainly posts lots of gorgeous makeup pics, he’s also got a good sense of humor that makes him worth a follow.
Had a great night celebrating the launch of @casamigos – it’s the best tequila I’ve ever tasted! And it’s always a pleasure making over the stunning Amal Clooney and super hot @cindycrawford – they’re such great girls to hang out with!! #casamigos #cindycrawford #amalclooney #makeupbycharlottetilbury #ibiza A photo posted by Charlotte Tilbury (@ctilburymakeup) on
Charlotte Tilbury has worked with the world’s best photographers, designers, and celebrities, and her Instagram reflects it. Follow along for backstage pics, celebrity selfies, and lots of product close-ups.
Sun-kissed sisters @gigihadid @bellahadid backstage at @TommyHilfiger #TommySpring16 #NYFW #makeupbypatmcgrath A photo posted by Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal) on
Vogue called Pat McGrath the most influential makeup artist in the world. She is known for using inventive materials, and foregoing brushes when possible. She’s worked with basically every in-demand model, include Bella and Gigi Hadid (shown here). Her versatile, unexpected style keeps her Instagram fresh and fun.
Life affirming organic motion paintings at Issey Miyake today #pfw #isseymiyake A photo posted by thealexbox (@thealexbox) on
Alex Box was an installation artist before becoming a make-up artist with a focus on the relationship between bodies and the environment. You can see this passion in her makeup, which often pushes boundaries and sometimes looks more like a costume than something most people would wear out and about. In a good way, in case that wasn’t totally obvious.
Kelsey Deenihan’s Instagram goes behind the scenes with celebrity clients like Kate Bosworth, Reese Witherspoon, and Lucy Hale (pictured). She also posts travel pics that are guaranteed to make you want to start planning your next vacation.
@ninadobrev and I #ninadobrev #vma’s w hair by @riawnacapri styling by @ilariaurbinati A photo posted by Beau Nelson (@beau_nelson) on
Beau knows makeup trends. Follow him for the latest looks (sorbet lips, anyone?) and pics of his vast array of celebrity clients (Nicole Richie, Kristen Stewart, Nina Dobrev) with perfectly finished faces.
#artcrush #winecrush #partycrush #oopscrush #KRISkrush #MEcrush #YOUcrush @krisjenner @amyphelan123 ?✨?????????❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ A photo posted by jOYCEBONELLi™ (@joycebonelli) on
Joyce Bonelli was the person who inspired Kim Kardashian to go platinum blonde. But she does the entire family’s makeup so her IG is full of pics of the entire clan. Plus, lots of shots of her adorable little boy.
#fbf ❤️ @kimkardashian #MakeupByMario A photo posted by Mario Dedivanovic (@makeupbymario) on
Mario Dedivanovic is the guy responsible for the latest contouring craze. And for many of Kim Kardashian’s flawless faces. He even did her face when she got married to Kanye. What’s that mean for his Instagram? Expect lots of pics of Kim in the chair, we well as photos of his other celebrity clients, like Gabrille Union and Ashley Tisdale. But… mostly just Kim.
The beauty @caradelavigne last night , didn’t do the incredible tattoos , just the face ?? A photo posted by gucciwestman (@gucciwestman) on
Gucci Westman has worked with celebrities like Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, and Jennifer Aniston. She’s also known for creating trendsetting runway looks at shows for Marchesa and Oscar de la Renta. Her Instagram is a mix of personal and professional with summer beach shots, backstage touchups, and lots and lots of horses.
But first…let’s take a selfie @ryanrichman @therealsarahhyland @mrbradgoreski #KCA #kidschoiceawards #makeupbymaiquynh A photo posted by Mai Quynh (@storyofmailife) on
Mai Quynh’s Instagram will make you want to be a makeup artist since it seems like she’s always having fun joking around with celebrity clients AND she has a super cute dog.
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