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Scrolling through Instagram can be a mindless brain drain, but using it to productively hunt for the latest makeup art and inspiration is a whole other story. If you’re looking to add some fresh faces and looks to your Instagram feed, we’ve got you covered with our list of a few of the hottest makeup artists to keep your eyes (and your lips, and your cheeks, and your, oh, you get the point!) on this year.
Thomas du Kluyver
Looking for a New York Fashion Week pro to follow for some high-powered makeup inspiration? Look no further than @thomasdekluyver. This pro started playing with makeup, as we all did, at a very young age and fell in love with the colors and the ability to freely and truly express oneself through them. After working at a MAC counter for a hot minute, he started landing gigs for photo shoots one after the other, and now he’s responsible for creating some of the most mesmerizing NY Fashion Week looks of the last few years. His feed is full of up-close models shot with his camera phone, and we are in love with all of it.
If you love subtle smokey looks that make a big impact, you need @patrickta in your feed immediately. This LA-based makeup artist has graced the faces of Priyanka Chopra, Adriana Lima, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and more. He started working as a freelance makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, a gig he claimed he got on a long shot and then had his artist career take off once he started sharing his work on Instagram. His posts caught the eye of It girls Gigi and Bella Hadid, and a few of the Kardashian clan, and he became an instant go-to makeup artist for young Hollywood’s favorite glam stars. His looks focus on bringing out the naturally bold features of his clients without overwhelming them with intense dramatic looks, and we are so about that #boldlife.
Wondering how Selena Gomez gets those gorgeous brown eyes and those baby cheeks of hers to pop? It’s all thanks to @hungvanngo. This Vietnamese artist started from humble beginnings when his family made the truck from Vietnam to Canada, where he went to school during the day and worked cleaning office buildings at night. He spent his spare time obsessing over fashion and beauty magazines and started building his intense love for makeup along with his massive portfolio. He’s known for his focus on his clients’ skin (he’ll have them spend hours in Korean sheet masks to achieve a perfect, healthy glow) and is not afraid to play with subtle looks and bright, vivid colors, which is why we love having him in our feed.
Dreaming of making it big as a beauty blogger? If so, you need a daily dose of hustle inspiration from @violettefr. This French makeup artist studied painting and fashion design in school and fell in love with makeup as one of the truest forms of artistic expressions. She started sharing her passions on Youtube and started to see her views climb into the hundreds of thousands almost overnight. Recently, she was appointed the Global Beauty Director of Estée Lauder and we can’t wait to see what she does next!
For the girls who can’t get enough of Kim K and her amazing, somehow always flawless makeup looks, go follow @styledbyhrush right now. This Armenian-American makeup artist is famous for creating looks for none other than miss Kim Kardashian West herself. From insanely on-point brows to perfectly full pouts, this makeup artist will be sure to inspire your best #makeupmonday looks.
Yoncé may be the ultimate Queen, but Bey can’t get those magic makeup looks herself. Instead, she turns to Sir John (@sirjohnofficial) to help her achieve the signature Beyoncé looks we all know and love. This makeup artist spent time studying visual and performing arts in his school days and fell in love with the true artistry involved in makeup and beauty. He moved to New York City and built his career from the ground up, working through multiple Fashion Week shows until he met his muse (aka Bey). He joined L’Oréal Paris as a Consulting Celebrity Makeup Artist in 2015 and continues his gorgeous work on clients like Chrissy Teigen and Joan Smalls.
Do you obsessively watch new Beauty Is Boring videos like we do? If so, you need to follow Robin Black and her whole crew (@beautyisboring_) ASAP. This makeup artist is known for not having a signature look and instead of playing with multiple moods, colors, textures, models, etc. In fact, her commitment to diversity in makeup is one of the core reasons she founded the Beauty Is Boring blog, and one of the main reasons it is so incredibly popular today.
For high fashion looks to absolutely die for, be sure to add @diane.kendal to your Insta feed. This British-born makeup artist is a consultant for Marc Jacobs Beauty and Calvin Klein Cosmetics and is a true pro when it comes to pairing high fashion with elegant beauty. Her feed is populated with looks that we’d only dream about wearing at the local grocery store, but we just can’t get enough of her amazing eye for makeup trends.Back to all articles