9 Inspirational Makeup Artists To Follow On Instagram
Get tips, tricks and inspo from these talented beauty pros who share their skills on social media.
Looking for some inspo of the makeup variety for 2023 and beyond?
Whether you’re searching for tutorials on how to achieve a flawless foundation look, the ideal red lip, the perfect feline flick or simply want behind-the-scenes looks at your favorite celebs, top makeup artists’ Instagram feeds are a good place to start.
Here, are the best makeup artists, from top cosmetic gurus like Pat McGrath to Charlotte Tilbury, Mario Dedivanovic, and more. Read on to find out why you’ll love following these makeup maestros—and where you can find them.
1. Pat McGrath
Mother, as she’s referred to in the beauty community, provides ample opportunity for gorgeous makeup inspo. Her makeup work is positively breathtaking, plus her grid is chock full of iconic beauty moments to inspire and delight.
A stalwart of backstage beauty in New York City, Paris, Milan, and beyond, there’s a reason she’s regarded as one of the very best in the business. Her makeup range, Pat McGrath Labs, is also the destination for sparkly, sublime, and shimmery formulas.
Founder of her own eponymous brand in addition to working on editorial shoots and backstage at Fashion Week in New York City and internationally, Tilbury is known for her luxe, wearable cosmetics that create a sexy vibe.
From powders to creams to liquids, her highlighters and glittery shadows, in addition to her Pillow Talk collection of lip products that are cult favorites among beauty editors. On her feed, Tilbury shares her work on clients like Victoria Beckham, Sabrina Elba, Danielle Marcan and more. She also teases new product launches, making her feed a must-follow.
Known for sculpting a cheek like no other, Mario rose to prominence after working with the Kardashian family. Now, he hosts his own makeup master classes and has his own brand sold at Sephora and other retailers called Makeup By Mario.
With 12 million followers, his account features photos of his clients, which include Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Maura Higgins and more. He also posts makeup tutorials and gift suggestions.
New York-based British makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes has worked with many makeup brands over the course of her long career and is known for her creative approach to cosmetics. She has over 830K followers for a reason, you’ll quickly see.
From dewy skin to bold shades to graphic liner in unexpected hues, Hughes (see what we did there) is a true artist in every sense of the word. Consider her feed a mood board for ethereal makeup moments you’ll want to try in 2023.
Carla Rockmore has been hailed a real life Carrie Bradshaw. Rockmore even came out with her own affordable Amazon clothing collection this year and boasts over a million followers on TikTok. On her feed, she shares her eclectic outfits and fashion styling tips.
The Dallas-based influencer is also a full-time content creator and jewelry designer. She isn’t exclusively a makeup artist, but shares so many tips, we thought she warranted a spot on this list. Her latest beauty post is all about what to do when your favorite lipstick shades are discontinued. It’s happened to the best of us!
Founder of her own cosmetics range and a makeup artist who works with the likes of Kaley Cuoco, Chelsea Handler, Busy Phillips and Brittany O’Grady, Greenberg shares so many great makeup tips and tricks you can try out yourself. From the perfect cat-eye anyone can do to how to flawlessly apply her blighlighter product (blush and highlighter), you won’t want to miss out on Jaime’s #content.
A well known makeup artist on Instagram, this cosmetics guru has over 1.8 million followers. She has worked with the likes of celebs like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Hailey Bieber, Eiza Gonzales and Kendall Jenner, to name just a few. She’s also collaborated with makeup brands like NudeStix on formulations and special edition shades.
8. Nick Barose
Hilarious and talented, makeup artist Nick Barose works a lot with celebrities like Lupita N’yongo for everything from DeBeers campaigns to red carpet events to magazine editorial shoots. Sometimes, he’s even his own muse, applying gorgeously bold looks on himself for fun but also for various publications.
We love that he doesn’t abide by the old adage of only wearing bold colors on either the lips or the eyes. Why not both? You only live once.
With her own eponymous brand and a marriage to a guy who went by the nickname McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), Jillian Dempsey has it going on.
She features glimpses behind the scenes of her professional and her personal life in addition to shots of her work on celebs like Leslie Mann, Kristen Stewart, and Gwyneth Paltrow.