Being a makeup artist can be a prestigious job. Just look at beauty industry veterans Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury. Both have successfully developed their own makeup lines and have been honored by royalty. Vogue UK reported that Tilbury received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the beauty industry from Queen Elizabeth II in June 2018, while just last year, McGrath became the first makeup artist to become a Dame of the British Empire. Both have a list of celebrity clients, have millions of followers on Instagram and have inspired others to follow their footsteps. For more beauty inspirations and amazing makeup tutorials, here are the best makeup artists to follows on Instagram.
Mario Dedivanovic has a staggering 8.2 million followers on Instagram, the highest of all the makeup artists in this list including Dame Pat McGrath. He applied for a job in Sephora 20 years ago and in a full circle moment, Harper's Bazaar shared that Dedivanovic's makeup brand, Makeup By Mario, was launched in Sephora last year, exactly 20 years after he was hired as a fragrance consultant. Dedanovic is also behind Kim Kardashian's trademark beauty look of neutrals and nudes.
Mary Phillips has 1.2 million follows of Instagram and as The Indian Express reports, her clients include Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra, Hailey Beiber and Kendall Jenner. You can also spot Kim Kardashian, Hailee Steinfeld, Bella Hadid and Chrissy Teigen on her feed. Phillip's style highlights her client's best features with a boost of glamour.
Hung Vanngo has 2.1 million followers on Instagram. Grazia reveals that the Vietnam-born Vanngo is unparalleled when it comes to kohl makeup and his use of the kabuki brush is genius. His regular clients include Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski, Karlie Kloss, and a slate of Victoria's Secret models. His feed is full of A-list clients and his style of soft glam is similar to Phillips.
According to Cosmopolitan UK, no one does the fresh-faced beauty look better than celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge. Some of her clients include Dua Lipa, Jennifer Hudson, Eva Green, Keira Knightley, and Emma Roberts. Join her 1.3 million followers and score tips on how to achieve that dewy, glowing makeup to perfection.
Patrick Ta's Instagram feed is full of fresh-faced beauties that show off his trademark aesthetic of stunning eyes, neutral lips or the occasional bold red lip. Some of his celebrity clients are Hailey Steinfeld, Kourtney Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and Olivia Munn. You'll also often see TikTok sensations Dixie and Charlie D'Amelio and Addison Rae on his feed. Ta shared his top five makeup essentials with Byrdie and those are La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation SPF 20, Marc Jacobs O!mega Bronze Perfect Tan, La Mer The Lip Balm, Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Summer Solstice and Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Matte Liquid Lipstick.
Beyonce's makeup artist, Sir John, is as talented as his superstar client. According to Allure, he recently teamed up with Barbie Style to create six beauty looks on a diverse group of Barbie dolls. Check out the one-of-a-kind dolls at Barbie Style's official Instagram account.
Danessa Myricks mostly works with women of color and her colorful eye makeup looks are stunning. Cosmopolitan also praises her eponymous makeup brand Danessa Myricks Beauty and it's definitely one of the best Black-owned beauty brands to support. If you're into bold makeup and looking for some interesting looks to try, join her 538,000 followers on Instagram.