Get inspiration from Zoë Kravitz’s go-to makeup artist, the master behind Lady Gaga’s graphic eyeliner, and more.
Inspiration can strike anywhere, but if you’re looking for makeup ideas, the Instagram feeds of celeb makeup artists is where the best red carpet-worthy glam thrives.
We’ve watched A-listers like Rihanna and Hailey Bieber pose for the cameras all year, admiring their stunning beauty looks while perhaps not even knowing who’s putting their makeup artistry skills to work behind the scenes.
Well, credit must be given where credit is due, so we’ve curated a list of 10 impressive celeb makeup artists you should hit follow on, and add to your Favourites, stat.
To learn from the master, follow Dame Pat McGrath
If there’s one name in celebrity beauty you need to know, it’s makeup mastermind Pat McGrath. This living icon has over 25 years of experience in the beauty game and an Instagram feed full of celebrity clients, glitter-packed tutorials, and fashion week BTS. If excessive glamour is your makeup persona, you’ll love McGrath’s holographic-hued eyeshadow posts and first looks at new product launches from her renowned makeup line, Pat McGrath Labs.
If you’re obsessed with Jenna Ortega’s goth glam, follow Allan Avendaño
If binging Wednesday has awakened your teenage grunge phase, you’ll want to follow Jenna Ortega’s off-screen MUA Allan Avendaño. Smoked out eyelids and nude-glazed lips are a couple of Avendaño’s signatures which we’ve spotted on Vanessa Hudgens and Pose star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez this year.
To recreate Zoë Kravitz’s minimalist beauty, follow Nina Park
When your mother is Bohemian beauty icon Lisa Bonet, you’re bound to inherit that effortlessly cool approach to wearing makeup. Such is the case for Zoë Kravitz, but we can learn from her go-to MUA Nina Park, whose feed can teach us all a thing or two about minimalist beauty. The Chanel makeup artist consistently nails that barely there beauty look, whether working with Kravitz or FASHION’s own September issue 2022 cover star, Sadie Sink.
If you want to channel Rihanna, follow Priscilla Ono
Priscilla Ono is Rihanna’s right hand when it comes to glam, and we understand why. Ono loves to play with vivid pigments and bold lips, and with her ability to turn out a show-stopping face beat, her role as Fenty Beauty’s global makeup artist is well-deserved. When she’s not getting Savage x Fenty models glammed up before the show, find her painting Megan Thee Stallion and Normani’s faces.
To copy Hailey Bieber’s bronzed glow, follow Leah Darcy
From the launch of her own brand Rhode Skin to her viral glazed donut nails, Hailey Bieber has been one of the buzziest names in beauty this year, and makeup artist Leah Darcy is the talented creative behind her sun-kissed makeup looks. An expert in subtle skin and just the right amount of fun — a swipe of blue eyeliner here, a wash of green shadow there — Darcy regularly crafts red carpet-ready looks on high-profile clients from Mrs. Bieber to Victoria’s Secret Angel Jasmine Tookes.
If supermodel Adut Akech is your makeup muse, follow Keita Moore
On Keita Moore’s feed, skin is in and his ability to flawlessly execute a foundation base keeps celebrity clients like model Adut Akech and the legendary Iman coming back for more. With time-lapsed reels that reveal his start-to-finish creative process, you’ll want to hit follow so you don’t miss a thing.
For makeup inspo from Beyoncé’s MUA, follow Sir John
Years of working with celebrity royalty like Beyoncé has turned makeup artist Sir John into something of a superstar himself. On his feed, tune in to the daily life of an MUA as he floats from paparazzi-filled red carpets to the comfort of his own bathroom where he details his current skincare routine for his followers. Plus, with exciting announcements like makeup masterclasses, there’s always something to look forward to on Sir John’s profile.
To emulate Bella Hadid’s contoured cheekbones, follow Nadia Tayeh
Nadia Tayeh knows how to sculpt cheekbones to contoured perfection, so her frequent partnerships with Bella Hadid are a match made in makeup heaven. If Gigi’s softer beauty look is more up your street — fear not. Tayeh can pull that off, too, and she takes followers along her on IG.
If you’re into Lady Gaga’s graphic liner, follow Sarah Tanno
When Lady Gaga took her Chromatica Ball tour around the world this year, we loved her graphic liner just as much as her powerhouse vocals, and we have Sarah Tanno to thank for that. As global artistry director of Gaga’s Haus Labs makeup brand, we’re obsessed with the way Tanno is endlessly able to create new Gaga looks, breaking down the products she uses for her followers.
To get Selena Gomez’s perfect nude matte lip, follow Hung Vanngo
Hung Vanngo’s feed is a sultry gallery of smudged-out eyeshadow and nude matte pouts you’ll want to recreate ASAP. With a star-studded clientele ranging from J.Lo and Selena Gomez t0 Emily Ratajkowski and Karlie Kloss, every one of Vanngo’s posts is a guaranteed instant save to our makeup inspo board.