16 makeup artists you need to be following on Instagram

Keeks Reid
·5-min read
Photo credit: @ponysmakeup / @hungvanngo Instagram
Photo credit: @ponysmakeup / @hungvanngo Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

Bored of your everyday makeup vibe? Need some solid inspo to get you out of a beauty rut? May we suggest an inject of 16 of the most brilliant makeup artist profiles on Instagram.

If you’ve lost your makeup mojo adding these accounts to your feed will give you so much inspiration, you’ll be digging that glittery makeup palette out from the depths of your beauty stash, lockdown or no lockdown. Playing with makeup is always fun but these artists make you want to finesse your base, perfect your liner and apply a statement lip STAT.

Use a bit of downtime to try out a few looks and you’ll be the envy of all the Zoom parties you’ll be attending in the coming weeks. Trust us. Whether it’s a festive red lip and glowy skin or experimenting with the brightest green shadow known to man, you’ll get all the inspiration you need from these profiles.

Glossy skin and bold eyes your vibe? You’ll LOVE @nikki_makeup’s feed. No joke, we basically got RSI from scrolling her feed. Or if rainbow hues are more *your thing* look no further than Joy Adenuga the queen of a colourful eye look.

If you’re anything like us, once you’ve added these profiles to your feed, you’ll probably want to revamp your beauty stash immediately. We don’t blame you! Luckily, we thought ahead (we are clever like that) so you can view the best makeup brush sets, palettes, foundations, highlighters and contour kits.

Now, happy scrolling, friends!

1. Pat McGrath @patmcgrathreal

If you're a fan of catwalk makeup, make sure Pat McGrath is on your feed. A true icon in the beauty industry, Pat has created some of the most intricate and avant-garde makeup looks ever.

2. Hung Vanngo @hungvanngo

Trust me when I say, Hung Vanngo is the king of makeup 👑 Firstly, his client list is incredible - think, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry. Secondly, each and every makeup look he creates is unique and breathtakingly beautiful. Follow him on Insta and you're guaranteed to catch beauty feels.

3. Mario Dedivanovic @makeupbymario

Mario is the makeup god responsible for creating Kim Kardashian's signature beauty looks, from her killer contour to all her famous polished makeup looks, he's the brains behind the lot.

4. Lisa Eldridge @lisaeldridgemakeup

Celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, does fresh-faced beauty better than anyone else. She's the person to follow if you have a soft spot for flawless, dewy skin.


5. Patrick Ta @patrickta

We've been crushing on Patrick Ta's makeup creations for as long as we can remember, the celebrity makeup artist is known for beautifying the likes of Addison Rae, Shanina Shaik and Emily Ratajkowski...


6. Joy Adenuga @joyadenuga

You’ll notice one thing about Joy’s work as you scroll through – it’s all about the eyes. She creates crazy-beautiful looks to enhance eye colour and shape. Makes sense that her line of false lashes has become such a huge hit, and she's recently expanded to pro brushes, so we can all try to emulate her finesse at home.

7. PONY @ponysmakeup

It's hardly surprising that South Korean makeup artist, Pony, has one of the largest followings in the beauty industry, her makeup skills are on another level. Be sure to follow her on Insta and check out her YouTube channel,


8. Pauline Briscoe@paulinebriscoe

Pauline has worked behind the scenes for years working on names like Kelly Rowland and Jennifer Hudson but this year she started sharing her tips on application on her Instagram and You tube channel. She is the queen of a natural beat but isn’t afraid to play with a bright lip on her clients.

9. Sir John @sirjohnofficial

Sir John, aka the brains behind Beyonce's incredible makeup, is one of the beauty industry's most in-demand artists. His Instagram is full of candid celebrity shots and behind-the-scenes makeup pics.

10. Katie Jane Hughes @katiejanehughes

Makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, is oh-so creative when it comes to playing with colour and texture. This glossy orange eye is just one example of how she turns everyday makeup into art.

11. Lan Nguyen-Grealis @lanslondon

Lan’s work spans from hyper-editorial to commercial and wearable and we are here for all the inspiration. You’ll find her creating the makeup looks for global campaigns and is a key figure backstage at fashion week.

12. Nikki Wolff @nikki_makeup

Glossy skin, statement eyes, defined lips… You can tell when Nikki Makeup gives her signature touch to a look. As Dior’s Celebrity Makeup Artist, she create looks that are instantly classic yet bang-on-trend – honestly you’re going to get thumb ache from scrolling through her profile.

13. Mary Phillips @maryphillips

If you've ever drooled over JLO red carpet looks, then you need to follow Mary right now. She's a real a-list favourite and regularly has JLO, Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner in her chair. Casual.


14. Priscilla Ono @priscillaono

Make sure you're following Rihanna and Megan Thee Stallion's go-to makeup girl, Priscilla Ono. Not only will you be treated to dreeeamy makeup looks, but you'll also be the first to know about cool new Fenty beauty launches.

15. Dominic Skinner @dominic_mua

If you're a MAC cosmetics fan (who isn't?) then be sure to go and hit up their Senior Artist, Dominic Skinner's Instagram. He's forever creating b-e-a-u-tiful makeup looks, as well as sharing sneak peeks at exclusive new MAC products.

16. Violette @violette_fr

For oh-so chic french-girl beauty inspo, do yourself a favour and go check out makeup artist Violette. Her eye for colour and insane makeup skills make her Instagram account the ultimate spot for beauty lovers.


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