The Best Makeup Artists to Follow on Instagram

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It’s no secret that we’re a little too active on social media. Sometimes scrolling on Instagram gets us out of our beauty rut and provides fresh inspiration. Feel the same way? Keep scrolling for some of our all-time favorite makeup artists and beauty experts on Instagram.

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Mary Phillips (@maryphillips)

As one of the most famous makeup artists on Instagram, you might be familiar with Mary Phillips. If you don’t know her, you definitely know her clients, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber and Eiza Gonzalez.

Instagram: maryphillips
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Nick Lujan (@nicklujan_artistry)

Not only does Nick Lujan work with mega stars, Lujan is also the Director of Artistry and Education for Kevyn Aucoin. Follow Lujan’s account for educational Instagram stories.

Instagram: @nicklujan_artistry
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Alex Babsky (@babskymakeup)

Alex Babsky works with tons of young talent, including Tessa Thompson, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan and Simone Ashley. Follow along to see his stunning work.

Instagram: babskymakeup
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Bobbi Brown (@justbobbidotcom)

The founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Jones Road has a lot of helpful tips to share, inspired by a life working with makeup. She shares some of her best advice in Instagram videos.

Instagram: justbobbidotcom
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Chris Schild (@christianschild)

Chris Schild is responsible for some of the most breathtaking beauty looks in magazines today. He shares all his favorites on his page.

Harper’s Bazaar via Instagram: christianschild
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Jillian Dempsey (@jilliandempsey)

Jillian Dempsey—wife of Patrick Dempsey and founder of the eponymous makeup brand—is the beloved makeup artist to Kristen Stewart, Leslie Mann and Gwyneth Paltrow. Following her will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of both her personal and professional life.

Instagram: jilliandempsey
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Jamie Greenberg (@jamiemakeup)

Jamie Greenberg—makeup artist for Kaley Cuoco, Chelsea Handler, Brittany O’Grady and Busy Phillips—shares a ton of helpful tips and product reviews on her Instagram page.

Instagram: jamiemakeup
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Ermahn Ospina (@ermahnospina)

Ermahn Ospina shares fun behind-the-scenes videos and pictures of some of his famous clients, including Rosario Dawson, Ana De La Reguera, Jordana Brewster and Javier Bardem.

Instagram: ermahnospina
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Kara Yoshimoto Bua (@karayoshimotobua)

As a Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua gets to work with some pretty epic stars. Check out her Instagram for a glimpse at her handy work on Margaret Qualley, Daisy Edgar Jones, Zazie Beetz and Jennifer Garner.

Instagram: karayoshimotobua
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Kesley Deenihan Fisher (@kdeenihan)

Kelsey Deenihan Fisher is a delightful follow for photos of your favorite stars looking glam, including Millie Bobby Brown, Lucy Hale, Maya Rudolph, Emma Roberts and Hilary Duff.

Instagram: kdeenihan
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Mario Dedivanovic (@makeupbymario)

You know him for being Kim Kardashian’s BFF and personal makeup artist, and for serving killer makeup looks at his Masterclass. 

Instagram: makeupbymario
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Lisa Eldridge (@lisaeldridgemakeup)

Beautifying Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa is just another day’s work for this pro MUA and brand founder.

Instagram: lisaeldridgemakeup
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Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal)

Not only is Pat McGrath’s work absolutely breathtaking, but her Instagram grid is also full of iconic beauty moments for additional inspiration.

Instagram: patmcgrathreal
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Sandy Linter (@sandylinter)

Sandy Linter may just be one of the most interesting people on the planet and one look at her Instagram proves it. She counts Christie Brinkley as a best friend, the late Gia Carangi as a lover and Disco Beauty as her signature look.

Instagram: sandylinter
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Patrick Ta (@patrickta

You won’t have to scroll long to find a record of celebrity clients: Gigi Hadid, Shay Mitchell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Camila Cabello, (pause for breath) Adriana Lima, Olivia Munn and Jenna Dewan are some of the many.

Instagram: patrickta
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Hrush Achemyan (@styledbyhrush)

Like a true artist, Hrush Achemyan considers each client—think the entire Kardashians for starters—”like a canvas to a painter” and gussies them up with everyday glam.

Instagram: styledbyhrush
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Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty)

Not just the mastermind behind some of our favorite lip colors, Huda Kattan posts some of the best beauty tutorials in existence. So we can have our [Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder in Pound] cake and eat it too. 

Instagram: hudabeauty
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Vlada Haggerty (@vladamua)

If you haven’t already spent endless hours looking through lip art aficionado Vlada Haggerty’s Instagram page, you might be on the verge of doing so now. You’re welcome.

Instagram: vladamua
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Pony (@ponysmakeup)

Makeup artist to the K-pop stars, Pony’s dreamy makeup looks are just as iconic as her singular moniker.  

Instagram: ponysmakeup
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Katie Jane Hughes (@katiejanehughes)

KJH is an actual millennial mood board come to life. Visit her Instagram for dewy skin, bold color, graphic liner, and the most beautiful makeup looks you ever did see. 

Instagram: katiejanehughes
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Charlotte Tilbury (@charlottetilbury)

If, for some reason, you need any convincing to hit that “follow” button, let us remind you that the literal Queen of England elevated Charlotte Tilbury’s status last year to a member MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for her contribution to makeup. 

Instagram: charlottetilbury
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Robin Black (@beautyisboring)

Looking for an every-day smokey eye? Gemstone eyeliner? Polka dot eyebrows? Glossy red lips? Robin Black’s got it.

Instagram: beautyisboring
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Lottie (@lotstar)

Search for “Lottie” in the dictionary and you’re sure to find “neon” next to her name. MUA Lottie serves electrifying looks to the tune of highlighter yellow lids and slime-green liner. When she’s not serving high-octane color she’s painting on the faces of Alexandra Daddario, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Ricci and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Instagram: lotstar
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Val Garland (@thevalgarland)

Hairstylist-turned-makeup-artist, Val Garland sees beauty with a bigger picture mindset and her Instagram offers up inspiration from all corners of the earth. 

Instagram: thevalgarland
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Beau Nelson (@beau_nelson)

Ellen Pompeo, Riley Keough, Nicole Richie and Camila Mendes all come to Beau Nelson for beauty and we want to be next.

Instagram: beau_nelson
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Kate Lee (@kateleemakeup)

Ever wonder exactly how stars like Emilia Clarke and Anne Hathaway look completely flawless on the red carpet? The answer is a little Kate Lee magic.

Instagram: kateleemakeup
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Pati Dubroff (@patidubroff)

If Priyanka told us to jump off a bridge, we (probably) would. Anything—or anyone—she loves is our next obsession. Enter: Pati Dubroff, world-renowned makeup artist.

Instagram: patidubroff
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Tom Pecheux (@tompecheux)

He once did Princess Diana’s makeup for a magazine cover. Now, find Tom Pecheux backstage at every single fashion show touching up the likes of Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid.

Instagram: tompecheux
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James Kaliardos (@jameskaliardos)

Regardless of how you might feel about Miley Cyrus (how could anyone not love her?), there’s one thing we can all agree on: her makeup is always on point, thanks to our fave James Kaliardos. 

Instagram: jameskaliardos
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Diane Kendal (@diane.kendal)

Creativity block, meet your match. Her name is Diane Kendal and she offers up endless amounts of inspiration fresh off the runways.

Instagram: diane.kendal
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Sarah Nicole Tanno (@sarahtannomakeup)

Haus Labs brand global artistry director, Sarah Tanno, continues to amaze with reinvented beauty.

Instagram: sarahtannomakeup
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Molly Bee (@beautsoup)

Molly Bee creates some of the buzziest beauty on Instagram.

Instagram: beautsoup
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The Artist Edit (@theartistedit)

Still looking for more? The Artist Edit features new up-and-coming artists every single day.

Instagram: theartistedit/christianschild
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Marie Dausell (@dausell)

The eyes have it: Marie Dausell is the queen of pretty peepers. We definitely recommend following her if you’re looking for a way to amp up your lids and lashes.

Instagram: dausell

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