We all need a dose of beauty inspiration and creativity every now and then – especially this time of the year when the most anticipated spring and summer makeup collections keep popping up on our Instagram feeds. When it comes to achieving a new beauty look, we like keeping our thumbs busy checking our favourite celebrities’ feeds for inspiration. It doesn’t stop there though – the moment we decide that we want to emulate a specific celebrity look, we turn to their makeup artists’ accounts. What we love about the celebrity makeup artists we follow on Instagram is that they generously share their industry secrets for the world to see. Each snap showcases the minute details and aesthetic nuances of a particular look, allowing beauty enthusiasts to replicate it eliminating all the guesswork. From photos of Queen Bey’s makeup artist Sir John glamming her up for her ascendance back to her throne at the Grammy’s to Charlotte Tilbury casually translating runway beauty looks to real life with the likes of Rihanna, Kate Moss, Amal Clooney and Nicole Kidman, here are top five celebrity makeup artists we follow and why we love them:
If you want to immerse yourself in the artistic side of makeup artistry, you must follow Lancome’s Creative Director Lisa Eldridge. Known as one of the most respected and experienced makeup artists in the international fashion circuit, she demonstrates her masterful makeup artistry for runway shows of some of the biggest fashion houses like Jil Sander, Nina Ricci and Moschino, and editorial shoots for prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She regularly works with some of the world’s most prominent fashion photographers Patrick Demarchelier and David Sims for editorial spreads of advertising campaigns. When she’s creating makeup looks for her celebrity clientele (Kate Winslet, Alexa Chung, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lopez etc.) she uses a minimalist approach. Lisa’s makeup philosophy is that “every face is gorgeous.” She sees beauty in people’s faces and doesn’t see the negatives. She’s all about enhancing one’s natural beauty. Lisa also maintains a YouTube channel where she uploads makeup tutorials for the us – the average women who “who likes makeup and who’s interested in makeup.”
Sir John Barnett
Not gonna lie – when we first heard this name, we thought that this celebrity makeup artist was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at one point. Sir John just happens to be his real name! It’s so fitting though because he is definitely a “Sir” for doing the kind of makeup he does. As an art student in Atlanta, his penchant for layering colors is what led him to thrive in the beauty and fashion industry. An encounter with Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury earned him multiple backstage gigs with them. Having joined L’Oréal Paris as a Consulting Celebrity makeup Artist in 2015 and being the man behind Beyoncé’s coveted looks, he quickly cemented his name in the international beauty scene. A-listers go to him to achieve show-stopping and visually arresting looks for various red carpet event. Aside from creating glamour looks, Sir John is also passionate about encouraging women to be confident and feel elevated. He believes that “beauty doesn’t just start and stop on the face” and wants to increase the vibration women send out to each other and to the world.
If you’re wondering how the Kardashian-Jenner family keeps their signature makeup looks on point for various events, shows and photoshoots, let Joyce Bonelli show you how. She is one of the top makeup artists in Hollywood who helped bring the long faux lashes and matte lips of the 90’s back in trend today. Before she started working with the Kardashians, her biggest assignment was being the makeup artist for the reality series, The Girls Next Door. She also worked for various magazine shoots earlier in her career. She’s been the Kardashian-Jenner family’s makeup artist for over ten years now and her strong relationship and bond with social media’s first family is pretty tight and solid. Take a look at her Instagram account and get insider tips about baking, contouring and tantouring, among others.
Follow Patrick Ta on Instagram and you’ll understand quickly why he is one of the most-sought after makeup artists in Hollywood. His long list of A-list clientele is growing by the minute and is showing no signs of slowing down. If Joyce Bonelli is unavailable, the Kardashian-Jenner family goes to him. He is the man behind the Hollywood faces of Jessica Alba, Shay Mitchell, the Hadids, Olivia Munn, Chrissy Teigen and all the other models to cross your mind. He started his career as a MAC makeup artist and moved to makeup freelancing soon after. He used Instagram as a means of showcasing his work to the world and that’s where Shay Mitchell found her. He met the majority of his clientele from Instagram which he credits to all of his success. What makes Patrick standout from all the other celebrity makeup artists? He captures the very essence of Hollywood glamour by creating full lips, subtle contouring and enhancing long lashes.
With over 20 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry, Charlotte Tilbury is a force to be reckoned with. Her career began during the supermodel era – the 1990s. Back then, she worked with supermodels like Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington for fashion shoots, editorials, runway shows and more. She also worked in numerous films and advertising campaigns. Among the designers she had a pleasure of working with are Tom Ford, Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey. Today, you can add Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna to her long list of celebrity clientele. She is passionate about the transformative power of makeup which she calls “confidence booster” that makes every woman feel powerful, sexy and beautiful with a flick of a brush. There’s not enough space in this post to detail Charlotte’s list of accolades to be quite honest! Here’s a fun fact about Charlotte: she created the “feline eye” – a look synonymous to Kate Moss’ signature look. It also happens to be the eye look she wears every single day. She created this look as a means of elongating the eye. It’s basically an eye lift without surgery. The “democratization of beauty” spearheaded by these makeup artists on a worldwide reach made us our own makeup artists – bless them! Are there other celebrity makeup artists you follow and get beauty tips from? List them on the comments section below: