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The Most Influential Makeup Artists in 2021

Get Your Beauty Inspirations From These Celebrity Makeup Artists

Famous makeup artists are celebrities in their own right. They have massive IG following, are BFFs with A-listers, and have backstage access to coveted events. While your favorite makeup artist may differ, the industry somehow agrees upon a small pool of makeup specialists who consistently deliver mind-blowing celebrity looks. Let’s meet the experts of Hollywood glam!

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#1

Sir John has been working with Beyoncé since 2010 when, as Charlotte Tilbury’s assistant, he did her makeup at Tom Ford’s first womenswear show. His Instagram account includes lots of “Queen Bey” and A-list clients, including Serena Williams, Mary J. Blige, Joan Smalls, and Karlie Kloss. On the side, he collaborates as Consulting Celebrity Makeup Artist with L’Oréal Paris, Victoria Beckham Beauty, and NARS. He even created a Disney “Lion King” makeup collection. Check out his IG profile for fashion-forward makeup inspirations.

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#2

Lisa Eldridge is a makeup guru known for her signature dewy flawless-skin red carpet makeup, as well as iconic editorial and runway looks. Her book “Face Paint: The Story of Makeup” is a New York Times bestseller. Interestingly, she is also one of the world’s biggest vintage makeup collectors as seen on BBC docu-series “Makeup: A Glamorous History”. Dua Lipa, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, and Nicole Kidman are among her celebrity clientele. She has worked backstage at shows like Gucci, Prada, Balmain, and Jil Sander. Follow her social media for a good cause – her 1.3M Instagram followers and 200M YouTube views generate donations for female health and education.

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#3

Hung Vanngo is a NY-based makeup artist combining glamour with avant-gardeness. His 2.2M-follower Instagram account is star-studded, with regulars including Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid. Check out his collaborations with brands like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, Max Mara, and Christian Louboutin Beauty.

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#4

Mary Phillips loves glowy, bronzy skin. She applies her minimalist, monochromatic makeup techniques to beauties like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Hailee Steinfeld. Flawless complexion is in vogue! Her 1.3M-follower Insta feed epitomizes next-gen coolness.

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#5

Patrick Ta has model looks and a knack for a sexy, sheer glow for all skin tones. In his 2.1M-follower account, you will find modern Hollywood bombshells like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Olivia Munn, Adriana Lima, Ariana Grande, Chrissy Teigen, Katy Perry, and Kourtney Kardashian. Scroll his IG for graphic eye makeup tutorials and Patrick Ta Beauty products.

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#6

Mario Dedivanovic became viral as Kim K’s makeup artist who reinvented makeup contouring. He also pioneered trends like #bakedmakeup #sculptedcheeks #nudelips, and #airbrushedskin. You can even take makeup lessons from him! Boasting a whooping 8.3M fan base, his beauty brand IG features celebs, beauty products, and makeup tutorials.

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#7

Pat McGrath is, according to Anna Wintour, “the most influential makeup artist in the world”. Queen Elizabeth II named her a Dame of the British Empire. Since Amber Valletta introduced her to photographer Steven Meisel, the legendary makeup artist has touched every single top model on earth. She conceptualizes and creates makeup for editorials, ad campaigns, RTW and couture shows. In addition, she has developed products for Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and her own Pat McGrath Labs. Her 3.5M-follower IG account is a glitter-and-color fantasy!

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#8

Gucci Westman is the master of the “no-makeup” makeup looking effortless on beauties like Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, and Cameron Diaz. Her personal IG and makeup line account feature celebrity friends, tutorials, and product recommendations.

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#9

Sarah Tanno gives you behind-the-scenes exclusives of “Haus of Gaga” on her Insta feed. She has collaborated with renowned photographers like Steven Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Inez & Vinoodh, and Paolo Roversi on editorials, and is a member of the Marc Jacobs Beauty family.

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#10

Kate Lee rose to stardom in the early 90s doing makeup for rising-legend Kate Winslet. Since then, Rose Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shira Haas are some of her current clients. The LA-based Chanel Makeup Artist shares on Instagram her editorial portfolio, as well as ad campaigns featuring Givenchy, Gucci, Dior, Piaget, and UGG.

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#11

Charlotte Tilbury counts among many clients Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, and Sienna Miller. Her brand, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, is groundbreaking. Not only is she a British Vogue Contributing Beauty Editor, she has even received an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II! Her 4M-follower account is packed with Hollywood-glam makeup and tutorials.

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#12

Vincent Oquendo is described by ELLE UK as a “make-up maestro”. His bold red-carpet and editorial makeup has been seen on Lily Collins, Janelle Monae, Diane Kruger, and Jessica Biel.

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