Get the best of backstage beauty as it happens by following these acclaimed makeup artists that create the looks for the leading names in high fashion.
The makeup artists you need to follow on Instagram
Beauty lovers will understand the yearning to learn new techniques, see new collections before they launch and watch the art of makeup application as it unfolds.
Which is exactly why, if that sounds like you, you need to follow these makeup artists on Instagram.
Some of the most influential names in the industry worldwide, these are the figures who (among multiple things) work backstage to create the looks we see championed on the runways.
Of course we know her for her makeup and skincare line (we’re obsessed with everything Magic Wonder) but the eponymous brand is also named after the makeup artist herself. The British talent has earned herself an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II and often works backstage for brands such as Stella McCartney, Prada and Chloé.
Follow her here: @ctilburymakeup
Another British favourite, Pat McGrath likewise holds an MBE and was named by Anna Wintour as: “The most influential makeup artist in the world.” So innate were her talents for all things beauty, that McGrath has never even undergone professional beauty and fashion training. As well as having her own line, Pat McGrath Labs, the icon works with the likes of Valentino and Moschino to name a few.
Follow her here: @patmcgrathreal
Currently Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup, clearly the Belgian MUA plays a key role within the global beauty seen. Currently, he has served in the role for five years, and the talent previously headed up Chanel’s beauty division, which included the product development for the makeup line, the beauty campaign imagery and runway shows.
Follow him here: @peterphilipsmakeup
Born in England, makeup artist Val Garland has gone a long way in her beauty career since starting out as a stylist in the hairdressers in her hometown. Now, Garland holds the title of L’Oreal Paris’ Global Makeup Director. Known for her outlandish, hypnotizing style, she has worked on runways shows with designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen
Follow her here: @thevalgarland
Currently serving as Givenchy’s Creative Director of Makeup, Nicolas Degennes has taken on the role at the French Maison for almost two decades now. He is credited for creating the Givenchy Le Makeup line and offering a contemporary vision of cosmetics. His Instagram feed offers backstage insights and tutorials.
Follow him here: @ndegennes
Born in Italy, Lucia Pica moved to London to pursue her beauty dreams in her twenties. Starting out working as an assistant for Charlotte Tilbury, Pica has worked for brands such as Dior, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton in the past. Now, the talent works as Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer.
Follow her here: @luciapicaofficial
The American makeup artist, who has her own cosmetics line called Westman Atelier, has had a long career within beauty. As well as working backstage for brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Richard Chai, Diane von Furstenberg, Westman has served as the International Artistic Director for Lancôme and the Global Artistic Director for Revlon in the past.
Follow her here: @gucciwestman