It's the holiday season, which means free nights on your calendar are looking more sparse than the leftover sequins on last year's New Year's Eve dress. It also happens to be the perfect time to experiment with non-boring, non-crazy party makeup looks. So you're going to need ample inspiration, stat. Luckily, Instagram is absolutely packed with makeup artists who deliver. No matter what your schedule — or the coming year — has in store for you, these 21 makeup artists will keep your feed looking beautiful.
Lisa Eldridge (@lisaeldridgemakeup)
Despite the fact that she spends her days beautifying the likes of Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Alexa Chung, Eldridge's Instagram presence makes her feel more like your long-lost BFF than a famous makeup artist. Full of behind-the-scenes shots, product close-ups, teasers from her YouTube channel and the occasional mask selfie, a minute on her feed and you'll be shouting, "Be my BFF, Lisa!"
It’s easy to mistake Lottie's Instagram for a beauty spread in a magazine; after all, many of the shots come straight from her work in glossies like Vogue China as well as campaigns for brands like Tarte and Calvin Klein. It's not all editorial, though. Interspersed with her other work, Lottie throws in inspiration shots and drool-worthy art pieces that could just as easily grace a gallery wall. Pure eye candy.
Sir John (@sirjohnofficial)
True story: Not even Beyoncé wakes up like that every day. And while you may not be able to get her go-to guy Sir John to show up at your house for a daily primp, you can at least live vicariously through his behind-the-scenes shots.
Nick Barose (@dilokritbarose)
If you've ever wondered what it's like to travel the world as a makeup artist, Barose's Instagram can give you a glimpse into such a life. A celebrity makeup artist who has become a star in his own right, Barose's fans love his unfiltered take on the industry (he holds nothing back) and makeup trends (don't even get him started on Facetune).
Mylah Morales (@mylahmorales)
When you go by the nickname Glaminator, you've got a lot to live up to. You know what's great for living up to that? Being Rihanna's makeup artist. There's plenty of RiRi on Morales' feed, as well as shots of her family (who regularly get in on the makeup game) and some of the less glitter-fied moments of life as an MUA.
Charlotte Tilbury (@ctilburymakeup)
Perhaps you've heard of Tilbury from her namesake product line that, you know, took over the world. The old-school Hollywood glamour doesn’t end with her product aesthetics, either. Check out her Insta for the obvious product shots as well as her editorial work, and the occasional bit of makeup wizardry (Once you do J.K. Rowling’s makeup, you’re officially accepted at Hogwarts, right?)
Hung Vanngo (@hungvanngo)
If you love the Victoria's Secret bombshell look (and honestly, who doesn't?) you'll want to follow the man who makes the magic happen. As you might expect, his feed is packed to the gills with VS mainstays like Jasmine Tookes, Miranda Kerr and Stella Maxwell, but he also shares snaps from his roster of eye-popping editorial work.
Val Garland (@thevalgarland)
Somewhere between practical makeup artist and avant-garde cosmetic savant is Garland, whose portfolio includes some of M.A.C.'s most inspiring looks, having shoved models' faces into a box of glitter at Vivienne Westwood and Lady Gaga's freaky alien cheekbone prosthetics (remember those?) And yes, her Instagram is exactly as cool as you'd expect it to be.
Tom Pecheux (@tompecheux)
As the unofficial-official king of Fashion Month (no really, is there a show this man hasn't worked?), Pecheux's Instagram is appropriately wallpapered with choice backstage photos, as well as dreamy vacay shots for when your feed is as close to a tropical getaway as you're going to get.
Joyce Bonelli (@joycebonelli)
Kardashian fans, take note: if you want to see what it would be like to hang out with the sisters on a day-to-day basis (not to mention get a glimpse at their makeup, duh), this is your next follow. Bonelli not only crafts many of the family's most memorable makeup looks, but she also gets in on the action with them. What we're saying is, selfies. So many selfies.
Rachel Goodwin (@rachel_goodwin)
Not all celebrity makeup artists come off as, well, people on their social media (gotta maintain that brand, yo). But Emma Stone's go-to makeup pro is a noteworthy exception. Her feed has as many hunger-inducing food snaps as it does gorgeous inspo and shots of Stone — and we're not complaining about either category, TBH.
Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal)
In the beauty world, all roads lead to Pat McGrath. And unlike some famous types who are singularly dedicated to promoting their own work, McGrath supports other artists, often re-'gramming them, as well as a variety of other images, old and new, that inspire her. It's also the best way to find out about how (and when) to snag new products from her line, Pat McGrath Labs, before they sell out. Which they inevitably do, always.
Patrick Ta (@patrickta)
Want to look like Gigi Hadid? Well, Ta's Instagram may not get you quite that far, but his copious snaps of her (along with other star clients, like Alessandra Ambrosio and Olivia Munn) can at least set you on the right path.
Robin Black (@beautyisboring_)
Whether you're looking for inspiration for how to wear blue shadow or the proper way to pull off peach blush, or if your Insta is just lacking in minimalist shots of pretty girls in pretty makeup, Robin Black is the makeup artist to follow. She splits the middle ground between wearable and out-there, with flawless shots either way.
Alex Box (@thealexbox)
Forget wearable; Box's work is all about pushing the notion of what you can do with makeup — just what you'd expect from the beauty editor of a cult German fashion and art glossy like King Kong magazine. Her work may not be made for date night, but you can't fail to be captivated by shots of women tie-dyed in neon or scrawled over in charcoal. She puts the "artist" in makeup artist.
Linda Gradin (@lindagradinmakeup)
For anyone into model off-duty vibes, this Swedish makeup artist's Insta is the one for you. Think everyday looks turned up to eleven with dewy skin, glossy lids and artful smudges to inspire you're "I care, but not too much" vibe.
Mario Dedivanovic (@makeupbymario)
Best known as the man who makes Kim Kardashian's face happen, Dedivanovic is also a meme lover of the highest order. Expect snaps from his constantly sold-out makeup master classes, as well as shots of Mrs. Kardashian-West, and literally every makeup meme the internet has ever created.
Pati Dubroff (@patidubroff)
Dubroff has worked with everybody. Literally everybody. Think of an awesome celebrity you'd love to hang out with, and Dubroff has probably had her hands on their face. Want proof? Just check out her feed, where she regularly posts selfies and behind-the-scenes shots of whatever famous face she's working on at the moment.
Charlotte Willer (@charlottewillermakeup)
Get your color theory straight on Willer's Instagram, which features sets of images, many of them ultra close-ups that create a curated, mood board feel. Looking for examples of how to give your feed a strong aesthetic? This is the one for you.
Hannah Murray (@hannah_murray1)
Between her work for mags like i-D and Vogue as well as Topshop's Beauty Consultant, Murray has gotten to get a lot of globe-trotting in. It shows on her Instagram, which is part travel log, part art editorial, and all the boost of color you need when the grey days of winter start getting you down.
Beau Nelson (@beau_nelson)
You'd expect Kristen Stewart's go-to makeup pro to be an expert at pushing boundaries, and that's precisely what Nelson's work does. His aesthetic manages to walk on the wild side while still crafting wearable looks — a.k.a. the holiday party makeup inspiration you've been looking for.