5 Inspiring Makeup Artists to Follow on Instagram

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Sir John, @sjblife

Sir John

Oh, ya know, just another day at the office doing Beyonce’s makeup… YEAH. Bey pops up on Sir John’s (that’s his real name) Instagram feed all the time, like it ain’t no thing, as do models Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls (that contour tho!!) and Chrissy Teigen.


Kate Lee, @kateleemakeup

Kate Lee

First of all, homegirl posts cat lady-approved quotes like “Happy is the home with at least one cat” (from an Italian proverb) and “The smallest feline is a masterpiece” (by Leonardo da Vinci).

So true. 🙂

Second, her red carpet looks, like the ones she does for Chanel on Keira Knightly, are to die for. Elegant, and never overdone.

She also just seems like she’d be fun to hang out with (see: this post and this).

Victor Cembellin, @victorcembellin

Victor Cembellin

I have mad love for Victor! He’s a senior MAC makeup artist for North America and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I’m regularly floored by his makeup looks, like when this pic popped up on my feed? HIGHLIGHTS LIKE WHOA!

His Instagram is a mix of behind-the-scenes updates, beautiful makeup (of course) and travel, all seasoned with silliness and fun.

Linda Hallberg, @lindahallbergs

Linda Hallberg

Linda is a Swedish makeup artist with grunge-glam sensibilities who does amazing experimental looks like this.

I love what she does with liner, graphical elements and shapes.

Um…and she also has two adorable cats named Taro and Lusse.

Melissa Shiffer, @melissashiffer

Melissa Shiffer

So fun! Lately Melissa, who’s a MAC makeup artist and trainer, has been posting these mini MAC history lessons about old-school faves like Spite Lipglass (from 1998’s Five Sins of Lipglass collection) and Smolder.

I mean, can you imagine a MAC world without Smolder??

I. Just. Can’t.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Erin says:

    I like Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury!
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  2. Hey Karen! I loved this article….following these artists! BTW, I have a woman crush on Linda Hallberg…. she is so freaking awesome!!! Have you seen her blog? SOO many perfect makeup works are there!
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  3. Cel says:

    I follow so many make-up artists on ig it’s crazy so I thought I’d just list them here too haha, share the love and all that.

    @katiejanehughes (she has an AMAZING tutorial for brows on her page)

  4. kwmechelle says:

    ……I’ll say. These are inspiring indeed. Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome. Are you on instagram, Kwmechelle? Send me your handle so we can keep up with each other. 🙂

      • kwmechelle says:

        Sorry I’m so late to the party (aren’t I always?!) 🙂
        I’m not on instagram or twitter, sadly. And I’m sure I’m the only person on the planet who isn’t. However, when I do get either or both, I’ll send it to you. Sweet of you to ask, dude!

        • Karen says:

          No worries, man! If/when you ever are just let me know. Instagram is so fun, by the way! It took me a while to get on board but once you start you can’t stop. LOL

          Happy (almost) Friday!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Linda Hallberg is the BOMB!! She is so stinking creative!! I don’t follow any of the rest of them (gasp!!) so now I have some new inspirational artists to follow! Thanks Karen!
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  6. Agata says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have been following Victor because of you 🙂 I will check out the rest of the artists.
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  7. As if checking my Instagram feed wasn’t already taking up half of my day, now I have to add more lovely people.
    Resistance is futile, I guess.
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  8. Such talent! Very enviable.
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  9. Kelly B. says:

    I love Katelee Makeup! I was totally stalking it when she was doing Keira Knightley’s Golden Globes makeup 😀
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  10. Fancie says:

    I follow so many different makeup artists on IG lol. I don’t know how I missed Beyonce’s artist though! I totally need to follow him. I just love her!
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  11. julia says:

    Kate Lee is my idol!

  12. Nicole says:

    @katiejanehughes is the brand ambassador for Butter London and an Insta fave!
    British accent✔️
    Fun videos✔️
    Master of the feline flick✔️
    Hair spirit animal✔️
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  13. Linda Hallberg is the absolute best. I found out about her through pinterest. She is so talented, love her work!

  14. Tatiana says:

    Victor! I’d love to have him do my makeup and make MAC recommendations!

  15. Jen L says:

    Awesome post. I always love Jessica Chastain’s looks and find myself ‘googling’ her makeup. Do you know who her MUA is also?

  16. Thanks for sharing dear.. I got to know Victor bcz of u .. Kinds looks so grgs.. Shall be following the rest today !! Love such graphic liner looks 🙂
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