Much to the chagrin of my boyfriend, I spend quite some time scrolling through my Instagram feed. It’s to the point that I may need to enroll in a 12-step program one day. But until then, I wanted to share some of the amazing, talented, under-the-radar makeup Instagram accounts I’ve come across in the past few months. These aren’t just snapshots of the inside of a makeup bag or a pretty red lipstick—the mind-blowing makeup looks you see on these accounts border on true masterpieces. See for yourself below.
@lisaeldridge. Lisa Eldridge is a well-known makeup artist in the U.K., and if you don’t know her, you should, because she’s absolutely amazing. She works with some major celebrities (Alexa Chung, Kate Winslet, Jessica Biel) and has a great blog, and the makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel get millions of views. Her Instagram account is full of some of the crazy-cool makeup looks she’s created, pictures of what inspires her, behind-the-scenes shots, and some pretty legit product porn.
@lotstar. I used to see makeup artist Lottie backstage at New York Fashion Week as an assistant to makeup megastar Pat McGrath. She now leads her own teams backstage at fashion shows in New York City and London and whips up cool looks for big-name magazines and advertisements. She has a love for color, sparkle, and the beautiful—all of which you can see on her Instagram feed.
@dressupbox. Every day, Oregon-based makeup artist Hannah Concannon paints her face a different unique character and posts the image to her Instagram account. She’s recreated Lady Gaga’s *Art Pop *cover, Elphaba from Wicked, and even turned her face into a Roy Lichtenstein painting. How she finds the time to do this every day, I don’t know, as many of her looks involve wigs and costumes. But I thank her for it, as I may borrow one of her ideas for my next Halloween costume.
@tal_peleg. I’m still bewildered by Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg’s amazing eye artwork. She’s painted pictures of swans (like in the shot above), sushi, kittens, and Walter White’s face onto her lids, while we’re psyched about drawing one straight line along our lashes. She even gets her lashes into the mix, incorporating them into her mini works of art by dyeing them or exaggerating them with some serious mascara. She uses her Instagram account to show off her work but actually breaks down the step-by-step process of her masterpieces for anyone who’s interested. Too bad I don’t speak Hebrew.
@mathu_7. You’ve heard of RuPaul. Well, get yourself acquainted with RuPaul’s makeup artist, Mathu Andersen. A little quirky and a little dark, there’s no denying that he is an incredibly talented makeup artist; he’s manipulated his bearded mug into a glamorous skeleton, a glamorous dead person, and, well, a glamorous man with a beard.
@danabomar. I bet Joan Smalls went on Dana Bomar’s Instagram account before trying out dark blue lipstick. Bomar has a way of making even the weirdest lipstick shades look good (teal, black, periwinkle). Her love for color doesn’t stop at the mouth; she also shows off some crazy shadow looks that, while you may not be able to wear in real life, make for great inspiration and Instagram eye candy.
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