Follow These 14 Makeup Artists on Instagram for the Best Beauty Inspo

We admit it: We spend a lot of time on Instagram. Who among us can say they don’t? After all, it’s a one-stop shop for endless beauty and makeup inspo. From colorful cut crease designs to geometric shadow looks, the jaw-dropping creativity on the ‘gram never ceases to amaze us. We decided that the talented beauty experts and makeup artists behind our most-scrolled feeds deserve a shoutout, so we’re rounding up our favorites to follow right here.

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Aniyah, @aniyah.s

Even if you don’t personally have the patience to commit to elaborate eye makeup looks (and we don’t blame you), you’ll still appreciate Aniyah’s colorful, totally out-of-the-box eyeshadow creations. She often incorporates dreamy celestial elements, like stars and galaxy-Esque swirls.

Maha Alselami, @maha.gram

Maha Alselami is one of the best things to happen to our IG feeds. From funky lip art to neon eyeliner, she can truly do it all. Her work ranges from runway and editorial to everyday beats, so there’s inspo for everyone and every occasion. If you haven’t given her a follow yet, what are you waiting for?

Rowi Singh, @rowisingh

If you ask us, Rowi Singh isn’t just a makeup artist, she’s an icon. She’s constantly exploring the boundaries of makeup with her cool, colorful looks that are literal pieces of art. She’s not an influencer to follow for easy-to-create makeup looks, but rather because her creativity and innovation are inspiring.

Ehlie Luna, @ehlieluna

Not only does Ehlie Luna’s Insta offer top-notch beauty inspo, but it’s also full of informative videos with tips on how to identify your glam type, apply different types of makeup and choose which products are right for you. We’re also obsessed with her “subway series” videos in which she pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of impeccably applying lip liner on a moving train.

Jonet Williamson, @jonetwmakeup

Jonet Williamson is our go-to for easy-to-follow trend tutorials, like these fluffy brows video or this guide to nailing the siren eyes look. Her beauty ethos is all about fresh, glowy skin and bold eye and lip look.

Patrick Ta, @patrickta

Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta tends towards a classic beauty style — think red lips, defined brows, and winged eyeliner. He’s worth a follow if you want to try to copy some of your favorite stars’ makeup, too.

Pat McGrath, @patmcgrathreal

When it comes to dreaming up runway-ready makeup looks, nobody can beat Pat McGrath. Her work is all about fantasy and sparkle. If you aren’t already a fan of glittery eyeshadow, you will be after following.

Grace Lee, @graceleebeauty

Follow Grace Lee, lead makeup artist at Maybelline New York, for her product recs and try-ons. She posts helpful videos like this one comparing different shades of lipstick, so you can decide which one you want to buy.

Sasha Chudeeva, @chudesasha

We could scroll through Sasha’s dreamy, intricate eyeliner inspiration all day. Between a cat-eye composed of tiny red hearts to a lid look with a cheeky message, each post is more whimsical than the last.

Tatiana Rose, @tatianaroseart

If there’s anything we love stumbling upon in our IG feeds, it’s creative and highly editorial makeup. Tatiana Rose nails it every single time with her magazine-worthy photos and innovative makeup, hair, and skin look. The best part? No two images look the same. Instead, she’s able to reinvent herself with an entirely different look each time she posts.

Shalini Kutti, @urshaynesss

Maybe you’re more into minimalist makeup. In that case, check out Shalini Kutti’s profile. She posts tutorials and photos of her looks, but she also shares handy infographics with beauty tips like how to remove mascara without losing eyelashes.

Shayla Mitchell, @makeupshayla

Shayla Mitchell has racked up an impressive three million followers thanks to her full glam makeup tutorials using tons of different products. She also posts “get ready with me” videos that show off her adorable outfits, too.

Nyma Tang, @nymatang

Nyma Tang’s Insta feed truly has a little bit of everything. There is pretty, shimmy eyeshadow swatches, cute nail art ideas, and fun lippy shades. The South Sudanese influencer is also known for promoting inclusive face makeup ranges, and testing products in darker complexion shades.

Erin Parsons, @erinparsonsmakeup

Erin Parsons shares her take on vintage makeup, testing out beauty looks, and techniques inspired by different eras such as the 1960s. In between her videos, she posts snapshots of iconic beauty moments from old movies and TV shows.

Photo: Aniyah

Easy Back-to-School Makeup Tutorials for People of Color

Back-to-school season is always full of excitement and nerves, especially if you’re returning to in-person class after a long time away. The last thing you need to worry about is your back-to-school makeup amid all this change. Lucky for you, we rounded up our favorite beginner-friendly makeup tutorials for women of color to rock in the virtual classroom or person. Keep reading for the tutorials, which are full of affordable drugstore makeup recommendations.

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Glowy, Natural Makeup

We understand the rush that sometimes comes with making it to school on time, which is why we love this quick and easy natural beat by content creator Tea Renee. She gives an especially in-depth description of how she gets her brows so flawless while using minimal products.

Natural Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin

If you’re looking to cover acne and hyperpigmentation without your makeup appearing cakey, turn to this video by Colleen Ho. She also showcases a quick and easy way to create faux freckles!

No-Makeup Makeup

This back-to-school makeup tutorial is the epitome of natural beauty. While Ashley Quiroz has a medium skin tone, her minimalist, less-is-more makeup approach translates flawlessly on all skin tones.

Foundation-Free Drugstore Makeup

Looking to add coverage without using foundation? Watch Haley Kim’s back-to-school makeup tutorial using concealer and color correcting to pinpoint areas she wants to draw attention away from. Bonus: she only uses drugstore products.

Subtle Glam Makeup

Want to add a little more drama to your back-to-school makeup look? Lexsa Marie has you covered with this beginner-friendly back-to-school makeup tutorial targeted at oily complexions. Learn how to lock in your makeup all day and keep shine to a minimum with her techniques.

5 Fall Makeup Trends Currently Trending on Pinterest

Sure, we’re a little crazy for daydreaming about fall makeup looks when it’s still a zillion degree outside, but we can’t help ourselves. It’s the perfect time to scope out all of the best new autumn eyeshadow palettes and stock up on some vampy lipsticks. For inspiration, we’re looking to Pinterest. Ahead, check out five makeup looks we’re currently pinning and will be recreating this season.

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Rich Warm Tones

In our opinion, orange is the unofficial color of fall and we love incorporating the shade into our makeup. Swipe a shadow with red undertones onto your brow bone and add an orangey pop in your inner corner. Complete the look with a creamy orange lip gloss. Use the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeshadow in Wild One with enhancemecosmeticsataylorgirlcollection ADORE ME PALETTE and the Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Orange Flashback to recreate this look.

Amped-up Eyeliner

Transform a classic cat-eye by doubling up and adding another swipe of gold eyeliner that will make your eyes sparkle more when they catch the light. Pair it with a matte, neutral-cut crease to make your eyes pop.

Autumn Dew

Who says dewy skin is only for warm weather? This trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Keep things soft and natural this autumn by using a skin tint like the YSL Beauty NU Bare Look Tint or FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna
Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
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Vampy Lips

Dark, matte lipsticks will always be a fall staple. We love how they make a statement on their own, or you can pair them with eye makeup that’s equally as bold. Our favorite matte lipstick of the moment is the NYX Professional Makeup XXL Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick.

Falling Leaves

Rich oranges, yellows, and browns are the signature colors of falling autumn leaves — plus they make a gorgeous effect when used in tandem on your eyes. For the ultimate fall eye, create a glittery gradient with enhancemecosmeticsataylorgirlcollection Black Magic and Surprise Me Glitter eyeshadow palette.

Photo: Zeph, @zephanijong

Our Favorite Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes for Under $20

While splurging on luxury makeup is arguably our favorite way to treat ourselves, there’s something to be said for finding killer products that don’t break the bank. Gone are the days when great eyeshadow palettes were synonymous with hefty price tags. Here, we’re sharing the best drugstore eyeshadow palettes that you can snag for under $20.

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Maybelline Nudes Of New York 16 Pan Eyeshadow Palette, $13.99

This palette is a great option if you’re looking to take your makeup from day to night. The combination of light, medium and deep neutral tones make it an easy all-in-one palette for on-the-go makeup. Plus, the formula is ultra creamy and blendable.

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NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette, $18

If you’re someone who likes to have options, this NYX eyeshadow palette comes in a variety of colorways. From smokey and vivid hues, there’s sure to be a variation you’ll love. Not only are these palettes some of our favorites in terms of versatility, but the pigmentation top notch, too.

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L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette, $14.99

There’s no denying that the juicy fruit scent of this palette makes it special, but it’s not the only thing we love about it. It combines a variety of warm nude shades in with shimmering and matte finishes that make for the perfect, natural makeup look. And the shadows are smooth and creamy which ensure they’re easy to blend.

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NYX Professional Makeup Metal Play Pigment Palette, $15

If you’re into bold makeup and metallic eyeshadows, this is the palette for you. It comes with six gorgeous, impactful shades that are perfect for adding the finishing touch to a look or swiping all over your lids for a simple, yet striking wash of color.

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ColourPop Cabana Club Eyeshadow Palette, $14

Whether you’re looking to create an everyday makeup look or amp up your eyeshadow and make it more glam, this palette, which can be found in the affordable section at Ulta has something for you. The combination of neutrals and colorful shades, mattes, and metallics makes it incredibly versatile. Plus, it has lots of depth, meaning it will be ultra-flattering on tons of different skin tones.

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Bite Size Eyeshadow Palette, $3

Truth be told, the price tag of this eyeshadow palette is nearly impossible to beat. But, don’t be fooled by the affordability of these shadows — they’re anything but lacking when it comes to pigmentation and blend-ability. This palette also comes in a wide range of colors—from deep red berry shades to earthy greens and everything in between, you’re bound to find an option to suit your preferences.

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