Looking for Some Makeup Inspiration? Check Out These 7 Favorite Makeup Artists
I’m sure there are countless times we’ve all admired a celebrity’s appearance, and more often than not, it wasn’t the clothes that captivated us but the flawless skin, sexy pout, or seductive eyes. And how many times have you clicked on celebrity-sponsored product links to try and emulate their look or immersed ourselves in YouTube videos to learn the application techniques that would give us the same allure? It can be a hard act to follow since all of these celebrities have a secret weapon in their back pocket – makeup artists.
These masters of their trade have not only worked long and hard to excel at their craft, but they’re also innately talented. They have vision and style. They have steady hands that allow them to deftly perform precision applications with any product. It’s one of the reasons we created Meloway Makeup. We LOVE makeup looks but wanted people to be able to get a flawless look without the years of expertise.
That said, there’s no reason to deny ourselves the pleasure of following the current industry leaders and the up-and-coming talent for inspiration and personal enjoyment and to indulge in yet another try at perfection. Here are some of our favorite well-known makeup artists, plus some rising stars, to educate and encourage us.
Beauty Guru and Resident Makeup Artist at Bergdorf Goodman
For over twenty years, Jason Ascher has been all about serving up natural beauty to his clients, first as the East Coast Resident Makeup Artist for Barneys New York and, more recently, as the Resident Makeup Artist at Bergdorf Goodman. He is the go-to artist for brides based on his talent for fresh, understated applications, which he seamlessly transitions to more intense looks for clients who prefer to go bold.
Mary Phillips was focused on a career as a makeup artist from a young age and successfully pursued her dream, with Jessica Simpson being her first big client. She has since worked extensively with other celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Hailey Bieber, Addison Rae, and Kendall Jenner. Mary thrives on collaboration and a team effort to achieve head-to-toe looks for clients that rock their world.
Ash K. Holm
This talented artist hails from Houston, but Hollywood is now her base, where she works with celebrity clients such as Megan Fox, Candice Swanepoel, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, and Ariana Grande, for whom Holm created both her signature and wedding looks. Holm’s work also includes print editorials such as Vogue and Marie Claire, where her hallmark look of glowing skin, winged eyeliner, and bold eyebrows are in focus.
Martin’s storied career began as an independent makeup artist, and his work has been featured in Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar. While Martin was already a well-established and coveted MUA with A-list clients such as the Jessicas Biel and Alba, he gained international attention after crafting Meghan Markle’s wedding day look. The glowing radiance and naturally alluring eyes, which are Martin’s trademark, are definitely an effect worth trying to emulate.
London-born Pauline Briscoe noticed the lack of makeup options for women of color during her time as a part-time model. This fact, coupled with her passion for sketching and beauty illustration, spearheaded her decision to start her makeup career. Flash forward twenty years, and Briscoe is now considered one of the industry’s most prominent self-educated celebrity makeup artists with a client portfolio that includes Michelle Williams, Jennifer Hudson, and Serena Williams; magazines such as Glamour and Sports Illustrated, and prime time TV shows the X Factor, Love Island, and The Voice. Check out her tutorials and live chats for makeup inspiration.
Born and raised in Japan, Yumi trained under the world-famous Pat McGrath for five years and has since worked with numerous celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Kristin Davis, Julianne Moore, and more. A particular career highlight, however, was being chosen to create Priyanka Chopra’s assorted bridal looks for her multi-day wedding to Nick Jonas. Yumi has collaborated with industry leaders such as Patrick Demarchelier and Sebastian Kim, and Vogue, W, Marie Claire, and Allure are just some of Yumi’s editorial credits.
Cruelty-Free Makeup Artist
Nikki Fontaine is a multi-talented artist who not only creates stunning makeup looks from the subtle to the extreme but also prepares her own herbal skincare remedies and beautiful illustrations. Her freelance makeup artistry encompasses events, weddings, private clients, TV commercials, film, and editorials. Nikki has been freelancing since 2015 with gigs that included makeup application and styling for MAC cosmetics, CNBC, Amazon Style Code Live, and the Daily Mail News staff and on-air guests.
Now that you have a motherload of information about these very talented rainmakers to inspire you, it’s time to take a deep dive into our website to discover our innovative products that make makeup easy. It might not your career choice, but we’re all about making you a makeup artist in your own right.