Updated: Dec 28, 2019
We all know the iconic Mario Dedivanovic, aka makeupbymario, and of course Beyonce's Sir John, but there are so many other makeup extraordinaires, celebrity makeup artists and independent creators alike, that do so much for the community. Towards the end of the year, with the holiday season and final projects often meshing together, we can sort of get into a beauty rut. So, I decided to share some of my favorite on-the-rise creators that have always given me a little beauty inspo when I've been in the same routine for a bit too long.
A friend of mine recently recommended Abbie's page to me, and I must say, I'm obsessed with the looks they're pulling. Whether it's high-glam or a softer, everyday look, all of their looks have a vibrant, almost Lisa Frank vibe to them. They have a super unique way of incorporating props, like chains and Hello Kitty stickers, into a colorful eye look and I love the creativity that they bring. If you're feeling a little daring, or you're just looking to incorporate some color into your look, I highly recommend checking out more of Abbie's looks.
I've been following Bri for some time now, and I've always been a huge fan of their makeup. The bio speaks for itself: drag and beauty. As someone who has always been interested in the art of drag, incorporating drag and modern glam into looks is one of my favorite takes on makeup. Bri can go super glam, or fully transform, like in my favorite look of theirs - a full Bratz doll transformation. You can also follow Bri's dynamic looks on Twitter and YouTube.
Much like Bri, I've been following Ayanna ever since I got into makeup several years ago, and it's been crazy to watch her blossom as an artist. Ayanna has some of my favorite looks I've ever seen from a small artist, and I always go back to her page when I'm looking for some colorful inspo. Ayanna has probably served up a super glam look for every color combo in the rainbow, as well as some super cool editorial looks as well.
Ali is another favorite independent artist that I've watched grow, both in talent and followers. Ali's makeup takes glam, drag, and transformation to a whole new level with dynamic looks like this Beetlejuice interpretation, or a classic graphic liner. You can also find Ali's artwork on TikTok.
5. Doniella Davy - donni.davy
In a past post of mine, I covered some of Davy's iconic Euphoria looks. As the head makeup artist on the show, Davy is in charge of creating unique, colorful looks for the equally colorful characters. It's safe to say that Davy's style has taken the makeup world by storm, as artists everywhere have been recreating their Euphoria interpretations. You can always just watch the show yourself, but Davy's Instagram gives you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the show's most popular looks.
6. Gilbert Soliz - gilbert_soliz
Gilbert Soliz is a celebrity makeup artist, primarily known for creating looks for rising star Kim Petras, but can also be seen painting starlets, Laverne Cox and Peta Murgatroyd. Not only does he create looks for big names in pop culture, but his work can also be seen in high-fashion magazines Allure and Marie Claire. Not to go on, but Soliz is also a part of Marc Jacob's global artist team, so yeah, he's kind of a big deal. I wouldn't be surprised if Soliz became one of the biggest names in makeup artistry very soon, so be sure to keep an eye on him.
7. Miss Fame - missfamenyc
There aren't enough words to explain Miss Fame's cultural impact within the beauty community in the past 5 years, but the least I can do is try. Famously known as the most "boring" season of Rupaul's Drag Race, Season 7 was still able to churn out some of the biggest names in drag: Trixie Mattel, Violet Chachki, Jasmine Masters, and of course, Miss Fame. What I love about Miss Fame's take on makeup is her old-Hollywood style in drag and her edgy, androgynous looks when the wig is off. Fame recently attended this year's past Met Gala, representing Miu Miu and even released her own makeup line, Miss Fame Beauty.
8. Patrick Ta - patrickta
The first time I came across Patrick Ta was through Olivia Munn's Instagram, and I've been obsessed with his style of makeup ever since. Known for perfect glowy skin and glossy eyes, Ta has a star-studded lineup of clients, painting everyone from the Hadids, to Megan Fox, Constance Wu, and even Kourtney Kardashian. Ta's reputation for glowing skin became so prolific that he has even released his line of highlighting mist, body oil, and highlighter, Patrick Ta Beauty.
9. Scott Osbourne Jr. - thescottedit
If you're a fan of Rico Nasty, you know she's a fan of extreme makeup, and it's all thanks to her makeup artist Scott Osbourne Jr. Osbourne is a celebrity makeup artist that, like the independent creators that I mentioned before, does an amazing job of blending glam and drag to create a cool, dynamic look. Not only is Rico Nasty a regular of Osbourne's, but names like Doja Cat and Coile Ray often pop up on his Instagram as well. Since Rico is on the rise as one of the biggest new names in rap, it's really cool to see someone in the mainstream take notes from drag makeup.
10. Sherri Laurence - sherrilaurence
Similar to Doniella Davy, Sherri Laurence is also a makeup artist for a television series. Laurence and her Emmy award-nominated team are responsible for all of the iconic house looks pulled on FX's Pose. What sets Pose apart is the importance of all the history and culture that comes with the 1980s ball scene, so it's incredibly impressive that Laurence and her team pull off the looks so well.