No one gets a better behind-the-scenes look at fashion week than the hair, makeup and nail artists. And for that reason, they are some of the best people to follow on Instagram. So skip the brands and editors and consider this list your new backstage pass.
Who: Dick Page, Makeup Artist & Shiseido Artistic Director Where: @dickpageface Why: When Page isn’t dishing up shots of his latest culinary confections, you can find him sharing some of the most beautiful and inventive makeup looks on the platform.
Who: Orlando Pita, Hairstylist and founder of Orlando Pita Play Where: @orlandopita Why: Pita’s account is full of stellar #tbts, fashion references, and some of the best (and biggest) hair around.
Who: James Kaliardos, Makeup Artist & Visionaries Founder Where: @jameskaliardos Why: Every Rodarte look that you’ve ever loved (all of them, right?) can be accredited to this artiste extraordinaire.
Who: Deborah Lippmann, Nail Artist Where: @deborahlippmann Why: Lippmann walks through her process of coming up with a look for a fashion show step by step, so that you will feel like you’re there. The best part? You can click to buy every item from Lippman’s 7-free polish line on your phone.
Who: James Pecis, Hairstylist and Oribe Global Ambassador Where: @jamespecis Why: The king of braids also has a soft spot for natural texture, which should serve as some hearty inspiration.
Who: Gucci Westman, Makeup Artist Where: @gucciwestman Why: Westman is an advocate of stellar skincare–and gets up close and personal with models to show what a perfectly prepped face looks like.
Who: Guido Palau, Hairstylist and Redken Global Creative Director Where: @guidopalau Why: Palau doesn’t just style a model’s hair. More often than not, he cuts it or adds wigs–changing their lives in the process.
Who: Madeline Poole, Nail Artist and Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Where: @mpnails Why: Poole has killer personal style and a panache for unique color combos.
Who: Odile Gilbert, Hairstylist Where: @odilegilbert_official Why: After creating even the most complex of hairstyles for a fashion show, Gilbert is nonchalant. That effortless attitude translates to her social media presence.
Who: Diane Kendal, Makeup Artist Where: @diane.kendal Why: Kendal is a pro at making models look simultaneously soft and edgy.
Who: Anthony Turner, Hairstylist Where: @anthonyturnerhair Why: Turner makes elegant looks seem cool, which stands out on Instagram.
Who: Mark Carrasquillo, Makeup Artist Where: @markcarrasquillo Why: The makeup artist often includes humorous narrations with his backstage videos.
Who: Yadim Carranza, Makeup Artist Where: #Yadim Why: Ok, Yadim is too cool to have an Instagram account. But follow the hashtag of his name on Instagram to see photos posted of the makeup artist by fans.
Who: Paul Hanlon, Hairstylist Where: @paulhanlonhair Why: Hanlon is just getting started in New York before heading to Europe, where he will be doing the hair for brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Who: Lucia Pieroni, Makeup Artist and Clé De Peau Beauté Creative Make Up Director Where: @lucia_pieroni Why: Pieroni loves showing close ups of her favorite products.
Who: Holli Smith, Hairstylist Where: @hollismithhead Why: A quick swipe through Smith’s profile will make you fall in love with hair jewelry.
Who: Val Garland, Makeup Artist Where: @thevalgarland Why: Garland shares mood boards of the faces she creates, which are as delightful as the looks themselves.
Who: Jimmy Paul, Hairstylist Where: @jimmypaulhair Why: Paul posts backstage shots from fashion week, and behind-the-scenes imagery from his shoots with legendary photographer Steven Meisel. Needless to say, he’s one of our favorites when it comes to access.
Who: Jin Soon Choi, Nail Artist and founder of JINsoon Where: @jinsoonchoi Why: The nail artist posts close ups of her amazing work, playful backstage shots of models and the occasional selfie.
Who: Tom Pecheux, Makeup Artist Where: @tompecheux Why: The makeup artist has access to all of today’s top models, including Gigi Hadid. And he’s not afraid to be silly.
Who: Kabuki, Makeup Artist Where: @kabukinyc Why: The makeup artist, who regularly works with photographer Steven Klein, posts interesting illustrations of his beauty looks.
Who: Sam McKnight, Hairstylist Where: @sammcknight1 Why: Princess Diana’s hairstylist of choice makes couture-worthy confections at every ready-to-wear show he works, including Tim Ford.
Who: Pat McGrath, Makeup Artist, P&G Beauty Design Director and Pat McGrath Labs Founder Where: @patmcgrathreal Why: Nothing is off limits in the land of Pat—feathers, jewels they’re all fair game and could wind up on the face. What she does to the skin is another story.
Who: Garren DeFazio, Hairstylist and R+Co Co-founder Where: @garrennewyork Why: Garren has been in the New York hair world for a long time, and has photos of supermodels both new and old to prove it.
Who: François Nars, Makeup Artist & Nars Founders Where: @narsissist Why: The legendary makeup artist comes out to play exclusively for Marc Jacobs. The theatrical meets the surreal and the results are always extraordinary–once he starts to post.
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