Celebrity make-up artists you should follow on Instagram

A peek behind the curtain!

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Show of hands: How many of you have stared at a celebrity's picture on Instagram—from an event, a red carpet, or even one of them entering the airport—and wondered how their makeup looks so flawless? If your hand is up, let me assure you, you're not alone. As a beauty aficionado (and product hoarder) I have several mood boards filled with celebrity makeup and hair looks that I want to recreate. From clean, minimal chic to OTT and experimental, these celebrities are beauty trailblazers. And while that is admirable, the fact of the matter is that these stunning looks are all thanks to the maestro makeup artists that these celebrities, no doubt, have on speed dial.

Today, we're taking a look behind the glam curtain to get to know these beauty experts. If you're a true makeup enthusiast, then their social media feeds will leave you awestruck as well as educate you about the various tips and tricks to perfecting your makeup look. Scroll through to know who the people behind some of your favourite celebrity looks are. 

Namrata Soni    


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Sonam Kapoor’s go-to make-up artist and the founder of SimplyNam, Namrata Soni is a true-blue beauty guru. She is all about getting that glow from within and her page shows you exactly how to get it. From celebrity looks in various photoshoots and red-carpet looks to helpful make-up tips and hacks, Soni’s page has it all. 

Daniel Bauer     

Make-up is a form of expression and that is exactly what comes across when you scroll through Daniel Bauer’s IG page. He believes in experimenting with colours and textures and not conforming to conventional trends. From shimmering eyes and bold lips to minimalistic and dewy looks, you can draw inspiration for it all from his page. He has created stunning editorial and red carpet looks for several A-list celebrities including Katrina Kaif’s gorgeous wedding look. 

Sandhya Shekar   

From Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, and Kareena Kapoor (to name a few), to global stars like Poorna Jagannathan and Anoushka Shankar, Shekar is trusted by the best in the entertainment industry. She is the force behind some of the most iconic looks (think Deepika Padukone’s thick graphic eyeliner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival). Her IG page can teach you a lot of things, including how to use make-up to accentuate your features and create all kinds of experimental looks. 

Puneet Saini   

Alia Bhatt’s go-to make-up artist (and the person behind her wedding look), Puneet Saini’s looks are always red-carpet ready. She always knows how to keep things exciting and new and if you’re looking for some clean, minimalistic-yet-striking looks, you’ll find ample inspiration on her page! 

Mickey Contractor  

A list of celebrity make-up artists can’t be complete without Mickey Contractor. He is easily one of the most sought-after beauty experts who has worked with sensations like Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Alia Bhatt, and even Nita Ambani. On his page, you’ll find inspiration for timeless looks like kohl-rimmed eyes, red lips and muted eyes.