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Meet the Dopest Pro Makeup Artists Across the United States

Get glammed up across the country.

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Meet the Dopest Pro Makeup Artists Across the United States

Get glammed up across the country.

Instagram is definitely a great way for creatives to showcase their work whether it’s music, fashion or beauty. When scrolling through your feed nowadays, you’ve probably noticed the substantial amount of users that have “makeup artist” (among other titles) in their bio. The number of self-proclaimed makeup artists can be a bit overwhelming — especially if you’re using the app to search for legit talent in your area.

Since the line between Instagram and real-life can get a little blurry we decided to compile a list of the dopest makeup artists in seven of the biggest cities in the United States.

Our list features MUAs that have beat the faces of celebs like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. If you find yourself in one of their chairs know that you’ll walk away looking so flawless you might need to add ”model” to your own Instagram bio. Get to know the pros in your city so you can achieve that airbrushed look whenever you need it.

1. New York, New York

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar
Sir John, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist

Instagram: @sirjohnofficial

Notable Clients: Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Olivia Culpo, and Joan Smalls.

What are some of your favorite looks that you’ve ever created?
My top three favorite looks would be: Beyoncé’s look for the 2017 Grammys, Olivia Culpo’s violet eye for the 2017 Oscars and Joan Smalls‘ bold navy eye for the 2015 CFDA Awards.

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I’ve always been interested in art – when I was younger my mom actually enrolled me in art school. I studied art history, print-making and sculpture before moving to NYC. When I first got into the makeup/beauty industry I started as an assistant. At first, I wasn’t even doing makeup – I was just carrying luggage and helping to organize makeup kits. But during that time I was watching and observing and trying to gather as much knowledge as I could. I knew I had to start from the bottom and work my way up. Within this industry you have to work hard and always push yourself to the next level. Don’t stop believing in your dreams!

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
Travel to clients – always!

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?
Through my agent.

What is it like being an official L’Oréal Paris’ makeup artist?
Working with L’Oréal Paris is so amazing. The coolest part of being in this [industry] is working with a brand whose main goal is to empower women and give them a sense of worth. I can’t stress enough how passionate I am about this. Makeup is such a fun tool that allows women to feel empowered to be their own artist and helps to boost self-esteem. At the end of the day, the most important thing is how you feel about yourself and I love being able to be a part of this powerful message with my work everyday.

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
It is always hard to narrow down, but right now I am loving L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, Infallible Silkissime Eyeliners and Infallible Paints Eye Shadows (I used the violet on Olivia!).

Who is your biggest beauty muse?
My mom! I learned everything about beauty watching her when I was growing up – she was and still is the most beautiful woman!

Most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
Honestly, my most important lesson would be to stay out of the sun!!! People truly don’t realize the damage that baking in the sun can cause – it makes [your skin] age so fast. I am a huge advocate of taking care of your body and your skin.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?
Check out my Instagram! I am always trying to post fun, new looks and just love to hear my followers’ inspirations for makeup, beauty and art.

2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States
Photo: Camila Bravo/Instagram
Camila Bravo, Professional Makeup Artist and Blogger

Instagram@kamilabravo

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I started five years ago as a freelance makeup artist.

Who are some of your notable clients?
Mercedes Benz and New York Fashion week for designers Zang Toi and Malan Breton. I have also worked for local channels like Telemundo and Azteca Philly for Latinmix TV Show, where I had my own beauty segment.

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
I mainly travel.

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?
Visit my website CamilaBravo.com.

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer, M.A.C’s Pro Longwear Concealer, Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder, and the Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette.

Who is your beauty muse?
Erin Parsons.

Most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
Set your foundation with a puff, not a brush in order to avoid creating lines and moving the product on your face.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?
I am a beauty blogger. I also share tips and tricks on my social media pages. I collaborate with different influencers and brands like Maybelline, Benefit and Tarte. I get to try so many different products, which allows me to be objective and provide great feedback and recommendations to my followers.

3. Washington, D.C.

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States
Photo: Kash Watson/Instagram; K. Michelle 2016 Calendar
Kash Watson, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Instagram: @kashbarb

Notable Clients: Monica, Prince & his all-girl band 3rd Eye Girl, K.Michelle, SWV, & Trina.

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
First, modeling in high school and then in my early 20’s I learned how to do my own makeup. Other models would ask me to do their makeup during fashion shows, which helped me practice on other face structures, etc. After holding many other job positions, I finally pursued a career with M.A.C Cosmetics. I worked at M.A.C for eight months and watched and learned different techniques from fellow artists. I was then hired to do makeup on my first celebrity client, rapper Trina. I then took a leap of faith and started my own company, MAKEUPbyKASH, to further my career as a celebrity makeup artist.

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
I work out of two salons — one in Baltimore, one in D.C. I usually only travel for appointments that are out of state or international.

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?
The best way for perspective clients to contact me is via my website: TheKashBeat.com. My website gives clients the ability to view my prices, availability, previous work and shop my personal cosmetic line of products.

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
M.A.C products are my go-to. My clientele is mainly minority women and M.A.C’s formulas are geared towards their skin types.

Who is your beauty muse?
I am my own muse. I have realized through building my brand that my audience responds better when I am the highlight.

What is the most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
The most important beauty lesson that I have learned throughout my career is to find your signature/technique and stick with it. Having a signature style will set you apart and it is the holy grail for individuality.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?
I started my private lipstick and lash line in 2016 called The Kash Brand. It consists of luxury liquid matte lipsticks and false mink lashes. All products can be purchased on my website. Additionally, I travel to teach makeup classes for both beginners and experienced makeup artists [where they can] learn professional techniques of the trade.

4. Atlanta, Georgia

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States
Photo: Mimi Johnson/Instagram
Mimi Johnson, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Instagram: @mimijonline

Notable Clients: Angela Simmons, Missy Elliott, Kenya Moore, Da Brat and Toya Wright.

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I fell into makeup. I have always been artistic and could paint and draw so I became the designated makeup artist amongst my circle of friends. Then, one day I just decided to try it out [since] I enjoyed doing it. I kept working at it and then [thanks to] networking and word of mouth, I’ve been going strong for nine years!

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
I own a makeup boutique called The Glamatory that I work out of, but I also travel a lot.

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?
The best way to contact me would be through my website via email.

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
I love BECCA Cosmetics foundations and highlighters, Kevyn Aucoin skin enhancers, Inglot eyeliners and pigments, and of course, The Glamatory lashes and lip colors! I carry all of these brands at my store!

Who is your beauty muse?
I would say my beauty muse would be Angela [Simmons]. She has a gorgeous complexion and we even have a makeup collaboration together called Lip ART!

Most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
Stay humble and true to yourself. People will come to you not only for your skill, but because of your personality and character.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?
I’m also extremely big on helping other women entrepreneurs and have started a movement called Grind Pretty, to empower and inspire women to become successful.

5. Miami, Florida

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States
Photo: ClaudiaBetancur.com
Claudia Betancur, Celebrity Makeup Artist and L’Oreal Paris Brand Ambassador

Instagram: @betancurclaudia

Notable Clients: Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lala Anthony and Eva Longoria.

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
At 12 years of age I would do my mother’s makeup for parties. In 2005, I came to Miami where my godmother and mentor Loren Ridinger showed me the world of fashion and Hollywood. Now, I am a brand ambassador to ESIKA LATAM and L’Oréal Paris, a creative consultant for Motives Cosmetiques and beauty editor of Venue Magazine.

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
I travel to clients, I don’t have a salon.

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?
Through e-mail (betancurclaudia@gmail.com) or through my PR agent Laura Mejia (the dream team!).

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
L’Oréal products in the U.S. and Esika products in Latin America.

Who is your beauty muse?
JLo.

Most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
The correct uses of lights and shadows for contouring and highlighting.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?

My Facebook page is Claudia Betancur and my website is ClaudiaBetancur.com.

6. Chicago, Illinois

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States
Photo: Adriana Aude/ Instagram
Adriana Aude, Professional Makeup Artist

Instagram: @beautyby_adrianaaude

Notable Clients: While working in New York, I was fortunate enough to land a job at The Today Show prepping celebrities for their on-camera interviews. Hilary Swank, Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney and countless others were guests at the time. I also worked on the set of America’s Top Model with the original cast including Tyra Banks and Janice Dickinson. After moving back to Chicago, I started worked primarily in print and catalog, and after I had children, I moved on to a strict referral-only business, working with the socialites and discerning brides of the city.

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I started modeling right out of high school when I was 17 years old. I moved to Chicago then worked a bit in London. I settled in New York where I got bit by the beauty bug. I had always loved makeup but at this point, makeup became an obsession so I made it my mission to learn from the best of the best. During modeling jobs, I would pay close attention to techniques and the products makeup artists were using on me. I learned from Dick Page, Kevyn Aucoin and Diane Kendal. No beauty school can teach you what they taught me. From that point, I was working both sides of the camera and eventually started doing makeup full-time.

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
I solely travel, however, opening a studio and small beauty store is my dream. I have been traveling to clients for 20 years. It’s time I plant myself somewhere and be a resource for the regular gal who loves a good product and wants to know how to use it. Today’s hyper-saturated beauty market is filled with useless products and uneducated people selling them to you. I want to change that.

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?

Email: adriana@adrianaaude.com.

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
I cannot live without Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage and L’Oréal Paris’ Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. Prepping skin with Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil and setting makeup with Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is a must. I absolutely love a glowing flawless complexion.

Who is your beauty muse?
Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss. I’ve worked with both of them and they represent two completely different beauty ideals. Gisele is the Brazilian bombshell and Kate is the epitome of the ultra thin, cool-girl model with cheekbones that could cut you. Both are icons. Both are so striking I can’t even handle it.

Most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
Flawless skin and a good set of eyebrows will take you further than any product in your makeup drawer.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?
I don’t follow trends. I can’t even look at Instagram anymore without cringing at the plastic looking skin, drawn on eyebrows, and stacked and layered eyeshadows. And don’t even get me started on the contouring videos. I see teens walking around with masks on their faces and think to myself “WHY?” These beautiful young women pretending to be something they are not. I get it, I love makeup just as much as the next person, but the goal should be to enhance what you have – not to completely alter it.

7. Denver, Colorado

2017 Best Professional Makeup Artists United States
Photo: Katelyn Simkins/Instagram
Katelyn Simkins, Professional Makeup Artist

Instagram: @katelynsimkins

Notable Clients: Chance The Rapper, Nike, AnnaSophia Robb, Adore Delano, Elizabeth Olsen, and Channing Tatum.

How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I was a theater major in college and wanted a side-job involved in the industry to help get my foot in the door, but as soon as I started working as a makeup artist I fell in love with the work and completely switched gears and left acting in the dust!

Do you solely travel to clients or do you have a salon that you also work out of?
I travel to clients.

What is the best way for perspective clients to contact you to make an appointment?
Through email.

What are some of your favorite beauty products to use on clients?
I enjoy using a wide range of products depending on the specific needs of the client and their skin type, age and desired look – but I really love eyeshadows by Makeup Forever, Lip Stains by Jane Iredale, concealer by Tarte, and setting spray from Skindinavia.

Who is your beauty muse?
I am a huge fan of the work of makeup artists Ellis Faas, Mathu Andersen and Stephen Dimmick. But I personally love everything about Iris Apfel and her personal expression of style.

Most important beauty lesson or secret that you’ve ever learned?
It’s a lesson that I am still learning daily – love yourself. Make makeup a celebration of who you are, not about covering up what you don’t want to be.

Any additional information that you would like for readers to know about you, your work, brand, etc.?
I love my job. I enjoy it immensely. I hope to attract people who will truly pick up what I’m putting down. I smile the whole way through my work and hope to bring out the joy and confidence in others through our shared time together playing with makeup.

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