32 Inspiring Beauty Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow in 2016
For the up-and-coming, beauty-centric Instagram accounts we've picked out, 2016 is their year to shine. And right now is your chance to get in on the action before they, inevitably, blow up. Like Brooklyn hipsters rolling their eyes at people bandwagoning their favorite alt-rock bands from three years ago, you will have bragging rights to say you followed these accounts "way back when."
Find nail artists, hair colorists, and makeup gurus who will keep you inspired and entertained . . . all from the palm of your hand. Get in before these best-kept Instagram secrets get out.
This Pasadena-based hairstylist posts shots of the avante-garde (and totally gorgeous) looks she creates for her clients. When she's not tackling hair sculpture, she's doing impressively vibrant colors and chic cuts.
High-fashion makeup artist Cedric Jolivet is poised to be at the top of the next generation of professionals in his field. He's already collaborated with major magazines, including Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and Glamour — so you can expect tons of glossy photos.
This French blogger, model, and makeup artist truly does it all, and does it all while looking fabulous. We love her ethereal personal aesthetic and the color continuity that runs throughout her feed.
This artist posts a wide variety of finished faces, ranging from body painting to subtle, everyday makeup. We're partial towards her creative makeups, like this Silence of the Lambs-inspired piece.
Special effects makeup artist Kaley is such a master, it's almost impossible to believe that she's self-taught. Her account posts snapshots of some of her most jaw-dropping and out-of-this-world paintings, like this galactic unicorn.
The nail artist behind this account, Stephanie, continually impresses us with her precision and attention to detail in her polishes. Her feed is filled with a mix of finished sets and how-to videos, encouraging us all to take a stab at her incredible creations.
We still can't believe this stunning Australian beauty YouTuber is only 17 years old. Whether she's offering sneak peeks at upcoming videos or posting shots from her day-to-day life (which includes a lot of family vacations and school dances), we love following what she's up to. We can't wait to see what a bright future this young star has ahead of her.
All-around stunner Brittany Balyn's wide eyes and ever-changing shades of hair color are just as eye catching on Instagram as on her popular YouTube channel. We love following along as this Jill-of-all-trades shares her adventures in modeling, creating beauty videos, and loving pugs.
There are a few things that set Nina Park apart from the competition, but we particularly love the way she mixes polish colors. Her handle is incredibly appropriate — every post is a slice of nail-art heaven.
Florida-based hairstylist Samantha Daly's cuts consistently blow us away with their whimsy, vibrancy, and precision. Her feed includes an array of colors that would impress Rainbow Brite herself, and her work displays an impressive level of versatility. She shows how to work with a variety of lengths, colors, and cuts successfully.
Ugh, Jade is such a badass it almost hurts that we're not friends with her. Her blue-green hair, edgy fashion sense, and fun personality are just as awesome on Instagram as in her YouTube beauty videos.
If you're constantly fascinated with celebrities' hair (and trying to replicate it), then hairstylist Renato Campora's account is for you. He's worked with everyone from Amanda Seyfried to January Jones. Follow his filtered journey from behind-the-scenes to the finished looks.
This gorgeous Instagram feed from Alex Box goes heavy on the "art" part of the title "makeup artist." Discover provocative eyebrows, colorblock face paint, and whimsical hair.
This feed, from LA-based vlogger and overall vintage beauty expert Cherry Dollface, is a fun, photographic window into the past. From modeling shoots to hair and makeup tutorials, this account will feed your 1950s nostalgia from head to toe.
True story: we were completely stunned when we found out the girl behind Instagram account @gtfosage and YouTube channel okaysage is only 14 years old. Her makeup and fashion skills are far superior to ours were as a freshman in high school (or now, for that matter), and she's pretty much guaranteed to only get better with age.
Anette's nail creations come all the way from Norway, but she's nabbed fans across the world with her highly skilled nail art techniques. Her fun and girly designs are (literally) picture perfect.
As you might have guessed, this Instagram feed from blogger Robin Black's site Beauty Is Boring is, in fact, anything but boring. The Instagram feed has a similar aesthetic to the blog, highlighting high-fashion headshots that zone in on the models' makeup.
UK-based vlogger Tessa Goad makes us want to dye our hair crazy colors and get an undercut. Her feed is a chronicle of neon hair dyes, tattoos, and piercings.
This account's bio says it all: "makeup is art." Cecile's Instagram and YouTube channel completely embody this philosophy by showcasing a range of incredible eyeshadow art pieces. We love the way she draws inspiration from films, TV shows, and other current fads (such as the pumpkin-spice-inspired design).
Body painter and special-effects artist Eva's pieces create the perfect balance of creepy and beautiful. They're definitely Halloween-worthy, but easy to enjoy any time of year.
The Instagram account for She's in the Glow posts stunning product photos along with snapshots from the life of blogger Annie Atkinson. The account is completely envy-inducing (hi, Annie, we want your life) and should come with a warning: side effects include excessive spending. Plus, she gives us insight into her healthy habits and natural skin-care routine.
Swedish YouTuber Jennifer is the epitome #hairgoals. The braids, twists, updos, and curls that she shows off on the Instagram feed are pretty much guaranteed to inspire you to try them out for yourself — thankfully, her tutorials make it possible.
We may be partial, but we think POPSUGAR Beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson is one of the greats. She posts snapshots of her life off camera, and also promotes various videos she's done as our resident beauty guru.
If there's one beauty Instagram account that will make you wish you lived in London, it's this one from Lily Pebbles. The blogger/vlogger's entire life, from her makeup routine to meals, makes living across the pond look ultra glamorous.
Hair goddess Cinthia Truong offers tutorials for some of the most intricate hairstyles on the web. She specializes in braids, but can do it all from full wedding updos to casual, everyday side braids.
The only thing better than one beauty blogger, is two. Twins Kelsey and Kendra Murrell might be the fiercest sisters we've ever met — and our definitive guide to all things beauty for women of color.
Tal Peleg's breathtaking eyelid art first caught our attention (and that of the rest of the beauty world) this past October, and we haven't been able to look away since. From scenes from our favorite movies to these adorable emojis, the accuracy and intricacy of these eye paintings deserve their own eyeshadow hall of fame.
While Suede Brooks's Instagram mostly chronicles her modeling career, her YouTube channel helps all of us non-models achieve her same makeup and hair styles. She's also 14, which makes us want to collect all photographic evidence of our high school fails and burn them.
YouTube and Instagram sensation Lilith Moon pairs her professional-grade hairstyles with stunning backdrops of her French hometown. While she mostly focuses on braids, followers occasionally get to see shots of the rest of her beauty life — including her favorite makeups and products.
We may have come for the beauty tips and tutorials, but we definitely stayed for the fact that Jkissa lists "pro Oreo eater" ahead of "makeup artist" in her bio. AKA, she's the ultimate cool girl. Her makeup and hair leans colorful and bright, while still maintaining a sense of maturity and high-fashion aesthetics.
This nail artist's account does two posts for each set of nails: one video tutorial, and one finished set. Her polishes range from classic and traditional to fun and modern, and fit every type of taste.
Vlogger and resident style maven Karen Yeung's Instagram account is filled with enviable photos of her chic short hair, design-minded nails, and always-on-point outfits. She draws inspiration from "the toughness of the city and the lax suburban lifestyle," a juxtaposition that's evident in her personal fashion and beauty choices.