Makeup artists are a special breed. They live and die for glamour and work their fingers and brushes to the bone to create flawless faces that defy logic and reality. Whether they’re painting faces of top models who stomp down international runways or glamming up their celeb clients for paparazzi pics on Robertson Blvd., makeup artists are the masters behind some of the most beautiful women in the world and without them wielding their beauty brushes, we wouldn’t have anyone to covet, envy or obsess over!
Here are my top five Makeup Artists of all time!
Pat McGrath – Creative Couture
She is the go-to girl for all things high fashion and beauty. Known for her stunning work backstage at fashion shows from Paris to New York to Milan, McGrath can go from creating sun-kissed dewy faces for Chloe to avant garde geisha-inspired lips for Dior that scream haute couture. This Northampton born and bred makeup artist is a true innovator in that she doesn’t let conventional ideas of makeup and beauty limit her. In 1999 she helped create the Armani Cosmetics line and in 2004 she was named the Beauty Director for Max Factor and Cover Girl cosmetics. She is a makeup legend and a beauty trendsetter with her finger on the pulse of all that’s glamorous and beautiful.
Gucci Westman – International Beauty
Whether she’s prepping a celeb client for a photo shoot or overseeing the creation of new products for cosmetic powerhouse Revlon, she is one of the top editorial makeup artists in the business. Gucci was born in Southern California and raised in both California and Sweden. Her unique viewpoints and inspirations can be seen in her work. She is known for creating looks that convey sensuality as many of her celeb clients such as Drew Barrymore and Natalie Portman are known for their natural sex appeal. Even though she has toned down much of her editorial work due to the birth of her son, she is still working her beauty magic as the Global Director of Revlon.
Sam Fine – Master Colorist
When it comes to beauty and makeup, women of color have had the unfortunate task of settling for less. Many companies don’t make foundation or powder shades that work well for the diverse range of tones which exist in various ethnic communities. That’s where Sam Fine steps into the picture. He is a prominent celebrity makeup artist known for his amazing work with such luminous beauties as Iman, Patti Label and Vanessa Williams to name a few. This Chicago native honed his craft behind the cosmetics counter and soon branched out into the world of editorial makeup where he began “beating” the faces of Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell and Veronica Webb. Sam Fine has given women of color a beautiful new outlook on makeup.
Tom Pecheux – Glamour God
When major fashion houses such as Gucci and Prada need to shoot their ad campaigns, they call on this amazing makeup artist to craft the looks that will grace the faces of the models hawking their high-end wares. Known for his exquisite techniques, Pecheux is one of the most sought after editorial makeup artists in the world. His work has been featured on the covers of several international Vogue magazine covers and he’s recently been tapped to be the Creative Director of the worldwide cosmetic giant Estee Lauder. Pecheux’s French sensibilities are one of the reason’s he is such a gifted artist. The world of beauty owes much to this master makeup artist.
Charlie Green – Nonconformist
The first thing you notice about Charlie Green is her platinum blonde shock locks, bright lips and zany personality. She is the Betsey Johnson of the beauty world with her colorful approach to makeup. This British beauty expert has worked the faces of many of the world’s top models and celebs as well as created looks for several ad campaigns for some of the top fashion designers and beauty companies. This fearless artist isn’t bound by rules or set notions of beauty and style. She uses her imagination and lets her creativity flow through everything that she does. She’s a true trend-setter and an artist that embodies the true beauty of makeup.
Linda Ripoll is a certified beauty addict with an unhealthy obsession for fashion magazines, sushi and shopping. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of Miami. As a beauty editor for the past twelve years, she has had the pleasure of writing about the beauty business from all angles. She recently launched a beauty blog Counter Culture Beauty which highlights the latest in beauty for today’s biracial/multiracial woman. She is also the Beauty Editor for Kouture Magazine, a new high fashion and beauty publication for today’s affluent woman of color. Follow her on Twitter here.