Top 10 Professional Makeup Artists on YouTube

If there's one thing I like about YouTube, it's the fact that you can watch and learn from true pros in any field or subject that interests you. Since makeup and beauty is something I've been interested in from the earliest age, I was delighted, to say the least, when I found out that world-class renowned professional makeup artists have their own YouTube channels where they openly share their knowledge with the rest of the world. To this day I clearly remember being blown away when I saw Lisa Eldridge for the first time almost a decade ago. It still amazes me what a profound impact she has made on me as well as many other pros which I was yet to discover. Today I'm bringing you a list of my personal top 10 professional makeup artists on YouTube who have and continue to blow me away with their masterful artistry.

1 | Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge has been and will most likely forever be my number one makeup artist. Not only does she have amazing makeup skills and unrivalled experience in the beauty industry, to me, she is the epitome of elegance, grace and good taste.

Lisa has been in the industry for over 20 years and during that time she has worked with innumerable celebrities, such as Kate Winslet, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley, Lily Collins, Kate Moss, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Emma Watson. Her makeup looks have appeared on the cover of virtually every single major fashion magazine, including Vogue, Elle, Allure and Harper's Bazaar. She has worked with countless top fashion houses, such as Gucci, Chloe, Prada, Donna Karan and Moschino. She was creative director, ambassador or developer for brands such as Chanel, Shiseido and Boots No7. Currently, Lisa is the global creative director of Lancome. Ever heard of Lancome's Juicy Shakers or L'Absolu Lip Lacquers? Guess who we have to thank for those.

The fact that Lisa has a YouTube channel where she shares her artistry and knowledge in the most soothing voice and manner is truly a blessing for anyone interested in makeup and beauty. Her channel launched in 2010, and I've been faithfully following her from the very beginning. The video featured above is from 2015, and it's still one of the most viewed ones. The thing that amazes me the most about her channel is that you could watch a video from 5 years ago, and you'd have a hard time distinguishing it from her most recent works (if we ignore the progress of HD technology). In 2015, Lisa also published a book titled ˝Face Paint: The Story of Makeup˝ which is considered as one of the best books on makeup history. I could go on and on about how much I adore and admire her, but I feel like every Tom, Dick and Harry pretty much gets the picture. |

2 | Monika Blunder

If you enjoy the soothing voice and graceful manners of Lisa Eldridge, you'll probably going to like Monika Blunder. Monika is also a well-known and respected makeup artist in the beauty industry, having worked with many celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Amanda Seyfried and Giselle Bundchen. Just like Lisa, she creates tutorials and looks on her channel, and features various celebrities in her videos. Monika's channel launched in 2013, and the video from 2017 featured above is a tutorial/look combo in which she shares plenty of helpful tips and tricks on how to appear rested when you're not.

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3 | Samantha and Nicola Chapman (Pixiwoo)

The sisters Sam and Nic Chapman are among the first ones I started following on YouTube. Their channel launched way back in 2008, and unsurprisingly the audience just keeps growing and growing. The sisters together share over 30 years of combined experience in the industry, and have had the opportunity to work with brands such as MAC, Estee Lauder and Chanel on fashion weeks and editorials. Their channel features literally hundreds of videos from celebrity makeup to everyday looks and product reviews. The video from 2017 featured above is Sam's, and it's a great intro into how down-to-earth and genuine both of them seem to be. Have you ever heard of Real Techniques brushes and tools? Yep, it's theirs. They've also published a series of books on makeup plus a DVD on old Hollywood icons. |

4 | Harriet Hadfield (Harry Makes It Up)

Harriet Hadfield is another famous British makeup artist with years of experience in the industry. She has worked with celebrities such as Cara Delevigne, Rita Ora, Sophie Turner, Winnie Harlow and Suki Waterhouse. Her artistry can be seen on the pages of magazines such as Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Nylon and InStyle. Harriet's YouTube channel launched in 2014, and the video featured above is one of the oldest ones she's made. It was one of the first ones I have seen, and I was immediately hooked to her endearing approach and practical techniques. Honestly, I'm shocked that she doesn't have a larger audience because she continues to deliver wonderful content, whether it comes to tips and tricks, looks or product reviews. In 2018, Harry also launched a beauty podcast with Lindsey Kelk called ˝Full Coverage˝. |

5 | Violette Serrat (violette_fr)

Unlike Harry, Violette Serrat gained a major audience in no time. Not surprising, really, because if Lisa is the epitome of elegance and grace, Violette is the epitome of French chic, and boy, oh, boy, did the world get hooked, including myself! Violette started her career as a makeup artist after she landed her first job for American Vogue. She continued to work in the beauty industry, and soon became the Dior International Makeup artist. While working for Dior, she basically reinvented the worn-in, slightly smudged French red lip which was featured in Vogue and Elle. Currently, Violette is the Estee Lauder Global Beauty Director. Her channel launched in 2016, and the videos are an art form in its own right. Violette's voice, her accent, the atmosphere, the editing... Everything feels truly effortless and chic. The video featured above is from 2017, and it's probably the most ˝French˝ one she has ever made, though I feel like all of her videos should come with a disclaimer about realistic expectations due to heavy editing.

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6 | Wayne Goss

Speaking of realistic expectations and heavy editing, Wayne Goss did a video in 2017 (featured above) which I feel like should be mandatory for anyone who watches beauty related videos on YouTube or anywhere else, for that matter. Wayne is another OG pro makeup artist/YouTuber who started his channel in 2008. He has more than 15 years of experience, and has continuously been sharing it in his videos over the last decade. Wayne has a bunch of tips and tricks up his sleeve which proved useful to me, such as applying loose powder before liquid foundation to make it last longer on oily skin or tightlining instead of applying regular eyeliner on hooded eyes. I have to say I don't care for all the click-bait titles nor do I think that absolutely everything, for example, Charlotte Tilbury makes is utterly perfect, but his techniques, tips and tricks were quite helpful, especially back in the day. In 2013, Wayne launched his own brush line simply called ˝Wayne Goss˝. Each brush is handmade in Kumano, Japan by artisans using traditional brush making techniques, but they come at a lower price than other quality Japanese brushes, so kudos for that. Wayne is currently working on launching his own makeup line.

As far as Wayne's career as a professional makeup artist goes, it is still unclear who has he worked with and have we ever seen his work in magazines or elsewhere. In an interview with Caroline Hirons from 2013 he mentioned that one of the proudest moments of his career was ˝training with one of the world's best makeup artists˝, but he never reveals any names nor can his portfolio be found anywhere on the Internet. Nevertheless, people like Caroline consider him to be a ˝rare thing in the industry, a true pro who keeps his feet planted firmly on the ground˝, so I guess it's a matter of privacy. |

7 | Jordan Liberty

Jordan Liberty is not only a professional makeup artist, he is also a photographer, educator and creative director. He has worked on numerous beauty campaigns for various brands, such as NARS, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Benefit, BITE Beauty, Urban Decay, Jouer, Sigma and Clinique, to name a few. His work has been featured in magazines like Allure, Glamour, On Makeup and Elle plus in various online edits. His YouTube channel launched in 2011 and ever since then he has been sharing tips, tricks, techniques as well as looks which he mostly does for campaigns. Sadly, Jordan has been struggling with cancer which he openly talks about in dedicated videos. The video featured above is from 2014. Get a load of that production and editing skills from four years ago, not to mention how relevant the content still is now that natural no-makeup makeup is right on trend. Jordan is currently working on his extended International Beauty Tour bringing master classes to 18 cities in 15 countries. |

8 | Angie Di Battista

Angie Di Battista is an experienced professional makeup and hair artist. If you try to find her biography on her page, you'll discover a short humble description of being an ˝artist creating content for other artists˝. However, when you look at her portfolio, you'll quickly realize that she has done a lot of bridal and fashion editorials with various models on numerous shoots. Her YouTube channel launched in 2016, and the video featured above is her first video ever. Angie's meticulous approach to hygiene and organization got me hooked immediately. She mostly does videos to help developing MUAs, but there's a lot of things us mere mortals can learn from her as well. |

9 | Wendy Rowe

Wendy Rowe is the most recent discovery for me, and frankly, I'm still on the fence about how I feel about her. How did she make it to this list then, you legitimately ask. Well, Wendy is the person behind most Burberry makeup products. Plus, she has more than 20 years of international experience in the beauty industry, and has worked with countless celebrities, including Sienna Miller, Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger, Eva Green, Olivia Palermo, Milla Kunis, Cara Delevigne and Anja Rubik. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Allure, InStyle and Elle, to name just a few. She has collaborated with brands like Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Gucci, Estee Lauder, Hermes, Herve Leger, Jimmy Choo, Prada and Louis Vuitton. As I've mentioned before, she is probably best-known for being the Artistic Consultant to Burberry, which means she is heavily involved in their product development. So, why am I on the fence about her? In the few videos I have seen, it seemed strange to me that she didn't know about products and launches which I - a nobody - am familiar with plus I have some doubts about her hygiene standards. Is it just me or does anybody else also cringe when you see a professional artist blow on brushes they use on somebody else or when they dip their finger directly into a cream product which isn't even their own? Her YouTube channel launched in 2012, and the video featured above is from 2018. |

10 | Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends)

Ruth Crilly is not a professional makeup artist, but she has been an international fashion model for over a decade, and she brings a valuable model's perspective to the table. Ruth appeared in various editorials which you might have seen on the pages of Elle, Vogue, Glamour or Cosmopolitan. Her YouTube channel launched in 2010, and the video featured above is from 2016. I just love how down-to-earth she is and how openly she talks about her own skills as well as blunders. There's something comforting in knowing that I'm not the only one who can't apply mascara without getting it on my eyelids. If it's okay for a professional model, it's okay for me, too. She delivers various content, including tutorials, reviews, and vlogs, but I have to admit she often seems kind of distracted, a bit all over the place in her videos, so I much prefer reading her blog which is super well-organized. Apart from being a model, Ruth is the co-founder and spokesmodel for Colab Dry Shampoo. |

How do you feel about my top pro picks? Did some of them have an impact on you as well? Do you enjoy these types of posts? Would you like to see more, e.g. top YouTubers with oily skin or top pale-skinned YouTubers? Let's chat in the comments below.

Yours lovingly,

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