Every makeup artist has their own beat. They're artists, after all. That said, there's a masterful set of makeup artists who have a reputation within the industry for creating the most glowing, dewiest, mesmerizing skin moments. Watching their tutorials and IG videos is deliciously addictive, and they've perfected the art of layering serums, creams, foundation, powders, and mists to incandescent levels of radiance that only make their celebrity clients all the more flawless. (Not entirely fair, but we'll deal.) So who are these super artists, and how can you achieve their looks at home? We're about to introduce you.
I stalk a litany of major makeup artists for a variety of reasons and moods, but when I need a glowy-skin fix, I look to celebrity makeup artists Nam Vo, Patrick Ta, Tobi Henney, and Katie Jane Hughes. There's something so satisfying about watching these four makeup artists, in particular, dip into a pot of shimmer or gloss, and I always keep their feeds one finger-tap distance away for ethereal makeup inspiration.
Below, I'm breaking down each artist's major celeb clients, four key products they use over and over again, and some IG footage for good measure. Because, yes, their work in motion is all the more captivating. If you've ever wanted to know how to get glowy skin like a celeb, keep scrolling. You won't be disappointed.
1. Nam Vo
Celeb Clients: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen
Her Glow Essentials
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheek ($28)
In this video here, Vo cites this creamy multipurpose lip-and-cheek pot in Fresh Melon as one of her all-time favorites.
The Lid Star
Chanel Le Gel Pailleté Transparent Shimmering Gel ($50)
As pretty as this glittering, see-through gel is in the pot, it looks all the more mesmerizing as Vo slickly applies it across her model clients' lids.
Beautyblender Glass Glow Shinelighter Crystal Clear Highlighter ($25)
Beautyblender doesn't just make the best makeup sponges. It's also been debuting a steady stream of truly amazing makeup formulas. Vo loves tapping this exact formula on the high points of her clients' cheekbones.
Hack: Vo applies this sheer, ultra-shiny lippie from Dior on her cheeks too. Her go-to shade? Magnetic Smile.
2. Patrick Ta
Celeb Clients: Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima
His Glow Essentials
La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 ($120)
This foundation is an investment, but a little goes a long way, and Ta, an ambassador for La Mer, pretty much always uses it to prep his clients. (And it makes their skin look flawless so…)
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate ($88)
This stunning gold compact is a universal favorite among makeup artists, but most recently, I witnessed Ta use it at Sephoria to sculpt his model's face to perfection. (Tip: He used a damp Beautyblender to press the formula into the cheekbones, along the jawline, and around the forehead for the most natural finish.)
Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Highlighting Mist ($32)
Since he's known for his glowy-skin aesthetic, it only makes sense that Ta would debut his own line of radiance enhancers. This ultra-fine mist comes in three different shades and is virtually foolproof spritzed anywhere on the face or body. Although, Ta says he avoids getting highlighter too close to the eye because it can dramatically change the shape and look of a client's face. Try spritzing on the flat part of the cheekbones and above the eyebrow for the right balance.
Patrick Ta Beauty Major Glow Lip Shine ($22)
This shimmering gloss is so lightweight it almost feels like a balm. That said, no balm we've ever tried has ever made our pout look as plump or lustrous as Ta's very own formula, which, obviously, he always uses on his famous clientele.
3. Tobi Henney
Celeb Clients: Shanina Shaik, Ashley Graham, Duckie Thot
Her Glow Essentials
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer ($42)
You've surely heard of its famous big sister Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64), but according to Henney, this satiny, moisture-rich primer is an essential first step when creating the ultimate canvas for glowy skin.
Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($39)
If you don't subscribe to Tobi Henney's YouTube channel, A) do so now, please, and B) you'll fast discover this cult-loved pressed highlighting powder (in the shade Champagne Pop) is one of her most-used products when creating photogenic, glowy skin.
Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Lip Gloss ($26)
This Glass Glow Lip Gloss is also a staple on Henney's feed. Unlike most glosses, it has zero stick but is insanely reflective and mirror-like. Hence, you know, the name. Plus, it's available in three different universally flattering shades.
Tom Ford Soleil Glow Bronzer in Gold Dust ($75)
We always see this huge golden compact in Henney's hands. It's studded with gilded shimmer, which might sound intimidating but only ever makes her clients look insanely radiant—like they're walking around under luminescent candlelight.
4. Katie Jane Hughes
Celeb Clients: Kerry Washington, Naomi Campbell, Hailey Bieber
Her Glow Essentials
VDL Lumilayer Primer Fresh ($32)
FYI: VDL is Korea's top-selling makeup brand, and yes, considering K-beauty reigns supreme where the glass skin phenomenon is concerned, it's not surprising this formulation is a go-to for Hughes. The brand makes a few different formulas, so your final choice depends on what finish you want. Hughes loves the Lumilayer Primer Fresh.
Glossier Stretch Concealer ($18)
You might not think concealer would be an important part of glowing skin 101, but a huge part of Hughes's philosophy is that despite glow and radiance, your skin should still look like skin. She pretty much exclusively uses this iconic concealer from Glossier to camouflage any glaring imperfection and as the perfect base for later layers of glow and dew.
"Starting my career backstage and assisting on set in London you are taught skin should look like skin. It's been the core of my work ever since—sometimes I like to crank it up a notch, but I'll always love a fresh dewy perfected glow," she shared on Instagram. "I've used stretch concealer as a complexion staple in my kit for three years now and it's honestly my fave step in my process. The satisfaction of seeing skin look skin just a bit more perfected is gratifying and so helpful in my work."
The Lid Star
Bodyography Glitter Pigments in Stellar ($23)
These high-shine glitter pigments are Hughes's number one secret when it comes to creating a seriously spellbinding eye moment. She used the hue Stellar on me here, and you'll see these adorable pots sprinkled healthily around her IG feed as well. (We dare you to buy just one.) For wet-looking eyes, Hughes says Bodyography is always it.
The Allover Gloss
MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Clear ($18)
This clear, juicy gloss is quite iconic, and it just so happens to be one of Hughes's have-to-have-it products for an allover glow. We've seen it, of course, on her feed, and here, she told Into the Glossthat it's one of her "go-to glossy things." Despite the fact that it's sticky, she says she uses it everywhere because nothing looks better than the gloss on camera.
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