13 Local Beauty Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow ASAP
Meet the top Philly beauty Instagrams we’re currently stalking.
Instagram is a beauty lover’s best friend. Scrolling through the explore page, you’re bound to find countless artists showcasing their talents from glammed out bridal looks to gory special effects makeup using all the latex. As it turns out, you don’t need to go far to find some wow-worthy beauty ’Grammers. (Told ya so.) We rounded up 13 of the best Philly beauty Instagrams out there to satisfy the Sephora addict within. Hit the follow button to add a daily dose of glam to that IG feed with these local beauties.
For the global sensation, follow @mykie.
By far the most famous MUA on our list (even SnapChat’s copying her skills), Mykie is a west coast transplant but a Philly gal at heart. Her aesthetic is equal parts sweet and kinda creepy — her thing is “glam and gore” — and her millions of social media followers (including us) eat it up. Check out her YouTube channel for in-depth beauty and FX tutorials with a touch of humor.
For the overachiever, follow @juliakicksass.
This girl does it all: bridal, editorial, FX — you name it, she will make it work. One of our faves is her work with model Cory Wade Hindorff (Yes, the one from America’s Next Top Model! And he’s local!) in a breathtaking series displaying the interplay between, texture, light, and color in the dopest way possible.
For a dose of west-coast chill, follow @_marianamcgrath_.
This Philly-born, San Fran-based makeup artists is bringing a little east-coast flair to the Bay Area. Mariana, through her company Salt Spell Beauty, focuses on “empowerment through beauty,” whether she’s doing makeup for powerful tech CEOs or beauties on the show Transcendent. (Fun Fact: She’s even done makeup for Gwyneth Paltrow; here’s the regram to prove it.)
For classic with a hint of funk, follow @sashapants_mua.
She’s been in the business for eight years and has worked with beloved Philly brand Free People on some of their campaigns. The glowy bridal look she’s known for is perfectly on-trend and still retains an timeless beauty. (Photo by @rachelpearlman)
For a natural beat, follow @victoriaroggio.
This freelance makeup artist has perfected her own style of soft glam, and she’s blowing up the Philly bridal and editorial scene. Take a look at her IG to see what inspires her work — plus pics of her adorable son (cue baby fever).
For the social media mogul, follow @kamilabravo.
She’s got nearly 400,000 followers — and for good reason. This Colombian beauty preaches quality skincare in addition to a quality face beat. Ms. Bravo’s YouTube channel is also worth checking out for in-depth tutorials on how to achieve her looks.
For the blending queen, follow @domo_speca.
A master with eyeshadow, Dominique Speca creates looks ranging from fun to sensual — all with the flick of her wrist. Between that and her ruby-red locks, we can’t help but be entranced.
For a high-fashion experience, follow @beautybyrosavan.
Rosa Van is here to elevate the Philly beauty game one photoshoot at a time. The MUA/hair stylist prides herself on her keen minimalist eye, making sure to bring her editorial skills to every set. Her IG acts as her portfolio, highlighting the best of her editorial looks.
For creativity in spades, follow @makeupbyreign.
Though she may be young, @makeupbyreign is certainly talented. She’s already got special effects down and creativity on lock — what more could a girl need?
For a little natural glam, follow @joellephillips.
Joelle Phillips promises full-on glam without looking heavy or cakey. Check out her fun, behind the scenes videos to get a peek at her creative process.
For a transformative experience, follow @glam_candy.
Candyce Johnson’s collages illustrating her process are downright mesmerizing. Slaying everything from graduation to weddings, Ms. Johnson is beautifying the women of Philadelphia — and we are better for it.
For a life-sized Bratz doll, follow @arielversace.
Ariel Versace is one of Philly’s best known drag queens — and for good reason. You can find her performing at nightclubs around the Gayborhood, but for those more inclined to stay in, you can sneak a peek at her nightly beat on her Instagram. Bonus: Check out those adorable pics of her new pit bull puppy!
For retro-inspired glam, follow @rougeriot.
April Read’s feed and beauty style is definitely reminiscent of another era. The bright pops of color surrounding the eyes and full, rosy cheeks harkens back to mid-century beauty icons, and we’re obsessed.
Psst: Want more local inspo? Be sure to check out these stylish Philly Instagrammers, and start recreating their pics faster than you can say “Hefe”.