9 Artists Who Rule Awards Season Beauty

Although we know everything about the celebrities who continue to kill it on the red carpet, rarely do we shift the spotlight on the behind-the-scenes folk who help them get there. In addition to being based in Los Angeles, this crop of magic-makers has something else in common: they're all addicted to Instagram! Their social media obsession is a bonus for fans like me because a quick scan of their feed provides free beauty tips, celebrity cameos and, of course, incredible style inspiration. Read on to learn more about nine of Hollywood's secret weapons.

Hair

Jen Atkin: In addition to mastering the manes of stars like Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba (she cut her new bob!) and Sofia Vergara, Jen also has amazing style and is known for her jaw-dropping closet filled with designer gear.

Kristin Ess: This fiery-coiffed talent exclusively tames the tresses of Lauren Conrad, who is also her business partner. Known as the "hair whisperer," she's the co-founder of the charming beauty platform, The Beauty Department.

Chris McMillan: Responsible for the dramatic chops seen on Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston, Chris is considered the celeb hair industry's "bad boy" for his bold style and killer tattoo game. He also has a salon in Beverly Hills that never ceases to be packed with superstars.

Makeup

Gregory Arlt: While beautifying entertainers like Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry would be a full-time job for anyone else, Gregory also manages to maintain a prestigious gig as MAC Cosmetics' Director of Makeup Artistry. Fun fact: He gave Gwen her signature red lip.

Joyce Bonelli: The entire Kardashian clan—including Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner—swear by this edgy makeup maven. Her eclectic personal style attracts like-minded clients like Nicki Minaj.

Lauren Anderson: While this artist's perfect pout, pretty blue eyes, and shiny red hair cause paparazzi to mistake her for a celeb (check out the photo above!), she actually prefers to take a back seat and let her clients bask in the spotlight. Stars that swear by Lauren's touch include Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigan, Emmy Rossum, and Nicole Richie.

Nails

Jenna Hipp: Known for her classic and clean style, Jenna's known for grooming the digits of red carpet regulars like Michelle Williams and Lea Michelle. She also has her own beauty line nand produces shades for nail art brands RGB and NCLA.

Tom Bachik: If you adore Zooey Deschanel's awards season nail air (her daisy mani at the Golden Globes was everything), then you're a fan of the man behind them, Tom Bachik. His other noteworthy clients include Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lopez, who flaunts his decorative work on American Idol.

Stephanie Stone: Besides making rad nail wraps for NCLA, Steph also manages the tips of gals like Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato. She's also the go-to for Miley Cyrus, who sported her handiwork on her MTV Unplugged special.

Photo: Lauren Anderson

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