The One Makeup Artist You Need to Follow on Instagram This Year
Followers flock to Katie Jane Hughes's feed to see what Rosie Huntington-Whiteley once called “the KJH special”: a flashy pop of color set against fresh, dewy skin. “I know how to put [foundation] on a person and make it look like it’s not there at all,” says Hughes.
A former editorial manicurist, she developed her makeup skills assisting industry vets on set. But it was Instagram that made her a social-media star, attracting clients like Ashley Graham and campaign work for beauty brand Glossier.
“Instagram is my launchpad, my inspiration,” she says. And with near-daily posts and live tutorials featuring glossy complexions and edgy eyeliner, Hughes continues to draw a crowd. “If someone told me 10 years ago that Instagram was going to change my career, I would’ve been like, ‘ Yeah, whatever.’ ” Scroll on to see the products that never let her down.
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Precious Stones Collection in Sapphire
When painted on with a wet brush, these metallic shadows deliver a rich, textured finish, says Hughes.
Revlon Electric Shock Highlighting Powder in Light It Up
Hughes dusts highlighter along the very top of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, and on the chin. The vertical path elongates the face, she says.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream & Weleda Skin Food
Massaging in moisturizer before foundation makes for a more seamless application, she says.
Innisfree Eyeshadow Contouring Brush & Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse in Noise
To give lips a softer look, Hughes applies lipstick then blurs edges with a pointed eye-shadow brush. She also dabs powder over the center of lips for a diffused effect.
Ardell Beauty Stroke a Brow Feathering Pen & Göt2b Spiked-Up Max-Control Styling Gel
After filling in sparse areas with this pen, Hughes brushes brows upward and sets them with hair gel.