Advertisement
Slideshow will continue in seconds. Click to skip
Click through to meet the masterminds behind the most iconic runway beauty looks in recent memory.
Gucci Westman

Not only is she one of the most in-demand makeup artists in both fashion and Hollywood, she's also one of the coolest: She and Jennifer Aniston have matching ear piercings and she's married to David Neville, one half of the Rag & Bone duo.

When she's not working her magic backstage at shows like Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa or getting A-listers like Aniston and Cameron Diaz red carpet-ready, she's thinking up new products and colors for Revlon, where she serves as global artistic director. Follow her on Instagram @gucciwestman.

Tom Pecheux
The pastry-chef-turned-makeup-artist and Estée Lauder creative makeup director is renowned for his trademark aesthetic: a modern take on classic. This is perhaps best exemplified by the memorable glossy black lip he created for the Fall 2008 Yves Saint Laurent show. Follow him on Instagram @tompecheux.
Diane Kendal
She's had a career that spans three decades, but Kendal remains on the cutting edge of her craft. She's a backstage fixture at the shows of buzzy brands like Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu and Thakoon and consults on Marc Jacobs' beauty line.
Pat McGrath
The legendary makeup artist is known for creating theatrical looks for fashion week's biggest names—remember the sequin masks at Givenchy last season? She's also the global creative design director of Procter & Gamble Beauty, where she works on brands like CoverGirl and Dolce & Gabbana. Like we said: legendary. Follow her on Instagram @patmcgrathreal.
Lucia Pieroni
Whether it's a bright blush or a bold lip, Clé de Peau's creative director is not a makeup artist who shies away from color. Look for her work on the runways of Vera Wang and Rochas. Follow her on Instagram @lucialoulou.
James Kaliardos
He's got a celebrity client list that includes Madonna, a role as creative consultant for L'Oréal Paris and does runway work for the likes of Rodarte and DVF, but his talents don't stop at makeup. He's also an actor and the co-founder of publications Visionaire and V. Follow him on Twitter @JamesKaliardos.
Dick Page
Page got his big break in the industry after working with a young Kate Moss in the early '90s. He's now the artistic director for Shiseido Makeup and the go-to makeup artist for designers like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.
Charlotte Tilbury
Surprisingly enough, it's rare to see a backstage makeup artist personally wearing much—if any—makeup, but Tilbury is an exception. On her YouTube channel, where she shares the pro tricks she employs at shows like Tom Ford and Donna Karan, she describes herself as a "mascara addict." Follow her on Instagram @ctilburymakeup.
Orlando Pita
A true innovator in the world of hair, Pita is known for his intricate, mind-bending creations like the crimped, Nefertiti-esque headpieces he created for Dior's Spring 2009 show. His work has even been recognized by Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Museum. We can't wait to see what he'll think of this season!
Guido Palau
He may have been kicked out of hairdressing school at London's Sassoon Academy, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the most sought-after hairstylists in the business and creative consultant for Redken. He worked on a whopping 40 shows last fashion week, including Louis Vuitton, Prada and Alexander Wang. Follow him on Twitter @GuidoPalau.
Odile Gilbert
From whimsical adornments to inventive takes on everyday styles, Gilbert's approach to hair is that of an artist's. She's the lead stylist for Kérastase and unsurprisingly, the stylist of choice for high-profile designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Zac Posen and Jason Wu.
Luigi Murenu
Murenu is the man behind some of Madonna's most iconic hairstyles, has served as global creative director for John Frieda and lends his talents to brands like Givenchy, Gucci and Rick Owens during fashion month. Follow him on Instagram @luigimurenu.
Jin Soon Choi
Jin Soon Choi always thought getting your nails done should be a personal, one-on-one experience. When she first started out as a manicurist, she got the nickname "Bicycle Jin" as she biked to her clients' apartments on a 10-speed. Since then, she's probably doing less time biking and more time at one of her three cozy JINsoon Hand & Foot Spas located in NYC, or creating nail looks for countless runway shows, campaigns and celebrities like Taylor Swift, Emma Stone and Rihanna. Follow her on Instagram @jinsoonchoi.
Deborah Lippmann
Though Deborah Lippmann is known as the go-to manicurist for stars like Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Lady Gaga, you might've not known that she's also a singer with two albums on iTunes! She loves music so much that many of her polishes are named after song titles. Spot her handiwork (pun intended) at shows this season like Kate Spade New York, Edun, Badgley Mischka, Honor and Narciso Rodriguez. Follow her on Instagram @deborahlippmann.
Katie Jane Hughes
Butter London's Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, is indeed all about using color. Her Instagram is proof of all the bright shades and cool prints that are a part of her signature style. She'll be leading the nail looks at Creatures of the Wind, Nicole Miller, Libertine and Tadashi Shoji this season and they're sure to be stunning. Follow her on Instagram @katiejanehughes.