From industry icons to rising stars, here’s who to follow to fill your social media feed with the ultimate beauty inspiration.
JAMES VINCENT @Jvincentmakeup
As director of education and artistry for The Makeup Show, James Vincent works with makeup lines and makeup artists at all levels of the industry. Over the years, his passion for the art of makeup has included nearly every genre of makeup artistry—film and theatre, TV and celebrity work, as well as editorial and runway work. His credentials also include training and product development responsibilities for such companies as MAC, Stila, Armani, YSL, and Make Up For Ever.
James now focuses his career on working internationally in fashion, film, theater, and editorial. His resume includes clients as diverse as designers Ashton Michael, Charlotte Ronson, and Samantha Pleet. In addition, his music industry work spans genres and includes legends like Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Courtney Love, Joan Jett, and the Foo Fighters, among others.
In fashion, film, and TV, James counts leading ladies like Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon, and Jane Fonda as clients, and he has also been privileged to work with Barack Obama. James is the owner of Rebels and Outlaws, serves as the current beauty editor for On Makeup Magazine and Galore Magazine, and is a contributor to countless blogs and publications.
ANNAGJID “KEE” TAYLOR @SoShearGenius
Annagjid “Kee” Taylor is a celebrity hair stylist, salon owner, beauty brand entrepreneur, social media influencer, and author of the children’s book, “All Hair Is Good Hair.” With more than 150,000 Instagram followers, 580,000 YouTube subscribers, and 70,000,000 video views, Kee has created her own lane in hair marketing. She owns the Philadelphia-area salon Deeper Than Hair and a hair care collection under the same name that includes hair care and styling products and tools, which frequently sell out. Kee also regularly works with celebrity clients like Tika Sumpter, Nafessa Williams, Keke Palmer, and Tiffany Haddish. As if her rapidly-growing social media following and various business ventures aren’t enough to keep her busy, her salon’s non-profit organization, The Deeper Than Hair Project, is one of the many ways she shows her love to military wives, women in shelters, and active duty servicewomen on a regular basis.
GRACE ELEYAE @GraceEleyae
Grace Eleyae knows all about bad hair days. She had over-treated and mistreated her hair so badly that at 27 she developed a bald patch! In response, she designed and sold out her first collection of satin lined caps. Founded in 2014, her family-run company has since grown to include a full range of stylish satin- and silk-lined products. Grace’s goal is to take the sweat out of your morning routine by offering protective accessories that are fashionable and functional. Fans include Viola Davis, Tamron Hall, Adrienne Bailon, Yvonne Orji, Tamera Mowry, and Wendy Williams.
KATHLEEN FUENTES @KathleenLights
Kathleen Fuentes, better known as KathleenLights, is a popular beauty YouTube vlogger and influencer. Born to Cuban immigrant parents, Kathleen is a Miami native whose pride for her Cuban culture and roots run deep. A proud Latina, Kathleen launched her YouTube channel on January 26, 2013, and today, she has more than 4.1M subscribers. At 27 years old, Kathleen has catapulted herself into a brand in and of itself, with world-renown collaborations that include ColourPop, Ofra, Makeup Geek, and Morphe Brushes. In addition to being a successful vlogger and influencer, she is an incredibly savvy businesswoman with several successful ventures, including ‘KL Polish’, Lights Label, her own merchandise line, and most recently, her very first solo project and brand, Lights Lacquer, a vegan and cruelty-free nail lacquer.
SAMANTHA CROMPTON @AchiquePeek
Samantha Crompton is a top fashion, beauty, lifestyle blogger, and influencer based out of (but not limited to) Boston and New York City. After graduating from Suffolk University in Boston with a degree in broadcast journalism, Samantha knew she wanted to take a more creative and entrepreneurial route. She always had a passion for fashion, so she decided to turn what was once a project for a web design class into a career, and thus her blog (then titled Fenway Fashionista) was born. Since starting her blog in 2015, she has totally rebranded it, and it has grown beyond fashion to include beauty, travel, home décor, and so much more. Samantha has collaborated with top brands in their respective industries including REVOLVE, Oscar de la Renta, Sephora, Charlotte Tilbury, Neutrogena, SkinCeuticals, La Prairie, La Mer, First Aid Beauty, Physicians Formula, and Elizabeth Arden, with numerous other collaborations in the works.
SARAH POTEMPA @SarahPotempa
Sarah Potempa is a celebrity hairstylist whose clientele includes Lea Michele, Emily Blunt, Camila Cabello, Reese Witherspoon, Busy Phillips, and many more. She has styled hair on photo shoots for Vogue, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and W Magazine. As a respected beauty expert in the industry, Sarah has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Real,” and “Extra!” She also creates compelling social content for the most powerful media outlets in the world, such as Allure, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. Sarah is also a contributor for UsWeekly, PopSugar, Refinery29, Elle, and others. In addition, she is the inventor of the patented Beachwaver® curling iron, serving as CEO of the 45-time award-winning Beachwaver Co.® which provides innovative hair tools and products to customers worldwide.
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