Instagram is often thought of as a playground for self-indulgence and promotion, littered with throwaway selfies and hollow hashtags (er, #spon that’s you). So it’s really easy to totally overlook how this social media platform has hatched an entire generation of young women who use the channel as a springboard for activism, and as an opportunity to put their follower count to good use.

Below, we will be introducing some of the influential women who are aiming to make Instagram, sheesh, the world, a better place. Some of the names we s/o, you may already be familiar with, such as the Internet’s most colourful girl-gang the Confetti Crowd. Other women you probably won’t have come across, like Laetitia Duveau founder of @curatedbygirls—a platform for emerging creatives.

While these girls may not match Swifty’s levels of followers, they are all striving to change the world a little, and the proof is in their kick-ass mantras below.

School of Doodle

Instagram: @schoolofdoodle

https://www.instagram.com/schoolofdoodle/ 

“School of Doodle is a learning lab, by and for girl and gender non-conforming Gen Zers, that gives them the tools to turn creative potential into future success. From photography and feminism to art and activism (and everything in between), Doodle’s content and community events provide girls with education, entertainment and opportunity to develop critical life skills and confidence to rule the world. School of Doodle was built on the belief that by closing the Confidence Gap, we can guarantee that for the next generation ‘leaning in’ looks like standing up straight.”

Confetti Crowd

Instagram: @confetticrowd

https://www.instagram.com/confetticrowd/

“We hope to inspire girls who may dream of owning their own business, of working from home, or of generally being a girl boss. Our aim is to create a community of successful girl bosses who support each other rather than compete against each other. It’s important that young women feel they can be completely and truly themselves when growing up. From finding your style at an early age, to building confidence and skills for a successful life, we are here to act as your big sister. As individuals we were all picked on for dressing ‘weird’, but remember that first they laugh, then they copy.”

Gurls Talk

Instagram: @gurlstalk

https://www.instagram.com/gurlstalk/

“Gurls Talk is a movement that strives to create a platform where girls can openly share their experiences in a safe and trusting environment. We are working together here at Gurls Talk to create a community of girls from all different backgrounds, looking beyond external differences and focusing on what it means to be a girl today.”

Curated by GIRLS

Instagram: @curatedbygirls

https://www.instagram.com/curatedbygirls/

“Curated by GIRLS is a platform for talented creatives, emerging and established from around the world. We believe in equality, and try to include all genders, ethnicities and body types in the work we feature. It is very important that we give every artist out there a chance, not based on who they are but what they do. The world is full of unknown talents and our aim is to find them and give them the opportunities they deserve.”

gal-dem

Instagram: @galdemzine

https://www.instagram.com/galdemzine/

gal-dem is a magazine (online and in print) and creative collective comprised of over 70 women and nonbinary people of colour which launched in September 2015. The aim of gal-dem is to open up our take on the world to a wider audience. We want people from all backgrounds to engage with the work we are doing. It’s no secret that the mainstream media doesn’t represent or reflect us, so we are doing it for ourselves.”

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So your Insta feed is full of Bella Hadid’s selfies and Kaia Gerber’s ever-cool outfits, but you feel like you need a little refresh? We hear you and, thankfully, there are loads of new faces just waiting for you to hit that ‘follow’ button. Move over Gigi and Kendall; these are the latest style babes giving us a glimpse into the world of fashion.

Luna Bijl (@mxlunaa)

🐶 @missoni

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Dutch beauty Luna is just 19 years old and has already walked for major designers like Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli. When she’s not modelling, you’ll see Luna travelling the globe, doing motocross and hanging out with her fam.

Samile Bermannelli (@samile_b)

saturday 👅

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Samile is from Salvador in Brazil and she walked in her first fashion week in Paris when she was just 17. Now 19, she’s stomped down the runway for everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Anya Hindmarch, and is set to make her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut this November!

Laiqah Omar (@laiqahomar)

So grateful to be in Paris, having the best time #parisfashionweek #busyday #showtime 🇫🇷💃🏻

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Laiqah is just 16, but the half-Welsh, half-Somali model walked for Tommy Hilfiger at London Fashion Week in September, before flying to Milan to rock the Prada show. Still at school in Cardiff, Laiqah is juggling her career with her A-levels, and a burning desire to become a DJ. How much cooler can one girl get? Follow and find out.

Grace Elizabeth (@lovegrace_e)

Grace walked for Victoria’s Secret last year and looks set to return to the lingerie brand’s annual extravaganza. The Florida-born model is super close to her family and posts photos of them as often as she does her shoots and runway moments for the likes of Moschino and Missoni.

Amilna Estevao (@officialamilnaestevao)

Cominn for ya Summaaaa like…? #blackisbeautiful #summertime #DFBK #comingsoon 💋

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It might sound like a cliché, but Amilna’s smile can truly light up a room, and her face is so stunning that she’s fronted campaigns for MAC Cosmetics. Hailing from Angola, Amilna won Elite’s Model Look contest back in 2013, aged 14. Fast-forward a few years and she’s walking runways all over the world, modelling for Tom Ford and generally bossing life. We love her.

Estelle Chen (@chen_estelle)

@lucbraquet_ 🇺🇸☺️

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Estelle is of Chinese heritage, but was born and raised in Paris, and her modelling career has taken her all around the globe. Starring in campaigns for H&M and walking at Elie Saab, the 19-year-old’s professional snaps are peppered with delicious-looking food pics, so you will leave her feed hungry for sure.

Tarah Rodgers (@tarahrodgers)

🍀Happy St Patrick's Day🍀 don't forget to wear green today💚

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Hailing from Brooklyn in New York, you may recognise Tarah from her summer 2017 Sweaty Betty campaign, while she’s also walked for Topshop, Temperley London and Naeem Khan. Her ’gram is full of wanderlust-inducing travel shots, as well as snaps of her partying with her fellow models between shows, so you can be sure you’ll spot another gorgeous face or two to follow on Tarah’s feed.

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Sometimes an item of clothing comes along that every stylish celebrity is obsessed with and, lucky for us mere mortals, the high street quickly clamours to copy. This season, said item is Réalisation Par’s Emilie dress in the Shanghai nights print, which – at $160 (around £120) – is definitely more of a Christmas (plus birthday and next Christmas) gift combined than a pocket money purchase.

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Seen on the Instagram feeds of Kylie Jenner and model of the moment Kaia Gerber, the silk Emilie dress and its cherry blossom print has spawned plenty of similar styles, at a third of the price tag.

survival

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Whether you fancy a frock as close to the original as possible or are just taking loose inspiration, we’ve found some killer dupes that won’t break the bank, which you can shop below. Just add heels – or, for daytime, slip on over a T-shirt and team with stompy biker boots. It’s a win-win situation.

The red one

Urban Outfitters’ Waterlily frock is the little red dress you never knew you needed… until now. With a super similar shape and design to Réalisation Par’s Emilie, it’s the attention-seeking alternative to the original, thanks to its bold rouge colour. Bonus – at £44 you won’t have to save for too long to afford it. Shop here.

The velvet one

If silk and satin aren’t your style, Pretty Little Thing have created this little black velvet number, as part of their collaboration with Kourtney Kardashian. Yep, that’s right, you can dress like a Kardashian for just £25. Result! Shop here.

The really floral one

Nasty Gal’s A Rose Between Two Thorns dress is perfect if you like the shape and style of the Réalisation Par one, but you fancy a bolder print, and it’s a total steal at £30. Shop here.

The bright one

Like your blues bright rather than navy? Forever 21’s aqua version will make all your mermaid dreams come true. £35 and it’s yours – shop here.

The playsuit

More of a playsuit gal? Missguided have you covered with this black satin romper. The adjustable straps mean even tall girls can get in on the action without fear of the dreaded camel toe and all for £25. Shop here.

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be responsible for celebrities’ red carpet looks, their day-to-day wardrobes or stage costumes, look no further than these seven ladies. Stylists to stars including Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner, they know a thing or two about fashion, and are pretty much at the top of their game right now.

Find out what we love about these celebrity stylists below, then get following them on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at how their clients’ wardrobes come together.

1. Maeve Reilly (@stylememaeve)

Maeve is one of our favourite stylists of the moment, with clients including megababe Hailey Baldwin, and musicians Tinashe, Halsey and Bebe Rexha. Hailing from New York, Maeve effortlessly mixes cool streetwear brands like Off-White and Unravel with more traditional designers, including Gucci and Balmain.

So I guess it's fashion week? Wassup NY

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She actually got her start in menswear, styling the likes of Russell Brand, Jamie Foxx and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, but of late Maeve has been firmly focused on her red carpet queens.

2. Karla Welch (@karlawelchstylist)

Prepare to feel super jelly of Karla, who styles none other than Mr Justin Bieber, so probably gets to see him shirtless more than the average person. Justin even starred in the recent campaign for Karla’s T-shirt line, alongside models Kaia Gerber and Joan Smalls, so we’d say they’re pretty close.

Love is Love #pride PS Tee shirt is by @prabalgurung and ALL proceeds to go LGBTQ organizations!

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Biebs aside, Karla’s clients include Karlie Kloss and Lorde, both of whom have been looking like pure fire lately with the stylist’s help.

3. Jill Jacobs (@missjilljacobs)

Jill has some of the coolest clients in the world right now, splitting her time between Kylie Jenner, Golden Barbie (aka Jasmine Sanders) and Desi Perkins. She was responsible for both of Kylie’s Christina Aguilera costumes that you saw plastered all over the ’gram, as well as the looks in the amazing Barbie editorial she did for Flaunt magazine, plus Kylie’s 20th birthday shoot by photographer Sasha Samsonova.

today 2.0 #bts

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Previously an assistant to fellow celeb stylist Monica Rose, who famously used to dress all the Kardashian sisters until a rumoured fall-out earlier in 2017, Jill has really come into her own over the past year and we’re sure there are plenty more famous clients in her future.

4. Marni Senofonte (@marnixmarni)

Prepare to bow down, because Marni is the woman behind Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour and Lemonade looks, not to mention Kendall Jenner’s recent style elevation.

AspenBound….. IKnowIts74DegreesAndSunny …. BUT …… WinterIsComing ….

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Her most fun collab, though? Creating a new, denim-heavy wardrobe for everyone’s favourite tiny fashion icon, Barbie!

5. Kate Young (@kateyoung)

Kate has styled plenty of Hollywood greats, from Michelle Williams to Natalie Portman, but perhaps her most notable client of recent years is Selena Gomez.

#inspiredbyher #pantsuit #bestselfieeffort

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Taking her from teen star to fully-fledged fashion icon, Kate is the reason we get to see SelGo rocking Rodarte, Valentino and Louis Vuitton on the regular. For that, we salute her.

#selenagomez in #rodarte for #bof @hungvanngo @officialdanilohair @tombachik 🖤

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6. Mimi Cuttrell (@mimicuttrell)

The woman behind Gigi Hadid’s Barbie pink suit you were obsessed with? That was Mimi Cuttrell, who styles the supermodel on the regular, for both red carpet appearances and her off-duty looks.

three hour lay overs are a tad better w vino 🍷#gracias 🙄 #overit

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Mimi also works with models of the moment Kaia Gerber and Nadine Leopold, keeping their outfits young, fresh, fun and oh-so-covetable.

7. Odessa Lu Nikolic (@odessalu)

Odessa is one of the newer stylists on the block, but that doesn’t make her any less fabulous, with Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray Hamlin both currently on roster.

Desert Digs.

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Expect plenty more streetwear-inspired looks to come from Odessa as Delilah and Amelia’s modelling careers go from strength to strength.

HBD to this stone cold fox @delilahbelle | #styledbyodessa

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Can we all agree now that Instagram is the best social media app? Spoken like a true addict, I know, but Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat just don’t do it for me like Insta does. I can leave them untouched for days on end, but an hour without the ’gram and I’m struggling.

In full agreeance with me? Thanks! Now here are all the things you definitely know, because you too are obsessed with Instagram…

Every day starts and ends with a scroll

And every time you scroll you absolutely MUST reach the photo you left off at last time. Otherwise you might miss a really important update from your good friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, right?

Posting before bed and waking up to loads of likes is the most fun

You’ve had your key posting times down for years; on weekdays you hit your fans – sorry, followers – first thing in the morning, at lunchtime or last thing at night. Sunday evenings are good, while Saturdays are best avoided altogether, unless you want zero likes on that carefully crafted selfie.

You’re always the first of your friends to capture a moment

Whether it’s at a concert, birthday party or on the way home from school, you have your phone handy at all times and an eye for the perfect ’gram.

And, of course, you know the ideal filter for every occasion

Rainy day? We’re going to need Clarendon to clear this up. Not feeling the colours? Moon to the rescue. And, seriously, when are they going to get rid of Hefe?!

You find out all your best gossip on the ’gram

Whether it’s a new celeb couple or someone you ACTUALLY know breaking up with their boyf, your addiction means you always know when someone makes it Insta official.

Though you still kind of hate the new algorithm

Why doesn’t your feed just show you every post from everyone you follow?! Many a nugget of information could be missed because of this silly flaw.

There’s nothing worse than when a great picture doesn’t fit with the rest of your grid

It’s like the 2017 equivalent of not being able to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

But, despite its faults, you’ll never give up on your beloved Insta

Please let it live forever, technology.

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Spend your entire day tagging your besties in memes? Us too, but when you spend as much time as we do on Instagram, it’s easy to get bored of seeing the same accounts over and over again.

Thankfully there are loads of new meme accounts popping up for your entertainment every day and these are just a few of our faves that you should follow immediately. No need to thank us.

1. @lvcifers_revenge

This wasn't me last night I swear

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Paris Hilton regularly reposts his memes and with good reason; Stephen ‘Lvcifer’ Zerance is hilarious. His account @lvcifers_revenge mostly revolves around Paris, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian pictures, with captions that will definitely appeal to your devilish side.

2. @heavyvanilla

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Taylor Kamery aka @heavyvanilla has 30,000 dedicated followers and it’s easy to see why. Mariah Carey memes feature regularly, as does commentary on pop culture moments (like Swifty’s new single), and Taylor even has his own online store selling candles and stickers in homage to your favourite stars.

3. @scousebarbie

FLEEKY AF BROWS ONLY ‼️‼️‼️ #WavyBrows

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Who doesn’t love a beauty meme? @scousebarbie has plenty of them, as well as relatables on everything from boys to your (less than healthy) bank account. Her bestie @scouse_ma is also well worth a follow – don’t let the private account put you off.

4. @mytherapistsays

Hello darkness my old friend 🎶 @mybestiesays

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If you’re not already following this long-established meme account, where the heck have you been? Run by friends Lola Tash and Nicole Argiris, both 23, expect a new meme every couple of hours to keep you screaming with laughter all day long.

5. @mybestiesays

And when the one I want starts talking to me I don't want him anymore 🙃

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Also run by Lola and Nicole, @mybestiesays may have less followers than @mytherapistsays, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less funny. Imagine a conversation with your best friend, then pretend someone listening in made a meme out of everything you said, and that’s pretty much the gist of the account.

6. @thedietstartsmonday

AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH! 👏🏻😩😂

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For anyone who has ever promised themselves they’re going to start eating healthily and fallen at the first hurdle. That’ll be all of us, no? @thedietstartsmonday’s memes all revolve around food and we’re totally on board with that.

7. @drinksattiffanys

A relatively new kid on the meme-making block, all of @drinksattiffanys memes are originals rather than reposts, and they will speak to your selfie-taking, text-ignoring soul. Expect plenty of Hannah Montana and Paris Hilton pics to illustrate their lols.

8. @overheardlondon

Rupert Street Market. Soho. 💷😁 Overheard by Anonymous. 📥 #economicexperiment #GetTested #overheardlondon

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Does it count as a meme if someone actually said it? We’re not sure, but @overheardlondon is hilarious regardless, taking quotes contributors have heard in the capital and compiling them in one glorious feed. Created by the brains behind @overheardla, we’re big fans of the London version, because it’s so distinctly British in its humour.

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Can you remember a time before the internet was obsessed with unicorns? Us neither. Barely. Somewhere around the time pugs got boring and owls were officially over, the magical mythical* flying pony took over as everyone’s animal crush of choice.

And after the crush, comes the food! Technicolour cakes. Swirly rainbow bagels. Glitter-spiked lattes and pastel pancakes. Barely a week goes by without some other courageous cafe owner going to town with the food colouring. This is the year that your food gets more beautiful than your wardrobe.

We’ve rounded up Instagram’s most psychedelic snacks to satisfy your unicorn cravings…

*Maybe.

These technicolour lattes

Unicorn food for breakfast. 🍭🦄🍭#indahood #arvo #unicornlatte #kakaako

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Mornings: 3000% more bearable with one of these bad boys next to your Coco Pops.

This vibrant veg fest

Because look, even unicorns need their fibre.

This pastel-perfect toast 

What’s on it? No idea. But shh, don’t ruin the magic.

These fantastical pancakes

It would be literally impossible to have a bad day after a stack of these. A slow day, maybe… but a great one.

This… actually we’re not sure. But it’s pretty.

💁🏼tested 🦄approved • 📸 @kenziedevlin

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Is it bread? Is it cake? Is it a… hat? Does it even matter? We’ll take five.

This total dream of a cheese toastie

Remember the days Red Leicester felt exciting?

This beautiful bagel

19JAN2017 🌈 You are what you eat #studiomuccisugarrush

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Although Marmite would basically ruin it, which is a shame.

This confetti-esque croissant

What’s the French for Homer Simpson’s drool noise?

This unicorn hamburger mini cake

Because unicorn hamburger mini cakes are a thing, apparently. Keep up!

These delightful doughnuts

Unicorn donuts 😍💖🦄 #unicorndonuts #donuts #unicorns #bakedbyemmielou

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No, not bath sponges – doughnuts.

This cup of marshmallows and sprinkles

Sorry, ‘unicorn hot chocolate’! Of course it is. And just imagine the dreams you’d have after.

These next-level unicorn macarons

In the future, all biscuits will have eyelashes and a horn.

This ridiculous cake

Shall we all just look at it for a while?

…and let’s not forget these

Are these real? I don't eat Doritos So idk lol.

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Sadly they were just a limited edition in 2015, making a packet about as easy to track down as an actual unicorn. Mmm, elusive. Mmm.

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There was a time long, long ago when Instagram was full of boring static photos with rubbish borders and grainy quality. But fast-forward to 2017 and Instagram supports video, galleries and great-looking photos to boot (as well as stories and stickers and all kinds of other great things we don’t have time to talk about right now).

What that means is if you’re an aspiring photographer, a blogger or any other kind of wannabe creative type, Instagram is the best place ever to show off your work.

But it’s also great news for the beauty industry. From brands showing off their products and giving you how-tos about the best ways to use them, through to beauty bloggers and make-up artists using Instagram to share their creations and make great tutorials.

To celebrate what Instagram has done for beauty, we’ve collected together some of our favourite beauty Instagram accounts to follow. If you’re looking for long and detailed how-tos and reviews, head to YouTube, but if you like quick video tutorials and handy beauty tips delivered straight to your Insta-feed look no further.

The best for all things make-up: Charlotte Tilbury (@ctilburymakeup)

Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most famous makeup artists on the planet and counts celebs like Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller as her superstar clients – as well as so many others, we’ve lost count.

Although Charlotte shares all kinds of stuff to Instagram, like photos of her favourite products and snaps of her star-studded lifestyle, she also likes to show us how she’s creating some of her most iconic looks.

She rarely shows you tutorials from beginning to end with voiceovers on Instagram (you’ll have to head to her YouTube channel for that), but she does share handy snippets, like applying lipstick with ease or creating a perfect metallic eye look.

The best for quick and easy hair tutorials: Kirstin Ess (@kristin_ess)

Double Pony Crisscross Thingy. ✨(starring: @janellehansen 👵🏻. with special guest: my hands 👋🏼)

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Kristin Ess is a big deal in the world of hair, she’s got a huge following on Instagram, styles the hair of celebs and has a few of her own businesses, including her own hair product line.

So it’s no surprise her Instagram is packed full of photos of her hair creations that’ll make you swoon. But what she does really well that few others do is dead simple, but really awesome, hair tutorials.

Each one is easy enough to do at home, comes with a title screen, so you know what you’re looking at before you click, and the steps make it impossible to mess up – even for complete hair styling beginners.

The best for those who love the Naked eye palette: Urban Decay (@urbandecaycosmetics)

@facebeatbyen showin' Naked Smoky some 🖤 #UrbanDecay

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If you love make-up, you know that Urban Decay’s Naked eye palettes are the holy grail of eyeshadows. They might be pricey, but they’ve got such a good rep because they’re highly pigmented, silky smooth and come in the most delicious colours.

So where best to find great Naked eye palette tutorials then heading straight to the Urban Decay Instagram account! Here you’ll find how-to videos, inspiration and photos of the brand’s best-selling products. The best bit is that Urban Decay often features other beauty Instagrammers and YouTubers who use their products, which means it’s a great way to discover new looks and new faces to follow.

The best for arty photos and simple make-up looks: Violette (@violette_fr)

Make-up artist Violette isn’t just inspiring because she’s a really talented beauty influencer, she’s also got a dream job, she’s the Global Beauty Director at Estee Lauder. Wow, talk about career goals!

We love Violette’s Instagram feed because it’s really beautiful. She has such a great eye for arty shots and good design, and also puts up make-up tutorials every few weeks, which tend to focus on how to use one product really well – or in a totally unexpected way.

The best for make-up inspiration: Beauty is Boring (@beautyisboring_)

It can be really difficult to find make-up inspiration online you can actually copy yourself that isn’t really OTT or hard to get your head around. That’s why we love Beauty is Boring. It’s jam-packed full of on-trend looks, from the simple to the bold. But it’s great because they’re all easy to replicate and presented on plain white backgrounds so you can focus on what’s important – the make-up.

We love it when the Beauty is Boring account shares a tutorial because they’re speeded up yet simple, like the one above, which shows you how to get to grips with the basics of contouring.

The best for dramatic make-up looks: Nikkie Tutorials (@nikkietutorials)

If you like your make-up to look bright, bold and suuuper glittery, then you’re going to love Nikkie. She posts lots of tutorials on Instagram, which teach you how to recreate her amazing looks.

The best bit is her videos are pretty detailed yet easy to follow because she shares all of the products (with handy links) in the caption. So you don’t need to watch it five times just to catch a glimpse of what she’s using!

The best for those serious about their make-up collection: Mac (@maccosmetics)

Mac is one of the top make-up brands in the world and lots of those working in the beauty business swear by it. So you really need to follow this Instagram account if you’re not already, it’s packed full of top trends as well as easy looks you can create at home.

The downside? You’ll want all of the Mac products in your make-up bag. But remember, although Mac products are great you can just use the Instagram account to find inspiration then head on over to Boots or Superdrug and find cheaper alternatives that look similar, but won’t cost you a bomb.

Happy sprucing!

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1. Did I just…?

2. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

3. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. Unlike it immediately!

5. Oh my god! I re-liked it! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

6. My life is officially over.

7. Will they still get a notification that I liked the photo?

8. Will it say which photo I liked?!

9. WHY, OH WHY, DID IT HAVE TO BE THE PHOTO WITH THEIR EX?! Do the internet gods have no mercy?

10. I should text Jo and tell her to like and then unlike one of my photos and see what happens.

11. Why won’t Jo text me back?!

12. Urgh and because we don’t even follow each other on Instagram they’ll know I stalked them.

13. And that I trawled through the bazillion Alex Joneses and found the Alex Jones (by the way, thanks for having such a generic name) and that I then proceeded to go through SEVENTY EIGHT WEEKS of Instagram posts.

14. Is it possible they’ll find it flattering?

15. No. Probably not.

16. Maybe I should delete my Instagram account.

17. ORRRR I could move to Latvia! No one knows me in Latvia.

18. I wonder how much flights to Latvia are?

19. What’s the capital of Latvia…

20. Riga? Huh, I wouldn’t have guessed that.

21. I should move to Riga.

22. But then I’d never see Alex again and we would never fall in love.

23. Maybe I’ll just have another look.

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Have you ever gone to post something on Instagram but had second thoughts? Maybe because you’ve seen your best friends’ latest selfies or that celeb you love’s holiday snaps and worried that your hastily-snapped photo of your favourite old trainers doesn’t quite live up to them? Or maybe it’s because what you actually want to post is something about how scared and alone you feel at the moment, but you don’t think it’ll fit among all the happy, shiny photos on your feed. Or maybe you want you friends to know that you’re feeling crappy but not necessarily the whole world, y’know? You just might not want to share everything with everyone.

You, my friend, need a finstagram.

A finstagram is a second, locked Instagram account that you only let your close friends see. It’s like those alt Twitter accounts that everyone was making a few months ago; it gives you all the fun of the platform without any of the pressure that comes with having the world and their incredibly photogenic pets (seriously, when did everyone get a French bulldog or a floppy-eared spaniel?!) snooping on what you’re doing. People use them for funny screenshots of WhatsApps, ugly selfies, outfits they aren’t sure about, stuff that they care about that’s not ‘polished’ enough for Instagram, or even posts about how sad or stressed they are. Basically, anything that you don’t want on your public account because those are generally used for fun things, cool things and, let’s be honest, showing off a bit.

So what do we think of finstas? A lot of people are freaking out about them. They say it’s really bad that we are so obsessed with having a perfect persona that we put anything flawed on a secret account, and that they’re proof we’re all going to hell in a vain, self-obsessed handcart. And yeah, there are serious issues around the pressure people are feeling because of social media that need to be addressed, and no-one should be made to feel lesser-than because of the things they see online.

But also, I kind of love finstagrams. I love places that people can go to bitch and moan and be silly and test things out before they unleash them on the real world. I certainly don’t think that the existence of a finstagram makes a public Instagram account less “real”. It’s basically you at the end of year party vs you at a sleepover with your girls; there are some things you just don’t share with people who aren’t your BFFs.

People contain multitudes. Sometimes you’re the showy, glossy, perfect person that’d be on an Instagram account, and sometimes you’re a weepy mess with ice-cream stains down your t-shirt and deely boppers on, and that’s okay. I think it’s naive to assume that anyone is their true, authentic, 100% flawed self all the time, whether that’s online or in real life. Surely it’s better to have a place online to be that hot mess than it is to have nowhere online where you can exist without bringing your shiniest A-game?

If you want to get a finstagram, go right ahead. It can be a good place to express yourself in a world where sometimes it feels like no-one can be less than the 100 emoji all the time. Just remember that the you on your finstagram is as worthwhile as the you on your public profile, and you’ll be fine.

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There are many things the world needs more of – love, peace, peanut butter Magnums, tights that actually stay up – but one thing we have no shortage of whatsoever is motivational quotes. They’re everywhere. On our walls, on our fridges, decorating our notebooks and cluttering up our Instagram feeds. They are the hot air that powers Pinterest like a jet engine.

But of course, they’re not always helpful. There are only so many times you can be told to ‘be a unicorn!’ before you want to smash your phone screen with your non-existent horn – and of all the genuinely cool and inspiring things Audrey Hepburn did in her time on earth, that quote about believing in pink ain’t one of them.

So as your antidote to all the whimsical sunsets, we’ve dug up 13 truly awesome quotes from some truly awesome women. Go kick some ass today – like yourself, not a unicorn.

(The hooves would just be impractical.)

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”

Marie M. Daly, the first African-American woman to to earn a PhD in Chemistry

 

“However many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.”

Nora Ephron, first lady of American screenwriting

 

“If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I’m going.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at four different Olympic Games.

 

“We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f***ing feminist and wear a f***ing Peter Pan collar. So f***ing what?”

Zooey Deschanel, your fringe icon and all-round comedy babe

 

“Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.”

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, from her book Year of Yes

 

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

JK Rowling, everyone’s favourite dream auntie

 

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.”

Zelda Fitzgerald, Jazz Age legend, from her Collected Writings

 

“Be brave and fearless [enough] to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for a good reason.”

Adele. You know Adele.

 

“Because you don’t live near a bakery, doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.”

Hedy Lamarr, 1940s movie star and inventor, who developed the radio wave system that led to the modern creation of wi-fi (thanks Hedy!)

 

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Maya Angelou, author, poet and civil rights activist

 

“I say they should enjoy it while they can. You’ll be happy later to have taken pictures of yourself when you looked good. It’s human nature.”

Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning novellist, on (you guessed it) selfies

 

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai, female education activist and the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner.

What better motivation could you have before double Geography?

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It doesn’t matter how chill you are, if any one’s going to a party rammed with some of the most famous people in Hollywood, they’re going to get their selfie on. And this includes celebs.

So, this awards season, fill up your hot water bottle, pull on your favourite tea-stained comfies and settle down for a big old social stalk. We may not be able to get you invited to the awards shows, but we’ve found the people to follow on Instagram to at least provide you with enough material for some seriously realistic daydreaming.

Phones out! Here’s whose ‘follow’ buttons to hit ASAP…

The actress and her glam squad

We don’t need to tell you that Millie Bobby Brown is part of the mega Netflix hit show Stranger Things, but you may not know that her makeup artist Gianpaolo Ceciliato loves a BTS selfie with the gorgeous girl herself. So does Blake Erik, the hairstylist responsible for Millie’s seriously slick pixie crop.

Not only has the show got a SAG Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series this year, Millie’s also been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – and it’s generally believed that a SAG nod means an Oscar nomination is pretty much in the bag. You just know her speeches would be perfection.

Plus the rest of the Stranger Things crew

Okay it's Childish Gambino home girl drop it like the NASDAQ

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Psst… don’t forget to follow the rest of the Stranger Things main cast Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard and Noah Shnapp. Those boys know how to get a good selfie – their insta feeds already feature Emma Stone, Amy Schumer and Justin Timberlake.

The stylist

We won’t find out details about Oscar nominations until 24th Jan, but Emma Stone’s nom is pretty much guaranteed. Earlier this month she won a Golden Globe for her seriously impressive and beautiful performance in La La Land, has been nominated for a BAFTA (the film’s director has also been nominated, as has the film and Emma’s co-star Ryan Gosling), plus she’s got a SAG nomination *round of applause*.

Her stylist Petra Flannery helped the Golden Globe-winning actress pick her pink and silver Valentino dress for the awards earlier this month (did you see it? It’s covered in stars, we see what you did there Em). Petra also styled Golden Globe nominee Amy Adams, who’s also been nominated for a BAFTA for her performance in Arrival.

The hosts

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

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Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars this year, so follow him for the next Ellen De Generes-style selfie stunts (don’t forget to follow Ellen too – her film Finding Dory has been nominated for a BAFTA). Plus, Stephen Fry is back taking the mick out of Hollywood at the BAFTAs – one awards show we don’t need to stay up into the wee hours to watch.

The red carpet presenters

#tbt to a few of my favorite moments from Sunday's #ERedCarpet at the #GoldenGlobes! #fb #lb

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Our eyes and ears on the Hollywood red carpet are E! Presenters Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest, who’ll be all over everything we want to know this awards season – winners, gossip, speeches, dramas and style. Follow for all of it, and serious film and TV nuts can also keep their eyes on #eredcarpet, too.

A rising star

Have you heard of Anya Taylor-Joy yet? The actress has been nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star award, an accolade previously won by the likes of Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart and James McAvoy. At 20 years old she’s already been recognised as a future mega star – impressive stuff, but to be honest she had us at her unicorn-themed insta bio.

And another one

Another BAFTA Rising Star award nominee is Tom Holland, the 21-year-old actor best known for his roles in Captain America: Civil War and How I Live Now. Remember the name for bragging rights, people.

The Cast

Fun times with my Modern Family

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The hilarious cast of Modern Family has been nominated for a SAG award this year for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, plus everyone’s favourite fictional Dad Ty Burrell has a nom all of his own, for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series. The cast are all just as funny online as they are in the show, so keep your eyes peeled for fab Insta stories from Rico Rodriguez (Manny), Nolan Gould (Luke), Sarah Hyland (Haley) and Ariel Winter (Alex). We want them all in our gang.

The costume designer

Colleen Atwood is the multi Oscar award winning costume designer behind that epic pink and orange Alice in Wonderland look, and this year her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them designs have been nominated for a BAFTA too. She doesn’t post a lot on Instagram, but if there’s the slightest chance of BTS pics of Eddie Redmayne, we will be hitting follow.

The awards

Lastly, don’t forget to follow the organisations that’ll be making it all happen – the BAFTAs, the SAG Awards and don’t forget The Academy for those all important Oscar nomination announcements. Oh, and popcorn. Don’t forget to buy popcorn.

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