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Best Makeup
Artists in
San Jose

Why These Makeup Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored makeup artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best makeup artists in San Jose, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Aimee Makeup & Hair Design

Aimee Makeup & Hair Design is a makeup and hair styling service with clients in San Jose. The beauty services' firm specializes in body makeovers, fashion makeup, hair care, and bridal makeup. Aimee Lam is the business’ founder. She has worked with thousands of clients over a 12-year career. Aimee’s formal background is in design studies and photography but sees her education to be just as relevant in her hair and makeup career. She sees hair design as sculpturing and makeup as painting.

San Jose, CA 95132 (408) 805-2805


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Beauty By Cherise

Beauty By Cherise is a hair and makeup service in Campbell. The service specializes in bridal hair and makeup but also provides in-salon services like hair coloring, hair cutting for both women and men, and hair extensions. Cherise has been working in the hair and makeup services industry for over 12 years. She received her training at MAC Cosmetics, with Michael O’Rourke of Big Sexy Hair, and served her hair extensions’ apprenticeship at Babe Brand Hair Extensions in Las Vegas.

Campbell, CA 95124 (408) 710-2985


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Chelsey Cueva

Chelsey Cueva is professional makeup artist who has been providing custom makeup services for her clients in San Jose for the past eight years. Chelsey is a licensed aesthetician who has worked for such cosmetics' companies as Bare Essentials, Bobbi Brown, Powder Room Beauty Bar, Clinique, and Nordstrom Cosmetics. The aesthetician also provides waxing and skincare services. Her work has been featured in San Diego Wedding Style Magazine and website, on Style Me Pretty 2015, and on Wedding Chicks 2015.

San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 406-6561


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DesignHERimage is a professional hair and makeup service that has operated in San Jose since 1998. The company specializes in hair and makeup services for weddings, fashion and bridal shows, commercial events, film and television professionals, and other special needs. DesignHER image's work has been featured in both local and international magazines and television shows. The firm also provides make-up classes for aspiring makeup artists and the general public. The DesignHERimage team consists of six experienced hair stylists and makeup artists. DesignHERimage won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for 2014.

San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 242-8154


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Emma Woods

Emma Woods is a hair and makeup artist whose lifelong fascination with color and makeup encouraged her to pursue a career in makeup and hair styling. Emma received top industry training at the Redken Academy for Salon Professionals and immediately began her career serving clients in Los Gatos. She understands that the hair and makeup industry is changing all the time. As such, she makes constant efforts to improve her skills and is always pushing her creativity to adapt to changing client tastes.

Los Gatos, CA 95030 (408) 395-8120


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Faces by Emily

Faces by Emily is a makeup and hair service in San Jose. The company is owned by professional cosmetologist Emily Nguyen. Emily was educated at The Academy of Cosmetic Arts and A-list Makeup. She has provided makeup and hairstyling services for people preparing for weddings, portraits, corporate headshots, fashion work, as well as red carpet appearances and film work. Emily's past clients include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the Oscar De la Renta company's Erika Bearman, Matt Rogers of Nest, and Kevin Systrom of Instagram among other prominent people.

San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 515-4858


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Joule Face

Joule Face is a professional makeup services company serving San Jose. The company is run by a licensed aesthetician who has worked for leading cosmetics companies including Chanel Cosmetics. She began her journey in makeup services in 1985 working at John Robert Powers before attending cosmetology school for her license. The aesthetician is certified with PCA Skin, a blended chemical peels' company. She is proud of her recent work which includes makeup work for the Cinequest Film Festival and Maverick Spirit Award Recipient Rosario Dawson.

San Jose, CA 95124 (408) 506-1378


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Kelly Hamilton

Kelly Hamilton is a San Jose hair stylist and makeup artist. She is a trained artist who has worked with MAC Cosmetics for over seven years. During that time she gained valuable experience and can now confidently design and apply makeup for any style or face. Kelly specializes in weddings and other special events. She has worked with top singer and songwriter Kelis and senior executives from the entertainment and beauty services industry. Kelly is certified by MAC Cosmetics for high fashion hair and makeup, weddings, extensions, body painting, stage makeup, fashion shows' makeup, facilitated Chinese dressing, and braiding.

San Jose, CA 95118 (408) 266-2240


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Kristen Calderaro

Kristen Calderaro is a makeup artist who has provided freelance makeup services for clients in Redwood City and beyond for over 15 years. Kristen obtained her aesthetician license in 1992 and has worked at fashion shows and with film and print companies. She keeps abreast with the latest trends in her field by taking advanced skin care and makeup courses with Temptu Airbrushing, The Makeup Institute, Martin Westmore, MAC, Jan Marini, Make Up For Ever, Yonka, Mark Lees, and other industry professionals and organizations. Kristen offers several skin care packages for skin repair, rejuvenation, exfoliation, anti-aging, and moisturization.

Redwood City, CA 94062 (408) 807-6665


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Marilyn Valencia

Marilyn Valencia is a top makeup artist working in San Jose. The makeup artist backs her skills with over ten years industry experience specializing in film, television, bridal, and special events’ makeup. She has worked for some of the top brands in the cosmetics industry but now offers freelance makeup services for clients in San Jose. Marilyn is comfortable with all makeup styles and loves the feeling she gets from knowing she is helping her clients look and feel beautiful.

San Jose, CA 95134 (408) 614-1144


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Melissa Hoffman

Melissa Hoffman is a makeup and hair artist and photographer who loves helping women in San Jose look beautiful. Melissa specializes in hair and makeup as well as photography services. Her wedding and other special event clients have the unique advantage of dealing with only one provider for both their makeup and photography needs. A client praised her saying, "I love the pictures that were taken with Melissa's support more than any others that have ever been taken of me. I’m so spoiled now; I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to work with another hair & makeup person again. Book her!"

San Jose, CA 95124 (408) 887-4062


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Opa Salon

Opa Salon is a Los Gatos makeup and beauty care spa founded by a makeup artist and certified peel and skin expert who has been practicing for over ten years. The salon’s services include skin care, makeup, eyelash extensions, nail care and art, body tanning, and waxing. The salon’s founder has taken advanced workshops for makeup and skin care and is always eager to expand her knowledge and skills by learning new tricks and techniques. The salon has provided services for bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, and anniversaries.

Los Gatos, CA 95030 (408) 354-1100


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Phi Phi and Yvonne

Phi Phi and Yvonne are makeup artists and hair stylists specializing in beauty consultation and cosmetics assistance services. The mother and daughter team received their certifications while working in Hollywood but have since moved and now offer their services from San Jose. Yvonne has over 15 years' experience providing makeup services for top Vietnamese music professionals. She is a perfectionist who takes her art seriously.

San Jose, CA 95111 (408) 499-3063


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Rose Hill & Crew

Rose Hill & Crew is a team of makeup artists, costumers, and hair stylists serving clients throughout the US West Coast. The agency is managed by professional makeup artist Rose Hill. Rose is a nationally recognized professional whose commendations include a listing in Crystal Wright's The Hair and Makeup & Career Guide for her work as the founder of the Academy of Cosmetic Arts. The school has been rated as one of the best in the country. She is also renowned for her ballroom dance competition and bridal makeup skills. The makeup artist and her crew have been praised for their work in film, television, and magazines.

Los Gatos, CA 95032 (650) 906-8441


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Steampunk Beauty Bar

Steampunk Beauty Bar provides professional makeup and hair styling services to clients in San Jose and beyond. The family run salon provides services like hair styling, coloring, and cutting as well as makeup parties, application, and classes. Steampunk Beauty Bar also provides professional boudoir photography services. The company has several Google and Yelp reviews left by past satisfied customers.

San Jose, CA 95124 (408) 706-7127


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The Makeup Movement

The Makeup Movement is a makeup and hair styling business in Dublin. The service specializes in makeup services for any occasion including weddings, engagements, and birthdays. The Makeup Movement also offers private and group makeup lessons and workshops, customized certifications and apprenticeships, cosmetic consultations, and cosmetics business coaching. The company also runs online makeup and hair styling classes. The owner and senior stylist is a Certified Motives trainer, makeup art and hair styling instructor, and licensed cosmetologist.

Dublin, CA 94568 (800) 233-5875


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