Laurels
Best Makeup
Artists in
Chicago
2017

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 Chicago, IL.

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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.

Angela Makeup Chicago

Angela Makeup Chicago in Clarendon Hills features a team of stylists who are “masters at the art of makeup and lashes” with over six years of industry experience. The company has been voted into The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” Hall of Fame after receiving awards for over five consecutive years. The stylists offer bridal and airbrush makeup, special effects makeup for films and Halloween events, and eyelash extensions.

Clarendon Hills, IL(630) 913-1241

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Ann Marie Makeup

Ann Marie Makeup is the company of Chicago makeup artist Ann Marie Weinert, whose past clients include AT&T, Sprint, American Express, and Cosmopolitan magazine. Ann Marie has over 10 years of experience and specializes in “creating flawless makeup looks for all ethnicities.” Rates vary by assignment and length, and are available upon request. Generally, the minimum rate is $100 per hour or $750 for a full day.

Chicago, IL(773) 685-9020

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Brides by Kelly

Brides by Kelly is the “top choice in the Chicago area for on location hair and makeup services.” The Lombard company has over 150 five-star reviews and is owned by lead hairstylist and professionally licensed cosmetologist Kelly. Services are available for birthday parties, school dances, proms, and other special events. Bridal hair and makeup costs $215, with a $145 trial run prior to the wedding day.

Lombard, IL(630) 290-6980

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Carly Pribich, Makeup Artist

Carly Pribich is a wedding makeup artist who has over 14 years of industry experience. Carly specializes in airbrush wedding and bridal makeup, and also offers makeup services for other special occasions. Carly’s “aesthetic style as an artist is soft, fresh, timeless, and elegant.” She has received The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” award in 2015 and 2016. Clients may inquire about pricing by submitting a contact form on the artist’s website.

Carol Stream, IL(847) 920-4437

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Chicago Lashes

Chicago Lashes is a Chicago company offering “beautiful, affordable lash extensions” in an “amazing, luxury setting right in the city!” The salon features high-quality synthetic eyelashes made of mink, silk, and special fibers, and also features lash extension training classes. A makeup artist on staff provides bridal and special event makeup services, which cost $150 for the bride, $100 for each bridesmaid, and $75 for the mother of the bride. Wedding makeup trials are $150.

Chicago, IL(773) 225-7316

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Chicago Makeup & Hair Professionals

Chicago Makeup & Hair Professionals are the self-proclaimed “hottest makeup artists and stylists in Chicago.” The company received The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” award in 2015 and 2016, and offers classic, modern, vintage, and contemporary bridal looks, spa services for bachelorette parties, personal makeup lessons and consultations, and makeup services for fashion, print, TV, and film. Special rates are offered for large parties.

Chicago, IL(312) 671-1405

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Debra Petrielli

Debra Petrielli is a Chicago licensed cosmetologist, freelance hairstylist, and makeup artist. Debra offers in-home and on location styling services by appointment for photo shoots, parties, weddings, special events, and for “the busy woman who just wants her hair or makeup done.” The artist is also available to travel for weddings and events out of state and internationally.

Chicago, IL(224) 595-1052

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Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair

Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair in Downers Grove offers bridal hair and makeup services. A wedding makeup rehearsal at the company’s studio costs $75, and wedding day makeup with lashes and airbrushing is $110. The same fees apply to bridal hair services. The company won WeddingWire’s “Couples’ Choice Awards” in 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as WeddingWire’s “Bride’s Choice Awards” in 2012 and 2013.

Downers Grove, IL(708) 345-6555

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Jenna Baltes

Jenna Baltes is a licensed Chicago hair stylist and makeup artist, offering services for editorials, fashion photo shoots, family and children photo sessions, and everyday life. Jenna also works with clients in Los Angeles. Rates and availability can be requested by calling or emailing the artist directly.

Chicago, IL(619) 929-5519

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Jo Levy Makeup

Jo Levy is a Chicago eco makeup artist and green beauty expert with over 14 years of industry experience. Jo is a self-proclaimed “experimenter with a passion for makeup and skincare.” She offers bridal makeup services, which cost $200 for the bride and $95 for each bridal party member. Engagement photo shoot and special occasion makeup costs $175 per 60 minutes of makeup application.

Chicago, IL(312) 213-5890

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Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry

Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry is a private vocational school in Chicago approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The school was founded in 2006 by a media makeup artist who now teaches courses while offering freelance makeup services. Students at the school receive “extensive hands-on studio time required to perfect techniques” and can become certified makeup artists and hair stylists.

Chicago, IL(312) 621-0801

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Makeup by Jacquee

Makeup by Jacquee is the Wheaton company of state-certified makeup artist Jacquee, who specializes in a range of applications including bridal, beauty, fashion, theater, and media makeup. The company received one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” awards and is rated on WeddingWire. Bridal services include airbrushing, false eyelashes, full makeup, and hairstyling to help clients achieve desired wedding day looks.

Wheaton, IL(630) 921-3711

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Nicole Jacob

Nicole Jacob is a professional Chicago makeup artist and the founder of Nicole Jacob Cosmetics, a non-comedogenic and fragrance-free makeup line. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and specializes in “natural eyebrow sculpting and classic, glamorous makeup for black tie affairs.” Free consultations for wedding makeup are available.

Chicago, IL(312) 943-3011

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Norman Sands

Norman Sands is a Chicago makeup artist with over 15 years of experience doing makeup for television, photo shoots, magazine editorials, celebrities, weddings, fashion shows, and theater productions. Norman is available for freelance assignments and primarily offers airbrush makeup. A one-hour, personalized makeup lesson costs $150, while special occasion makeup is $150 and bridal makeup is $250.

Chicago, IL(317) 460-2787

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Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O’Brien is a Chicago makeup artist specializing in print, television, bridal, and runway makeup applications. Shannon started her career with M.A.C. Cosmetics over six years ago and now works as a freelance makeup artist. Clients who wish to book Shannon for bridal makeup services are encouraged to submit an inquiry form directly on the artist’s website.

Chicago, IL(847) 809-8782

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Sonia Roselli

Sonia Roselli is a Chicago studio offering makeup services, lash extensions, headshots, makeup classes, and makeup bag makeovers. The company’s team of professional makeup artists offer makeup application at the studio, client’s home, or photo shoot location. Studio makeup applications cost $125 if applied by Sonia Roselli herself, or $95 if applied by an associate makeup artist.

Chicago, IL(312) 371-8596

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Starlight

Starlight in Chicago “has been providing stellar makeup services nationwide for over 10 years,” specializing in bridal makeup and makeup lessons. Bridal makeup services include an initial consultation, a pre-wedding trial, and final makeup on the wedding day. Starlight can also provide wedding hair services, if requested. Bridal makeup costs between $200 and $300 for the bride, and between $85 and $100 for members of the bride’s wedding party.

Chicago, IL(312) 522-0430

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Tracy Pantoja Makeup & Hair

Tracy Pantoja Makeup & Hair serves Chicago and surrounding suburbs, offering makeup and hair for weddings, proms, engagement and maternity photo shoots, corporate events, fashion shows, editorials, and other special occasions. Bridal makeup costs $100, with a $70 trial before the wedding day. Event makeup also costs $100, and event hair services are $150.

Chicago, IL(847) 456-2182

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Yenuhen Makeup Artist

Yenuhen Makeup Artist is the Chicago company of aesthetician Yenuhen, who has over four years of industry experience and a lifelong passion for makeup. Yenuhen offers bridal makeup services and makeup applications for photo shoots, editorials, and other special occasions. Her main goal is to “provide beautiful makeup that helps her clients feel the confidence she did at an early age.”

Chicago, IL(773) 909-1722

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