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Best Makeup Artists in Chicago, IL

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Chicago Makeup Artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Chicago, IL 60647

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5.0 (3)

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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 60642

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4.5 (16)
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5.0 (2)

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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 60602

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4.5 (22)
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4.4 (2)

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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.

Wheaton, IL 60187

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5.0 (40)
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5.0 (16)
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4.0 (5)

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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.

Chicago, IL 60616

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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (2)

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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, 2016, 2018, 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 60610

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4.9 (60)
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5.0 (35)

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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.

Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

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5.0 (9)

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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.

Downers Grove, IL 60516

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5.0 (21)
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5.0 (6)

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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.

2089 W. Wabansia Ave, Apt 303, Chicago, IL 60647

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5.0 (24)
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5.0 (24)
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4.8 (18)

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Joanna B. Artistry is a professional makeup artist who's served hundreds of clients in Chicago since 2012. The company's services are available for weddings, boudoir shoots, engagements shoots, and professional headshots. The business also has experience doing editorial and commercial work. Virtual sessions are available to book on the company's website. Joanna B. Artistry has been featured in prominent wedding publications, including Vogue Taiwan, The Knot Fall Chicago Issue in 2018, Style Me Pretty, and Brides.com.

Chicago, IL 60622

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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.

Carol Stream, IL 60188

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5.0 (64)

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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.

Lombard, IL 60148

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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (3)

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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.

Chicago, IL 60647

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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 60611

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5.0 (1)

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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.

1255 North Sandburg Terrace, Chicago, IL 60610

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4.6 (9)
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5.0 (9)

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Visage Joli Airbrush Makeup & Hair Chicago specializes in Weddings and video production makeup and hairstyling. Wendy Kimmel, the lead makeup artist of the business, has worked with high-profile personalities like Tom Hanks, Hilary Clinton, the cast of Friends, Arnold Schwarzenneger, and Martha Stewart. She has also done makeup in productions of national television shows, commercials of established brands, and print campaigns. She and her team apply airbrush foundations that can last until the end of events with minimal retouches. She is also teaching detailed online makeup lessons.

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Compare our Top Makeup Artists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Norman Sands
Chicago, IL 60647
Starlight
Chicago, IL 60642
Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry
Chicago, IL 60602
Makeup by Jacquee
Wheaton, IL 60187
Chicago Makeup & Hair Professionals
Chicago, IL 60616
Debra Petrielli
Chicago, IL 60610
Angela Makeup Chicago
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Joanna B. Artistry
2089 W. Wabansia Ave, Apt 303, Chicago, IL 60647
Shannon O'Brien
Chicago, IL 60622
Carly Pribich, Makeup Artist
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Brides by Kelly
Lombard, IL 60148
Jenna Baltes
Chicago, IL 60647
Nicole Jacob
Chicago, IL 60611
Visage Joli AirBrush Makeup & Hair Chicago
1255 North Sandburg Terrace, Chicago, IL 60610

FAQs

  • Introduction

    If you have a big event coming up, such as a wedding or prom, hiring a makeup artist can make it easier to get ready. It takes some stress off of you by putting this task in the hands of a professional. It also ensures you get a trained professional to get your look just right.

    A professional makeup artist can also help you get ready for a photo or video shoot, whether it’s for wedding photos, family photos, videos or a new professional photo for your work portfolio. These artists apply knowledge of lighting and how colors catch the light to help you get the best possible finished look.
  • Why do people hire makeup artists?

    People typically hire makeup artists to get a special look for events, such as weddings. People also hire makeup artists when their images are being captured, such as in photo shoots and when making videos.

  • How much do makeup artists charge?

    Makeup artists typically charge a base price that’s between $75 and $125 per person. Several things can increase the base cost. These extra services include things like coming to your location, adding glitter to your makeup, and putting on false eyelashes.

  • Do makeup artists use their own makeup?

    Makeup artists typically use their own makeup rather than the client’s makeup. They typically put their cosmetics in a second container or on a palette to make sure bacteria doesn’t get in the original makeup. However, client requests to use personal makeup can sometimes be accommodated at the makeup artist’s discretion.

  • Do I really need a makeup artist for my wedding?

    While it’s possible to do your own makeup for your wedding, hiring a professional makeup artist can relieve stress on a very busy day. Makeup artists can also offer advice on how makeup will look in photos and can choose products that stand up to heat.

  • How much is a makeup artist for a wedding?

    It typically costs between $90 and $475 for a wedding makeup artist. Things that affect the cost include whether the service is provided only for the bride or if the whole wedding party needs makeup done.

  • How do I find a hair and makeup artist for my wedding?

    To find hair and makeup artists for your wedding, do a search for these specialists and then check online reviews to see what others think of their work. Consider a paid trial run. It’s an extra cost, but it lets you see the work before your wedding day.