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Best Makeup Artists in Raleigh

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Raleigh 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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2006 Kelly Glen Dr, Apex, NC 27502

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5.0 (62)
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5.0 (2)

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Theresa Burden Makeup Artistry provides a luxurious beauty experience. Everything from skin care, eyeshadow, foundation, down to the last eyelash are customized and tailored to the specific wants and needs of the client, creating a timeless, beautiful look. Theresa Burden also offers skincare and makeup lessons to the general public as well as providing skin and makeup products for the client to the purchase. Clients report that they have never been more pleased in a makeup artist and still can’t recommend her enough to those wanting professional makeup done.

7361 Six Forks Rd, Suite 132, Raleigh, NC 27615

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5.0 (69)
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5.0 (48)
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5.0 (7)

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Little Shop Of Hairdos offers makeup and hairstyling services to clients in Raleigh. Born and raised in California, business owner Shaina is a licensed cosmetologist with six years of experience in hair and makeup for photoshoots and special events. She provides makeup application, lessons, and bridal packages, as well as cuts, styles, coloring, treatments, and foils for hair. She and her team have also worked on special effects makeup work.

Apex, NC 27502

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5.0 (16)

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Makeup by Ashley Mooney is a full-service luxury hair and makeup company with a talented team of makeup and hair artists specializing in hair and makeup for weddings and other special occasions. Wedding packages are customized and include on-location hair and makeup services and include travel in the Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas. Clients reported “best makeup vendor ever,” “worth every penny,” and “Ashley was phenomenal.”

Durham, NC 27713

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4.7 (185)

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Bella Trio Salon and Spa has two locations in Durham offering a range of services for hair, makeup, and body beautification. Spa services include massage, skin therapy, microdermabrasion, and body waxing. The Bella Trio Salon offers hair, makeup, and a variety of manicures and pedicures, and is regulated by the State Board of Cosmetology in Raleigh. Bella Trio has several packages available for spa and salon services.

Raleigh, NC 27612

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5.0 (32)
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5.0 (21)
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5.0 (2)

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Permanent Makeup by Shasha is owned and operated by Shabnam Nassir and offers the application of permanent makeup for medical and cosmetic use in Raleigh. Sasha has been working in the beauty industry for 11 years and holds advanced certification in microblading and hair stroke brows, permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner, and lips, intradermal cosmetic color correction, and much more. She is also certified as a bridal makeup artist and cosmetology instructor.

Raleigh, NC 27603

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5.0 (10)

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Pi Leonard is a makeup artist and hair stylist located in Raleigh focused on special occasion hair and makeup for events such as weddings, prom, modeling portfolio and talent headshots, and film, TV, or video productions. Day rates and travel arrangements are available for on location bookings.

Cary, NC 27511

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4.5 (23)
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5.0 (5)

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Dermagraphics by Jenice offers permanent makeup for clients in the Cary, Raleigh, and Apex area. The owner, Jenice Hickman, is a registered nurse and a Member Trainer of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. She is also a Board Certified Instructor of the American Academy of Micropigmentation, and she holds a long list of professional accreditations and degrees in her field. Permanent makeup services are available for eyes, eyebrows, lips, and more.

Raleigh, NC 27615

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4.8 (104)
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4.6 (43)
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4.5 (5)

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eSTee Salon is a full-service hair and makeup salon in Raleigh offering haircuts and coloring, bridal hair and makeup, waxing and threading, and more. Select hair services include the Brazilian Blowout treatment and Japanese Thermal Straightening by consultation. Other specialty services include eyebrow and eyelash tinting, ear candling, and henna tattoos. eSTee Salon is a member of the Triangle Bridal Association and has served as the exclusive stylists and sometimes makeup artists for the Forever Bridal fashion shows since 2010.

Raleigh, NC 27661

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Face Artistry is owned and operated by Senior Makeup Artist, Anjanette who is well known for her 15 years of cosmetics and wardrobe styling experience in print, video, fashion, and weddings. Her specialties include working with models, actors, and producers in TV and commercials, and special occasions such as weddings, balls, parties, and more. Anjanette also offers her own line of cosmetics for face, lips, eyes, and skincare on her website.

Durham, NC 27704

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5.0 (12)

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Perfection by Patricia, Inc. is the creation of Patricia Love with her team of makeup artists and hair stylists providing makeup and hair design in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas. The team specializes in weddings, engagements, photo shoots for publication and media, and other special events. Patricia has over 15 years of experience in the cosmetics industry and has beautified the participants of over 225 weddings since 2006. The team’s work has appeared in TV productions, commercials, and been published in national magazines.

Raleigh, NC 27609

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5.0 (30)
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4.7 (22)

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Wink Hair + Makeup is a team of hair stylists and makeup artists specializing in weddings, photo shoots, commercial hair and makeup, and other special occasions. Packages include hair and makeup for the bride and her entire bridal party, hair and special FX makeup for costume events, personalized makeup lessons, and makeup parties for four or more people.

3900 Barrett Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609

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5.0 (53)
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5.0 (27)

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Michelle Clark is a freelance makeup artist that serves clients in Raleigh. She previously worked as a salesperson for multiple makeup companies like Dior and YSL. She started her make-up business in 2010. Michelle has an esthetics license and offers make-up services for weddings, headshots, senior photo shoots, commercials, and TV appearances. She has been given the Editors' Choice Award by Wedding Rule in 2021. Michelle's previous clients include Miss Universe New Zealand and the Duke University School of Nursing.

8321 Bandford Way, Raleigh, NC 27615

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5.0 (30)
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5.0 (24)
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4.5 (8)

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Robledo Studio is a Raleigh-based private beauty salon that provides makeup services for both men and women. The studio helps with makeup applications and hairstyling for special occasions like weddings. Owner Rodney Robledo creates unique and trendy styles, a practice he has learned after working with a lot of well-known mentors and celebrity stylists. Rodney also offers makeup classes where he teaches one student per session the newest techniques in the fashion industry.

Raleigh, NC 27612

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4.7 (63)
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5.0 (9)

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The Makeup Team is an on-location makeup service in Charlotte and Raleigh for every special occasion including weddings, portraits, pageants, prom, quinceaneras, and other events. The team uses special tools and techniques in their professional makeup application to ensure the perfect photographs. The Makeup Team has over 20 years of combined experience, and each artist attends a class every quarter to update their artistry skills and knowledge. Clients reported “the makeup was very natural,” and “The Makeup Team was beyond amazing.”

Raleigh, NC 27615

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5.0 (18)
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5.0 (7)

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OnLoKtion Makeup Artistry is the talent of Pamela Hung, a longtime resident of Raleigh with over 25 years of experience in the cosmetics industry representing brand names such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Lancome, and Yves St. Laurent. Her bridal artistry was featured in Weddings Magazine, Southern Bride and Groom, and Modern Bride Magazine. She is specially trained by Guru Asha Bala in the makeup application worn during the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam. Pamela is licensed by the NC State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners and is a consulting makeup artist for a major health and beauty brand and also the artist for its national and international training videos. She is currently employed to prep talent before live broadcasts, speaking engagements and seminars for CNN, MSNBC and CBS and been hired multiple times to Travel with local political figures who are video taping for commercial use, during their campaigns .

Cary, NC 27511

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4.2 (13)

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Denise Hutter is the artist behind Images by Denise, and she specializes in natural makeup application and hair styling for men and women in the Raleigh and Durham area. Denise has experience in airbrush and HD makeup applications for television, video, print, film, and live events. She has 20 years of experience and offers competitive full and half day rates for her services. Her skills include the creation of period hairstyles and makeup and the latest techniques in postoperative camouflage.

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.