Our 8 Favorite Makeup Artists in Atlanta for 2020
While many women choose to wear makeup for themselves, there are times when you need a professional touch for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a photoshoot. Whether you’re looking for traditional makeup, airbrushing, or hairstyling, you’ll find plenty of makeup artists in Atlanta who can help you out.
Of course, getting great photos isn’t just about makeup. Having the right location, camera equipment, and photographer is important, too. You’ll find dozens of great locations on Peerspace, from fully equipped photos studios with lots of natural light, to stylishly-decorated homes and creative production spaces.
The best part is that when you book a venue through Peerspace, the Concierge is available to help you sort out the logistics of your shoot. From renting camera and lighting gear, to hiring a professional photographer and makeup artist, Peerspace makes it easy to get everything you need lined up well in advance of your production. It’s a one-stop shop for all things creative!
1. Mimi J
Mimi J describes herself as a “makeup artist and brand architect,” which means that her mission is about more than just making you look great. She also offers brand consultations to individuals and businesses to refresh your look or help your story resonate. She’s worked on campaigns for Curluxe and iLashPerfection, and serves an educator and speaker in the beauty industry. In addition to her work providing makeup for bridal and editorial shoots, she runs a cruelty-free beauty shop called the Glamatory and a quarterly magazine called Grind Pretty.
Yes, Mimi may be one of the busiest makeup artists in Atlanta! Book her for your wedding-day makeup — she specializes in Indian, Asian, and American weddings — or download her e-book, Glam on the Gram, to prepare for an Instagram shoot and boost your online following!
DaNina Nicole is “Atlanta’s premier airbrush artist,” making her a great pick for special events of all kinds. She also offers airbrush tattoo cover-up services for those occasions when you don’t want them on display, from weddings to job interviews to photoshoots. Tattoo cover-ups last for 24 hours or more, and can also hide scars, birthmarks, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
Book DaNina for any kind of photoshoot — from corporate headshots to a boudoir shoot — or for a makeover or makeup lesson. You can also read her Life and Times of a MUA blog to get tips on contouring techniques and how to care for your skin in advance of your wedding day.
3. Molly Todd
Molly Todd is a hairstylist and makeup artist in Atlanta with experience in all sides of the beauty industry, from bridal makeup to TV, film, print, and corporate headshots. Molly has a bright and colorful style that pairs well with vibrant clothing and backdrops. She’s your go-to makeup artist if you’re looking to dye your hair or pose for an experimental photoshoot. While Molly does do weddings, you’re more likely to find her work on the cover of alternative magazines like Skin & Ink or Road Iron than on The Knot or Brides magazines.
On another side of the spectrum is Raney O’Keefe, who has a laid-back, earthy approach that will look great for outdoor weddings and photoshoots. She says she’s “hardcore about making sure you feel validated… while getting right down to brass tacks.” Her background in theatre and her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest may explain some of her artistic sensibility.
Raney provides hair and makeup for both men and women on location or in her studio loft. Her additional services include tattoo cover, theatrical makeup and design, FX makeup, and more. Bridal packages start at $695 for makeup, hairstyling, and temporary false eyelashes.
Lady DeFrance is a family-run company started by two sisters, Melanie and Eboni, who wanted to offer beauty services to everyday women in Atlanta. Their services include a la carte makeup and hairstyling, as well as comprehensive bridal packages at your venue or in their salon. Their packages include complimentary false lashes, with hair extensions available for a extra fee.
In addition to weddings, they can get you prepared for a photoshoot, graduation, bar or bat mitzvah, or prom, making them one of the most versatile makeup artists in Atlanta.
If you’re looking for straightforward bridal packages, check out Beautiful Atlanta Brides, which offers hair and makeup services for weddings throughout the Greater Atlanta area. They offer airbrushing, hairstyling, and spray tans for the bride only or for the entire wedding party. Their add-on options include hair pieces, such as crystal beaded vines designed to complement an updo. Choose their services for on-site makeup with a trial run available by appointment.
Jaeda P. Jackson offers “more than makeup,” with a multicultural perspective informed by her birth in the Dominican Republic and upbringing in Birmingham, AL. Her goal is to reveal your inner beauty, with products available for any skin type. She provides makeup for editorial, natural, and night shoots, and has worked on productions like Real Housewives of Atlanta; TV networks like BRAVO, BET, and VH1; and Fashion Weeks in both Miami and New York.
8. Brittianna J
Brittiana is a Georgia-based makeup artist who serves clients in Atlanta and Hunstville, AL. She first learned about cosmetics by sneaking into her mother’s makeup bag, and has since worked with brands like Clinique and Sephora. Her passion is teaching women how to use makeup, so her services include “Show and Teach” sessions in addition to traditional makeup services.
Book one of Brittianna’s three wedding packages — Beauty Enhancement, Natural Glamour, or Full Glamour — or hire her for a prom or homecoming, or any other event or photoshoot.
These makeup artists in Atlanta can handle anything you throw at them: from tattoo cover-ups to custom hair piece requests. But remember, hair and makeup is only one piece of the puzzle. To make sure your photo or video shoot is the best it can be, rent a creative venue on Peerspace.
Some locations have lighting and photo gear available on site, while others can accommodate your needs with a special request to the Concierge service. Just call them up ahead of time to make sure any photography gear or services you need are included with your booking!