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Our 8 Favorite Makeup Artists in Chicago for 2020

There are any number of reasons why you might want to choose among the top professional makeup artists in Chicago. From getting your wedding or engagement photos done, to posing for headshots or a fashion shoot, or simply wanting to look great on a special day, there are times when you don’t want to do your makeup yourself and want a professional to get it right.

If you also need a location for your photoshoot, browse Peerspace to find a range of venues in the Chicago area that you can rent from local hosts. Whether you’re looking for a photo studio stocked with lighting and camera gear, a wedding venue with a bridal suite, or a performance space with a makeup room and changing area, the Concierge service can help you out!

From makeup artists who also do hairstyling, to those who provide airbrushing and eyelash extensions, we’ve come up with a list of the most talented makeup artists in Chicago to help you find the right fit for any occasion.

1. Joanna B. Artistry

Joanna B. is an experienced makeup artist in Chicago whose goal is to “enhance your natural beauty.” She offers everything from on-location wedding day services, to makeup for editorial, commercial, boudoir, and engagement photos. Her work has appeared in many magazines, such as Vogue Taiwan and The Knot, showing off her colorful style that brings out your natural glow.

Most importantly, Joanna is focused on creating a safe and comfortable environment for you, whether it’s the fast-paced set of an editorial shoot or the intimate space of a bedroom. She’ll even provide a touch-up kit for your bridal party to make sure your makeup lasts all day!

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2. Yenuhen

Yenuhen grew up in a family that loved makeup, and she spent her youth bringing the looks she saw in the media to life. Now, she’s a trained esthetician and makeup artist with several years of experience working in Chicago on photoshoots for print and film. Among the top makeup artists in Chicago, she also provides services for weddings, and enjoys working with brides, models, and photographers alike. One of Yenuhen’s goals is to help her clients “feel the confidence she did” when trying out new looks as a child.

3. Shannon O’Brien

Shannon O’Brien calls herself a makeup artist and “bridal beauty expert,” having worked in print, runway, and TV makeup. Her work has been seen in The Knot, Brides, Allure, Marie Claire, and other fashion magazines, and she loves to experiment with shape and color. From lifestyle and celebrity portraits, to headshots and fashion shoots, she knows how to make a model stand out against a variety of backgrounds. She says her goal is to “transcend without transforming who you are,” and she’s a great choice for a bridal or engagement shoot or Instagram ad campaign.

4. Jenna Baltes

Jenna Baltes is among the most personable local makeup artists in Chicago, and she also sometimes works Los Angeles. Her work focuses on modern lifestyle and fashion shoots, in both studio and outdoor settings. One of her specialties is children’s makeup, so she’s the perfect choice for kids’ or family portraits. Best of all, she does hair as well, so you don’t have to worry about hiring a separate hairstylist for your shoot. Her clients include The Barkers, a husband/wife directing duo based in Chicago.

5. Debra Petrielli

Debra Petrielli is another local MUA who offers both hair and makeup services. Although she’s based in Chicago, she’s willing to travel nearly anywhere. As a licensed cosmetologist, she can handle any kind of assignment, from maternity photoshoots in your home or Peerspace venue, to weddings, parties, and video productions. She has experience in the makeup department of feature films, but she’s just as happy to work for the “busy woman who just wants her hair or makeup done.” In addition, she can provide men’s grooming services for male models.

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6. Brides by Kelly

Brides by Kelly is your go-to makeup artist in Chicago for wedding day services. Kelly and her team will work together to provide hair and makeup for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls, and whomever else. Their a la carte services make it easy to see how much you can expect to spend, with a “bridal beauty preview” available for $165 and on-site touch-up services at $100 per hour. The team is based in Northern Chicago, and can also provide makeup for birthday parties, proms, school dances, and any other occasion when you want to look your best.

7. Carly Priblich

Carly Priblich has over 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, and she prides herself on her “natural, fresh & polished bridal looks” with a focus on “timeless over trends.” She can travel to you for on-location services, and doesn’t limit herself to weddings. From outdoor engagement photos to studio portraits, Carly’s portfolio offers a range of inspiration for your photoshoot. Check out her Instagram page to find dozens of before-and-after photos of her clients!

8. Angela Makeup Chicago

Lastly, take a look at Angela Makeup Chicago, offering bridal and special effects makeup, with a focus on airbrushing and eyelash extensions. While airbrushing sometimes costs more than traditional makeup, some brides and photography models prefer it because of its all-day longevity and suitability for certain skin types. It takes the form of a fine mist that’s sprayed evenly onto your skin to cover up imperfections.

With a bride’s day-of makeup starting at $100, Angela Makeup Chicago offers an affordable rate for airbrushing and lashes. They also provide semi-permanent eyelash extensions made by Xtreme Brand, as well as clip-in hair extensions, blowouts, and other hairstyling services.

Choosing the right makeup artist and photographer is never easy, but don’t worry: when you book a studio or event space on Peerspace, the Concierge service can help you out. From an all-white production space with colored backdrops, to an Art Deco-inspired cottage, you’ll find dozens of unique venues available to rent by the day or hour for your shoot.

Choose the right space for your photoshoot, wedding, or video production, then call up the Concierge to rent camera and lighting gear, or to book a professional photographer and makeup artist.

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