The best makeup artists for hire

  • Christan Burran

  • Lori Hamlin

  • Nam Vo

  • Jocelyn Santiago

  • Katie Chua

Christan Burran

Christan Burran
Though she’s worked in the industry’s highest echelon of print and fashion for more than twenty years (painting famous faces for names like Sarah Jessica Parker and Oscar de la Renta) this licensed esthetician’s approach to makeup is decidedly down-to-earth. She begins with an aromatherapy face massage and focuses on creating radiant skin and perfect brows before adding any color. Get a private consultation and application ($275) or snag some of her skills in a two-hour private lesson ($350). Bridal prices include a pre-day trial ($250) and day of application ($500); more rates upon request. (917-373-6426,

Lori Hamlin
Hamlin’s fifteen-year career in New York has garnered her a cult following of models, actors and celebrities, including Top Chef’s resident hottie Padma Lakshmi. She earns her title as a “lash guru” with her flawless application of false lashes and extensions. She’ll also share tips for everyday makeup through private and group instruction, customized shopping excursions, quarterly workshops, and will even do a teleconference through Skype. Services start at $250. (800-378-7125,

Nam Vo
A one-time consultant for NARS, Vo’s most recent experience as a runway and print makeup artist translates to flawless applications for weddings ($550) and special events ($200). Her signature strength is a smoky, sensual eye paired with natural-looking skin—a simple and elegant look, that, when done right, can morph the features. Need proof? Click through her website’s aptly titled “Transformations” tab, or sign up for a private lesson ($350). (917-574-9311,

Jocelyn Santiago
Santiago’s background in television and bridal makeup sharpened her skills to create a clean, modern aesthetic that highlights natural beauty. She accommodates clients with affordable rates for brides (starting at $125), and home or office visits for special occasions ($150 with false lashes). As a certified Xtreme Lashes professional, Santiago will make at-home visits for eyelash extensions as well--$300 covers a full set and the nearly three-hour application process. (917-757-6788,

Katie Chua
Chua’s more dramatic inclinations won her a spot as the first American student to attend the elite Jemma Kidd School of Makeup in London, but when it comes to clients, her mantra is closer to “less is more.” She creates radiant, timeless looks, as seen on former client and indie fashion maven Alexa Chung. The look is especially relatable for brides: $600 (for bride plus 2 others), $1000 for the full day, and $200 for a trial. Other services include head shots, parties, and lessons. (914-618-0720,


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