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Beauty & Health in Downers Grove, Illinois,
(708) 345-6555
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 76 Reviews


    Beatrice Beirne

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  • Elena and her daughter were exceptionally profession, kind, considerate and helpful. They were so much more than make up artists - they made me experience wonderful and unforgettable with their personal touch and care.

    Stephanie

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  • Elana was recommended by my photographer, and I'm so happy I was able to work with her for my wedding! Elana did makeup and Stephanie did hair for my two bridesmaids, my mom and me, and it was all perfect. Elana was patient and helpful during my makeup trial when I was indecisive about lip color, and she worked with me to find an alternative to the strip eyelashes we used at the trial because I thought they were a bit too much. She used individual lashes instead and they turned out so well. I don't wear much makeup generally so wanted a natural but enhanced look and she nailed it. I didn't get hair done because mine is short, but Stephanie still helped pin my headband on. My mom's and bridesmaids' hair looked great! She listened to them and made their hair look exactly how they wanted it. We all felt beautiful and our makeup and hair lasted all night. They were both so sweet and easy to work with. I highly, highly recommend Elana!

    Kristen Klein

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    5 out of 5
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  • Searching for a hair and makeup stylist was one of my more difficult tasks. For me, it came down to accommodating an efficient schedule. I recently stood up in a wedding where four women (bride included) had hair/makeup and one child had hair done. She had one stylist, and we started at 9 o’clock for a 5 o’clock wedding. The wedding started late because the bride was still getting ready. I had three women (myself included) for hair/makeup and one child for hair. Due to the small size of my party, many salons would only send me one stylist too. I had to be ready by 1:00 to start getting my dress on. What time would we have to start?! Elana Darrus was very accommodating and had no problem allowing me one makeup artist and one hairstylist. We started at 10 o’clock! It was affordable and we didn’t have any kind of upcharge for two stylists. My deciding factor may have been a practical one (and one you should definitely consider) but it turned out perfect! Our stylists were ... Read more

    ebggoblue

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  • EXCELLENT! Working with Elana was so easy, from start to finish. I had Kim for my hair and Jessica for makeup and they were simply amazing. I am a no makeup ponytail kinda girl, so it was really fun to get all dolled up for my wedding. I did a practice run with both ladies and was so pleased with their work. My hair was up and perfect all evening. My make up was stunning. It really helped make my wedding a perfect day. Thank you Elana, Kim and Jessica!!!

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    Emily, You are the sweetest!!!! Ditto, start to finish we loved working with you!!! Thank you!!! xoxoxo

    Erin

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot recommend Elana enough! Elana and her team came to my parent's house the morning of our wedding and did hair and makeup for all 10 women in my wedding party. They all came more than prepared which made for the most stress-free morning! I'm also extremely happy with our wedding pictures. I didn't need one touchup throughout the night! I would highly recommend her and her team!

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • I am so happy with how everyone's hair and makeup turned out for my wedding. Kelly was our hair stylist and Julia was our makeup artist, and everything came out perfectly. Not only that, but they were a ton of fun to have in our bridal suite all day while we were getting ready. The stylists were friendly, personable and talented, and Elana was very flexible, responsive, and easy to work with. Their rates were also much more reasonable than a lot of the other vendors I found in the area, without sacrificing any quality. I would definitely recommend using this company to anyone planning a wedding.

    Grace Ulch

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    5 out of 5
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  • Elana did my makeup for my senior prom and it turned out beautifully! She kept checking in to make sure I liked the look and offered to alter anything I was uncomfortable with. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a makeup artist for any event, and I hope to work with her again!

    Sara

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  • I used Elana for makeup and Jessica M. for hair for myself and my 5 bridesmaids. I absolutely loved Elana's makeup - she kept it natural but made everyone's eyes pop for the photos. Whatever lashes she offered looked beautiful on everyone, so I would definitely recommend getting those. Elana also allowed me a second hair trial - I did a poor job of communicating what I wanted initially, and she matched me with a new hairstylist when I was better able to explain the look I was going for. Jessica did a beautiful job with my hair and with all of bridesmaids. I enjoyed working with both of them and would definitely recommend to any bride.

    Lindsay

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  • Elana recently did my bridal make-up for me, my bridesmaids and my mom, and she did an absolutely beautiful job! My make-up was perfect and I felt beautiful on my wedding day. My make-up lasted all day and night. All I had to do was touch-up my lipstick a time or two. Also, my mom and bridesmaids really liked their make-up as well. Elana was so sweet, and truly an artist. She does great work and could not have been nicer to work with. I highly recommend her!

    Kaitlin

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  • I had a big group of people getting ready with me the day of our wedding, 9 ladies in total. Elana was very accommodating and was able to schedule 2 hair stylists and 2 makeup artists so that we could get through everyone quickly! Stephanie did my hair and Lena did my makeup - both did great jobs and really listened to what I wanted during the trial, so the day of was super easy and not stressful. I would recommend Elana Darrus for sure!

    Claire Markham

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  • Kelly and Lena did hair and makeup for myself, my mom, and four bridesmaids at our hotel the morning of the wedding. They were amazing--they gave everyone a look they felt comfortable with, adjusted hair and makeup so everyone felt beautiful, and were lovely to chat with. I would highly recommend them both!

    Kylie

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  • Elana and team was recommended to us from our photographer (Jenna Marie Photography!) and we're so grateful for this recommendation. We were looking for salons all over the city to do our hair and make-up and not only were they a fortune, but then we had to figure out driving and parking all over on the big day, which is why we were grateful that Elana and team comes to us! Elana and Jessica were fantastic, on-time, friendly and it felt like they really enjoyed what they do! I did a trial with both of them, individually, at my home which I really appreciated. TIP: I recommend doing your make-up trial the day of your engagement photos - it was so nice to see how the make-up will photograph ahead of time. : On the big day it did take longer than we had allotted for and I lost a contact through the make-up process, but all in all I wouldn't have changed a thing. I loved my make-up and hair, both which lasted all day and night!

    User2623329

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • Elana did my makeup and I received so many comments on how awesome the makeup was for myself and the bridesmaids. Her prices were very reasonable compared to some of the other makeup artists out there. My makeup trial lasted about 2 hours because I kept going back and forth, and she was very patient with me. Sometimes I had trouble getting a hold of her, and she was a little late the day of the wedding, but everything turned out well and she even added some extra people for makeup. Lauren did my hair - she did an excellent job and I and my bridesmaids received many compliments on both hair and makeup. Lauren was always responsive to my texts and emails. Prices were very reasonable. They both came to the hotel we were getting ready at. Thanks so much ladies for making my day so memorable!

    Robert

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Elana and one of her hair stylists came to my hotel room and did hair and makeup for me and one of my bridesmaids. Beforehand, there was a cost to have a test run of the hair and makeup. I opted to do a test run of the hairstyle but not the makeup to save money. My experience with Elana was fantastic! Even without the test run, the makeup was beautiful, and her warmth and positive attitude helped start my wedding day well. My experience with the hair stylist was more mixed; the hair styles of myself and my one bridesmaid were beautiful, but she (the hair stylist, not Elana) did try to push hard to get another bridesmaid to get her hair done as well, which I had not requested at all, and seemed hurtful as the other bridesmaid had already done her own hair and it looked lovely. We understand that Elana contracts out to different hair stylists for these sorts of events; my experience with Elana herself was top notch. I recommend Elana wholeheartedly and without reservation, but would sugg... Read more

    Sarah

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Elana and her MUA Julia are amazing! They were super nice and accommodating and while I liked my trial, I did not love it, so I ended up going with someone else. However, I still wanted to leave a review because of how fantastic they are. The prices are super competitive, and Elana is the absolute sweetest lady ever. The only downside was the responsiveness, but I noticed this with a couple other Hair & Makeup Artists as well; they take much longer than other vendors to reply to you, which was frustrating when I first started looking for HMUAs, but again, Elana wasn't the only one. Plus, it's prime wedding season so I know they are all busy! She was much faster at responding after my trial though.
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