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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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  • 77 Reviews


    User5254508

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  • I was so happy with my makeup. She did exactly what I asked for, and provided me with helpful tips before the wedding I didn't think about. Plus, my friends and family got their makeup done by one of her artists in her network and they all looked beautiful, too!

    Channell

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  • Elana did my makeup as well as my whole bridal party and my mother. She did an excellent job. I not really huge on makeup and during our trial she took that into consideration. Everything she did, she explained what she was doing and allowed me to add my input on what I wanted. I showed her several pictures of some ideas I liked and she helped bring it to life. She was very patient with me and even tried more than one look on me until I was happy with my look. Elana is very friendly and easy to work with. She is a very flexible person and works with your schedule. Her prices are broken down by what you exactly want which was perfect. for example. Someone of my girls wanted eyelashes done with their makeup and some didn't, my mother wanted only her eyes done and nothing else so it helped that Elana had her prices broken done by what you need done. She also has hairstylist on hand which came in handy with some of my bridesmaids. Mary Jo did an amazing job with hair. She was super friendl... Read more

    User5640421

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  • Rachel was our stylist. We did make-up only. Elana owns the company. Elana was exceptionally responsive. So open to my endless questions, very professional, and so very sweet. She organized everything and even helped me with the time schedule. Rachel is extremely skilled and has a great personality. During my trial she listened to what I wanted and changed what I wanted. She made me laugh, gave me tips on make-up and the wedding in general, it felt like having a friend do my make-up. Well worth it.

    Diana

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  • Elana Darrus was recommended to me by my photographer. Though they were 1.5 hours away from the venue, they still came on site (for a small travel fee of course) at 7:00 am on time and ready to go. I had my hair and makeup done and was very pleased with the services. Even though I had changed my mind a bit on my hair since the trial, I showed the artist a picture of what I had in mind and she tweaked it to make it work with my face and it came out beautifully. The makeup artist was great as well. I have bad acne, and they used airbrush makeup to cover it well without looking or feeling caked on. They used high end cosmetics like MAC that stayed on all day and I didn't have the dreaded eye shadow crease thing going on, the false eyelashes also stayed put from morning until I took them off around 2 am. She did a good job of making my makeup more dramatic than an everyday look to be good for bridal pictures, but it didn't look overdone like stage makeup. Both artists were very friendly an... Read more

    Lisa

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    5 out of 5
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  • I was very pleased with the hair and makeup services provided by Elana Darrus for my wedding. I found them to be one of the most flexible salons for on-site hair and makeup, with moderate pricing. They do not have minimums which I appreciated as I only wanted makeup for myself, and hair for myself and my bridesmaids. Elana was very responsive for scheduling my appointments and happy to revise things as they changed. Mary Jo styled our hair which everyone was so happy with their styles. Kristina applied my makeup, and the airbrush looked flawless and did not budge for 12 hours! Would highly recommend booking their services!

    jordan

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  • If I could hug Elana every day, I would. She runs her business wonderfully and only hires the BEST artists. I had about 5 trials with other companies...and then I went Lauren from Elana's team. HOLY AMAZING. She is perfection when it comes to makeup application. She made me feel like myself yet bridal. Took my suggestions and applied them strategically. Elana is also so great to work with as the middle man. She lets her artists SHINE. Lauren made EVERYONE in my party feel gorgeous, especially my mother who rarely "does herself up." Everyone look elegant and stunning and it stayed all day. I also had Lauren meet me at my hotel for a touch up between the ceremony and reception. It was just what I needed to continue feeling beautiful all day. SOOOO glad I went with them!!! I had someone else do my hair ( a family friend). Someone from Elana's team did my party's hair and although we weren't SUPER stoked about the styles, I spoke honestly with Elana and she tried to rectify... Read more

    Cat

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    5 out of 5
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  • Elana's team was recommended to us by a number of brides, and we booked with her before doing a trial or even speaking to her! We weren't disappointed in her selection of services and packages, her talented work and her approachable yet professional attitude. I also booked my hairstylist, Jarmine, with Elana, and loved working with her. What's more, I was able to send a stylist for my out-of-town (and non-English speaking!) guests, and everyone looked great. I felt that the service was top-notch and affordable. I felt exceptionally beautiful on my wedding day thanks to Elana and Jarmine! Looking forward to working with them at my sister's upcoming wedding!

    Kristin

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  • I cannot say enough good things about Elana or the four stylists I hired through her for our Chicago wedding! We were coming from out of town and did most of our wedding planning and booking via email. Elana was very responsive and fun to talk to! She was very flexible with our requests and very helpful. I found most stylists downtown to be overpriced and was discouraged until I found Elana. Specifically for Jarmin and Lena: These ladies were great!!!!!! I gave Jarmin very little direction on what I wanted my hair to look like (I said I wanted it up and swooshed in the front...not very descriptive) and she did an AMAZING job. All night, I received tons of compliments on my hair style and when I show people our wedding photos, almost all comment on how pretty my hair was. Thank you, Jarmin!!! Likewise, with Lena, I asked to look natural and that was about all I said. I've had my make-up done for other weddings when I requested the same natural look and ended up fe... Read more

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • I had a very hard time finding a make-up artist. I was only looking for somebody to my make-up and I wanted them to come to the house where I was getting ready. This eliminated a lot of people because they have minimums. Other places I found were more than I was willing to spend on my make-up. Fortunately I found Elana who would come to the house just for me without breaking my budget! She does charge a small fee for travel, but it was worth it for me. For my trial, I showed her a few looks I liked, and we talked about airbrush and fake eyelashes. I was worried about how both would feel and she was very comforting - wanting me to be comfortable and discussing options/alternatives. She was very flexible as I had to change her start time for the wedding day after my trial. She showed up on time, finished on time, and I felt like I looked awesome. I was so happy with how I looked for the wedding day. I would recommend Elana to other brides!!!

    Kristin

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    5 out of 5
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  • Elana and her team were absolutely wonderful! From start to finish it really was a pleasure working with her. I had six girls standing up with me as well as myself, my mom and my grandma all getting their makeup done and most getting their hair done as well. It was a bit of a logistical nightmare but Elana was so kind and flexible and we worked out the perfect schedule to get everyone done on time. The day of the wedding they were on time and so much fun! We all looked amazing. Pamela did my hair and I could not have been happier with it. It looked perfect from the moment she finished until I took it down after the wedding 12 hours later! And my makeup (done by Elana) was flawless. I felt like I looked my absolute best for my wedding day. I would highly recommend Elana Darrus!!

    Mary

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  • Elana, Dawn, Michelle and Mary Jo made my bridesmaids and I look AMAZING for my 12/13/2014 wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect and I would highly recommend Elana and her team to any future brides. I looked more amazing than I ever imagined I could! Thank you, Elana!

    Rachel

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  • I had the pleasure of Elana herself styling my makeup. As someone with bad acne, a shiny T zone, and typically has makeup melt off her face, I was worried about my wedding day. All of my worries were put to rest when I met with Elana for a makeup trial. She’s very easy to talk with and has excellent technique. My makeup was flawless even after hours of dancing at my wedding! My bridesmaids looked equally flawless, Elana highlighting my ladies’ natural features to show off how each was uniquely beautiful. Through Elana Darrus, Jarmin was selected as my hair stylist. She listened to what I was considering and looked at the various items I was thinking to wear. On the day of, I presented her with the feather hairpieces I made for myself and my bridesmaids, and the chains I wanted draped in my own hair. Jarmin assembled them in my curls and asked for my opinion on the arrangement each time until I was satisfied. The final look was perfect, and my hair remained flawless until the en... Read more

    Erin

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had Gina doing makeup and Jarmin doing hair, and they did such a FANTASTIC job!! They were right on time, very talented, and made sure everyone got done early so we had some extra time for pictures. Gina is such a nice, sweet person and a fantastic make up artist- my biggest fear was looking overly done, and she listened to everything I wanted and made sure my makeup was perfect- I was so happy with the results! Jarmin is awesome and did a great job on my hair; she also was able to give each of the bridesmaids the unique hairstyle they wanted and everyone ended up looking so classy! Thank you to Elana Darrus for making this happen!! Highly recommend!

    User4674136

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  • Hair stylist was Pamela and makeup artist Wendy. Both did a great job! I had a trial run for both and on the day of the wedding they both did exactly what we had practiced in the trial run. The bridesmaids looked great as well. There was a misunderstanding on start time, which caused a some stress in the beginning but everything worked out and everyone looked great.

    Shannon

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  • I booked a three room suite at my wedding hotel to stay in the night before my wedding so having on-site hair and make up was very important to me. I did not want us to have to leave at 7:30 am to go to a salon. Mary Jo did the bridal party hair and Elana and Mary split the make up duties. Each of them were amazing and my wedding party looked FANTASTIC. I seriously had never seen these girls (and me!) look so good before. We had a total of 7 women getting their hair done so I blocked in an hour of flex time in case Mary Jo got behind. That wound up not being necessary because she finished way early! She did everyone's hair in lightning fast speed and each style was beautiful. The make up requests ranged from lashes only to full make up...which brings me to the main reason I chose Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair. Most of my bridesmaids either are still in college or just starting to establish themselves so budget was a big problem. Elana Darrus allows "a la carte" pricing; that is, there are... Read more

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