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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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  • 88 Reviews


    Lisa

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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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    5 out of 5
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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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    5 out of 5
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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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    5 out of 5
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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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    5 out of 5
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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!

    Natalie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Very happy that I went with Elana Darrus services for my trail and wedding day hair and makeup. I had Gina as my makeup artist and she did such and amazing job listening to exactly what I wanted. She had some beautiful lipstick colors that I was able to purchase to have with me on the wedding day as well. Mary Jo did my hair (and two other bridesmaids) and I got so many compliments on how great it looked. She worked so great with my extensions and the morning of the wedding went perfectly timed because of them. Highly suggest using this group!!

    Katherine

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    5 out of 5
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  • I loved working with Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair! After interviewing several different artists in the area, I booked Elana as my makeup artist and Jarmin as my hairstylist for my wedding day. I am so happy with my decision. Elana asked a lot of questions to make sure she understood my style and the look that I wanted. We had a great trial and she made all the changes that I asked. I definitely feel like I looked my very best for the wedding day! Jarmin was phenomenal and did my hair as well as my bridesmaids and flower girl. She takes one look at the picture you show her and bam, it's recreated on you! I had two styles on pinterest that I really loved, and Jarmin was able to incorporate them into one uniform style. Everybody was really punctual and we were pretty much on schedule all morning! I would definitely recommend Elana's network. She is so accommodating and a pleasure to work with!

    Kathy

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    5 out of 5
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  • We just used Elana's team for hair and make up for our daughters wedding and they were fantastic! We had Mary Jo doing hair and all the girls loved their hair, she made sure they got what they wanted and she was so quick and good all the hair lasted all night and lots of dancing. We had Dawn for makeup and all girls, especially the bride looked stunning! Dawn is truly a artist and we couldn't have been happier. Elana was so great and professional to work with from booking the trial hair and make up and all the planning for the big day!

    User4674136

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    4 out of 5
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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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    4.5 out of 5
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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

    Christina

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    3.6 out of 5
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  • So this is a two-part review...at the end of the day, everything worked out and I was certainly happy with Elana Darrus (owner) who did my makeup, along with two of my wedding party members. My challenge came with the hairdresser (also a great lady), but she showed up an hour late, which delayed my makeup application for an hour, and made me a full hour late to begin photos. That hour delay added the only wrinkle of stress in an otherwise magnificent day. My only recommendation if you book this great group is to ensure they understand your schedule for the day and you get their commitment to meet the timeline.

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