5 Makeup Artists Guaranteed To Make Your Feel Camera-Ready

The carefree, Sunday-afternoon look is simple and fresh, but, sometimes, a gal needs a little smoky eye. YouTube tutorials may seem like a good idea, but really, who has time to press play, pause, apply, and try again until you get it just right? Our solution: Leave it to the pros.
We've found five masters of makeup who'll enhance what your mama gave you. With experience in high-fashion photography and runway work, these airbrush all-stars and au naturel experts can do wonders with everything from your cheekbones to your lashes. We think you'll love the way you look so much, you might even be tempted to skip your whole nighttime-face wash routine. So, go ahead, step away from the screen and book an appointment, stat.
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Traci Fine

Claim To Fame: Radiant-yet-natural event and bridal makeup. She handles film and television makeup on a regular basis, so rest assured she can handle you too.

Credentials: Over 20 years in biz working with 100 plus reputable clients such as People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Orbitz, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Memorable Client Moment: Meeting Bill Clinton in person was surreal after seeing him all over the media and hearing that iconic voice.

Fall Makeup Trend To Try: A metallic silver/grey smokey eye paired with a burgundy lip.

Where To Find Her: She'll come to you. Call 847-847-8972.

Photo: Courtesy of Traci Fine
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Sonia Roselli

Claim To Fame: Creating pretty, ethereal looks. You'll look enhanced with a touch of glam — but not over played.

Credentials: While her Chicago makeup studio in Chicago is celebrating it's four year anniversary (and she's opening a second location this fall!), she's been an artist for over 20 years.

Memorable Client Moment: The list is long, but it was Betty White that she wanted to take home with her at the end of the session.

Fall Makeup Trend To Try: Seasonal trends are subjective. It's gorgeous, radiant skin that's in year-round. Master those skin foundation and makeup blending skills!

Where To Find Her: Sonia Roselli Studio, 7363 North Greenview Avenue (between Sherwin and Jarvis), 773-465-7363.

Photo: Courtesy of Sonia Roselli
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Aga Kaskiewicz

Claim To Fame: The look of timeless beauty and a killer airbrush application to create a glowing complexion versus a caked up overdone look.

Credentials: While her roots have been at Mario Tricoci since 1998 (she's now a lead makeup artist for the company), she took a five year hiatus to work with brands like Laura Mercier, Sue Devitt, Rock and Republic, and the Kevyn Aucoin team during New York Fashion Week. You've probably seen her work on Chicago billboards and national magazines without even realizing it.

Memorable Client Moment: Christy Turlington literally was as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the outside. Very kind, soft spoken, and humble.

Fall Makeup Trend To Try: Go for the daring look this season. Either go for something like raspberry or black cherry on the lips with a softer look on the eyes, or even more avant garde with black eyeshadow (when blended, it can give an amazing smokey eye) with lighter hues on the lips and cheeks.

Where To Find Her: Mario Tricoci Salon & Day Spa, 900 North Michigan Avenue (between Walton and Delaware), 1-800-Tricoci.

Photo: Courtesy of Mario Tricoci
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Ashley Vest

Claim To Fame: Informative hands-on makeup classes geared towards making clients feel more confident and beautiful.

Credentials: She's worked as an artist for the past ten years and has been the co-owner of The Beauty Parlor Makeup Studio for the past two. Her client list includes a laundry list of video and print clients including Esquire Magazine, The Discovery Channel, and Firestone.

Memorable Client Moment: Working with singer Mavis Staples for her CD cover. Aside from having hilarious stories about pretty much every musician you can think of, she was also one of the kindest souls she's ever met.

Fall Makeup Trend To Try: Drama is back, which means defined and smokey eyes (try browns, bronzes, deep plums, or warm grays), a contoured cheek and a dark lip — but not necessarily all at the same time.

Where To Find Her:The Beauty Parlor Makeup Studio, 3210 North Kilbourn Avenue (at Belmont), #14, 773-685-9020.

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Vest
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Paula Heckenast

Claim To Fame: Flawless traditional high-definition and airbrush makeup artistry for a wide range of clientele.

Credentials: In just six short years, she's worked with makeup kings L'oreal and Cover Girl, and started her own business, City Lights Makeup Artistry.

Memorable Client Moment: Vivica A. Fox was a confident fire cracker who knew exactly what she wanted. She had endless interesting stories and extremely helpful advice about the entertainment industry.

Fall Makeup Trend To Try: A deep red maroon colored lip topped with a shiny gloss. It is the perfect way to “put yourself together” with very little work!

Where To Find Her: She'll come to you. Call 708-969-0680.

Photo: Courtesy of Paula Heckenast