You can find just about everything you need in New York City. Pizza at 2 a.m.? Duh. Yoga studios that play hip hop? No problem. The perfect backdrop for a killer Instagram in any 'hood? That's easy. That's why it's no surprise that the city that never sleeps has some of the best in the biz when it comes to our beauty needs — especially makeup.
With all that goes on in New York City, from showers to weddings to the fanciest galas, there's always an opportunity to get extra glam. That's where the pros come in, because as much as we've learned from YouTube tutorials, there's just something about getting your makeup done by an artist that takes your whole look to an entirely new level.
But with so many different businesses on every block, plus an abundance of pro artists on social media, it can be overwhelming to find the right artist. Fret not, because we're here to help. A handful of our beauty team's favorite makeup studios and freelance artists in New York City, ahead.
Looking for a one-stop shop? Blushington is the place for you. The beauty lounge, that has two locations in NYC, offers makeup applications, eyelash extensions, and even hairstyling. It's the full beauty experience that won't have you running around from salon to salon.
One scroll through Williamson's Instagram and you'll be captivated by all the makeup magic. She's also not afraid to get creative, so whether you're looking to step outside the box, or go for a more natural glam, she's your pro.
Shara Makeup Studio
This studio features amazing reviews from clients who not only love how their makeup turned out, but also appreciate the step-by-step lessons the artists provided during their sessions.
Cintron loves to film makeup tutorials, but she also shares her talents with those who find themselves in her artist chair, whether that's at your hotel or apartment or in her own NYC apartment. She works regularly with brides, so she's comfortable working under pressure and collaboratively.
The John Barrett Salon
Just one block away from the iconic Fifth Avenue, and footsteps away from Central Park, is the The John Barrett Salon, which offers offers makeup, hair, and nail services. The lux spot works with bridal parties and also group events — and don't be surprised to find a few Broadway stars walking in for an appointment.
There's a reason celebrities and on-camera reporters trust in MacKay. Yes, he knows how to create makeup looks that are flattering under strong lighting, but it's his warm personality that keeps his clients coming back.
Cruz has earned the trust of R29 Beauty Director Cat Quinn, who has already requested her on Glamsquad, the on-demand beauty service app, three times. "I’m getting married this year, and between the bridal showers and engagement photos, there have been a lot of events. I’ve used Glamsquad for every one — and I always request Sasha," says Quinn. "She’s super fast and communicative, and somehow knows exactly what you want even without a lot of reference photos. Whenever she does my makeup, it’s perfectly glowing and natural with just the right amount of glam."
Beauty Icon NYC
NYC-based makeup artists Liza Ray and Paulina Allure teamed up to create a wedding hair and makeup service business called Beauty Icon. They're a bridal favorite — just check out their gorgeous Instagram portfolio. Not engaged? You can also work with either of the artists separately for any occasion.
Rebecca Lee Artistry
Lee tailors every step of the appointment to your unique skin needs, from the kind of makeup she uses to the skin-care she uses to prep your complexion. Whether long-wear or dewy, she'll match your visage to the right products for you.
For those interested in trying the latest trends — like bright liner — look no further than Gonzalez. Don't be nervous: She's a pro at tempering bold color with glowing skin.
Whether you want natural, subtle glam or something more extravagant, you can trust René, says R29 Beauty Writer Aimee Simeon. "She’s extremely gentle, attentive, and knowledgeable about her craft," she says. "From the moment you sit in her chair, she’ll pay careful attention to skin-care, and make sure you leave looking and feeling fabulous."
Simeon also recommends Akasha. "I loved that she listened to my desires and preferences before we got to work, and stayed attentive to them throughout my time in the chair," she says. "She’s also just a joy to laugh and talk to — can’t beat that!"