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Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair, in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a wedding hair and makeup service that pairs clients with the beauty team that鈥檚 right for them. Since her early beginnings in 1980, Elana has trained with a variety of elite brands including Chanel, Clinique, Lanc么me, Estee Lauder, and MAC cosmetics. Through a diverse career stretching from Marilyn Miglin Model Makeup to the Chicago Lyric Opera House, Elana has met a talented array of artists and stylists. Inspired by these connections and the creative energy they share, Elana launched her company in 2012. Today, Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair is a diverse network of experienced freelancers united by a genuine passion for ensuring every client feels their best on their special day.

Services Offered

Elana prides herself on hand-selecting the right makeup artist and stylist to match her client鈥檚 vision. Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair provides on-site and home studio services as well as destination weddings. To ensure her clients achieve their desired look, Elana offers a consultation and a trial run with both hair and makeup before the big day. Her team of talented artists and stylists is skilled in the art of enhancing every client鈥檚 natural beauty so they can feel confident in their own skin. Each professional brings their own unique flavor. Elana makes sure it's suited to your tastes. Beauty services include:

  • Blowouts
  • Extensions
  • Updos/styling
  • Airbrush makeup
  • Contour makeup
  • Natural makeup
  • Tattoo coverage
  • Eye makeup
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the base price for updos/styling for brides?

$110

What is the price of trial service for updos/styling for brides?

$85

What is the base price for traditional makeup for brides?

$110

What is the price of trial service for traditional makeup for brides?

$85

What is the base price for airbrush makeup for brides?

$110

What is the price of trial service for airbrush makeup for brides?

$85

Does makeup price include false lashes?

Yes

What beauty services do you offer?

Consultations

What hair services do you offer?

Blowouts
Extensions
Updos / Styling
Hair Trial
On-Site Hair

What makeup services do you offer?

Airbrush Makeup
Contour Makeup
Eye Makeup
Natural Makeup
On-Site Makeup
Wedding Party Makeup
Makeup Trial
Fake Lashes
Tattoo Coverage
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4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
104 Reviews
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98% Recommended by couples

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104 Reviews
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Maddie C. Married on 10/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Recommend!

Elana, Athina, and the rest of the team were so great to work with! We had such a relaxed morning because they were so on top of everything and we had the greatest time getting ready as a bridal party. Everyone LOVED their hair and make-up and the whole team was great about taking vague pictures / thoughts from many of us who don't wear make-up frequently to create a look that felt like the best version of us for the day. Doing the trial was so helpful to make some small tweaks for the day of! Cannot recommend EDWM&H enough to any brides looking! Incredibly reasonably priced for the bride and bridesmaids too!
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Brittany S. Married on 10/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing!!

Elana and her team are truly incredible and make your hair and makeup visions come to life! They do exactly what you ask for which all of my bridesmaids and I loved! They were so timely and the best team to work with on my wedding day. All our hair and makeup stayed in tact for the whole wedding day!! Highly recommend this team for your wedding day!!
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Abby U. Married on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazingly talented!

Elana and her team made my girls and I all feel so beautiful! They are extremely talented, prepared with all tools possible, and were able to be flexible depending on if people had picture inspiration or just wanted the artist's input. They were also so fast and we were ready ahead of schedule which I've never experienced being in other people's weddings. Elana was communicative, personable, and amazing to work with. I very much recommend them for your wedding or any event!!
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Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Hair by Threasa at Lamaris Salon and Day Spa Hair by Threasa at Lamaris Salon and Day Spa Wedding Hair & Makeup

working with you was great , you do beautiful makeup.

Paul Retherford Photography Paul Retherford Photography Wedding Photographers

Elana Darrus was fantastic last weekend at the Grand Hotel Wedding on Mackinac Island. The Bride, Ashley, had perfect makeup that was not overdone. Ashley brought Elana all the way from Chicago to solely do her makeup in Northern Michigan, a compliment in itself! I would highly recommend Elana to anyone. If you would like to see sample images check out https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150375150976648.410861.22844271647&type=1

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