75 featured reviews
Member Since: 1/21/2013
I don't even know where to begin with this - there are just TOO MANY good things to say about Tamara and her team-
I had originally made an appointment with a salon in Naperville for my September 21st wedding - and my hair and makeup trial was a month before that .. and a COMPLETE disaster - I was in a panic and was absolutely screwed ( or so I thought). I started firing off emails to see if there was anything still available one month out.. I emailed Tamara Makeup ( they were actually my first choice, but since it was her 5 year wedding anniversary that day- they had originally said no, THANKFULLY between the first email and my disastrous trial- she had decided to take on another wedding. ) I think she sensed my panic and urgency and they worked their schedules to fit us in.
The hair and makeup trial went perfectly.. Tamara did my makeup and Jody did the hair - they are absolute perfectionists and work amazing together. It was a HUGE relief to leave that trial, I was 100% confident with my choice. The trials are held at Tamara's home, which is absolutely gorgeous .. there is a whole room set up as a salon ( DREAM ROOM) its amazing- They are a traveling team so no reason for an actual 'salon' - it's perfect.
The day of the wedding we had a Jody doing hair with Cristina helping her - we had a tight time frame and they cranked out 9 hairstyles and makeup applications within 3 1/2 hrs! What a dream team ! Mary did the makeup for all the bridesmaids and moms and Tamara actually came in to do me and my sisters makeup so she could make sure everyone was taken care of in within our time frame.
They are SUCH a fun group of girls - and I cannot say enough good things about them. Whenever anyone asks what my favorite part about the wedding was - hair and makeup was absolutely at the top!
Member Since: 5/19/2008
It's very hard to shut me up but, the ladies at Tamara Makeup & Hair accomplished it.
We had Christina for makeup and she sure knows how to bring out the beauty in everyone. She was great to work with and we all felt like she was just one of the girls hanging out doing our makeup. I would love to hang out with her!
Sabrina did the hair for my bridesmaids and the moms and did an excellent job bringing out everyones personality in their hair styles. Melanie did my hair and I couldn't have been happier. At my trial my hair looked great and for my wedding it looked even better!
These ladies made me feel relaxed about everything and I would definitely work with them again! Without a doubt I would recommend them to anyone.
Member Since: 10/2/2012
I hired Tamara hair and makeup for my August 2013 wedding and I could not be happier with the results. Lindsay and Jolisa did a wonderful job making my bridesmaids and myself look and feel beautiful. One of my bridesmaids was so impressed she actually hired them to do her own wedding this past New Years Eve.
Member Since: 1/4/2014
My wedding was July 13, of 2013 and Darbie seriously did a awesome job on my makeup, and my girls! I couldn't have asked for more from her on my wedding day! Very professional, and very satisfied!
Member Since: 5/17/2010
I used Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry for my wedding and I could not be more please with the end result. Stunning work! They are all very talented and they were very professional throughout the whole process. Tamara is a joy to work with and extremely talented! She did my makeup and it was flawless. I also had 8 bridesmaid that received their services and every single on of them loved their hair and makeup. Everyone looked beautiful. I would highly recommend this company for hair and makeup services and I would definitely use them again. Five stars across the board!
Member Since: 1/22/2012
I really do not have enough words to thank Tamara and her team from the bottom of my heart for the amazing work done on mine, my mom's and my sisters hair and makeup, on both my wedding on Dec 22 and a henna party on Dec 19.
I got engaged to my fiancé earlier this year, and despite the fact that we both live in Dubai, tradition dictated having a wedding in Chicago where his family lives. The very first thing I started looking for (before my wedding dress!) was hair and makeup, I knew that coming from Dubai, Arabic hair and makeup is bolder than Western styles, and so in my mind it was the biggest challenge... However, the stars aligned and I quickly found Tamara online. I followed her on all social media outlets for around six months paying particular attention to the way the different eye shapes were shaded and shaped with makeup to suit their style, the way the colors were blended, the way the faces were contoured, the variety of the up do's their team was turning around, and the backgrounds of the brides that go to them. I quickly became convinced, despite my inlaws suggestion that I go to a lady they know and work with. I just knew I needed to trust my instinct that I was making the right decision, and I am so glad I did, because everything turned out far better than my wildest dreams! Tamara (makeup) and Mel (hair) absolutely nailed the looks we were going for, I have to say they work AMAZINGLY well together. Very professional, on time, listened to our likes, dislikes, concerns, suggestions, and were both able to pull everything together to put together incredible final looks that complimented and brought out our best features! It's been about a week now since my first event and I am still getting compliments, thank you ladies so so much for everything! You made my Chicago wedding even more special! If you are ever in Dubai, please let me know! Best of luck, you truly deserve it!
Member Since: 1/4/2013
Lindsey and Cristina were amazing! They made all my girls look fantastic and I was so thrilled with my final look. They showed up on time and completed 8 people all in a timely manner. One of my biggest fears was not being finished on time but that truly was not a worry with these ladies. They were also very down to earth and fit in well with our silly group! :)
Member Since: 12/25/2011
I am a hairstylist so when it comes getting my hair and makeup done, I tend to be a little picky...
Tamara is amazing! She listened to what I wanted and was very personable and easy to work with. I also think her prices were very reasonable!
Tamara came to the hotel where we were getting ready and she did not only my makeup but my 5 bridesmaids, my mom and mother-in-law. My mom never likes when she gets her makeup done but she absolutely LOVED what Tamara did! Everyone looked gorgeous!
I will definitely recommend Tamara to everyone!
Thanks again Tamara!!
Member Since: 12/25/2012
I chose Tamara's team for my hair and makeup along with my bridesmaids and mother of the Bride and mother of the Groom. Erica was our hair stylist and she was so kind and friendly during the entire process. She sculpted our exact vision for the bridesmaids and was able to recreate my hair EXACTLY from our hair and makeup trial.
Darbie was our makeup artist and she is a true artist by creating and bring out the true beauty in the wedding party. (FYI Brides: Highly would recommend air brushing AND the eyelashes!!!)
I would also recommend a hair and makeup trial so you can get the exact look you're desiring. I brought in a few tears of my favorite looks and Erica and Darbie really made those looks come to life for me.
I felt so beautiful during my entire wedding and have Erica and Darbie to thank for that! A truly wonderful team and felt like I was hanging out with my girlfriends and getting ready for the big day.
Member Since: 11/3/2011
I'm one picky bride & had a SPREADSHEET for makeup artists & hairstylists. I had comments on each one based on their responsiveness, website, professionalism, & quality of work based on pictures & reviews. I do hair & makeup for myself & my family so we are picky. After talking to Tamara I was SOLD after our first conversation! She said "i'll send you a contract, you can review it & if you decide on booking..." I cut her off & said "no, I'm going to use you". she was easy to talk to & reassured me that her & her team dealt with all the issues I was primarily concerned about: mine& my BM's skin, our different skin colors, my mom's thinning hair, & my BM's who AREN'T used to wearing makeup. They helped me work up a schedule for my tight time frame & family who tends to run late. They also were able to squeeze in my aunt who wasn't on the sched to get her hair done!
***side note: I told my photographer they would be there at 8:30 & would have us ready by 12 (7-9 ppl) for hair & makeup, my photographer was in awe because he's never worked w/anyone who is THAT fast & good. his exact words "They must be good". when he saw us he said "damn, they are that good!" He could not stop telling me how amazed he was! he's is a long time friend has been in the business for quite some time, so he knows good work when he sees it.
They were so great & my family is NOT easy to work with! Everyone was elated w/the work that they did. two of my BM's who opted out were so upset! My concern was that my hair & makeup would not hold. my bridal party and I were getting compliments on our hair & makeup til the very end! after being in the heat, stuck inside a broken limo & dancing the night away, our hair and makeup STAYED! I could not be any more happier w/the services rendered. i cannot wait til another event to use Tamara & her team. They were amazing! looking back at my spreadsheet of artists I don't think ANYONE could have even come CLOSE to what they did.
Member Since: 7/3/2012
The ladies of Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry (Melanie for hair and Jolisa for makeup) are wonderful and truly are the best! Their work is phenomenal and they take great effort to ensure that everything is done to fit your vision for the big day. Above and beyond this, these ladies make the day memorable by adding so much laughter and cheer to the room! Melanie is thoughtful, meticulous, and a true master at her craft. She ALWAYS thinks about every little detail and make everyone involved feel special. Jolisa is professional, creative, and all-around totally awesome. I can not more highly recommend Melanie, Jolisa, and the rest of the team!
Member Since: 2/27/2012
I LOVED my hair by Sabrina and makeup by Mary from Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry. These ladies are true professionals and they do an amazing job. We got ready for my September wedding at my parent's house and it was so nice to have the hair and makeup ladies come to the house to help us get ready. It made for a really relaxing morning and was a lot of fun for me, the moms and the rest of the bridal party.
My hair and makeup turned out fantastic! Mary (makeup) made a few on the spot changes based on my feedback from my trial appointment. I had a GIANT, bright red sty in the corner of my eye (thank you wedding stress!)and she covered it up so you had no idea it was there. Magic! Sabrina (hair) did an absolutely fantastic job with my hair as well! She combined ideas from three pinterest pictures I showed her and came up with a truly personal design. She secured everything really well and even showed my MOH how to take out the veil without ruining the rest of the up-do. Both Mary and Sabrina were a dream to work with and I felt so beautiful when they were done! And so did the rest of my girls!
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a high quality hair and makeup team that comes to your house! The value for the services is incredible!
Member Since: 10/30/2009
Christina did an absolutely amazing job for our wedding. She was very easy to work with and was willing to make changes at the trial and day of wedding. She was super fun to work with and is extremely talented. All my bridesmaids were thrilled with their make up and lashes and could not believe how pretty I look...thanks to her work:) She was also very timely and had 7 girls including me done in 4 hours or less. I would love to go have make up done for a special night out again! Also, they were flexible with changing trial dates and times.
We all could not have looked better!!
Member Since: 7/10/2010
I was nervous about picking hair and makeup for my wedding because I just wanted to look perfect, but Tamara and her girls are great! I had Erika for hair and Jolisa for makeup and both were wonderful. Very friendly, fun girls - they both know what they are doing, you just need to trust them! I was also nervous because some of my bridesmaids are picky about their hair and makeup but they all loved their hair and makeup! And they did a great job of staying on schedule and getting us done in a timely matter, but still left time for touch-ups.
Member Since: 5/20/2011
Working with Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry was not only easy and fun but totally worth it! They provided a professional yet memorable day for us! Whatever we had in mind for our hair or makeup to look they went above and beyond that. If we didn't like something or wanted something else, they were attentative and listened. Compliments were given all day (and night!) because that's how long everything lasted and our hair held up! :) Which in my book is beyond the 5 star rating you can give on here! I can honestly say there wasn't a thing I would change about how I looked or the fun experience we had that day. They make you feel so comfortable like you're doing hair and make up with close friends. :) I'd recommend them to anyone wanting their big day to be special and memorable.
Member Since: 10/7/2011
Darbie was my makeup artist on my wedding day August 3, 2013! She was very professional and very hardworking. My family love her she talk and laugh with everyone. She made everyone look beautiful on my wedding day!!! She's a sweet person I recommend her anytime!!! I wish I can give her more than five stars because she deserves it alot!!!
Member Since: 6/15/2011
Tamara even though from Chicago drove all the way down to Orlando Florida with her partner in crime Melanie to do my wedding party's hair and make-up for my Big Day. Recommended from my cousin Alison who was married two years ago, We had to get the best in the business. Since we have family in the Chicago area when we visited for a graduation we had set up a trial run. Her studio was absolutely amazing. A whole room set with big bright lights, a makeup chair of course, and a huge mirror. And the people that I brought along got to sit on a comfy couch and watch the entire process. When I walked out of the trial I looked like belle from beauty and the beast. My own grandmother didn't even recognize me. She brought out the natural beauty in my skin and enhanced my natural features. I am very happy that we decided to go with Tamara and her team!!
Member Since: 8/22/2013
I am so unbelievably thankful for Tamara Makeup & Hair Artistry and their wonderful work on our May 25, 2013 wedding day. I had heard about them through one of my friends (the owner of Shannon Gail Weddings & Events) and booked them as soon as possible.
I had zero issues when scheduling my trial at Tamara's studio in her home. Such a cute place! I found out there that I would be working with Cristina for makeup, and Jody for hair. They were some of the nicest people that I have ever met, and really worked with me to listen to my requests of what I wanted for my hair/makeup. Jody even created a brand new style for me after showing her a few pictures of what I liked! I was so happy after leaving the trial and could not wait to have them do mine and my girls' hair and makeup the day of the wedding.
On the day of, they arrived a bit early (yay!) with all of their materials in the conference room at the hotel we reserved. Jody and Cristina each had an assistant since we had such a large group of women getting services done. The assistants were a HUGE help,and were extremely talented as well. All of the artists did a fabulous job and were right on schedule, and even a bit early! This was extremely important to me, as there were 12 of us for hair and makeup (very large group!). I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
I received so many compliments on my hair and makeup, especially since it was perfect the entire day (which was a LONG day too). It was flawless from the first look (11:30am) all the way through the pictures until the ceremony (5pm) - where there were a number of tears shed, with zero mascara run!- , through the reception (midnight), AND all the way until 3am as my husband, friends, and family closed down our favorite bar at the afterparty. I couldn't believe how perfect my hair and makeup stayed - when they say it's long wear makeup, they mean it!
I cannot thank Jody, Cristina, their assistants, and Tamara enough for their services. These ladies are some of the most talented artists I've ever met, and I will (and already have!) recommend them for anyone who wants a professional, friendly, and talented artists for their wedding day.
Member Since: 8/21/2013
Tamara and her team are truly money well spent. My girls and I looked and felt amazing on my wedding day. Christina was excellent at understanding what we all wanted for makeup. She was not heavy handed at all. Everyone looked flawless! Melanie is probably the most talented hairstylist I've ever seen. ( I grew up working in salons so I was extremely picky about my hair) she created the most beautiful hairstyles. Everything (hair and makeup) lasted all night. The girls were just the right amount of friendly and professional. I am recommending them to everyone!
Member Since: 5/30/2012
My makeup artist's name was Darby- she is incredibly talented, friendly, quick, and will not leave you disappointed! I showed her one photo from Pinterest of a makeup style I liked and she totally transformed my look and made me feel the most beautiful I've EVER felt in my life! Another big factor that really impressed me was that she finished early- and she did makeup for 10 people! That NEVER happens!! If you are looking for THE BEST makeup artists, Tamara is the way to go!
Tamara & her team have many years of professional experience,working on countless numbers of weddings, print work, fashion shows, photo shoots, and more. Be sure to check out their website and reviews! Tamara & team will help make your wedding day unforgettable, from the trial to the big day!
- Type: Hair Stylists, Makeup Artists, Eyelash Extensions
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012