Put Your Best Face Forward With Brisbane’s Best Makeup Artists
Bow down to the leadersBy Style Beauty Journo | 3rd March 2023
Let’s face it (literally): having your makeup professionally done makes you see yourself in a whole new light. From clever contouring to brushed-up brows and skin that shimmers in the sunlight, those who know what they’re doing (and do it for a living) have the ability to totally transform the way you see yourself with just a few clever brush strokes.
To alleviate the stress of perfecting your look the next time you want to step out looking your best, take your face to new heights by enlisting the help of the best makeup artists in Brisbane who know how to accentuate your features in all the right places.
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
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Experience makeup magic like you never have before thanks to this MUA who’s been thrust into the spotlight in recent years. Serena makes our list of the best makeup artists in Brisbane with her signature style that’s all about glowing skin, bushy brows, and smokey brown eyes, Serena is easily one of Brisbane’s most sought-after MUAs. A fast worker, Serena can make you over (hair included) in under an hour, and the results are jaw-dropping to say the least. From her smattering of faux freckles, to flushed cheeks, and plump lips, Serena takes a minimalist approach when working over your canvas that’s just too good to be true. In fact her work is so popular, Serena now splits her time between Brisbane and Sydney to ensure she shares her incredible work around.
With an aesthetic that is in point with our ‘Aussie summer babe’ vibe, Ashlea is a master of creating a gorgeous no-makeup makeup look on your canvas. Her craft, attention to detail, and passion for creating lit-from-within looks is just one of the many reasons she’s in such high demand. All that, plus launching her own beauty tool business Basecamp Beauty in late 2020 secures Ashlea as one of the most talented MUAs out there. Though based in Byron Bay, this artistic genius is booked for fashion campaigns and private appointments all over, from her home base to Brisbane and beyond, so we recommend you secure a spot with her well in advance the next time you want to flaunt a flawless face.
For all your understated glam makeup needs, there’s no one who does it quite like MUA and hair stylist, Emma Chen. Her modern techniques and top shelf products have made her a celebrity within her own right, and she takes bookings for high end fashion brands like there’s no tomorrow. With capabilities to make your skin magically glow, this gem of an artist not only paints faces but shares her infinite knowledge with more than 328k Instagram followers. Her skills are so valued in fact, that she posts tutorial series and runs regular makeup masterclasses and bootcamps. With one of the best makeup artists in Brisbane on your side, any makeup dream is possible.
Get set for the glam look of your dreams with Fernando’s breathtaking work. It’s no surprise why he’s so popular – with the skillset to transform you with a natural and minimalistic vibe to a full-blown glitter bomb, Fernando’s skills know no bounds. Specialising in bridal and special event looks, this MUA isn’t just a one trick pony: his highly sought-after master skills have sent him across international waters. So, if you’re on the hunt for an inspired exotic look, here’s your guy.
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With a portfolio full of fresh glam faces and Style Magazines’ cover-ready models, it’s no secret that Brissy babes love to treat themselves to a little of Ginelle’s magic touch. A seasoned pro at crafting bright and peachy looks, Ginelle’s work can be witnessed across many of our Style covers, and various local and interstate fashion shows. With more than a decade of experience under her brush belt, you’ll be blessed by the best thanks to her skilled hands and expert touches, from your face to your mane. Doubling as a beauty influencer, Ginelle is the go-to guru for all things beauty, skincare, styling, and hair. Her keen interest in connections between gut and skin health means she’s not just here to slather your face with whatever’s popular and call it a day – her practice bound by wellness means your skin will feel the benefits of her brushes, too.
JDolls – Janise Chan
Go big, or go home: that’s the mantra that Janise Chan, the master hand that holds the JDolls brush, stands by, and by golly, it’s a talented one! You’re always guaranteed to leave her chair with a flawless and customised look that perfectly accentuates and enhances your features. Having freelanced for over a decade, Janise knows what she’s doing – whether it’s a smokey, colourful or minimalistic look, this makeup wizard will be able to bring it all together. A fan of full glam, Janise can also tailor her style to focus on your features to create the perfect balance to your look.
Get your next makeup look from a former teacher at the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy who specialises in shoot and event makeup. With four years teaching experience, and a trusty 11 years as a MUA, Michelle can create anything from captivating, natural makeup to directional, high-end fashion looks. Her extensive knowledge and industry excellence has seen her partner with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival and David Jones, as well as fashion brands Aje, Alice McCall and George Wu to name just a few. Big on brows, Michelle’s hands can turn even the most unruly arches into an architectural design.
Who would’ve thought a leading voice in the beauty industry would be based right here in Brissy?! We’re humbled! Consider Penny’s work some of the best around, with her signature glowy makeup looks setting her apart from the crowd. It’s not just her undeniable talent, but the modern flair she adds to each look which has seen her lead teams in Fashion Week events right around the world. Her background as a beauty therapist awards her pro status in the industry, making her career more impressive and skillset more diverse. What’s more, Penny has founded her own brand Kitology, providing functional accessories and organisers to turn your makeup drawer situation into an impressive kit fit enough to rival any professional.
Whatever the occasion, look or vibe you’re going for, Reanin has you covered. And not just your makeup too – as the owner of Beauty By Bliss, she’s also well versed in plenty of your essential beauty services. Get the full makeover experience with hair styling, tanning, brows, and lashes all in one go! Her IG is always filled with fresh and creative inspo, where you can catch a glimpse of her work with a host of local models. Really turn out at your next event, and trust in the much-loved work of this masterful makeup artist & Brisbane go-to!
Bold, natural, dramatic, colourful, minimal – whatever you’ve got in mind, Hannah can provide. This mobile MUA makes these fresh, modern looks accessible, while ensuring you show face at your next event looking flawless. With Hannah, your every beauty wish is her command, as she pushes creative boundaries within the ever-evolving beauty industry. Her sleek and contemporary take on using colour will win you over. From muted greens to azure, let this MUA and hair expert make you feel like a mermaid.
Ru really gives the term ‘makeup artist’ a new meaning – her looks are a work of art. Edgy and modern, each look has a classic aesthetic at the core, with a cheeky pop of colour in on-trend tones of turquoise, peach or aqua thrown in to keep things unexpected. Smouldering eyes and pillowy, kissable lips are her forte, but she’s also an expert in perfecting the sultry cat-eyeliner flick, and a sweet smattering of freckles. In other words, Ru’s your go-to girl for all year round summer-inspired beauty.
After a decade of hustling in retail makeup, Tainelle has turned into one of Brisbane’s most sought-after freelance MUAs. She’s got blending, contouring, and lash application down to a science, and knows how to create the perfect makeup look for whatever event you’ve got lined up. Her signature bronze glow, complete with contoured eye and wispy individual lashes has featured in a plethora of campaigns and photoshoots, and could feature on your face, too! Through her extensive experience working with all types of clientele, Tanielle has built up a portfolio working with all skin types, face shapes, makeup styles, and application methods. Sit back and let her amazing skills transform and amaze.
Shannon JJ Williams
A list of the best MUAs in the BNE biz wouldn’t be complete with mentioning this celebrity creator. Big hair, big style, and big personality, Shannon Williams is the all about putting the ‘oomph’ into your look, and he guarantees it, every time. When it comes to your mane, bouncy blow outs are his stand out style, while his makeup masterpieces are the perfect combination of sultry and fresh – glossy skin, pillowy lips, and sensuous eyes – everything you want when you enlist a profesh to paint your face. Make no mistake, Shannon’s reputation sees him work with some major fashion brands, influencers, and celeb models, while rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest in the beauty industry. All that, plus you’ll catch him running workshops alongside fellow MUA Emma Chen and hair whiz, Jaye Edwards. With a resume this good, you’ll be on cloud nine if you manage to secure a booking…
If glowing skin, glossy lips, and an overall effortless undone look is your MO, make your way to Ash Camille, who’s got the whole thing down pat. All about bringing out your natural beauty with brushed-up brows, bronzed tones, and just a hint of liner to snatch your features, Ash places great emphasis on letting your skin shine through with carefully placed colour and highlights that work with your complexion. The perfect in-between of ‘not too much’ and ‘a little bit more coverage’, her makeup looks are here to enhance your beauty. Add in some effortless waves and texture to your mane for the full Ash Camille experience.