Brisbane’s Best Makeup Artists

Brisbane’s Best Makeup Artists

These are the artists that really brush up.

By Hayley Hinze | 17th November 2020

You know the party season is near when your calendar is suddenly bombarded with parties, lunches, end-of-year catch ups and everything in between.

And with so much on, you need to bring you’re A-game, organising outfits, accessories, hair and of course, makeup. So, to alleviate a little bit of the stress and ensure your look is on point, we’ve listed the best makeup artists Brissy has to offer.

Alarna Taylor | @alarnataylor_hair_mua

Get the photoshoot look with Alarna’s work, featuring popping brows, smokey eyes, full lips and some awe-inspiring contouring. Tailored to ensure the final product compliments all your best features, Alarna is ideal for whatever look you’ve got in mind. Coming into summer, we’ve got to give her bronzed looks a mention. These are breathtaking to say the least, with all the right points of your face hit with highlighter for the ultimate sun-kissed skin finish. Bonus points for her hairstyling too, which ensures your whole look is perfected to a tee.

Ashlea Penfold | @ashleapenfold

If you’re not already glowing from the excitement of this time of year, hit up this talented and experienced MUA, who specialises in making your skin look lit-from-within. Her extensive hair and makeup skills have landed her work with international and local brands alike. Ashlea’s craft, attention to detail and passion is really a sight to behold. Though based in Byron Bay, this superstar MUA travels across the border to paint faces – so get in quick and nab a booking while you still can!


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Emma Chen | @emmachenartistry

For all your minimalist makeup needs, look no further than this super talented MUA and hair stylist. Emma’s modern techniques and top shelf products have made her known around town. With more than 15 years of experience working with celebrities and models, Emma’s a pro at making you glow. This gem of an artist not only paints faces but shares her infinite knowledge with more than 300k Instagram followers. Her skills are so valued in fact, that she posts a tutorial series on her Insta page and runs regular makeup masterclasses and bootcamps. With Emma, any makeup dream is possible, although her signature look of bronzed skin, peachy lips and sultry eyes is a must-try.


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Fernando Hervas | @fernandohervasmua

Get set for the glam look of your dreams with Fernando’s breathtaking work. It’s no surprise why he’s popular – these looks can be anything from natural and minimalistic to a full-blown glitter bomb. Specialising in bridal and special event looks, Fernando 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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Ginelle Dale | @ginelledale

Imagine rocking up to the office Christmas party looking like you’re ready to walk the runway. Well, Ginelle is a seasoned pro at crafting runway-ready looks, having worked at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as various shows for Myer and David Jones. With more than a decade of experience under her brush belt, you’ll be blessed with the skilled hands and mind of an expert. Doubling as a beauty influencer, Ginelle is the go-to guru for everything beauty, skincare, styling and hair. Her keen interest in connections between gut and skin health also means she’s not just here to slather your face in whatever’s popular and call it a day – her practice bound by wellness, as well as creating stunning looks.


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JDolls – Janise Chan | @jdolls

Janise Chan is the master hand that holds the JDolls brush, 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 off full glam, Janise can also tailor her style to focus on your features to create the perfect balance to your look. Book an appointment with JDolls this festive season, and treat your face to some of the best hands in the biz!


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Kate Johnston | @katejohnston.mua

For a totally unique and personalised look, Kate uses top quality products like Napoleon, MAC, Nars and Stila to create a look that compliments each client’s individuality. After 14 years working in the industry, she’s done flawless makeup looks for every occasion, and knows exactly how to nail the artform. Her specialty is bridal, however you don’t need a wedding as an excuse to look your best – feel confident and beautiful with whatever event you’ve got on the cards! Looking for a sign to go all out this year? This is your sign!


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Kelly Beer | @makeupartistkellyvaughan

Look familiar? You may recognise some of Kelly’s stellar looks from the pages of our very own magazine cover shots! And yes, we can personally attest to her exceptional services and sheer talent across both hair and beauty. As a part of the Stefan Squad, Kelly is amongst the experienced team of beauty artists and gurus, offering tailored styling for every occasion. To tick off the whole beauty regime in one go, stay a little longer while Kelly transforms your hair and makeup. Hit her up for a bronze highlight to you next lunch event or go bold with a festive red lip and glitter lid combo to your stylish Christmas soiree!

Louismarie Lelo | @louismarielelo_

Here you’ll find some of the most colourful and adventurous eye looks that you’ve ever seen. If you want to impress, give Louismarie a go! Giving 110 percent to each client, her skills are crafted to give life to all your makeup dreams. Shout out to her full glam makeovers, which will transform you from casual cafe lunch date to a photoshoot-ready queen. This makeup maven has also recently partnered with a local hairdresser to create Hey Beauty, so all your beauty needs can be sorted in one spot!


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Michelle Wicklandt | @michellewicklandt

Get your next makeup look from a former teacher at the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy. 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.

Penny Antuar | @pennyantuar

Who would’ve thought a leading voice in the beauty industry would be based right here in Brisbane? 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 a professional kit!

Reanin Glah | @reanin.glah

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 the one go! Her Instagram is always filled with fresh and creative inspo, where you can catch a glimpse of her work with the likes of Emily Skye and a host of local models. Really turn out at your next event, and trust in the much-loved work of this Brisbane beauty master!

Renee Jean | @reneejean_makeup

Bold, natural, glam, minimal – whatever you want, Renee can provide. This mobile MUA makes these amazing looks accessible and convenient, while ensuring you rock up to your next event looking 10/10. Renee has seven years’ experience, and the professional insight that comes with working for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, as well as with industry photographers, television broadcasters and fashion and beauty brands. With Renee, your every beauty wish is her command, as she strives to push creative boundaries and keep up to date with the ever-evolving beauty industry. Take these amazing looks to the everyday – you can even book in a lesson to learn from the best!

Ru Blackwell | @ru_makeup

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 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 summer-inspired beauty.


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Tainelle Jai | @taniellejaimua

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.



Article by Hayley Hinze

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style