Best of Boston

BEST Makeup Artist

2016 BEST Makeup Artist
Pump up your pout with 
help from makeup 
artist Katrina Hess. / Photograph by Jim Brueckner, styling by Taylor Greeley

Katrina Hess


A stalwart of the Boston beauty scene, Katrina Hess has always been a go-to for special-occasion makeup. But she’ll also transform your daily makeup routine with private two-hour lessons at her Newbury Street studio. Bring along your own cosmetics bag,… read more»

2016 BEST Makeup Artist, Wedding



Tan lines and problem skin are no match for Kelly O’Keefe and her team of makeup artists and aestheticians, who travel throughout New England to create flawlessly natural looks for brides. Skilled in both traditional and airbrush foundation application, Blush’s… read more»

2015 BEST Makeup Artist, Wedding

Noel McKinnon, Makeup 2 Die 4

Brides call Noel McKinnon the “wedding whisperer,” a nod to her cucumber-cool poise. Armed with a silky southern accent, individual lashes, and airbrush foundation, she creates flawless looks in a soothing atmosphere—which makes sense considering she’s worked with everyone from… read more»

2015 BEST Makeup Artist, Special-Occasion

Tavi de la Rosa

Rare is the makeup artist who can shake you out of your routine with a single application of blush and eyeshadow. Tavi de la Rosa, who mans the Sisley counter at Neiman Marcus part-time and preps Boston’s style icons, can… read more»

2014 BEST Makeup Artist, Wedding

Katrina Hess


This makeup pro has been primping brides from the Back Bay to Bermuda for more than 20 years. During a consultation at her lofty Newbury Street studio, Hess will school you in skin maintenance and eyebrow shaping, and on the… read more»

2013 BEST Makeup Artist

Paula Tierney, A Matter of Face


Locating an eyelash in a haystack is easier than finding a local makeup artist with a light touch. Once you hop up on the hot seat, you’re more likely to get the Elvira treatment. Enter sprightly stylist Paula Tierney. A… read more»

2013 BEST Makeup Artist, Wedding

Dani Wagener, DW Beauty


Dani Wagener’s brides always look flawless in photos. Some of it is nature and the blush of true love, of course, and some of it is the result of Wagener’s deft hand with airbrush foundation, custom-blended to perfectly match each… read more»

2012 BEST Makeup Artist



We’ve got brushes and eyeliners aplenty, foundations and lipsticks galore. What we really need is help pulling it all together. That’s where makeup genie Sadie Sham comes in: She not only applies pitch-perfect highlight and shadow, but also patiently explains… read more»

2012 BEST Makeup Artist, Wedding

Dani Wagener, DW Beauty


An expert in false lashes and airbrush foundation, Dani Wagener has a flair for the dramatic — a talent for making eyes pop and cheekbones glisten. Fortunately, that’s where the drama ends. Wagener’s laid-back approach makes for stress-free wedding-day beauty… read more»

2011 BEST Makeup Artist

Dani Wagener Beauty


Like some fabulous fairy godmother, Dani Wagener waves her mascara wand and—poof!—you’re transformed into a sultry siren or a girl next door. The makeup artist honed her skills (including seamless airbrushing) at Nars, Estée Lauder, and Shu Uemura before opening… read more»