Andrea C. Samuels

Chicago, IL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I work fast, if you allow me to use my expertise of color theory and facial anatomy with you, I can usually finish a face within 15-20 minutes. For certain clients who are more particular about their makeup, it could take me 45 minutes to an hour.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Every day literally feels like my birthday! I am delighted to be able to fulfill my dreams at a young age. I take pride in what I do, I have complete freedom and versatility. I get to work with so many amazing people daily and I am very passionate about makeup artistry.


Chicago, IL 60622

Years in business


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13 Reviews
  • Devin G. May 28, 2016
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Andrea was absolutely wonderful! She's very professional & the makeup that she did on my sons prom date was great! Andrea kept her looking youthful & beautiful. Her work is phenomenal & I would certainly recommend her.
  • Gail B. Feb 13, 2016
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    First time working with Andrea and I'm glad I chose her! I couldn't be happier with the finished product. She involved me in the decision-making throughout; made changes as I requested until the desired look was achieved! I look forward to working with her again and will definitely recommend to family and friends who want to look their best! Thank you, Andrea!?
  • Marta C. Jan 17, 2012
    As a Wardrobe Stylist I have been working with Andrea for a long time. She is extremely talented. She understands your skin and makes sure you look amazing, always providing new advice about make-up and skin care. I have learned so much since working with Andrea about my own skin. I recommend everyone to work with Andrea. Whether you need make-up for an event, wedding, or just want to learn more about your own skin tone and what to apply instead of just guessing.
  • Rhea F. Jan 12, 2012
    I am a model that has worked with Andrea on several test shoots and she is fabulous! She is a true artist and can make anyone look stunning. Andrea is by far the best makeup artist I have worked with yet!
  • Diana C. Jan 12, 2012
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Superb! I loved the look, and the smokey eyes! very professional and super nice!
  • Amanda A. Jan 8, 2012
    I got to work with Andrea for a portfolio shoot of mine. Not only did she do a wonderful job on the make up, she gave me some advice for how to take care and to help my skin when I had asked. She is very friendly and easy to strike up a conversation with, which helped for any nervousness I had for the day. When we went out on location, which was outside while a light rain started, she was right there to fix anything that was messed with in the rain. Andrea is on top of things when it comes to doing her job! When I get the chance, I would love to work with her again.
  • Andrea S. Jan 6, 2012
    I've had the pleasure of working with Andrea 3 times in 2011 (in less than 2 months mind you) and due to my upcoming 2012 wedding, I'll have the pleasure of working with her a few more times this year. Andrea is incredibly professional, flexible and skilled! I always receive mutltiple compliments from people when Andrea's done my makeup for a special event. I HIGHLY recommend her for any occasion. I've worked with Andrea on a family photo shoot, casual social events and a New Years Eve gala. She's fantastic and she's already hired (if she'll have me!) for my upcoming nuptials!!!
  • Samantha H. Jan 6, 2012
    I've worked with Andrea three times since we met a few months back, and each experience has been delightful. She is a true master of her art so you can expect flawless make-up that not only looks perfect, but looks exactly how you wanted it to. Her schedule is flexible, she's always on time, she's professional, she's thorough but quick, and she is her own creative individual that will give input when needed. Andrea is easily the best make-up artist I've worked with in this city.
  • Jennifer Avello A. Jan 4, 2012
    Since meeting and working with Andrea last year, we have collaborated on several editorials, projects and publications. Andrea can easily take a broad concept and transform it into a beautiful masterpiece even better then I could ever express verbally. As a photographer, I love working with a team that takes note of an idea/concept and can run with it creatively. An artist, (what ever field they may be in) should always be free to express themselves in their field of expertise with little guidance. I never have a doubt in my mind that Andrea will preform anything less than amazing. Andrea is truly talented at what she does and I am very blessed to be able to work with such a creative, down to earth, genuine person. I would recommend Andrea to any and all of my clients.
  • Mackenzie M. Jan 4, 2012
    Andrea was my very first mke up artist and is one of my favorites. She works in a very timely mnner and can do any style that the photographer wants. She never fails to make the hair and make up look amazing, and is such a sweet person as well. Anyone would be very lucky to work with Andrea. If you do work with her, you will not be disappointed.
  • Errol D. Jan 4, 2012
    As a photographer, your team is crucial. And to have the opportunity to work with the talented Andrea, still amazes me. A laid back artist that truly understands your vision thoroughly enough to reach it and go beyond. She absorbs herself into being a part of your team by showing how passionate she is for her craft--and it shows. I am honored to capture her work in my photography and I look forward to working with her always. Errol Dunlap, photographer
  • Theresa M. Jan 4, 2012
    I had the opportunity to work with Andrea for a Photoshoot in Chicago! She was very professional, friendly and was done in no time! I must admit I was quite nervous in the beginning since I don't get my make up professionally done very often, but when I looked in the mirror I was really amazed! Worth every penny!
  • Clarissa V P. Jan 4, 2012
    Andrea never stops amazing me with her professionalism, great personality, and her creativity with her color palletes and looks.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Headshots & Portfolio Work: $150 and up Bridal Rates: $150 and up Prom Girls: $100 and up
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I ask a lot of questions just so we are 100% on the same page before I start the makeup process. I also send potential brides to my website so they can view my work before meeting me: (
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Makeup Certificate from Make Up First LLC in Basic, Advanced, and Special Effects Makeup.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I actually started as a painter between ages 6 to age 17, I learned about color theory and brushes at a very early age. My art transitioned into makeup by age 17, I started practicing my makeup skills on my friends and family. Eventually I enrolled into school around 2008 and graduted in 2009 with my IL State Certificate in Makeup Artistry.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with brides, models, men, teens, kids and a few celebrities.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I had the opportunity to assist celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff for designer Cesar Galindo in New York Fashion Week in Spring 2015. I had an amazing time working on beautiful models and working in a fast paced environment, it was absolutely amazing and I am looking forward to next year!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I always love working with new people! There is no face that is a challenge for me; I can beautify and perfect your features in more ways than you can imagine. I have been professionally trained by amazing people and you will certainly be in good hands if you choose to work with me. My clients receive the best of the best, I'm always on time and I always give 100%.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I always recommend a client ask me as many questions as possible such as my time management; especially if you need to head to an event afterward. You could ask me what products I use just incase you have allergies, what colors would work best for you; you can ask me anything! I am here to help you.