These Are the Best Places to Get Your Makeup Done in NYC

NYC's Best Picks for Beauty

Makeup in NYC is world class, and don't you deserve a little pampering by the best beauty gurus in town? You can get an appointment with a pro, or go with a complimentary treatment at a makeup counter (although they will expect you to buy at least one of the products they use). Put your best face forward at one of these top-notch beauty bars.


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Enjoy award-winning blowouts, makeup applications, and skincare services at the Blushington NYC Flagship located just south of Columbus Circle in Manhattan.  Since 2011, this female-founded brand has worked from the belief that people of all ages and backgrounds deserve to feel confident and beautiful. Multiple services are offered under one roof—no more rushing around! 

Blushington offers professional, affordable, and personalized beauty services including a luxurious shampoo and conditioning included with blowouts. Blushington's Pro Artists will personalize your blowout and are experts in all blowout styles including beachy waves, sleek and straight, curly, dry styling, updos, bridal hair styles, and more. 

Whether you want a no makeup makeup look, or photoshoot-ready glam, Blushington's Pro Makeup Artists will consult with you and deliver the makeup look of your dreams. Blushington's makeup services include full face makeup applications, event makeup, eyes only, and express makeup. Blushington also offers faux lash applications and makeup classes. 

Blushington's skincare services include a no-downtime glycolic peel from award-winning BeautyRx. The peel will leave your skin looking even and glowing, the perfect surface for a flawless makeup application. Guests can also enjoy express skincare services from 111Skin to NuFACE. 

Book your appointment now online at or call Blushington NYC at: 646-536-4645 and use code CITYGUIDE10.

315 W. 57th St.,


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Blushington's B Jeweled service ($20) adds style and glamour to any updo look. Whether it's a bun or braid or ponytail, or the hair style of your dreams, Blushington's expert hair Artists have the perfect jewels to make your look timeless, elegant, and on trend. Blushington has hair ornaments ranging from pearls to petals to diamond-like combs and barrettes. This service is perfect for special events, weddings, or just because! Book your B Jeweled service here or call the store directly to book at 646-536-4645


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Blushington is your one stop beauty destination for all things bridal. Bridal services include makeup and hair consultations before the big day and blowouts and makeup every step of the way. From engagement photos to bridal shower to rehearsal dinner to the day of the wedding, Blushington experts are ready. Along with services for brides, Blushington's Pro Artists offer wedding services for entire bridal parties, including the Mother of the Bride, Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and even Grooms. Blushington's expert Pro makeup and hair Artists are available at the NYC Flagship or wherever you need them.  

A stress-free bridal season begins at Blushington in the heart of New York City.

See Blushington's full menu of Bridal  and Wedding Services here.


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Whether you have a romantic date, a girl's night out, an evening at the theater, a Wedding, Bat Mitzvah, or just because, Blushington will make you feel gorgeous. Shop a curated selection of female-founded brands at their NYC flagship or  online. Blushington's favorite hair, makeup, and skincare brands include Jouer, Danessa Myricks Beauty, Stila, Erborian, 111Skin, Amika, Kérastase, and Bdellium Tools.

Book your appointment now online at or call Blushington NYC at: 646-536-4645 and use code CITYGUIDE10.

315 W. 57th St.,




The makeup Mecca, Sephora's variety is a key advantage over the competition. Your consultant might offer you a Stila eyeliner, an Urban Decay Shadow, or a YSL foundation during your makeover. “Mini Makeovers” are free too (you can request a session on smoky eyes or color-matching foundation), while full-face makeovers are free with the purchase of a $50 gift card. You'll find locations throughout the city, 1-877-SEPHORA,


Kimara Ahnert has had her makeup studio on Madison Avenue for more than 20 years. Over the decades, her clients have include Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep (!). Visit her studio or book an artist to meet you elsewhere, and you’ll see what the hype is all about. Ahnert has a signature line of makeup and offers a variety of beauty services like facials, in addition to makeovers and makeup lessons. 1113 Madison Ave., 212-452-4252,


Nestled into Bergdorf Goodman's famed department store is the John Barrett Salon, their swanky (and pricey) option for a makeover. But first, may we recommend trying out the counter of Bobbi Brown? Leaning into the natural look, this makeup line is for you if you’re into glowing skin and subtly stunning brows. Their educated makeup artists will set you up with your new favorite brushes (they’re the best around) and colors at your free makeover. 754 Fifth Ave., 800-558-1855,



The acronym M.A.C. stands for “Makeup Art Cosmetics,” and these folks are serious about their makeup artistry. At your appointment, which can be paid or redeemable in exclusive M.A.C. products, you’re treated to a makeover full of tips and tricks from an expert. Their slick Upper East Side store is reserved only for makeup consultations and tutorials. M.A.C. favors more bold, so don’t be surprised if your artist wants to put you in green eyeshadow or plum lips. Trust them: it’ll look great on you! Locations throughout the city, Upper East Side salon at 825 Lexington Ave.,


You'll find an embarrassment of riches among the many makeup counters at Saks. With a staff of knowledgeable makeup artists presenting complimentary makeovers, you might have to fight a crowd (especially at their midtown flagship). But it’s worth it to go under the brush at the Chanel counter, where a consummate professional will introduce you to a luminous new foundation and a red-carpet-ready smoky eye. 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000,

About the Author

Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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