Danielle Leighton

(owner of diva me bella) 

TRAVELING MAKEUP ARTISTY SPECIALIZING IN AIRBRUSHING 

Makeup application is not only something I produce, it's something that produces a change in my clients, bringing to the surface their ideal features. In all my years, I have not stopped learning or studying new techniques and cosmetics through classes and reading. I am constantly updating our website and my cosmetic collection. I only use the finest of sanitization practices and products, such as: Temptu, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Face Atelier, Ben Nye, Mehron, Estee Lauder, and Dior just to name a few.

I have been doing makeup for over 20 years with specific classes ranging from Mac Cosmetics to Make Up First backed by a B.S. in business and marketing with additional college science classes (i.e. chemistry, anatomy and physiology, blood born pathogens, etc.).  I not only understand makeup and application at the chemical level (with the highest regards to sanitation) but with an eye for the art of aesthetics.  Diva Me Bella is an LLC, trademarked and insured.  I pride ourselves on our business ethics and ensure all the artists are licensed/certified and insured with a reputable reputation followed by unparalleled talents!  

 

Flashback to 2016: I had the financial opportunity present itself to start my own business (Diva Me Bella) and follow my dreams, so I did not hesitate and I left the corporate world, married my high school sweet heart and had a couple of kids.  I truly love doing makeup and meeting new people. I enjoy being a part of their adventure-from a night out on the town to a bride's big day!

 

Our philosophy is simple: Strive For Nothing Less Then Perfect. We know that our reputation is only as good as our last client's happiness. This is why we excel at the fine art of perfection. On your big day, we will deliver nothing but the best in bringing out your inner beauty. Hire us and the world will see what we see, a BEAUTIFUL DIVA ... Diva Me Bella!

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we have a team of 30+ Servicing Illinois  and Indiana spotlighting from salons and traveling to client requested locations

here are a few of our reputable hairstylists and makeup artists

 

Kasey

Kasey is a freelance makeup artist in the Chicagoland area and is a product of Makeup First and many talented mentors. She specializes in traditional and airbrush makeup, tailoring to her client’s needs, while offering light hairstyling and men’s grooming. From special events to corporate commercial shoots, she does it all. Getting her start in bridal helped her gain expertise in a variety of different skin types, textures, and tones. This prepared her for upcoming work in photography, film, runway shows and retail. With the help of assisting Chicago's best artists, she has had the opportunity to be on set for McDonalds, Men's Health, Phyto, Walgreens, CNN and ABC, as well as the Vera Wang fashion show, along with many more exciting jobs with remarkable people.  Makeup allows her to express her creativity and talent while establishing memories with her outgoing bridal parties and crews, as she continues to be professional and compassionate.

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Sumayyah

 With a passion for all things beauty, she provides luxurious services with the conviction to help the client, every client, fall in love with themselves.  

Working in a constantly evolving industry and meeting its testing demands have propelled her career and position as a professional Hair and Makeup Artist over the course of four years. With direct experience and knowledge she gained from beauty school, various highly-reputable artists, and makeup and hair courses - she is able to accommodate any skin/hair texture, type, or tone.

It is valuable to her to create looks that elevate, not hide, a person’s beauty. Her vocation as your artist is to celebrate you in all of your beauty, individuality, and grace.

Kelly

Kelly has been a licensed cosmetologist for 21 years and specializes in bridal and special occasion hair.  Braids are her passion!  She believes in the power of clip-in extensions when achieving perfectionism in a bridal style.  The more hair the better! She believes everyone has a vision and feels gracious to be able to execute it with her client(s) on their most memorable days.  She calls home - Valparaiso, Indiana.  

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Evelyn

Chicagoan hairstylist Evelyn is known for her trendsetting up-dos and braids.  She is a freelance bridal and event hairstylist with 30 years in the cosmetology industry.  Evelyn shares her passion for elegance, in a fashion-forward hairstyling world, as an experienced artist that loves to incorporate new trends with her years of experience while ensuring the styles hold all day and night.  Her favorite products are Kenra, Aquage and Morrocan oil.

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I graduated in 2005 with my Cosmetology license. I’ve been trained by some of the best hair artists in the business at Mario Tricoci. There I specialized in haircuts and styling. Makeup has always been a part of my story too— so much that I decided to go to MakeUp First in Chicago. There I learned how to apply makeup in all areas- media, print, theatrical, and airbrush to name a few. I have trained with some of the most influential people that have done makeup, as well as hair, and my training will not stop here. My goal is to always keep learning and growing.

In short, the sky is the limit. I can walk into any situation and completely take care of you. Whether on set, for print, wedding day, or just a regular day, I am here to meet your needs— and I aim to please.  My mission is to bless you with my artistic edge, knowledge of hair-care/makeup products, & understanding of your needs, so that I can create a look that leaves a feeling of empowerment and confidence.