Press Release

Premier Chicago Hair and Makeup Artist Paula Heckenast

Beautifies Clients with a Unique Flair

Founder and CEO of City Lights Makeup Artistry provides comprehensive styling services without many of the typical add-on costs.


CHICAGO, IL – Considered one of Chicagoland’s top hair and makeup artists, Paula Heckenast, Founder and CEO of City Lights Makeup Artistry, is quickly gaining a fabulous reputation for her flawless, comprehensive services, stopping at nothing to make her clients look and feel their very best.  From bridal clientele to special events to celebrity clients, Heckenast will travel to locations ranging from across the street to across the pond for her clients, leaving a trail of stress-free, flawless looking beauties wherever she goes.  Based in downtown Chicago, Heckenast provides fully comprehensive styling services with no add-on costs for items that are frequently requested by clients such as applying false eyelashes, airbrush makeup, high definition looks, waterproof makeup, or application of clip in hair extensions.   


Heckenast is a certified professional makeup artist known for her ability to bring both laughter and professionalism to each opportunity she has to work with her clients, a skill that can help calm a nervous bride or keep things casual with a famous socialite.  At City Lights Makeup Artistry, which she founded in 2006, Heckenast truly embodies the company’s mission “to enhance any occasion by assisting you to look and feel flawless.”


“I see my job as not only enhancing the physical beauty of my amazing clients, going above and beyond to make them look their very best,” Heckenast said.  “But I also see my role as making clients feel beautiful, which in turn exudes a special glow that can only be captured from within.  I am truly fortunate that my hair and makeup services can help bring that out in anyone.”

City Lights Makeup Artistry’s vision is “to turn any event from ordinary to extraordinary by providing luxury beauty services in the comfort of your own home, hotel, or venue of your choice.” Her on-location mobile studio comes to the guest, creating a stress-free atmosphere for the client to relax, knowing that they are in expert hands. Heckenast leaves her clients looking flawless, and with her innovative methods, continuing to look perfect until the end of the event.

Heckenast’s reputation in the windy city has put her name among top makeup artists, working with celebrities Vivica A. Fox, Norman Reedus, Patrick Stewart, Lauren Holly, Stedman Graham, and Laura Vandervoort among a long list of others.  She has partnered with distinguished cosmetics companies L’Oreal Professional, Smashbox Cosmetics, and Cover Girl.  In 2013, City Lights Makeup Artistry was named a “Bride’s Choice” by Wedding Wire and dubbed one of the top 5 makeup artists in Chicago by Refinery 29.


For more information on Paula Heckenast and City Lights Makeup Artistry or to book an appointment, please visit or call or text (708) 969-0680.


Media - Noreen Heron