I started my career in 1980 at Neiman Marcus training with all of the elite cosmetic brands: Chanel, Lancome, Estee Lauder & Clinique. While at Neiman’s I was offered a position at Marilyn Miglin Model Makeup. This position was an extraordinary learning experience, it inspired me to further my education in theatrical and television makeup. Which lead me to positions with CNN and the Chicago Lyric Opera House. Next, I was married & had my beautiful babies which encouraged me to start my own business in my favorite area of expertise freelance bridal makeup artistry. While promoting my own freelance, I also had the honor to work for MAC Cosmetics & as a key artist at a hair salon. While working in the beauty industry, I met a great group of fellow artists/stylists. The energy of working together and sharing our passions inspired me to create Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair. Established in 2012! I am now blessed and honored to manage an amazingly talented network of freelance professionals.