Getting professional make-up done these days in Lebanon is easier to come across than water. I personally don't do it often, but sometimes for weddings and very formal events (and when I have a little budget set aside), I do go for it!
I have my list of favorites, but I'm also always looking for new artists with a different approach to applying make-up. I thought it would be cool to compile a list of popular names to keep handy. This list was actually put together after asking all my close friends who they would personally recommend, so this is not a random listing!
In no particular order, here are of the most popular make-up artists that you can find in Lebanon. Of course you will see staple names as well as the newer names that are emerging these days. It's the perfect mix; I recommend you keep this list bookmarked.
N.B: Having professional make-up done is by no means cheap. You need to consider a budget that starts from $60 and can go up to a whopping $150.
1 // Hala Ajam
Quick Bio: "Studying the art of makeup in Beirut and Hollywood left a mark on Hala Ajam and gave birth to a rather distinctive style in her work: an inimitable Lebanese-American mélange. With her specialization in makeup for photography, TV and movies, Hala worked in a fashion photography studio in Los Angeles, California, prior to moving back to Beirut and opening her own makeup studio in Starco, Downtown. A strong believer in the power of natural beauty, and the philosophy that less is more, Ajam wants women to look like the best versions of themselves, without being influenced by something that goes against their real identity." (Sourced from Hala Ajam Website)
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 366008 Mobile: +961 3 679636 Address: Starco Center, Downtown, Beirut.
2 // Bassam Fattouh
Quick Bio: "Bassam Fattouh is a renowned celebrity make-up artist and international make-up artist. The choice of famous stars, high-profile women and royalty in the Middle East, Lebanon and beyond. But who is the man behind the name and what makes him who he is? Bassam is a dreamer who takes action, thinks big, dares and jumps in. A person who works with his mind, body and soul, pouring his emotion into his work. A man guided by intuition and driven by it to push boundaries. An artist in love with the powerful allure of glamour, luxury and simply nice things." (Sourced from Bassam Fattouh Website)
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 791021 Email: email@example.com Address: Nour Al Hayat Bldg. 60 Verdun Str., Beirut - Lebanon.
3 // Fady Kataya
Quick Bio: "Fady Kataya is a renowned Lebanese makeup artist with his own signature style. A self-made creative artist who launched his career early in life, he has become synonymous with excellence over the years. Fady's outstanding talent and determination are behind his remarkable popularity with local and regional celebrities who work exclusively with him. Fady was one of the three makeup artists in the campaign “together for natural beauty”. This reflects his modern sophisticated style and goal to spread awareness about the essence of true beauty." (Sourced from Fady Kataya Website)
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 343404 Mobile: +961 3 689498 Address: 3rd Floor, JM Plaza, Concorde Galleria Street. Verdun - Beirut, Lebanon.
4 // Christian Abouhaidar
Quick Bio: "Christian Abouhaidar rose quickly to become a highly sought after make-up artist in Lebanon, progressing to the whole Middle East region. Hailing from Beirut, Abouhaidar transferred his boyhood passion for painting to becoming one of the most creative men in make-up. His style gained popularity through his work with Middle East publications, including Elle Orientele and L'Officiel Middle East." (Sourced from Christian Abouhaidar Website)
Contact Info: Mobile: +961 3 487 242 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: I Day Spa - Aishti 5th floor - El Moutrane Street, Downtown - Beirut, Lebanon.
5 // Roland Kassis
Quick Bio: "Graduating from Paris, Rolande Kassis, the certified MAC professional makeup artist in Toronto and San Francisco manages the main departments in the institute and is herself in charge of the Make Up, Skin Care and Tattoo departments, leaving her impeccable touch on over 200 women every month." (Sourced from Roland Kassis Website)
Contact Info: Mobile: 00961 4 520 580 Email: email@example.com Address: 7th Floor, Cap 41 Bldg, Dbayeh Highway Facing ABC, Lebanon.
6 // Samer Khouzam
Quick Bio: "Samer (pronounced like Summer), also known as Sam to his friends, was born in a small village called Kfarhim in Lebanon, to a very traditional family. He is the youngest of the 4 children, having two older brothers and a sister. He studied graphic design at a University before realizing his passion for makeup artistry. He followed his dream and became a makeup artist without much support from his traditional family, and as he advanced as an artist he gained his family’s support and admiration." (Sourced from Geek in Stilettos)
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 788 790 / +961 3 547 776 Address: Institute Samer Khouzami - Verdun, Beirut.
7 // Talal Morcos
Quick Bio: "Talal Morcos Lebanese Make up Artist & Fashion Designer (Studied in Beirut in 1996). Talal worked as freelancer Make up Artist & Designer with International Lebanese Fashion Designers as Hanna Touma, Zuhair Mourad, Elie Feghali and Abed Mahfouz." (Sourced from Talal Morcos Facebook Page)
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 902 355 Mobile: +961 3 642 355 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: New Jdeideh - Selim Awad building - 2nd Floor, Beirut, Lebanon.
8 // Sara Hasan
Quick Bio: "Sara Hasan may have what many may consider as whimsical designs, but she is actually just one true Lebanese artist who uses a woman's face as her canvas and who does not allow herself to get tied down to any strict rule when it comes to applying makeup. Sara Hassan is an accomplished and Creative Makeup and Tattoo artist with experience in all aspects of media makeup: Fashion, Video, & Print. By being a perfectionist and giving attention to all of the details makes her the best. She customizes unique looks according to the client's needs, and different functions. Sara uses pro grade products to ensure the best results. She can produce anything from the no makeup look to creative avant-garde looks." (Sourced from Sara Hasan Website)
Contact Info: Mobile: + 961 71 202 353 Address: 60, Verdun Street - Nour El Hayat Bldg. - 2nd Floor , Beirut, Lebanon
9 // Mahmoud El Khatib
Quick Bio: "Mahmoud El Khatib, make up artist, began his career as a professional make up artist for many amateur shows as Najem el Noujoum and Super Star. His pattern in life is "Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it". Mahmoud captures a woman's beauty with his heart and illustrates it with his hands." (Sourced from Mahmoud El Khatib Website)
Contact Info: Mobile: +961 3 28 04 01 Telephone: +961 1 313 913 Email: email@example.com Address: Abou Hachme bldg. 2nd Floor, Verdun - Beirut, Lebanon.
10 // Samer Breitaa
Quick Bio: "Samer Breitaa, is professional artist born with an exquisite vision of fashion & beauty. His affection to beauty art arouse from hair stylist to makeup & temporary makeup tattoo artist. He deserved efficiently, the title of Beauty image consultant of 208 in unanimity if the organizers of Miss Lebanon Beauty Pegenat, with no significant competition until his date." (Sourced from Samer Brietaa Website)
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 805 383 Mobile: +961 3 876 165 Address: Pace & Luce - Ain El Tineh, Beirut, Lebanon
11 // Roula Riachi
Quick Bio: "Roula Riachi began her career in 1993 as a make-up artist, right after she was awarded with her Diploma as specialist in beauty esthetics, getting in the first rank between her promotion's candidates in 1992. It was at this stage where she learned her passion for pampering people and gained her knowledge of skin care, facials and extended beauty." (Sourced from Roula Riachi's Website)
Contact Info: Mobile: +961 3 300254 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 // Patricia Riga
Quick Bio: Patricia is a make up and tattoo artist available in Beirut.
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 513 113 Mobile: +961 3 367 814 Email: email@example.com Address: 2nd floor -Al Rifai Bldg - Mkalles, Beirut, Lebanon
13 // Fabienne Khoury
Quick Bio: "Fabienne Khoury, an expert in the field of make up and fashion, has recently shot to stardom when she was the official make up artist for the Miss Europe 2002-2003 contest. Fabienne, which has over 10 diplomas ranging from interior design to fashion design from, esteemed institutions both locally and abroad." (Sourced from Fabienne Khoury Facebook Page)
Contact Info: Mobile: +961 3 730 585, +961 3 714 730 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Yehia & Zakaria Salon - Rashid Karameh Street - Shad Building, Verdun.
14 // Roula Karam
Quick Bio: Roula studied the art of makeup In Beirut and France she has a unique European touch, she also has a BA in Psychology. Her makeup highlights the character of each individual as she manages to reveal their true personality. (Sourced from Roula Karam Facebook Page)
Contact Info: Mobile: 03 099 326 Email: email@example.com Address: Monot Street, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon.
These next three names are super popular and have been around for a long while. They don't seem to have websites or pages online, but here is their contact information.
15 // Ahmad Kobeissi
Contact Info: Telephone: +961 1 807 908 Address: Verdun
16 // Said Wehbe
Contact Info: Telephone: +961-4-720607 Mobile: + 961-3-620422 Address: Verdun
17 // Fatin Abyad
Contact Info: Telephone: +961-1-787757 Address: Verdun
Did we miss out on anyone who you know is excellent? Add their name in the comments below!