Hair & Makeup

Cosmetic Studio

The Cosmetic Studio is 5600 square foot space located in the beautiful Wicker Park area of Chicago, dedicated to photo, video, events, and cosmetic services.  We offer professional hair styling & makeup artistry from some of the top professionals in the Chicagoland area. All of our artists are either, agency represented, salon owners, session stylists, or free lancers for major salons that are at the top of their trade. Everyone is very experienced in the fields of Wedding , Fashion & Runway , Stage & Theatre , and On Camera.

The Salon

Below our studio is Bang! Salon Chicago. If you'd like to have all of your prep done in one fully equipped location, Bang! Salon has everything you could ask for regarding hair. They have a minimum of 4 stylist ready to work. After you're hair styling is finished, you just head right up to the Cosmetic Studio, to complete your beautiful wedding day makeup! 

The Artists

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Lead Artist : Jennifer Gerstner

Factor|Chosen represented artist in Chicago, Jennifer is known for her amazing skills at keeping skin natural and beautiful regardless of nationality or skin type. She has done work for major ad campaigns, music videos, fashion ads, runway events, and various other artistic projects. Jennifer is very meticulous, opting for quality over quantity using only the best products, while keeping each of her individual clients needs in mind .

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Lead Stylist : Eli Mancha

Sincerity and raw talent are two attributes not regularly found in your average stylist. Eli, however, is no average stylist. From Senior Master Stylist at Rusk, to Creative Director at Esuchen International. Eli has presented his looks globally, from Australia, to Asia, to Europe, and all across North America. For almost 20 years, Eli has proven himself to be one of the best hairstylists and educators in the industry. Not only has he been a world class platform artist educating thousands of stylists, he was also honored with the industry’s most prestigious award as NAHA 2011 North American Hairstylist of the year. Currently, Eli is Artistic Director of Lock & Loaded and owner of Bang! Salon in Chicago where he can be found applying his creative talent.