“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. There is nothing better than doing something you love; I never feel like I am working!”

Maya Puentes is a professional Chicago-based freelance hairstylist and makeup artist, as well as a licensed cosmetologist. She began her career  behind the chair at a boutique salon in 2001. With a goal to make every client who sat in her chair feel and look great, she sought to continue educating herself on the latest trends and techniques in the industry. She even spent  time as an educator for Paul Mitchell.

Maya’s passion for hair, makeup and fashion, led her to further her career by becoming a freelance artist. Her resume consists of photo shoots, fashion shows, movies and more. She has done hair and makeup for Fashion Focus Chicago-Chicago’s Fashion Week, editorial shoots in New York City and has also been part of the hair team for designers Kenneth Pool and Christos during New York City Bridal Fashion Week.

Since she has worked with brides on their special day throughout her career, this outgoing millennial decided to start Maya P. Alluring Artistry, an on-location beauty and spa service company. Maya has even been able to include her love for travel into her job by taking on destination weddings in places such as Italy, Jamaica, New York, California, and more.

Maya P. Alluring Artistry not only services clients  for special occasions, they also offer spa services as well as hair and makeup lessons. Maya believes that in order to look beautiful, you need to feel beautiful and that confidence is key.

Maya continues to further her education in an industry that is always evolving. Most recently she has completed classes at Makeup First School of Makeup Artistry and a workshop with Linda Mason, celebrity makeup artist. Creativity, passion for her art and the desire to make people look good and feel great are what drives her to work hard every day!