Makeup Artist Services in Indianapolis
Hire A Professional L.A. Makeup Artist with Film & Television Experience For your Event

My name is Melanie, I am a top freelance Indianapolis makeup artist and I believe every woman deserves to feel beautiful in her skin whether she’s getting married or preparing for a job interview. With my professional makeup skills, I help your beauty shine through, naturally. Please call or text at (260) 250-2846 to schedule your free phone session, spots are very limited.

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Indianapolis Makeup Artist - Melanie Rutherford


My name is Melanie, and my passion is to empower women of all colors, ages, and ethnicities feel beautiful and confident every day. I offer my makeup artistry services in Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas. I successfully graduated from the Master’s Program of Makeup Designory in Los Angeles, CA—named the best makeup school in the country—and continue to pursue the highest quality of service for my clients.

As a professional makeup artist, my greatest joy is hearing my clients express how happy and amazed they are with their new makeup look. That’s why I leverage over 8 years of experience working in the makeup industry’s most difficult sectors including film & television, professional photo-shoots, runways, music videos, and commercials both nationally and internationally to help my clients achieve the look they desire. Call today to book your session at (260) 250-2846

Why Work With Me?

You deserve to work with a certified professional Indianapolis makeup artist with extensive experience. Someone who will without a doubt, work with YOUR style preferences and make you look drop dead gorgeous. Someone who is patient, friendly, and upbeat—even when you might be feeling stressed! I am that someone.  

I use high-end products that are built to withstand kisses from grandma, dancing your heart out, or standing in front of bright lights for hours. I also know how to work with various skin types to achieve the perfect look for any occasion.  You’ll look incredible both in person and in photos, thanks to my knowledge of how makeup translates on HD camera. And best of all, I travel to where you are, and always complete your look as quickly as possible.


My Approach

I believe that makeup should never look like makeup. It should never be caked on or hide your best features. The secret lies in subtlety. As An Indianapolis makeup artist, my style is to allow your natural skin to show through. Instead of seeing how overdone your makeup is, the only thing people notice is simply how radiant you look. No matter what makeup style you desire for whatever occasion, I always reach for a stunning and timeless execution of your look.

Professional Indianapolis Makeup Artist For Any Occasion

Bridal Makeup

Working with brides on their wedding day is one of my favorite things to do! After you’ve picked out the perfect dress there’s one thing left to do—get your makeup done! I help brides achieve the glam look of their dreams to perfectly compliment their style. I conveniently travel to your location even if I have to sit in rush hour traffic to get there, I arrive on time and ready to make you look even more stunning for your special day.

Special Event Makeup

Is your birthday coming up? Are you getting ready for prom? Planning a special anniversary date night? I will show up like a fairy godmother and dust your already gorgeous face with the best high-end makeup in the industry and give you an added boost of confidence to rock your evening.  I specialize in professional special event makeup and will fit your look to your special occasion. Simply let me know if you have a specific look you want (smoky eyed vixen, naturally beautiful, or something else), and I’ll make sure you get that look!

Professional Makeup

As a certified professional Indianapolis makeup artist, I’ve had the privilege of working with companies like Chanel and countless television and film productions in LA. I leverage my experience working on tight deadlines with strict standards for my client’s event to make sure they look their absolute best! Looking timeless with makeup uniquely designed to fit your special event is what you deserve. I’ll use the world’s leading makeup products to make you look your best in-person and in photos.


Let Your Natural Beauty Shine Through on Your Special Day With Our Professional Makeup Services.

Call Me Now (260) 250-2846



Absolutely Amazing!

We would drive an hour to see Melanie. She is the greatest and the humblest person you will ever encounter. She is always smiling, never pushy and most of all, she is a phenomenal Makeup artist. She is also very knowledgeable about any products I have questions about. I met Melanie a few years ago and we have been using her since. We love her.

BB Frey  //  Paramedic


I won't be going anywhere else

Melanie did my makeup for a work event, and I had expressed how nervous I was about making a good impression. She was professional and understanding, but more than that Melanie was kind and funny. I had a great time! Most importantly, I looked GREAT! She’s magic with makeup! Thank you, Melanie!!!

Caitlin H  //  Local Business Consultant


Very Happy and Satisfied

Melanie did a wonderful job with my wedding makeup! She took the time to learn about my theme/dress style and help me pick a good look to match the vibe of the wedding. She made me look natural and not over-done. All of the women could not stop complimenting my look. I had a great experience and flawless pictures! I would highly recommend her!

Amanda B  //  Nurse Practitioner


Top Makeup Artist in Indianapolis

When I contacted Melanie, I was nervous because it was my first makeup wedding trial. We decided to do the trial the same day of my bridal shower because that way I didn’t waste a full face of makeup. I came in “halfway certain with what I want – not really sure how to explain it” left with a “you read my mind and put it all into words.” She was wonderful. You can tell that she loves doing makeup because she made it so fun, yet she kept it super professional. She knew what she was doing! When she was done, I still looked like myself but I looked flawless and felt stunning. Exactly what I was looking forward to for my wedding day. She walked me through the whole process, allowing me to relax and trust her. At my shower everyone loved it and so did I! I’ll definitely be using Melanie again in the future. I’ve even thought about booking her for a makeup class for my friends and I. I recommend her 100% because I know I’ll get my money's’ worth.

Sabrina T  //  Style Advisor

Bridal Makeup

Melanie Did an Amazing Job on Our Makeup

Melanie did such an amazing job on our makeup! We had her over to the house for my friends birthday night out! She was very professional and completed a full face makeup including eyelashes! We looked fabulous when she was all finished. She even gave us a gift at the end. We would definitely have her work her magic again. The next time we need dolled up we will reach out to Melanie first.

Valarie P  //  Client

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your rates?

Bridal Makeup: $250
Bridal Preview Session: $150
Non-bridal makeup - Special occasions, Photo-shoots, Proms, Interviews, etc: starting $150

Last minute and within 7 days or less, appointments start at $200!

*Please inquire for bridal party rates*

Do you travel?

- Yes, I’m a traveling makeup artist and I can come to your location.

- $0.50 per mileage fee may be added if distance is over 20 miles to and from fishers, IN.

Do you use airbrush makeup?

I don’t use airbrush. However, I use high-end foundations that are long wearing, suitable for any weather conditions, agrees with all skin types, transfers well on HD camera, and will look natural in person.

Airbrush is not suitable for all skin types and is not easy to touch up, which is why I prefer to use liquid and cream foundations.

Can you stay for touch ups?

Yes, I can! With the unpredictable weather and depending on your skin type, makeup is not guaranteed to stay on all day. If you’re planning on having your photos taken, it’s nice to have a professional makeup artist by your side to make sure your makeup stays beautiful.

What makeup products do you use?

I use a variety of high end products, which include: Chanel, Giorgio Armani, NARS, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, Cle De Peau, By Terry, etc. As well as specific makeup products used for photo-shoots.

Do I need to bring my own makeup?

No, I have everything you will need and a wide selection of foundation shades.

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