QC Career School

Kelly Estes

makeup artist

Kelly Estes

Tucson, AZ

"Happiness is the secret to all
beauty... there is no beauty that
is attractive without happiness."
- Christian Dior

I am a professional makeup artist in Tucson, AZ. Being fortunate enough to be able to make women feel their absolute best is the most wonderful aspect of my job. I am very passionate about my career, and hope to share the joy that makeup brings to me to every client that I work with.

I have been on a path of makeup artistry for nearly 10 years, beginning in high school when I first developed the urge to learn to apply beauty makeup and stage makeup on myself and others. I started reading makeup books and learning stage makeup application. I am considered a self-taught makeup artist, but that title seems strange to me because I learned skills and techniques from so many talented people along the way and continue learning every day.

I am currently working as a freelance makeup artist. My varied job titles include Regional Makeup Artist for a couture cosmetics line, Makeup Artist for a local pin-up photography studio, and freelance artist for bridal parties, special occasions, proms, photo shoots, and more. I have also worked as Key Makeup Artist for various local professional and community theaters.

I am always interested in working with new people, learning new makeup techniques, and discovering new products. Makeup is truly my passion and I am absolutely blessed to be able to call it my career.


Airbrush Makeup
Bridal/Bridal Party
Special Occasion


"I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to come out to my parents house and do makeup for all of the girls! It looked amazing and I was beyond happy with mine as well! You have such a great talent and I received so many compliments and have already referred to you to more brides I know. I thought it was so nice of you to let me have a few trial runs with you, it was great to know that you wanted to make sure I was happy with everything and willing to make any changes, which you had me sold on day one! I would love to have you do makeup for any future events and again you have an amazing talent and I feel honored that you were able to do makeup for my wedding! Thank you!!!"

Dyanna Hicks

"Kelly is fantastic! She applied a "red carpet" look which made me feel confident to meet and greet industry personnel. She also helped design my audition look which gives me a natural glow and brings the focus to my eyes. It's just one more helpful trick to get the job. I am so thankful for her!"

Jennifer Ackerley

"I was so scared of makeup and i thought I was never going to a person that ever wore makeup but Kelly made it feel so natural and easy, she eases my fears, answers any questions, makes anything happen, and always make me look beautiful."

Melanie Kondziolka

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