kathryn | hair + makeup specialist

Kathryn is a naturally gifted artist and licensed cosmetologist who has been creating visually stunning hair and makeup since 2015. Her specialties include intricate formal styles and flawless airbrush makeup.  Kathryn's early passion for painting led her to study visual arts at DePaul University, from which she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Visual Art Education. Today, she continues to paint and express herself through a variety of media, including acrylic paintings, jewelry, custom fondant cakes, and handmade one of a kind bridal hair accessories. 

Soon after graduating from DePaul University, Kathryn began working among the country's top beauty professionals at the highly-rated Dahlia Rose Salon in Chicago's North Shore. She quickly realized that cosmetology would provide the ideal opportunity to combine her love of helping people with her exceptional aesthetic talents.  While working at the salon, Kathryn pursued her formal education as a cosmetologist, completing the rigorous Illinois licensing requirements in 2013.  Her cosmetology training is frequently refreshed with continuing education from top industry leaders on the latest styles and methods. Some of these teachers include hairdressing world icon, Nicholas French and highly respected Christopher Benson. 

Kathryn's classical training continues to influence her formal hair and makeup in a way that few other professionals can match.  Her passion for art is evident from her attention to detail and the subtle complexity that makes her work so exceptional.  She takes time to get to know each and every client, so that she can best enhance and celebrate their unique inner beauty. 

Opal Hair + Makeup Artistry is a Chicago based team of artists, specializing in onsite bridal services.

After years in the bridal industry, Kathryn Lesnicki decided it was time to do more with her love of hair and makeup. She carefully chose a group of artists that shared her passion.  Opal Hair + Makeup Artistry was created offering  not only bridal services, but also editorial, special effect, theatrical and special event styling.  We are all professionally trained, provide custom looks, experienced in all skin tones ages and we are proud to educate our clients on all things beauty.

What sets us apart from other freelance artists and bridal companies? In addition to offering hair and makeup services, Opal Artistry offers handmade hair pieces. We pride ourselves in taking the time to work with each bride, making her dream design come to life. Unlike bridal shops or online stores we can guarantee that each hair piece is exclusively and uniquely yours. 



Little Dove Photography

Maria Harte Photography

Aga Galus (Aga Wedding and Event Decor Inc)

Alycia Moore Photo

Mary Rose Photos

HKang Photography

Emmalee Luckas Photography

Nicole Heraty 

Whitney Lesnicki

Matthew Reeves Photography

Lily & Lime

Steve Bowman Photography

Something Blue Photography

Jeremy LaRue Photography

Hamish Irvine Photography

Jolie Images Photography

Ashley Zimel

Ethan Alexander (THE O.X. Project)

Yiwei Wu

FORD Models

James Netz Photography

WASIO Photography

Timothy Waley Studios

Dybala Studio

Neuvision Production

Red Carpet Wedding Expo.

Jamaal Raushan

Alexis Glasper

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