Your guide to the Best hair and makeup artist in Cedar Falls

Before the lens captures you and your cherished moments, we want you to look and feel your best. So, finding the right hair and makeup artist becomes important. Fortunately, Cedar Falls is full of talented professionals who can turn your vision into reality.

If you are looking for the best hair and makeup artist, I have a list for you. I have worked with all of them, except McKenna Pryer, and can only say wonderful things about them.

Taylor Utter

Taylor Utter has been a licensed hair and makeup artist since 2015. With a lifelong passion for making women feel beautiful, she specializes in soft, natural glam for the minimalist and captivating show-stopping looks for the true hair and makeup lover. For her, the client’s vision is a priority. She aspires to bring the vision to life, ensuring every moment in her chair is a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Work Location: Salon Zola


Gabby Skiles is a passionate hair and makeup artist with a barber stylist license and three years of business growth. In fact, she just opened her first salon in Waterloo, IA and I’m so excited to have her even closer to serve our clients. She works alongside her best friend and travels to create stunning looks. Her mission goes beyond aesthetics. She aims to help you feel the best version of yourself, offering friendly advice and encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone.

Work Location: Brighten Salon and Spa


As a seasoned hairstylist with a decade of expertise, Kelsey Dehmlow has contributed a lot to the hair and makeup industry. She started her hair journey in Iowa City. Makeup and hair styling is more than a profession for Kelsey – it allows her to make genuine bonds with people. She feels fulfilled being able to help clients’ look and feel confident through her skills, turning what was once only an aspiration into a rewarding career.

Work Location: Pura Vida Salon


McKenna Pryor is a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, brow artist, certified lash & microblading tech, and trainer. She is a mother of two with a great passion for makeup. Her journey started as a freelancer and later she created Dolled Up Studios. McKenna has won the Cedar Valley’s Best of the Best Beautician/Barber for 2018, honoree in 2019 & 2020, 2021, & 2022!

Work Location: Dolled Up Studios


Alaina works at Luna Artistry in Waterloo, IA where she specializes in glamorous makeup. You can find her styling women for bridal makeup, special event makeup, and creative photoshoots. You can check out more of her work here.

Work Location: Luna Artistry


You can be assured that our hair and makeup team at Meghan Goering Photography will take great care of you and make sure that you feel amazing when all is said and done. Our clients say that they really enjoy that hour of pampering and it’s amazing to see how confident they look after seeing themselves in the mirror for the first time. When you feel beautiful, it changes everything.


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