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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you choose the right makeup artist for your wedding?

A wedding makeup artist can ensure a flawless look on your big day. Finding the perfect person isn’t all about price, though. Here are tips for choosing the right makeup artist for your wedding:

  • Research before reaching out. Wedding makeup artists should have an online presence with portfolios of their work. Find someone with an aesthetic you love.
  • Read reviews. You want a wedding makeup artist who’ll be on time, do beautiful work, and add a positive vibe to your day. Pay attention if previous clients report bad experiences with a makeup artist.
  • Consider skin tones. If your bridal party has a range of skin tones, make sure your wedding makeup artist and assistants are experienced and talented working with everyone.
  • Is your top pick available on your date? If so, put down a deposit to secure their services.
  • Confirm rates and payment. Clearly discuss prices and payment plans, and sign a detailed contract so there are no surprises on your wedding day.

Do I need a makeup artist for my wedding?

There are no rules around your wedding day, and that means it’s your choice whether to have a wedding makeup artist. If you’re on the fence about hiring a wedding makeup artist, consider the pros and cons. Some women decide against a wedding makeup artist to save money. The national average cost for a wedding makeup artist is $70-$100, which is an expense some women prefer to do without. Other women just don’t love wearing makeup. Some brides have friends or family members who are talented makeup artists willing to provide their services. If you choose not to have a wedding makeup artist, be sure to do at least two trial runs of your makeup look well before the wedding day to avoid any morning-of panic.

On the other hand, a wedding makeup artist can make the bride feel pampered and confident, giving her a flawless, fabulous look for the ceremony and reception and in wedding photos. For brides who are uncomfortable with heavy makeup, many wedding makeup artists usually excel at the natural look. Many brides consider wedding makeup part of the ritual and tradition of the ceremony, a shared experience with the entire bridal party. Ultimately your choice of whether to hire a wedding makeup artist should be based on what will make you feel most confident and happy.

How much should you tip a wedding makeup artist?

Wedding makeup artists ensure you and your bridal party are looking your best bright and early on your wedding day. Tipping a wedding makeup artist for their hard work is standard practice, and is also greatly appreciated. A tip of 15 percent to 20 percent of the total bill is appropriate. You may consider tipping extra if the makeup artist or someone on their team went above and beyond — for example, squeezing in Aunt Martha at the last second or redoing a flower girl’s hair free of charge after she dunked it in the fountain.

A gratuity is a reflection of a job well done, so if the wedding makeup artist was late, did a shoddy job or didn’t provide all the services you negotiated, you are not required to tip. Talk with your wedding makeup artist prior to the event to ask how they prefer payment and gratuity to be handled. Can you pay by credit card the day of the event and include a tip then? Do you need to pay in cash the day of the event? Find out ahead of time how to manage payment for services so you can be prepared with cash or credit cards as needed. Even better, delegate the task of payment to someone in your bridal party so you can just enjoy your day.

How much do wedding makeup artists cost?

A wedding means love, celebration and tons of wedding photos. Professional wedding makeup artists have you looking your best on your big day and forever after in your wedding photos. The national average cost for a wedding makeup artist is $70-$100, although this price can increase based on your location, the extent of the makeup services and the reputation of the makeup artist. Most wedding makeup artists offer discounts to brides who book group services for their maids, mothers and flower girls at the same time. Wedding makeup artists who also do wedding hair usually offer package rates for hair and makeup combos. Here are some examples of average wedding makeup pricing:

  • Bridal makeup: $85-$125. Pricing often includes full face, eyes, lips, brows and false eyelashes. Airbrush makeup may be an additional $20 or more.
  • Bridal hair and makeup: $150-$200.
  • Bridesmaid and bridal party makeup: $50-$100 per person.
  • Bridesmaid hair and makeup: $100-$150.
  • Flower girl makeup: $25-$35.
  • Trial sessions: $60-$120, depending on the makeup artist. Some charge their full rate and others charge a partial rate for trial makeup services.
  • Hourly rates to stay on and keep makeup touched up throughout reception: $35-$75 per hour.
  • Travel fees: 50 cents to $1 per additional mile beyond a set radius — such as 50 miles.
Reviews for Birmingham makeup artists
Leslie L.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Bria! I need a makeup artist at the last minute for a TV production shoot, and she was a home run hire!
III. VI. ArtistryIII. VI. Artistry
Toni H.
Leslie did an awesome job on my daughter’s wedding hair and makeup. She also did my makeup which was wonderful! I appreciated the fact that Leslie asked my daughter, and me, what kind of “look” we wanted; then did that type of makeup. She wanted to do what would make us feel comfortable. Leslie was so accommodating. She did an excellent job and was so reasonably priced. I highly recommend Leslie to anyone looking for an excellent hair and makeup artist.
Blushes and Brushes Makeup ArtistryBlushes and Brushes Makeup Artistry
Ayushe S.
I absolutely loved my makeup and hair with Candace! I've been through many makeup artists in the process of wedding photography, and Candace was by far my absolute favorite. I'm rarely impressed with people, so this was great. To expand on why I was happy, I'll explain the major factors that drive my opinion. First, Candace was responsive to my needs and experienced enough to actually work with my thick, fluffy Indian hair! Second, she actually spent a great deal of time going through the Pinterest photos I sent her and created my look accordingly. Third, she was willing to travel to me and start at 5:30 am to accommodate my ridiculous time schedule for photos in Atlanta. Fourth, she knows makeup: she has a collection of the best, high end make up products--I spend so much time and effort on my daily makeup regimen, so I wanted an expert, not someone claiming to be an expert. Several others who gave me quotes didn't even know the brand Urban Decay, which is ridiculous for a makeup artist! Fifth, she is the first person to know how to tease my hair even better than I could--no one has done my hair to my liking before! In addition to all this, her warm, bright personality and ability to relate to anyone make her a charming professional to spend 2 hours with. I couldn't be happier and will be coming to her for all future needs.
Three Zero Six-Hairstyling and Makeup ArtistryThree Zero Six-Hairstyling and Makeup Artistry
Samiria H.
Highly recommend!!! Paige was lovely to work with. Our original makeup artist had to cancel 2 days before the wedding due to contacting COVID. Paige was able to accommodate us, even though so short notice (she had a client cancel). She did our bridal party of 7 make up within a timely manner; which consisted of various skin tones and ages. She helped everyone to feel comfortable during application and took everyone's preference into account without loosing cohesiveness. Everyone loved their final look! We got so many compliments that night and our makeup up required minimal touch-ups. It was a pleasure working with her and would hire again.
PD ArtistryPD Artistry
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