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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 Mesa makeup artists
Alice C.
Cute and unique interior as well as excellent makeup artist!
Wanderlust StudiosWanderlust Studios
Piya J.
She is excellent job on my wedding day and very responsive. She was prompt and professional, but most importantly she is a a highly skilled makeup artist. Her work was truly flawless! Would recommend without hesitation! She did my makeup since 8 am. and my makeup still pretty at 9 pm.
Joana C.
Thank you Glambi for making me Beautiful on our family Pictures. You respond right away when I was looking for a makeup artist. You listen and p Make up
Glambi Makeup ArtistryGlambi Makeup Artistry
Hannah G.
She didn't a beautiful job on my make up and my mom's! Everything I asked for was fine and it lasted all night I couldn't have asked for a better makeup artist! I was very comfortable especially being the first time me having my makeup done professionally
L.A GlammL.A Glamm
Ivy R.
It was really hard finding a makeup artist that could provide the glam look I was wanting but Vanessa was able to do exactly what I was looking for and was the most responsive on here. I looked like a completely different person and no one recognized me at my graduation, which was a great feeling! I felt incredibly beautiful and received compliments from strangers, friends, and family. The time honestly flew by as she was doing my makeup because of how personable she is and easy to have a conversation with. If you're looking for someone to make you feel beautiful and achieve the look you're wanting then look no further!
Beauty CoutureBeauty Couture
Courtney W.
Jules and Carissa were an awesome team. They were wonderful to work with and so much fun to spend our morning with on wedding day. Getting a trial before was helpful to figure out the best ways to optimize my fine straight hair to give it some body and volume. Carissa was a master at finding the style that fit each of my 4 bridesmaids styles and desires. Jules is truly an artist, her care and attention to detail made all five of us feel like a million bucks with makeup that was natural, but eye catching. Would recommend this duo to anyone needing hair and makeup done for an event, at the venue if desired, at a price that can't be beat!
Jules ArtisteJules Artiste
Alaina T.
Madison was everything I was looking for!!! She helped with makeup and hair. Makeup is her specialty and she was perfect. Loved how she asks little things like how I like my eyebrows. ( I've had some artists just do their own way before and it was not great. Madison does it just the way YOU want. She even takes time to ask about sensitivities to make sure she is using the best product for you. Also did you know she's an ESTHETICIAN too!!!!! Who better to do your makeup than someone who knows how to take care of your skin!! For hair I was hoping for Loose Curls. And she delivered!!!. She said she isn't a hair PRO... but I can never get my curls to stay. She worked some magic. They looked great and Stayed for the entire next day too!!! Definitely recommend!!!!
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