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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 Phoenix makeup artists
Amanda F.
Kelsey did such a wonderful job with the hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids! I couldn't have asked for a better artist! We had a morning wedding and had to start at 5am, and she and the additional artist didn't even blink an eye! I would reccomend Kelsey to anyone who needs special event hair and makeup!
Kelsium BeautyKelsium Beauty
Maria T.
I really enjoyed the experience! It was my first time using a makeup artist and she made the experience truly enjoyable her energy was contagious! Loved it!
Caryn O.
My artist worked hard to get the picture I brought out on my face. She’s did a fantastic job on my makeup. I felt like my hair was more of an add on service rather than being as expensive as the makeup.
Transformationstation AZ hair and makeupTransformationstation AZ hair and makeup
Cristina P.
I'm so happy that I chose Alicia as my makeup artist for the most special day of my life-- my wedding day! She was easy to communicate with leading up to the event, was receptive to feedback during my trial run and again the day of the wedding, and made me look absolutely beautiful! My bridesmaids were also very pleased with the work she did. We had a second makeup artist come in (who was not associated with Ageless Artistry) given that I had a large bridal party and when two of the girls were not happy with her makeup job, Alicia offered to make things right and redid their makeup! I would definitely recommend Alicia to others in need of having their makeup done! So grateful for you, Alicia!
Ageless ArtistryAgeless Artistry
Katie M.
I am so excited to have Stephanie as my makeup artist for my wedding! After seeing photos from my trial, my mom and sisters wanted to use her too! She is incredibily knowledgable, professional, and her attention to detail is very appreciated. She's the best!
Slay Today MakeupSlay Today Makeup
Oyinade S.
Karina was an amazing artist and did a beautiful job on my look! She got exactly what I wanted and listened to what I needed. She was also very willing to help with any makeup tips and tricks you might have wanted to know and offered classes if you needed any help or were a novice in makeup like myself. Thank you so much Karina for making my special day even more special and beautiful!
Goddess EnergyGoddess Energy
Alejandra S.
I had the great pleasure of booking Kelsey for 3 important events. She truly is an amazing artist! Not only is her work outstanding but she is an amazing person! She makes you feel so comfortable and really works with you to produce a makeup look that you and her will both love! I’ll most definitely be booking e with her again! Thank you Kelsey ! 💖
Kelsium BeautyKelsium Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
Very unprofessional just about sums it up. I hired jazmin to do my makeup and hair for my bikini competition and asked for a trial before hand which went well. The day of the competition though was a whole other story. She was supposed to be at my house at 7 am in the morning and I even confirmed with her the night before and she said she was all set to be there at that time. Long story short, SHE DIDN'T SHOW UP!!!!! Can you believe it?! So I had to scramble of the day of my show 3 hours before I was meant to be there and try to find a new make up artist at 8 am on a Saturday. I would have understood if she'd canceled the night before so I had ample time to set something up, but I called multiple times and sent several text messages and never got a response back. If you're looking for a reliable, stress free experience, don't waste your money here......
Jazminniemouse MakeupJazminniemouse Makeup
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