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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 Scottsdale makeup artists
Rebecca S.
Alicia was fantastic!! She perfectly executed the makeup vision I had for my wedding day. She is friendly, talented, professional and flexible! I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a makeup artist in the area!!
Ageless ArtistryAgeless Artistry
Lupita T.
Kelsy went above and beyond! My hair and makeup was fabulous! Kelsy is a very professional, and skilled artist, I’m definitely recommend her to anyone.
Kelsium BeautyKelsium Beauty
Pauline b.
She was great! Did my make up for my birthday on one days notice! Even found a girl to do my hair at same time! Definitely recommend GLAMBI makeup artist
Glambi Makeup ArtistryGlambi Makeup Artistry
Allie B.
Had an appointment weeks in advance for hair and makeup and she cancelled the day before the event due to a cold. Currently scrambling to find a new makeup artist. Totally understand that people get sick, however, she had no referral for a new artist outside of “Thumbstack”. This was for an important Gala, I can’t imagine if this was for something like my wedding! yikes! Again, totally understand people get sick .. but she cancelled the day before (typically you feel these types of thing coming on), and she has zero backup plan for you if she happens to catch a cold!
Cristina P.
Audrey was a big help after my second makeup artist for my wedding had to back out last minute. She was quick to respond via the app and through texts and when she arrived, she was kind, sweet, and punctual. The two bridesmaids whose make up she did were pleased with how their overall makeup turned out, though were unfortunately unhappy with their eye makeup (as Audrey put on orange eye makeup despite them both saying they wanted natural looks) and how "shiny" their skin was. Audrey was professional and tried to make things right by offering to redo their eye makeup. I appreciated her stepping in last minute and her positive attitude!
GlossGirl Beauty and decor, for any occasion!GlossGirl Beauty and decor, for any occasion!
Christy S.
Cheyenne is a true artist and professional. The most calming part of the wedding day was sitting down to relax in her chair and be transformed into a bride. I know and love makeup...she uses the best and will even use yours for your special day if requested ☺️
Glam by CheyenneGlam by Cheyenne
Thumbtack Customer
Jules is an excellent artist and I highly recommend her for any person's make-up and styling needs! She did an OUTSTANDING JOB with my makeup and hair for a photo shoot this May. I had a smokey eye and blowout done, and I was more than happy with the results! She was attentive to my input, she was kind and polite, and I can't imagine using anyone else in the future for my makeup needs.
Jules ArtisteJules Artiste
Thumbtack Customer
I am really shocked with her request! I requested a quote for Makeup and hired someone off Thumbtack. However, when I received her response she quoted me $100 and said to provide my own foundation? Then in her message says she is not a "makeup artist but wants to be". When I asked about her quote of $100 and providing my own foundation(s) she said she "meant to change it to $50?...all of the sudden?) and that she doesn't have colors for everyone skin tone.... even I know that is was palettes are for. Just beware of her pricing and abilities. If I didn't read her "bio" I would of been in a makeup disaster. I'm sure she means well and is a nice person, but is not ready to be doing makeup professionally.
Celeste RodriguezCeleste Rodriguez
Brooke H.
Kelsey is absolutely incredible! I needed a makeup artist super last minute and she replied soo quickly and got me in within a few hours of messaging her. Not only is she super talented but she is the sweetest soul I’ve ever met! I felt so beautiful and loved getting to know her more. She is so professional and I can’t wait to work with her again! Highly recommend using Kelsium Beauty for any of your hair/makeup needs. She is the best!!!
Kelsium BeautyKelsium Beauty
Alyssa L.
Alicia was great to work with and really saved the day! I had another makeup artist who had to backout of my wedding due to COVID and Alicia was able to fit me in with less than a week to the wedding! She was so great about asking for feedback while she went during the makeup session and I LOVED how everything turned out! I highly recommend working with Ageless Artistry and will definitely use her services again the next time I have an event :)
Ageless ArtistryAgeless Artistry
Allie B.
Chantel was a true GEM to work with! My makeup and hair artist cancelled on me the day before a big benefit event and she turned a catastrophe into a blessing! She arrived on time, with a huge welcoming smile, and an entire set up (she pulls out ALL the stops)! She asked for input and photos for everything before she even touched my face or hair! She was VERY clean (fresh brushes, new sponges , etc) , VERY thorough on coverage (ensuring it was just the right amount for me and that i liked it), and gave me EXACTLY what i asked for with my hair! She even gave me a small travel sized lipstick so i can touch up my lips throughout the night! She was so outgoing and easy to talk to the entire time and was overall a breath of fresh air! If you are looking for a makeup and hair artist , look no further, you have found your Gal!
Artistic Beauty CollectiveArtistic Beauty Collective
Elaina H.
I was traveling in town for a Black Tie Gala and needed a makeup artist for the event. Emma’s reviews were great so I reached out to schedule a session. She responded quickly and was very accommodating to my needs. Once I arrived in town, two of my colleagues also needed their makeup done as well. I reached out to ask if she could accommodate them. She quickly replied and adjusted her schedule to ensure she could fit us all in. She was prompt for the appointment and her work was amazing. We were red carpet ready! Thanks Emma!
Faces by EmmyFaces by Emmy
Ericka Y.
I am SO happy with my experience with Kelsey at Kelsium Beauty. My sister-in-law and I were in Scottsdale for my brother’s wedding (we traveled from Canada) and wanted to have our makeup done for the big day. I couldn’t have asked for a better makeup artist for such a big day in our lives. Kelsey wasn’t just on time - she was early so she could set up everything and be ready to go right at 12:30 as planned. She used the most incredible products and we were both thrilled with the end result. I felt like a celebrity!! I’ve never felt more beautiful. On top of that, Kelsey was such a joy to hang out with while she did our makeup. She was professional but really spent time getting to know us and brought such a calming energy to the room. If you are considering hiring Kelsey, DO IT!! Do not hesitate. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you so much Kelsey for the most wonderful makeup experience.
Kelsium BeautyKelsium Beauty
Merrill B.
Alisha was such a fun person to have around in my wedding getting ready process. She did make up for 4 of my bridesmaids and me making the total 5. Alisha was able to joke and laugh along in our conversations which totally helped with my nerves as the bride. She finished all of our make up with about an hour for each of us. My make up stayed put all night and looked absolutely stunning in pictures! I have no doubt she would be able to deliver the same experience with any other bride looking for a makeup artist! I would highly recommend!
Ageless ArtistryAgeless Artistry
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