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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 Bay Area makeup artists
Michelle P.
Loved working with one of Chantelle’s makeup artists for my engagement photo shoot. Joan did an amazing job!
SB TalentSB Talent
Benjamin R.
I hired Ashlie to do my makeup for Pride this year snd she did an amazing job on my makeup!! As a drag artist it is important to capture a certain look and she def accomplished it! She responded quickly, was punctual and so fun to talk to while she did my makeup! Thank you Ashlie for your amazing artistry!💄💋👠👠👙
A. Kego Beauty 🌹 Makeup • Hair • WardrobeA. Kego Beauty 🌹 Makeup • Hair • Wardrobe
Paige P.
I had THE BEST experience with Keana and highly recommend her!!! My makeup looked amazing (especially the eyes) and I got so many compliments at the event I attended. Not only is Keana a great makeup artist, she's also a wonderful person and a kind soul. Booking with her is the best choice you can make. Thanks again, Keana!! :)
Keana Rae & CompanyKeana Rae & Company
Jocelyn M.
Lara was absolutely amazing! I was looking for a makeup artist because my fiancé was taking me up to Napa to celebrate our anniversary. Lara went out of her way to help me find a hairstylist and was the point of contact. She answered all my questions. It was my first time ever having a makeup artist and she made me feel completely comfortable and was extremely friendly. The day of, she came early to set up and was very clean. She left my makeup absolutely beautiful!! I wanted a natural look (since I don’t wear makeup) and I even sent her a picture of what I was going for. She definitely did exactly what I was wanting and it was great! I definitely will be reaching out to her again for another event and will be recommending her to other friends! Thank you Lara for everything!
Lara’s LooksLara’s Looks
Thumbtack Customer
Chantelle was the makeup artist for my wedding November 22, 2015. She was prompt, professional, warm, and most of all - made me look better than I ever have before. Her techniques are unbelievable! From contouring, to the individual lashes, my wedding day makeup looked AMAZING! Somehow she made me look like myself, but more glamorous. I would highly recommend her for special occasions, or for any time you want your makeup professionally done by a consummate professional.
SB TalentSB Talent
Thumbtack Customer
Chantelle was the ultimate professional and very flexible with our on-site changes. She even assisted in helping us to secure an equally as good 2nd makeup artist when our original list became lengthy. I will absolutely use her again and recommend her.
SB TalentSB Talent
Thumbtack Customer
Rachel did an amazing job with my wedding makeup as well as those of my bridal party. Though I’m pretty sure they had to say it, everyone told me I looked beautiful. More importantly, I felt beautiful. Not only is she an obvious pro as a makeup artist, she was prompt, friendly, and very reasonably priced. I would use and recommend her services again without hesitation!
Chloe Ray Makeup ArtistryChloe Ray Makeup Artistry
Luda a.
Samone did my hair for a corporate video production. She accompanied my schedule by taking a 6am appointment. She was quick and efficient. The hair style and the makeup turned out exactly what I was looking for. It held up all day and even at the end of day I looked gorgeous. Her prices aren’t low but it worth every penny - you get what you pay for. Next time I need a hair and makeup artist, I book Samone! Highly recommend her services!
Samone - Hair stylist/Makeup artistSamone - Hair stylist/Makeup artist
Martha L.
Absolutely LOVED Ashlie!! A girlfriend and I were visiting from out of town for NYE and wanted to get our makeup done for the occasion. Having never booked anyone from Thumbtack for a MUA before, we were both a little nervous and were not sure what to expect. Luckily, both of us were SUPER happy with how our makeup turned out!! Ashlie was professional, incredibly kind, and I would definitely recommend her. If I am ever in SF again and in need of an artist, will be hitting her up!!
A. Kego Beauty 🌹 Makeup • Hair • WardrobeA. Kego Beauty 🌹 Makeup • Hair • Wardrobe
Athena G.
Ferlayne is a talented makeup artist. She will make you look beautiful and can even do your hair too! She has an affordable rate and is someone who is so easy to connect with. I’m truly grateful I could work with her. She makes sure to give you your ideal work and will always ask for feedback and what you like!
Ferlayne ArtistryFerlayne Artistry
Jourdan M.
I cannot say enough good things about Tito! Honestly… So talented, so kind, so professional, so genuine. Showed her a picture of what I wanted for my bday makeup look and she exceeded the picture. Truly made my BFF and I feel so comfortable and had way to much fun with Tito getting ready. Also, after such a hard year, I truly felt beautiful and I cannot thank her enough for that. Tito, THANK YOU for being YOU and for doing such an amazing job! You are my forever makeup artist. <3 XX
Tito’s Makeup ArtTito’s Makeup Art
Kimberly G.
Chantelle, and her incredible team are as good as it gets! Chantelle is absolutely amazing - from quick, efficient communication, to her kindness to her exceptionally talented team. If you’re looking for a makeup artist look no further. Everyone I came across in Chantelle’s circle was SO kind and talented. Major kudos to Gina who made me feel gorgeous on my wedding day. I will absolutely be calling on Chantelle + her team again!
SB TalentSB Talent
Ana G.
I hired Ferlayne to be the makeup artist for my wedding and for 6 of my bridesmaids. Ferlayne is seriously a rising artist and she was reasonably priced for the incredible and unique work that she does. She’s also good about following COVID protocols. I love that she has such a sweet, warm, and sensitive demeanor and she is so easy to talk to. I felt like I was talking to a friend from home in those 2 hours I spent in her chair for the makeup trial. She was also very receptive to my feedback when I sent her photos throughout the day after I left the trial and took that into consideration for my big day. The reason I knocked off a star is because communication would be difficult with her; I think she was so busy she would not respond for days or even a week or two at a time. Once, I sent her a message and she didn’t respond for nearly a month before I followed up with her again. She eventually replied and profusely apologized for missing the message as there was a glitch on Thumbtack where she wasn't receiving messages. She also said she got a new phone and was not able to access her email. As an anxious bride, I felt very nervous when I could not get a response from her in a timely manner, especially closer to the date and making last minute changes. This improved after I had spoken to her about my concerns and she gave me a better contact method but she still took some days to reply. Honestly, I think she is just a very busy woman with lots of clients and a crazy schedule (and who wouldn’t have a crazy schedule if you’re this talented?). Perhaps if she set up an organized system to reply to clients, hired an assistant, or maybe just took on less clients, she would be able to manage that communication better. My day of makeup looked incredible and she is a master of the natural/soft glam look. I wanted to look like an enhanced version of ME on my wedding day and she achieved just that. I do wish that she put lip liner on for my wedding day because in many of my pictures I have no lipstick on anymore after eating or giving my partner a kiss. I believe this is because after the makeup trial, I did not like the look of overlined lips. Maybe I should have still received lip liner to make my lipstick last but a lesser amount. She did give me a touch up kit but there were few moments in which I could access my lipstick and reapply, as a wedding dress does not have pockets and I didn’t walk around with my purse! Overall I would recommend Ferlayne. I loved my makeup and my bridesmaids also loved their makeup. I think she will definitely improve as she takes on more and more wedding clients. I also do hope her communication system improves. Her makeup skills are amazing and I believe it is vital to support that talent with a solid communication system with clients. Thanks again Ferlayne for making me and my bridesmaids look so beautiful on my wedding day!
Ferlayne ArtistryFerlayne Artistry
Maniza H.
Unfortunately, I was not happy with the service I received from Vani. She’s very sweet and kind over text and in person. However, she was unable to get us ready in the agreed upon time despite me keeping a 30 minute buffer. As a result, I lost an hour with my photographer which I had to pay for. Additionally the amount of hair spray she used in my hair made my hair so stiff that I couldn’t move it at all to shape my face better. I didn’t realize this when she first finished with me because I was rushing to get to the photographer who we made wait. Finally, my husband’s and mom’s hair was so rushed that they looked like they rolled out of bed and went to my wedding that way. I’ll have to retake all my photos as a result because my groom wasn’t happy with how his hair looked at all. Vani stated that the delay was because we started late, which is untrue because I have several messages showing otherwise. Even if we had started late (which we didn’t), I kept a buffer of 30 mins. We ended up being over an hour past the agreed upon time. I’m leaving this review not so other brides don’t hire her as I think she actually has talent as a makeup/hair artist. Instead, I want to warn brides to add a much bigger buffer time for emergencies and be extremely specific about what you want. Have a mirror in front of you and check what the stylist is doing the entire time. It’s your big day, so don’t just trust a stranger to get you ready the way you want and don’t be scared to say something when it’s not right. Keep several hours of buffer time so you can demand the look you want on your wedding day. I wish I knew to do all of these things. My wedding still turned out perfectly; I just wish we looked the way we felt that day. Vani refunded 200 of the 700 I paid. Although I appreciate her doing something to make it right, $200 doesn’t fix anything. I’ll have to hire someone else for HM and the photographer again to retake our photos. I’ll have to spend more time and energy towards this because I really want beautiful photographs to show my children one day. My advice to Vani is to please account for more time needed, constantly ask your client if they are happy throughout the process, use a lot less hair spray to keep the hair from being so stiff, and don’t spend extra time taking pictures of everyone for your portfolio if you know you’re very behind schedule—before your business needs, your client’s needs should come first.
Vani Leon BeautyVani Leon Beauty
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