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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.

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.

Reviews for Foster City makeup artists
Heather D.
Astounding artist! I needed hair and makeup done for a wedding that wasn’t for 6 hours after and it lasted far beyond the night! She really listened to what I needed and made me look beautiful! I will be going back to her anytime I need my makeup or hair done!
Claudia L.
Anne was amazing arrived early and the results were just amazing! She did several different hair styles for each of the bridesmaids and flower girl I am very satisfied with her services. I will highly recommend this makeup artist! My wedding day was a success and I believe started with an awesome hair and makeup session.
Kelcey P.
Cynthia is an excellent makeup artist! She is VERY personable, excellent at make up, she was on time and just so happy and wonderful to be around! She did make up for me for my wedding as well as hair and makeup for my bridesmaids. Thank you so much for everything Cynthia! We loved your work and will be sending photos soon!
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Jenna C.
I have been in contact with Anne for over a year regarding my daughter’s quinceanera. The original date had to be canceled due to the newly discovered COVID-19 virus back in 2020. We rescheduled the date, for the following year, and re-secured the new date for September 2021. Both Anne and I agreed on how many girls she would be doing makeup for that day. Two weeks before the quinceanera she told me she was not able to do all the girls we agreed upon because she didn’t secure an assistant. She left the burden on me to find another assistant to help apply the makeup on half of the girls. (Her unreliability became my problem). After reaching out to salons, friends, other apps. I did find a second makeup artist, informed Anne, and the makeup plans seems to be back on track. 5 DAYS BEFORE THE DATE SHE COMPLETELY CANCELED. She stated she was exposed to COVID. I am a nurse who has been working the whole time throughout the pandemic, and normally would empathize for anyone when exposed. But her credibility was not too great with me at this point. I do hope her and her loved ones are safe if in fact she is being honest. I took away a star because she did not offer any help to find an assistant for the day. I would think being in the industry she would have many contacts. I took away a second star for backing out completely, just days before my daughter’s quinceanera, without any other replacement or recommendations for the day. I did find a third replacement three days before the date. After taking to the two makeup artist I hired for that day. They both agreed Anne was highly unprofessional to leave me high and dry under any circumstances for such a special occasion and traditional milestone. They both said they always have backups for emergencies like this. We all agreed that we can never deny or second guess anyone when emergencies happen in life, but they both said they do always have an emergency backup for these situations. I feel three starts is fair for my review.
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