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2. Bay Area Birthdays
from 167 reviews
4.8 (167)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 6 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Fremont, CA
"My business is a bit different than the other kids' entertainment websites in the SF Bay Area because I'm the only website that doesn't advertise on google AND I'm not just the owner, I'm the LEAD performer. Meaning: the gal you see in photos and whom answers your phone call or text message- IS THE SAME PERSON who shows up to perform at your party!! I don't send sub-contractors or a random girl in costume, like some of the bigger companies do. So you NEVER have to worry about who's coming. You also won't need to worry if who is coming has experience, or is brand new to working with kids- it's always me! And I've been entertaining kids for more than 7 years!! Added bonus: when you hire me, you have MY DIRECT PHONE NUMBER at all times. So if anything comes up, or you need to change something about your order (even on the SAME day as you party) you can reach me. When you hire a Big company- they can't give you the phone number of who's coming (because sometimes they don't even know!), and unless your actress calls you to confirm (a lot of times they don't) before the party- you just hold your breath and hope she shows up, and that whoever shows up is good. When you hire me- all that stress can be avoided. The only drawback: I'm not *always* available to pick up the phone. I'm lucky enough to be hired to go to parties almost every single day (Ask about the weekday discount!!), plus, I'm a real person who has to go grocery shopping, and to Dr./dentist appointments, and yoga class, and so I may not always pick up the first time you call- but I do return phone calls/texts within 24-hours, during the week. Often quicker, for urgent requests, on the weekends. But I can promise, if you hire me, I have a 100% reliability rate for showing up, and I'll be there :) I love what I do so much, I have to pinch myself sometimes. ITS MY JOB to help parents make their kids really happy on their birthday (Or at their parents' company picnic, store opening, pre-school spirit day, etc.), and there's nothing better than the sound of happy children. Is that cheesy? I take great pride in my work, and know that there's a really small window in a child's life that they ACTUALLY BELIEVE in magic & make-believe. And I know that it is REALLY REAL for them. I make it my mission to preserve that belief for as long as possible. I've had parents tell me often, after their events, that their child believes they met the "REAL" Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Tinkerbell, Snow, SuperGirl, etc. It's really the highlight of my week when I check my emails to find another happy parent has left a 5-star review or emailed to tell me how their kid just can't stop talking about me. One time, a mom sent me photo of her sleeping child because she wanted to show me that she refused to remove the necklace she received from me (as her magic bday gift, in the magic show), and insisted on wearing it to bed. She was clasping it between her two tiny hands. Too cute :)"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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.
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