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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 Gilroy makeup artists
Stephanie O.
Adrianne was AMAZING, not only did she do beautiful work on my wedding party but she was super nice and easy to work with. Not sure when I'll need a makeup artist again but she's the first personal I'll call.
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Blair C.
Not only is Nora a talented makeup artist and hair stylist, but she is very easy to talk to. I never felt awkward having a conversation with her and she really listened to what kind of look I had in mind. Although I just had my pre-trial with her, I definitely look forward to her doing my makeup on my wedding day for my bridal party and myself! I highly recommend Nora to anyone needing hair and makeup for any event.
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Roger M.
If I could give zero stars instead of one then I would. She sent me an appointment confirmation for a makeup trial for a Sunday September 4 @ 9am and changed it to Saturday September 3 @ 9am. She did this at 6:50 am on Saturday September 3 in the morning. I gave her two deposits, one for $30 for a makeup trail and one for $50 for makeup on September 17 which is my wedding day. When I woke up at 9am today on Saturday September 3 I seen that I had a message from her saying that the trial will be Saturday the 3rd instead of Sunday the 4th. I replied to her around 10-10:30 sending her screenshots of the Sunday September 4th being confirmed by her and it showed me that she read the messages but didn’t reply for two hours. I tried calling with no answer so i started looking for other makeup artist because my wedding is right around the corner and I’m pregnant and should not be needing to deal with this kind of stress two weeks before the wedding. When I asked for my deposits back she claimed to have it on her Instagram saying that deposits are non refundable but I hired through thumbtack not intsagram and had no way of knowing about this policy since I don’t even have an Instagram account. She refused to return the $80 worth of deposits and now I feel like I have just been ripped off. I would not recommend this person to anyone who would like a good experience with a makeup artist. This has been the worst experience for me. She refused to take accountability and was blaming me for her mistakes!
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