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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 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.

Reviews for Glendale makeup artists
Lacey S.
Mellani did an amazing job with my makeup for an all day wedding. She came to my location since I was from out of town. She was on time and efficient with her process. She is a very talented and knowledgeable makeup artist and did just the right about of glam for my day to night wedding event. My makeup lasted all day and I never had to worry about reapplying. Highly recommend Mellani for your glam makeup needs!!
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Natalie M.
Wow! Not only is she an amazing makeup artist she’s also very nice. She listened to everything I wanted and created a look that got me so many compliments! Book with her ASAP!
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Cintya E.
This makeup artist is amazing and extremely talented. She worked really well with my skin and covered all my blemishes ! She is such a nice lady and I would definitely book her for other events. She provided me with a full coverage look with a soft glam at the same time. She was sweet and knew exactly what I wanted and asked for. She was very professional and lovely. I booked her for my engagement photoshoot! If you are looking for an exceptional makeup artist look no further ! 🥰
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Ana L.
From beginning to end, Maria was extremely professional, talented, communicative and efficient all done with a beautiful personality and energy to match! She goes above and beyond to ensure you and your group are happy…can’t get better than that to start your event/ photo shoot. Thank you Maria for your contagious positive energy and beautiful/ creative makeup!! You’re my forever go-to makeup artist!
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Cynthia H.
Melani is an AMAZING make up artist. She is very talented and her work is flawless. She does beautiful Contouring and make-up. I’m picky and she did exactly what I wanted and went above and beyond. She’s friendly and professional. I 100% recommend her to anyone who wants beautiful makeup.
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Quantrice K.
I was looking for a make-up artist 2 days before my maternity photoshoot & Kirsten was very responsive when I reached out to her for her services. I really appreciate her having time to chat over the phone before we met to talk through my needs and what she can provide. This was very helpful, especially for me as I hardly ever wear make-up. The day Kirsten came to do my makeup, she was very professional and really made sure to wear her mask while doing my makeup. I love how she did my makeup sticking to what I wanted and even reassuring me when I was really hesitant about wearing eyelashes. Overall, I was really satisfied with working with Kristen and am so grateful for the amazing work she did. *photos by charlie kaine photography*
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