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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 Irvine makeup artists
Margaret F.
I've worked with other professional makeup artists before, and Charlette is by far the best! Her work on me actually made me look younger, whereas other makeup artists made me look older! I got my makeup done for a Vegas trip, and when I was there, I even had a beautiful Hispanic model on the strip compliment me on how good I looked! Normally, I don't like to wear pinkish eyeshadow colors, but Charlotte somehow managed to make me look super bomb! I She also brought this glamorous, lighted makeup mirror to help assist her with the makeup job! A1 and absolutely professional! Highly recommend! :)
Charlette PaulCharlette Paul
Thumbtack Customer
Phoebe was hired as the makeup artist for my wedding and she was absolutely amazing. After searching for a while and two trials with other artists, Phoebe was perfect! She was professional, very attentive to specific concerns,and precise in her work. She is extremely knowledgeable and uses professional techniques in her application. Phoebe was so patient and accommodating, even with my specific requests, I couldn't have been happier with the end result. She provided me with a touch-up kit and blotting sheets to keep my makeup fresh the entire night. I loved her and will absolutely hire her again for all events!
Face Art by PheebsFace Art by Pheebs
Margaret F.
There is a reason why Paru is listed as a top-rated pro on Thumbtack. It's because the quality of her work speaks for itself. I have hired many other makeup professionals before, and Paru is by far the best makeup professional I've ever had the pleasure of working with. As someone who has OCD, and can be a bit of a perfectionist themeselves, I can vouch that Paru cares about every little detail when it comes to her work. It is because of this that you can rest assured that Paru will refine every detail when she works her magic on your face. When my boyfriend saw me after my glam, he couldn't stop telling me how beautiful I looked. Normally, my boyfriend likes it when I keep my makeup simple (just eyeliner and a bit of neutral eyeshadow). He usually tells me to hold off on anything additional (foundation, contour, blush, etc.), so I was a bit confused when he told me how much he loved this look. Since this didn't align with his typical nature and reaction, I told him that I thought he didn't like heavy makeup. To my surprise, he all of a sudden had a change of heart, and now tells me that he likes both my natural look and glammed-up style. Just to further emphasize how talented Paru is, my boyfriend sometimes didn't even notice when I got my makeup done professionally by other artists since it wasn't too different from how I normally do my own makeup. During the times he did notice my professional glam by other makeup artists, he would often tell me that the makeup looked good from afar, but was too cakey upclose. However, my boyfriend's reacton to Paru's work was entirely different. Even when he was up close, he didn't notice any flaws because Paru did such an excellent job with having the makeup blend in with with my natural features. Rather than painting on a mask, she accentuated what was already there. Also, if you do end up having the opportunity to hire Paru for your project, you will notice that she has the touch of a real artist. This is not surprising as Paru was a painter before she became a makeup aritst. I felt as if my face was a canvas, and the way she moved the makeup brush on on my face was reminiscent of the brushstrokes that you will notice when a painter creates canvas art. Last but not least, Paru radiated wonderful energy during our glam session. As someone who is very sensitive to the auras and energies of other people, I am very careful of who I let into my space, and can definitely vouch for you that Paru is someone who you would want to surround yourself with. When it comes to your special day (no matter what kind of occasion it is), you want to start if off with the right vibes. And look no further because Paru is both a great person and a very talented artist.
Paru Art Studio (Bridal Makeup & Hair)Paru Art Studio (Bridal Makeup & Hair)
Cynthia B.
I don’t know why thumb tack Only allows you to chose 3 qualities! For the record: Hanna is professional, her work is top notch, she is responsive, punctual, and gives a fantastic value!!! She listens to what you want and makes any adjustments you ask her to. She is extremely patient and a very good listener. I’ve worked with a lot of Makup artist, but the way Hanna does makeup is flawless, not cakey, and has a perfect color match!! Wow!!! This is so incredibly rare—she’s golden!! Not only that, but your makeup stays perfect all day—so shine, no melting, no smearing! Thank you, Hanna!!! You are not notch!!!
Be You Beauté StudioBe You Beauté Studio
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