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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 Long Beach makeup artists
Jernetta B.
The makeup artist was a great resource and had a great personality. She understood what was asked of her and delivered.
Infinite Beauty LAInfinite Beauty LA
Rothana T.
I’m so grateful for Dez. I needed a makeup artist very last minute for my photo shoot and she came to my rescue. Her work is magnificent. I am very pleased with her service all around. Will definitely call her again next time I need makeup done professionally.
Dez Kali beautyDez Kali beauty
Karen B.
Vanessa was amazing! She was prompt and did makeup on my 100 year old Mom for her Birthday party. When my Mom made her entrance EVERYONE talked about how BEAUTIFUL her makeup looked. Here eyes had fabulous shadows and her skin looked radiant and natural. Her lipstick matched her outfit. Vanessa is a true artist and I recommend her highly. She's also patient and wonderful to work with.
Goddess Makeup0pPZhGoddess Makeup0pPZh
Rabekah r.
Yessy came to my rescue when I had been searching for a makeup artist for months. She reached out to me and was very sweet. She was very accommodating with my schedule and worked with me on the price. I felt beautiful on My wedding day! Any tweak I needed her to do on my makeup she didn’t hesitate to help. The day of my wedding she serviced my mother, grandmother and I- we all felt gorgeous! Thank you Yessy!
Faces by YessyFaces by Yessy
Thumbtack Customer
My bride had a last minute change of makeup artist and she was in need of a new one who will take care of a bridal party of 8. Her wedding was now in a week and I accidently came across Thumbtack and tried it out by searching for a makeup artist. Katherine replied within the hour of her qoutes (very reasonable) awnsered all my questions quickly. With short little time she was able to pull a makeup trial with the bride just days before the wedding. Honestly, the bride didnt really like how the look turnt out but Kat was very patient with her and listened to everything the bride suggested. The bride decided to booked her. When the day of the wedding arrived, Kat was on time for a 430am start and worked quickly making beautiful faces. Crazy hectic things occured that morning for the bride but Kat was such a trooper, professional, understanding and made sure the bride was happy. The bride was EXTREMELY happy with the turnout of her makeup and so was the bridal party. Her personality rockED as well we all loved her! She listened to what we wanted and created it well! I highly reccommed her and surely will book her again for future needs. Thank you again Kat!! I appreciate your work and professionalism for a last min wedding booking.
KC Makeup and HairKC Makeup and Hair
Madison G.
Working with Alyssa was great. The trial was easy and she captured what I wanted for my wedding day. I felt beautiful and the makeup lasted all night! She was flexible with other people wanting to do their hair and makeup too which was great. The only warning I would give people when booking is punctuality. Day of my wedding she was almost an hour late :/ Because I had read other reviews about her being late, I scheduled her to come early enough for some wiggle room. Lucky I did! But if I hadn’t done that, an hour late would have been unacceptable for a day that is all about schedule! And also for a bride who may be freaking out day of her wedding , for her hair stylist and makeup artist to be an hour late is just not okay at all. Thank you Alyssa! But definitely need to be on time if not EARLY to be taken seriously by clients.
Infinite Beauty LAInfinite Beauty LA
Alene W.
Nova was great and did such an amazing job. She made me look even more beautiful. She took me step by step so I can understand what she was doing which was great because I am not experienced. The make up felt light and stayed on during some outdoor humid weather, which was so nice while taking pictures. If your looking for a makeup artist who will do an amazing job and make you look beautiful, Nova is your girl. Thank you Nova!
NovasGrandeur Artistry & Cosmetics, LLCNovasGrandeur Artistry & Cosmetics, LLC
Michael S.
Interviewing makeup artists has really been a hassle, until I meet CiCi! Not only was she quick to respond, she answered all questions I had. She asked for photos of looks and was communicative the day before and day of event. Her work is fantastic! She explained what she was doing and why she was applying certain things. Everyone was very pleased with her and im going to use her for my actual wedding! Want someone who knows how to apply beautiful make up and is extremely personable? hire her! You wont regret it.
Looks by CiciLooks by Cici
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