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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 Los Angeles makeup artists
Durr e.
She is great makeup artist
Rachel Bruno Hair & MakeupRachel Bruno Hair & Makeup
Tahirah N.
Rio was great! She was even able to help find another makeup artist for a few people in our group who had a makeup artist cancel last minute. I would definitely hire again.
Bare Beauty by Rio (Makeup Only)Bare Beauty by Rio (Makeup Only)
Aditi V.
Vanessa did a fantastic job with my makeup. She responded perfectly to my specific request. Since I am new to makeup, she provided me with different product options and makeup tips. I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a makeup artist.
Goddess Makeup0pPZhGoddess Makeup0pPZh
Nicholas R.
Fabeha exceeded all of our expectations when tasked with an intricate Halloween makeup look. I needed a last minute makeup artist and she was so quick to respond. Not only did both of our makeup looks turn out incredible, but we loved her personality and professionalism. Her artistic vision and execution can translate to all kinds of makeup looks and I highly recommend hiring her. I can’t wait to hire her again.
Fabeha’s ArtistryFabeha’s Artistry
Destini D.
Hey, if you’re looking for a makeup artist that is professional, neat, quick, patient, and punctual, THEN BREEZO is the person to choose! She did my makeup glam for my birthday recently on February 2nd & after she was done, I was DEFINITELY taking lots of pictures because the makeup came out BOMB! Thank you again Breezo! I will 100% recommend you to family, friends, or whoever is looking for a makeup artist! See you next time!! ❤️❤️
Makeup Artist BreezoMakeup Artist Breezo
Jaquelin G.
Excellent makeup artist. She gave just the right look for what I needed, was punctual, and friendly. Loved the end result!
AniAmiMakeup (MAKEUP ONLY)AniAmiMakeup (MAKEUP ONLY)
Leyda O.
Casiano was an excellent makeup artist for my cousin's prom makeup look. Casiono's work is definitely glamorous, I loved her work. She was also very professional with us and adjusted to us, she does your makeup to your liking. Thank you Casiono!
XObeautiful ArtistryXObeautiful Artistry
Lizzy L.
After reviewing numerous makeup artist, I decided to go with Iggy to do my graduation makeup based on his glam looks. I didn’t want to look like if I did my own makeup as I saw in other artist profiles. Let me tell you, Iggy did NOT disappoint. I felt like a glamorous beauty queen. The look included lashes and a lipstick for retouching. Communication, professionalism, and skill were a 10/10. My makeup survived a 20 minute walk to campus in 90 degree weather and was still intact at the end of the day. This is my unaltered makeup after sweating during a 20 minute walk. I felt like my face was filtered and airbrushed. 🥰
Glam By Iggy (Makeup Only - NO HAIR)Glam By Iggy (Makeup Only - NO HAIR)
Michelle K.
Yuya was absolutely amazing! She will be my make up artist moving forward anytime I’m in the LA area! My makeup looked flawless & she nailed it exactly the way I wanted!
Yuya BeautyYuya Beauty
Chrissie P.
Monica is a total sweetheart who is extremely talented. I could not have asked for a better makeup artist for my wedding day. My bride, mom and myself looked amazing. Thank you.
Thumbtack Customer
Suvdaa IS AMAZING! She is for now on my GO TO makeup artist, she's so sweet, professional and quick! She made me feel so welcomed, offered me water and a great conversation.
Hannah G.
Karen is an incredibly talented and professional makeup artist . She responds quickly and knew exactly what I wanted and did a beautiful job! I loved my experience with her ! Thank you Karen!
Saraibeauty ( MAKEUP ONLY )Saraibeauty ( MAKEUP ONLY )
Anndrina S.
Maria is the definition of professionalism and with an impressive expertise. She listened to the look that I was aiming for and executed that look to perfection. She was punctual to our early morning appointment and my makeup stayed intact through the very end of the night. She is my new Go-To makeup artist going forward for all of my future events.
Luscious Beauty (Makeup only)Luscious Beauty (Makeup only)
Shudan W.
Rachel is a very dedicated professional. She thinks a lot from the perspective of clients, and I received many useful advice from her regarding how to match makeup with characters. A very easygoing and beautiful artist.
E.J. M.
I'd definitely recommend Julie to anyone looking for a professional makeup artist! She is super professional, knows what she's doing, and is exceptionally sweet. We coordinated smoothly which made the process a lot easier. I don't know anything about makeup but she helped guide me while still allowing me to be me.
Makeup by Julie HirjiMakeup by Julie Hirji
Ashley G.
Julie did an AMAZING job on my wedding day makeup. She arrived early to set up, finished on time, and my makeup lasted so well throughout the day! I would definitely recommend her to anybody looking for a makeup artist. She is affordable and provides quality services. Not to mention the amazing touch-up kit that was included with the fee! It included some powder, an application sponge, some lipstick, and an applicator! 10/10 stars for Julie!!
Makeup by Julie HirjiMakeup by Julie Hirji
Leeza B.
Monica is amazing! She is truly a professional makeup artist and made me look like a movie star for my big Award night. She's also such a sweet soul. Whenever I'm in LA Monica will definitely be the person I call. :-)
Bianca L.
She was the most unprofessional makeup artist I’ve ever worked with. I confirmed with her 4 times prior to booking that the time I needed worked for her makeup artist. She assured me it did. She wouldn’t give me the makeup artist’s number when I asked. On the day of my event, she texted me to tell me the makeup artist was running late. Turns out she was running an hour 20 minutes behind. She was unapologetic and completely rude about it and I was shocked she wouldn’t have built in a sufficient buffer. An hour 20 minutes late is not reasonable. When I said I would do my own makeup while I waited for her to arrive and she could do my hair, she refused and said she had to do both services, even though she was only going to have 40 minutes to do both services. I ended up canceling because of course I didn’t want to pay to have both my hair and makeup done in 40 minutes. Any professional would never have conducted themselves this way and would never try to push me to get both services knowing how little time they would have. I’ve never experience anyone like this. Will never book her again. From now on just stick to Makeup by Brittney Nicole. She’s a true professional and the quality of her work is impeccable.
Liz Inez MakeupLiz Inez Makeup
Thumbtack Customer
Tina was awesome!!! I needed to get natural makeup done for acting headshots. One would think it should be easy to find someone to do the job, but it's really not, especially for a reasonable price. I used makeup artists in past for the same work, and they just didn't give me the right look. So, I was a little anxious this time around. However, Tina was really warm and receptive. I told her exactly what I wanted, she listened, and executed beautifully and efficiently. The makeup lasted for the entire shoot, and the best part, I didn't have to deplete my bank account to get great service and work. I will definitely be using her again. Also, this site was very helpful with me finding an artist slightly last minute.
Tina Mit ArtistryTina Mit Artistry
Sahra a.
Best makeup artist! She truly does know how to work with ALL skin tone which is something not a lot mua know how to do. She will make you feel comfortable and actually cares about her work. 100/10!
Makeup by Julie HirjiMakeup by Julie Hirji
Brianna L.
Diane was absolutely amazing! She gave me exactly what I asked for, I felt so confident and beautiful the whole night. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a makeup artist, she is an absolute pleasure to be around and very talented.
Diane Rochelle BeautyDiane Rochelle Beauty
Julia K.
Ani is a talented makeup artist and was a pleasure to work with for me. I was impressed with the work she did and looked and felt amazing during my shoot! I will definitely be working with Ani again in the future and recommend her to anyone looking for a pro MUA. She is awesome!
AniAmiMakeup (MAKEUP ONLY)AniAmiMakeup (MAKEUP ONLY)
Hannah F.
Ani did such an amazing job, all my bridesmaids looked gorgeous. She got everyone done in a timely manner and it was such a treat to have everyone glowing and looking beautiful. If you’re looking for a makeup artist, she’s your girl! Thanks again Ani 🤍
AniAmiMakeup (MAKEUP ONLY)AniAmiMakeup (MAKEUP ONLY)
Crystal T.
Julie did the makeup for my wedding and I have to say, SHE IS AMAZING!!! After my trial make-up session, I literally got compliments on my makeup everywhere I went and the day of my wedding was no different. I had a rather large bridal party with 10 women total getting makeup done. Some members of my party were a little hesitant about getting a full face of makeup but Julie made sure everyone loved their look. She's really attentive and responsive to individual client needs. Everyone walked out looking absolutely flawless! Honestly, could not have chosen a better makeup artist. I'll definitely be booking with Julie in the future whenever I need professional services. She's the best!!!
Makeup by Julie HirjiMakeup by Julie Hirji
Christina S.
I have worked with quite a few makeup artist for headshots and this was by far the best experience. Alyssa was friendly and asked questions to ensure that I got the look I wanted. I don't even think I was clear but she definitely got it. I will be using her services again!
Infinite Beauty LAInfinite Beauty LA
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