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  • 10 years in business
  • 381 hires on Thumbtack
Mami N.
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I took two one-on-one makeup classes with Mayra over the past few years and loved both. I enjoyed chatting with her and learning about her profession, and she was very skilled in makeup application and instruction for Asian complexions and Asian eyes. I am tan Chinese with asymmetrical eyelids (sounds weird, I know), so I wanted to learn makeup application and foundation matching. I'd always wanted her to do my hair and makeup, but had no occasion for it until my sister's wedding. I booked an appointment with her a few months in advance for the morning of the wedding. I explained that I had to drive out to the venue and when I had to leave her studio, so she knew when to schedule my appointment and have me ready and out the door. We started promptly and she had me ready to go at the time she promised. There was no hassle and everything went smoothly from start to finish. My hair and makeup turned out beautifully! I brought the bridesmaid dress I would be wearing for the ceremony and speeches as well as the dress I would change into for the reception, and Mayra made sure that the look would match both the sparkly sequined floor length dress and the more demure, dark blue lace overlay dress. She was able to work with my long, straight, flat hair and create volume and a stylish bun. The overall makeup application was relatively quick and I could tell Tiffany had an expert eye gained from years in the profession. She explained how the foundation would look over the course of photos, ceremony, and reception, how I would only have to powder once but everything else would not need to be touched up, and how the makeup look would coordinate with both dresses and look fabulous. She also explained what color lipstick to use if the lipstick she applied on me wore off over the evening. Throughout the almost hour and a half appointment, she was very patient, easy going, and pleasant to chat with, whether about weddings, makeup, or skincare. I had a very pleasant experience. Everything Mayra told me was spot on - I only had to powder once, my makeup did not smear in the heat and sweat (even though other bridesmaids' did), and the hair and makeup looked wonderful with both outfits. So far I have not seen the official wedding photos but all the photos taken of me on iPhones have looked so beautiful and flawless, yet I looked very much like me and not overdone. I got so many compliments over the day and evening, and she made me so beautiful for such a special event. I highly recommend taking her makeup classes and booking her for future appointments. She won't disappoint - she is very professional and has years of industry expertise to back up the price tag.

Rose Hill & Crew
4.8
from 73 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Myra L.
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Michelle was fabulous. I was so pleased with my make-up. She was on time and extremely professional. I will definitely use her again.

  • 11 years in business
  • 491 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca A.
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I had a contract for myself and 2 of my bridesmaids. It included Bride makeup & hair and for my 2 bridesmaids only make up with lashes. Months before the wedding I had sent out pictures of the make up and hair due we desired. The day before my wedding Cassandra texted me the pictures I had sent to her previously of our looks. She said make up artist Ayana would arrive at my hotel door at 5:30 am to set up and start my hair @ 6:00am, then bridesmaid #1 @ 7:00am for make up and 2nd bridesmaid at 8:00am for make up then to follow it would be myself @ 9:00am to do my makeup. I agreed and said it was great sent her my hotel room number. I was aiming to be done by 10 am. Her make up artist Ayana showed up 1 hour late. I had called Cassandras mobile number 2 times and left a voicemail, she then texted me back at 5:55am," Hi! I just called Ayana, she must be running late! So Sorry!.." and "Just spoke with her. She's driving from San Mateo and said she'll arrive by 6:30 or so, which is more than enough time for everyone! No worries!!!" She started to work on me at 7:00am. Ayana did half of my hair and while doing it she used our crulying iorns because she only brought one. I was completely fine with it. Ayana mentioned that Cassandra never told her to show up @5:30am that she took the job because it was a last minute thing and Cassandra had no one else to do the job. She then continued with my make up & it did not come out nearly what I had previously sent to them. I was still optimistic being that it was my wedding day and I wanted things to go smooth. She did not completely finish my work and started working on one of my bridesmaid at 9:50am. By this time we knew she would not be able to complete my 2nd bridesmaid make up, therefore my bridesmaid left to MAC to try and get her makeup done. Luckily they took her in. My bridesmaid that had her makeup started at 9:50 am was still not complete and it was already 11am. I was not able to take pictures with my bridesmaid due to timing. Every one was running late. Finally, the bridesmaid who left to MAC came back looking flawless and Ayana had ask to take a picture because she would let Cassandra know she did not have time so she had to go to MAC. My other bridesmaid make up was HORRIBLE and rushed!!! 11:15 am and still not complete. She was also unaware that we were all doing lashes because she said Cassandra did not inform her. This was a very disturbing experience and I am looking forward for a refund! No bride should ever go through anything this horrendous. Moral of the story, if you have a small bridal party do not book them because you will not be their priority!!! Cassandra and I had a few text the day of my wedding. Anaya had lied and sent her a picture of my bridesmaid with MAC makeup and tried getting credit for it. I instantly gave her a little background of what had happened and Cassandra said she was not late and that Anaya had more than enough time to finish all three of us. Such a bad experience. Looking forward to getting refunded. Bianca Acero

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Liv London Beauty
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Denise L.
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Olivia was amazing! She took the time to meet with my husband and I to go over exactly what we wanted for our make up (Yondu and Gamora) a week before Out party. She was very professional, listened carefully and had great ideas. I felt so comfortable with her and knew we had made the right decision in hiring her! The day of, she showed up on time and had all her make up and supplies ready to go. She was so much fun to talk to. The end result was amazing! Could not have asked for more. We got so many compliments from our friends. Thank you Olivia! We will definitely hire you again!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Edward S.
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Thank you for making my daughter birthday a special time and memories you were fantastic whit the kids and also adult every one was very happy and they love all the face painting design I will definitely hired you again for future events than you for made my daughters birthday very special

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Beauty by Jaime
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sheila M.
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Jaime did my makeup for a work event. She did an amazing job!! She is very talented with blending colors and took the time to make sure it was perfect. I look forward to Jaime to do my makeup again in the future!

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Makeup By Amy S
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Amy S.
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Amy did my makeup for my husband's company Christmas party! She showed up right on time and did a phenomenal job! While she was doing the makeup she even told me how to do some of the techniques myself so I could recreate the look! I loved that she used a variety of products and took her time to make me look awesome! I even asked her about the products and she answered any questions I had. When she was done I felt so beautiful and not because she gobbed on tons of makeup, she made me look beautiful and natural and it didn't look overdone! She made my eyes really pop with some shimmering eyeshadow and applied half lashes on the sides of my eyelids. It was the perfect look for the party and it lasted the entire night! Amy is very talented and I highly recommend her services to anyone in the Bay Area who is looking for a makeup artist who truly loves what they do! Amy is passionate about her work and it shows through her wonderful service!

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Makeup by Cynthya
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dominique P.
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Cynthya did the make up for my entire wedding party and it was absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to see the pictures! ☺️

Makeup Artist
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krystle G.
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She did my make up for my 21st birthday. She is very talented. She takes her time and makes sure it's exactly what you wanted before you leave. Always smiles and makes you feel and look beautiful.

The Fox Label
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Lauren E.
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Emi is the best! She has such a great demeanor with clients. I'm always nervous about having other people do my make-up (I try to avoid that clown caked-on look that so often happens at makeup counters) but Emi eased my concerns and listened to what I wanted. My make-up looked amazing and I got tons of compliments! Definitely will use her again and referred all my friends to her! - Lauren

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Color For Color Artistry
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ewa P.
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Monica was incredible! This was my first experience getting my make up done and I loved Monica's work. She was so relaxing, accommodating, and freaking talented that it's insane! I had to crazy rush fly in from SFO, book it to get my make up done, then book it to a wedding and Monica was very kind with dealing with my flight delay and working magic in the adjusted time line. My only regret is that I didn't have more time to just relax and enjoy the make up experience! I will 100% use Monica again for when I'm back in the Bay for special occasions/just treating myself. I have fair skin with some rosacea on my nose and cheeks, so marks after acne or redness are things I'm self-conscious about. Monica made them disappear! She also knew what to recommend to flatter me, better than my Pinterest inspiration choices, and she was so right. Even after the wedding my coverage was flawless. Ladies, Monica will make you look like an Instagram star for the day, just sit back and let her!

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CynthiaAmabella
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Chelsea N.
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Cynthia was excellent to work with! She came over and got 7 of us ready for my wedding. She got through all of us in just under 4 hours and we all looked beautiful! Her trial was very thorough and she wanted to make sure she had the makeup just right. :) She also provided a list of beauty and makeup products she recommends. Cynthia was an absolute pleasure to work with, I've already referred her to a friend for her wedding as well! I hope to work with her again in the future!

Makeup by Jelise
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Audra B.
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I loved my make up and would recommend Jelise. I had make up done for a photo shoot, but would come back to Jelise for special occasion work too. She really knew how to blend everything to look more natural. Great work!

Makeup By Jasmene
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
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She did a amazing job for my bridal shower make up I was really pleased. And she is a sweet heart 😊 thank you for making me beautiful on my special day

Dolled Up Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvia V.
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You are the best you always make my hair look gorgeous wouldn't go any other place

Tessa Hair and Make Up
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sirama B.
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Tess is a goddess of nurturing and feminity. I got to her a mess and she made me feel gorgeous and took good care of me. She did a romantic natural makeup look and kept my free spirit personality in my updo. I felt soft and feminine and glowing. She's the best!

Makeup By Mitasha
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Avleen S.
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Mitasha is one of the best makeup artists ive worked with! Easy to talk to and connect with, shes just a great person overall. She has an excellent hand and eye to make any look suit me and she does take suggestions if I want my look to be a bit different than what shes doing. After getting my makeup done by many other MUAs, the quality of work, products, and results by Mitasha is by far the best.

Lucy's Artistry
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Larisa M.
Verified review

Lucy was so great to work with! We scheduled our appointment about 2 weeks before the date, and she provided me confirmations. On the day of she was prompt to arrive to my place on time and provided me an excellent service! My make up turned out amazing - both my photographers were happy with it. Thank you Lucy! I'll be keeping your info for future needs.

Makeup & Hair by Hazel Skye
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa B.
Verified review

I have gotten my makeup done by different people before, but I have to say Hazel has been the best! I requested a natural glam look and she achieved it just perfect! Plus her energy and conversations make time fly. I’ve recommended her to a few friends and they have all been pleased:)

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brooke D.
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I am a local High School Senior photographer here in Raleigh, NC. Marissa has been one of my go-to make up artists for the past two years. She is phenomenal. My clients, being 18 years old and out of their element are usually very nervous for makeup styling and the photo shoot in general. Marissa does an excellent job easing their nerves and making them look stunning and confident for their portraits. She has great attention to detail and always gives the client the exact look that they were going for. From natural makeup for weddings or high school seniors to out of the box unique styling for photo shoots or runway, Marissa can do it all!

Hair & Make-Up by Lavina
5.0
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Anjali S.
Verified review

Lavina did my wedding ceremony and reception hair & makeup and she was amazing! She was super easy to work with, gave me multiple options for both my hair and makeup during my trial with her, and was the perfect calm presence in my room on the day of the wedding! I'd highly recommend Lavina for your hair and makeup needs, she is the best!

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