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  • 10 years in business
  • 382 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.

Beauty By Teresa Song
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn Y.
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I have worked with Teresa twice for my photo shoot, she is a really good person to work with - arrive on time, professional and fast. She know a lot knowledge about lighting on how it affects for the make up between indoor and outdoor. She is also easy to communicate as she is willing to meet up with you before the photo shoot, and after she understand your theme, she will design the make up in advance. I like to work with her, she is fun and I was very happy with the make up she made for my each different models. I highly recommend her for those of you who are trying to find a make up artist as professional as her.

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Uwasartistry
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sarbia G.
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Anne was prompt in communication and understood what I wanted. She was a pleasure to work with. My make-up lasted through the night. Even after dancing! Anne's prices are reasonable, she also has a great personality. I will definitely use her services again. I recommend her to everyone.

  • 11 years in business
  • 488 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
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 95 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!!

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Makeup by Cynthya
4.8
from 25 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 23 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.

  • 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 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 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!

Makeup By Jasmene
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
Verified review

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

Olivia Garvin Makeup
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole P.
Verified review

As a former magazine beauty editor and now on-air beauty expert, I've worked with tons of makeup artists over the years. I met Liv when she did my makeup for my sister-in-law's Napa wedding, and since then, she's been one of my favorites. I loved how she made my skin look flawless and glowy without caking on the product. She chose beautiful neutral shadows that magically made my eyes appear bluer and bigger than ever. I highly recommend Liv. She'll make you look like the prettiest version of yourself.

Makeup & Hair by Hazel Skye
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 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:)

Makeup by Jelise
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Audra B.
Verified review

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!

Dolled Up Services
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvia V.
Verified review

You are the best you always make my hair look gorgeous wouldn't go any other place

The Fox Label
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Soraya C.
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Make-up is not one of my strong points! Emi made me feel immediately comfortable. That was so important to me. So, not only did I get the perfect end result- my make-up was flawless and I felt beautiful - I had the best experience. We laughed and I enjoyed every minute. Thank you EMI for helping to make my day so perfect!!

Makeup by Juls
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Laney G.
Verified review

Wonderful just Perfect really Love my hair a make up and my dauther hair a make up was gorgeous she was the center of the attention in her party than you girls

Tessa Hair and Make Up
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
E. M.
Verified review

I was searching for a local makeup artist who uses natural beauty products, and could come to my home. Tessa fit the bill. She was both pleasant and professional. As a mature client, I was especially happy with her ability to make my under eye circles much less noticeable while not piling on a ton of makeup. I am learning how apply makeup, but think it it well worth the price to have an expert such as Tessa complete a look from time to time.

Makeup By Mitasha
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Avleen S.
Verified review

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.

Makeup by Shelli
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Preet S.
Verified review

"I loved my make up" She was very professional, quality work and on time which is a must for me!

Cellaswan
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Caren S.
Verified review

I had accompanied my girlfriend to an appointment she had with Cella. My friend was getting her makeup done for an event she was attending with her boyfriend. I could not believe the amazing work Cella did. I have had many make ups myself and never looked as great as my friend did. Cella's talent is unbelievable. She clearly has an attention to detail that I like. My friend looked incredible and I can't wait to book my own appointment with Cella. She is my new go to for all my events.

Lexa Brown
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pinky M.
Verified review

Lexa is truly amazing she's done my make up around 6 times now for different events and of occasions and I was flawless (or at least her work made me feel that way) she listen to my ideas and executed them far beyond my vision and she's also very laid back and easy to be around definitely be using her services again soon

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