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Palm Desert Special Effects Makeup Artists

Browse these special effects makeup services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palm Desert.

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Julie Koeth Makeup & More
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sicely J.
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Amazingly talented and professional! What else could in want in a makeup artist? She was on time and worked me to find the perfect look for my event. I can't wait to work with Julie again!

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Glitz&Glam
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
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I was so happy with my makeup. Everyone said how gorgeous it looked. Some of the pictures I showed as examples of what I wanted were really bold but she made me look perfectly "done up" rather than overdone or clownish

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Makeup Artistry By Cyn
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie J.
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I hired Cynthia to do my makeup because she is so talented! She has the makeup experience that ranges from subtle to dramatic, fun to romantic; and she was so accommodating! I loved my consultation look and feel even more in love with her work on my wedding day. She exceeded my expectations!! I showed Cynthia a photo of the look I wanted and she customized it to highlight my best features. She has great intuition when making artistic decisions and teaches while she applies. It was important for Cynthia to make sure that I didn’t feel over done. My makeup lasted all day!

Key Beauty
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Daisy D.
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Vicky is one of the best hair and makeup artist out their. She has done both my hair and make-up for different occasions. I am always pleased with the end results. She's professional, personable, & reasonable. I'm so glad to have been made up by her many times before. I highly recommend her to all my friends & families.

Renee V.
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Cole (and his assistant) were at my home on the day of my wedding helping me get beautiful for the most important day of my life. Cole is reliable, professional, extremely talented and fun too! I am happy to say that I have hired Cole twice since my wedding. He has now done my hair and makeup for two other formal events. Cole has entertainment factor and has the talent to be a makeup artist and hairstylist for any event/makeup need. -Renee from Temecula

Makeup by Theresa Marie
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Leah B.
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Theresa is such a wonderful makeup artist. She has done my makeup on numerous occasions, even for my wedding. I am always so happy when I get to see what I look like after she's finished. I like the more natural look and she is spot on. She takes the time to listen to how I would like it done and I never have any complaints. She brings out the the best features and not only does the makeup look good in real life, but in pictures too. I would recommend Theresa to anyone and everyone having a wedding, being in a wedding or any other special occasion.

Oohhh Lala Glamour Makeup
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Geoffrey R.
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Sueann is an excellent makeup artist, I have worked with her on a styled shoot and several runway/bridal show events and her work is always so perfectly 'on message" with the style and theme of the event. Most importantly she is real fun to work with and an awesome team member. Love to work with with her!

  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Vera K.
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Kristal is the best! She’s very kind and thorough. I like that she takes her time to make you look your best and doesn’t rush through, which showcases her amazing quality :) I recommend Kristal to everyone who’s looking to get their hair and/or makeup done for any event - from everyday makeup to special events! I hired her to do my hair and makeup for numerous events such as: graduation, school ceremonies and when I was in a wedding(: Kristal also did the bride’s hair & makeup because the bride liked her work when the bride saw me on my graduation day! <3 Thank you for your amazing talent Kristal!!

MakeupSicknessByAly
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekah M.
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I needed a last minute makeup artist for a photo shoot. I found MakeupSicknessByAly and she was so sweet and totally accommodated me by traveling to me! She was so funny and listened to every detail of what I wanted done. If you are looking for someone that you will be able to use for multiple events, give her a try, she is worth it!

Dolce UVA Spa
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina W.
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Keep going back for more! Maria has been working me for years. She gives the best facials and has lots of skin care product knowledge. She's cut my hair, done my makeup for special events, massaged out the knots in my back plus more! She's friendly, very energetic and professional. I highly recommend her for beauty needs!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Andrea A.
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Detailed, extremely talented, over the top service. I always go to her for makeup that ranges anywhere from "natural, glam, to special effects/Halloween" looks. Even for tips on how to do my own makeup.

Ary's artistry
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Bridget M.
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She's an amazing makeup artist to work with. She listens to what makeup you want on your special day or photo shoot. If you don't have any ideas on what you want she creates a look that looks beautiful and goes with your personality:)

Tresfon D.
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I am in the Over 50 Category and I always hire Cheryl to do my makeup for aniy special occasion. If you want to look 10-15 years younger and feel pretty, Cheryl is your girl.

Beauty by Kde
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chris S.
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I found Kristina through yelp, under beautyby_kde. I was looking for someone for my wedding. I have tried several make up artist and paid twice for a trial and all of them was a fail. I emailed Kristina because I really like her photos on yelp and I like how her reviews were very pleasant. I had my trial a few days ago and I'm positive that I will be hiring her for my event. She charge me $50 which was reasonable but if you end up booking her that money will go towards your event and I thought that was great because I didn't want to spend anymore money if I didn't have to. She was nice and professional and I like how she was very knowledgable and you feel comfortable with her. I'm happy I found her. Will be also referring her to my friend that is getting married in September.

Makeup by Bryanna
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kyria G.
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Bryanna did my make up for 2 weddings. I LOVE the way she applied it. I completely trust her with my face. I felt so beautiful when she was done! She also did my teenage daughter's make up and she looked so beautiful too. It was totally age appropriate for her. I've seen her work on all different age women. She knows how to personalize for each age bracket. I only want her to do my makeup for all special occasions. I wish I could have her do my makeup every day!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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Shandra did my bridal and wedding party hair and makeup. She did a great job, everyone looked so pretty! I will definitely recommend her to friends! We were blessed to have found her!

Makeup by Taylor
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bernice W.
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I'm so happy I discovered Taylor. Taylor did my makeup for my engagement photos. She asked about the location (Idyllwild), she made sure the makeup was appropriate for the location. After having such a great experience with her I knew I needed her to do my makeup for my wedding day. She made me look absolutely beautiful. I didn't want anything too heavy(because I still wanted it to look like me). She played up my best features-my eyes and lips. Everyone I spoke to complimented my makeup. If you're looking for someone to do your makeup for a special event or if you want to try something new Taylor is your girl!

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I am gifted in F/X and beauty makeup. I am currently working to pay for a beauty college. I have all my own makeup and airbrush. I bring my own kit.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.

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.

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