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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 San Diego makeup artists
Sahar D.
Taylor was incredible as the makeup artist for my wedding. She worked through several hours of bridesmaids and tailored each person’s look to their preference. She asked lots of questions to help me figure out what look I wanted. I don’t typically wear makeup and was anxious about my makeup trial, but Taylor was very patient and re-did parts of my makeup to ensure I felt secure about my makeup look for the big day. I would highly recommend Taylor as a makeup artist; she is friendly and warm in addition to being super talented!
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Vicky K.
Chrissy did my make up for a photo shoot. I was so pleased with the results! She is an excellent makeup artist!
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Beth N.
Liz, was excellent to work with. She does quality work and takes feedback really well. She's overall such a pleasant person and a great makeup artist!
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Thumbtack Customer
Neelo a wonderful person, she does have her own style of makeup. It's a heavy makeup style with all glammed up eye make up .if you are confident enough to carry a glamourous look , you got the right artist.
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Lisa N.
Doris is personable, professional and a highly skilled makeup artist. She listened to what I wanted for my look and the end result exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend her for your makeup application needs. Thank you Doris!
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Marlaina W.
She did an amazing job on my makeup and made the process of hiring her so easy with her quick response. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a quality and professional makeup artist. If I lived here I would hire her for many occasions!
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Thumbtack Customer
Excellent makeup artist. I hired her for Halloween and she came last minute and saved the day. I wanted the Queen of Dragons look from Game of Thrones and I thought she did a spot on job.
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Melanie S.
Jaqueline came over at 5 in the morning to help me get ready for my engagement photo shoot in balboa park. She was super professional, punctual and a true artist! Makeup looked great and lasted all day!
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Thumbtack Customer
I'm a makeup artist who hired Katherine to assist me on one of my wedding parties. Katherine arrived on time and provided really good work. I wish she lived closer so I could work with her more often! I recommend booking her for all your hair & makeup needs! Thanks again Katherine!
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Emma P.
Elena was amazing to work with. She is not only very talented but she was so great to have around the day of. She did our makeup for my friends wedding and did an amazing job. Our makeup artist canceled last moment and luckily Elena had an opening. She was extremely responsive and worked around her busy schedule to make it work for us. I could not recommend her enough.
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Ennis C.
I have had many makeup artists on set and for other purposes. Yessy is the best. I felt extremely comfortable as if we have been working together for years. I am talking "Top Notch Professional!" Thank you, so much, Yessy
Faces by Yessy (please read profile)Faces by Yessy (please read profile)
Laura C.
Colleen is seriously talented! I hired her after I was unhappy with my trial from another artist. Colleen was quick to reply and was out giving me a trial the very next day! I told her what I wanted (a very natural look) and she nailed it on the first try! My bridal party were also all very pleased with their makeup! I wish I could have Colleen do my makeup every day! She’s great! Will definitely be using her any time I need my makeup done!
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Crystal T.
Elena was a lifesaver. My previous stylist/makeup artist canceled on me 72 hours before my wedding but Elena was able to fit me in after already working for hours on another event. Not only did she do gorgeous hair and makeup but she made my daughter look adorable as well with the cutest hairstyle. She took her time, she was kind, funny, and just overall a great person to work with. I’ll update with pics when I get them!
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Alessandra M.
Thank you so much Doris for providing an amazing hair and makeup service for my wedding! I can’t recommend Doris enough :) I was looking for a make up artist/ hair stylist last minute (2 weeks to the wedding) and Doris not only replied within hours, but provided me with a price list that fit my budget and set up a trial appointment for me for the following week. She was super friendly, professional, listened to my ideas for hair and makeup and followed the photos I had as guidelines perfectly. Thank you again Doris! Amazing job 😊
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David G.
Alissa is an outstanding makeup artist and an even better person! She is very professional and punctual with excellent communication plus has a great congenial nature and sense of humor. She ensured I was happy with the results and also provided a touch-up kit should that be required, which it turns out that it was. My mind was put at ease about my appearance and that allowed me to focus upon acting, which is a wonderful feeling. I will definitely look to hire Alissa again for any future projects requiring makeup. Thank you for the fantastic experience as well as speaking about life with me 🙂
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Priya J.
If you are looking for a Hair and Makeup artist for your big day, hire Lily! Starting from the very beginning, Lily was very sweet, professional, and responsive to all my questions and requests. We exchanged a few emails and then I followed her IG to see photos of her work. I fell in love with her style and immediately paid the deposit for my wedding date. I got my trial done a few months before the wedding and absolutely ADORED it! Lily was very attentive to my makeup requests and made me feel beautiful … and it was just the trial! Closer to the wedding date, she gave me a very thorough and organized timeline regarding the setup as well as hair and makeup schedules for all the girls. She did a fantastic job for me, my 6 bridesmaids, mother, and mother in law. Lily did everyone’s makeup and her assistant did all the girls’ hair according to the hairstyle they preferred. Lily did both my hair and makeup and I felt absolutely STUNNING on my wedding day! Thank you for everything Lily! You are amazing!
Hair Art By LilyHair Art By Lily
Alaina F.
I have allergies, and Pranali was very accommodating and easy to work with. She told me everything I needed to know upfront and even sent reminders. She showed up early and fully prepared. She took her time and made sure she achieved the look I wanted. It was a pleasure working with her, and I would recommend her to others looking for a professional makeup artist!
Brandi l.
Myra was great. She was right on time was very friendly and accommodating. I chose Myra because her website photos showed she was well versed in all age categories. Originally, only my daughter and I had booked to have hair and makeup done. When my daughter came out to show everybody her makeup, my daughter in law immediately wanted Myra to do her too. Myra worked her in and we all looked great. Myra was very knowledgeable and really was wonderful meeting our desire for a natural, but special occasion look. She even said she would travel to Las Vegas if we ever needed her in the future. I am so glad we found such a talented and very sweet hair and makeup artist for my son’s wedding.
Kira H.
Perfection! I had my baby shower this past weekend and wanted to look my best; I normally don’t do makeup or have my hair done so I just googled ‘San Diego make up artist’ ; Natalia came up with great reviews so I decided to book her; she responded right away, asked some basic questions, and we scheduled the appointment; Natalia is extremely professional and talented, my makeup and hair turned out beautifully! All my pictures from the event look amazing, and I couldn’t be happier with whole experience; highly recommend! -Kira
Natalia Chertukhina by HMUANatalia Chertukhina by HMUA
Debbie R.
Shab did my makeup for my son’s wedding on August 7th, along with 4 other family members. She did an excellent job on all of us. We were very pleased with her outcome. I would definitely use her again for any other occasion that I needed to. She is very friendly, easy to work with. Accepts your likes and dislikes but creates a beautiful outcome . High quality styling and standards. Friendly and a good quality makeup artist! I loved Shab and her work. Would definitely recommend her and I would use her again. Thank you, Shab, for your excellent work!
Makeup by Shab 💄 (makeup only)Makeup by Shab 💄 (makeup only)
Chris Y.
Phoebe is a wonderful makeup artist! She answered all of my wife's questions quickly and her timeline helped plan our day accordingly. She was very friendly and made my wife and her bridesmaids feel comfortable! She listened to what they all wanted and made it work for each individual! We highly recommend her and would use her again in the future! Thanks again Phoebe!! Kirsten & Chris Young
Face Art by Pheebs (makeup only)Face Art by Pheebs (makeup only)
Danielle A.
Doris did a phenomenal job. Highly recommend her! My baby girl has never been into hair and makeup but wanted something special for prom and Doris nailed it! She took her time, listened carefully, takes pride in her work and exceeded our expectations. On the Expensive side but totally worth it! Doris is for sure our go to make-up artist and stylist. Thank you for helping my daughter to feel confident and beautiful. The smile on her face says it all.
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Teresa A.
This was my first experience with a makeup artist and she was AMAZING! I booked a trial for my sons wedding. Taylor is so professional yet very warm and kind all at the same time. I asked numerous questions and also requested if I could make a few changes and she was so patient with me. All of my stress for looking my best for this incredible day is gone. I am so excited and I know she will make me look Fabulous! Thanks again Taylor :)
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Ashley K.
Cindy was the most amazing make-up artist! She was open, provided amazing feedback, and made sure everyone looked stunning! My mother, grandmother and bridesmaids, couldn't stay out of the mirror! They were in awe of how Cindy made them look and feel :) I couldn't have asked for a better person to do my makeup for my big day. Thank you so much Cindy, and we wish you the best in everything you do! You are an incredible talent! Book her! You won't regret it :)
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Karla D.
This is my first time asking for the services of a makeup artist and I can’t be more happy. She answers right away, got to my appointment even before the set up time, she walked me through everything, I had such a good time, her brushes smelled so good! She makes you feel safe, you can see how passionate she is about her job, she’s so detail oriented. Couldn’t ask for more. Taylor thank you so much! I will definitely ask for your services again!
Taylor Made MakeupTaylor Made Makeup
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