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San Diego Makeup Artists

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Plush Artistry LLC California
4.7
from 105 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
Sienna R.
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Excellent service. Makeup artist was prompt and produced amazing results. Plush is worth every penny.

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Hair And Makeup By Lily
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dawn M.
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Lily gave the bride the exact look she wanted and she's fun to work with. The makeup was glamorous and stayed fresh all day and evening. Very, very pleased!

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Bulajic Makeup Artistry
5.0
from 61 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Briana S.
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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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HairSpray Studio
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carmen P.
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Sara and her team are excellent makeup artists and stylists! They made me feel and look beautiful on my wedding day! I will recommend her to all my friends and family! I would love to work with her again for any future events. You have found your makeup artist. You will be very happy that you did! Thank you Sara!

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Glam by Nataly
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Genia R.
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Nat is an amazing makeup artist! She very creative and steps outside the box for that unique look. It's rare you can find someone who sees your vision and improves it with their very own style. Every look is different and that's what I like about her skills.

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Sparkle by Steph
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rena R.
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Stephanie is an amazing makeup artist. Easy to work with, friendly and professional. She gave me the perfect look for my wedding day. I wanted a look that "looked like me" but with a touch of Glam!! As requested, Stephanie focused on my eyes and made me feel at ease wearing fake eyelashes as I had never worn them before. Stephanie was punctual and I highly recommend Stephanie for any occasion! Thank you Stephanie for helping make my wedding day FABULOUS..... YOU ROCK!!!!

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Bride's by Liz
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kath R.
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I like how Liz did my hair and airbrush makeup. I heard my guests complimenting me that i look like a princess 😂. She is very accommodating and friendly. She even gave me a lipstick because i only have a lip stain and that my red lipstick isn't a good match to my makeup. Liz went on the extra mile to do some hair spray for the groom and blush/contour for a guest (which is not included in the service we agreed upon). Thank you so much Liz! I'd be sure to book you again.

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Bridal Beauty by Phoebe
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
CANDIA S.
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Phoebe did such an amazing job on my hair and makeup for my 1920s themed wedding, we didn’t even do a trial run before. I was able to show her my dress and explain to her what I wanted and she delivered. I normally do my own makeup for everything since I love makeup, but I’m so glad I decided to get it done. I’m still continuing to get compliments on my look. I definitely would recommend her for your bridal needs!

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FB/IG: FreshFaceEra 💄💋
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise R.
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Thuy did the makeup for all of us bridesmaids and the bride. She was absolutely amazing! I didn't feel like my make up was too heavy and she really highlighted my features! I will definitely recommend her to everyone for make up!

Raquelin
4.3
from 20 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Chanelle N.
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I worked with this talented artist yesterday on 6/25 and she was AMAZING! She was punctual passionate and professional. I would definitely recommend her services if you are looking for the ultimate makeup artist!

Julie Taing MUA
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Vinh N.
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Julie is nothing short of exceptional when it comes to being a true makeup artist and bringing professionalism and artistry to the table. I would definitely recommend her to any and all interested parties; whether you want to look your best or perhaps bring a creative vision to life, Julie's care to professionalism, punctuality, work quality and commitment to punctual communication will bring a lot of value to each project.

  • 24 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy S.
Verified review

We have used Kim and her makeup and her styling skills on many occasions for video production TV commercials. I have also referred Kim to my family and friends who may be looking for a makeup artist for their wedding. Kim will be on time, give you excellent service and give you what you want! If you want the best, no need to look further!

Alla.glow
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sasha P.
Verified review

Alla did my makeup on a couple of occasions. Once for my friends’ wedding and another a personal photo shoot. She was very friendly and made me look beautiful, I was getting compliments all over. She is also very gentle and soft to the touch, careful in her work and takes in count all your wishes. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who appreciates amazing skill combined with great personality.

IG @BouBue
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
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Blue was amazing! We first met when he came to do my makeup for my bridal shower. And after that it was history! Haha I was hooked! I knew he was extremely talented about 5 minutes into us meeting. I instantly knew he would be perfect to do my makeup for my bachelorette and wedding. So 2 months later he was on a flight to Cabo for my wedding! Best decision ever! He was awesome and totally rocked it. He did my makeup as well as 6 of my bridesmaids, my aunt and mother in law. I loved everyone's look. He made my special day becoming a bride so incredible! He is my go to from here on out!

ByMaryE
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Candice G.
Verified review

Mary does an amazing job! I always have trouble finding a makeup artist that I actually like. She did everything Just the way I wanted and it lasted through the night. Plus she’s super sweet :) HIGHLY recommended !!

MakeupbyTania
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole P.
Verified review

Tania is a young professional woman who came and slayed my makeup for my 40th birthday party. Everyone was talking about how good it looked the whole night. I can't wait for the next event so she can do it again. I highly highly recommend her yesss. 💯☀️💜

Make up artist
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Gaby B.
Verified review

Cindy was able to drive out to my house, arrived on time and with a great attitude to do my make up for graduation. Not only was she professional throughout the entire time, but she communicated what she envisioned for my make up and made sure that i felt comfortable and was pleased with the outcome. I love that she really focused on highlighting and extenuating my facial features with her work. She did especially amazing with facial coverage, eyebrows, and making sure my makeup blended well so as to not look “cakey”. I definitely recommend her!

BeautyByMetz
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Ambar Y.
    Verified review

    Amazing work on my hair and makeup. I’m EXTREMELY picky And very particular about how other people do my hair and make up. Often times I don’t like people to do it for me and I like to just do it myself but I trust Meztli to do it just the way I ask. Give her a shot you won’t be disappointed!

    Mae A.
    Verified review

    Mary was super attentive to detail and I was amazed by her work! I normally don’t wear makeup whatsoever and Mary made sure she listened to my concerns (I didn’t want to look cakey!) My makeup looked natural but appropriate for my event! (Prom) I also didn’t know what I was looking for, but I’m glad Mary was so creative! I got soooooo many compliments from my friends at prom and my makeup lasted UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. I will definitely refer Touch of Radiance to everyone I know and will SO book again if I need to!

    MV Bridal Hair and MakeUp
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Maria H.
    Verified review

    Marnie did an amazing job on my hair. We decided I should wear my hair down and flowy for my special day. It turned out fabulous!

    Patti R.
    Verified review

    Beautiful work!! She is a true artist at what she does 😄

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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 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.

    Actual Requests

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    Need a Makeup Artist for a Wedding on October 13,2013

    San Diego, CA

    • Number of people needing makeup
      5
    • Details
      The wedding is in Coronado
    • $151.25
      Average price

    Need a Makeup Artist

    Chula Vista, CA

    • Event type
      Photoshoot
    • Number of people needing makeup
      1
    • Trial makeup session
      Yes, I am interested
    • Details
      Would also like false eyelashes applied?
    • $65
      Average price

    Need a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist on June 30th @ 10am

    Chula Vista, CA

    • Event type
      Other (Quinceanera )
    • Trial makeup session
      No, I am not interested
    • Details
      I need both hair and make- up
    • $108.75
      Average price
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