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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.

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.

Reviews for San Diego makeup artists
Craig H.
Kassundra was one of the very best makeup artists I have worked with in my 30+ years as a professional photographer. Very attentive to the needs of the shoot and clients and her work was stellar....a TRUE makeup ARTIST! Thanks Kassaundra!!
Chic Elegance by KassaundraChic Elegance by Kassaundra
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.
Neelo RaymanNeelo Rayman
Thumbtack Customer
Mimi is an incredibly passionate, fun, talented, and kind makeup artist. She comes prepared and made my skin looked flawless! I was glad to hire her!
Pretty Pretty * Makeup, Facial treatment *     ...Pretty Pretty * Makeup, Facial treatment * ...
Brent G.
Alisha is an amazing makeup artist. I HAVE recommended her to friends and would 100% work with her again. We hired her to do some elaborate Halloween makeup and she absolutely killed it! She really knows her stuff. She’s super friendly, very professional (has every makeup tool known to man), pretty quick, and a great value for the quality of her work. Highly recommend.
Makeup by Alisha PowellMakeup by Alisha Powell
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!
Jacqueline Bulajic - Makeup ArtistJacqueline Bulajic - Makeup Artist
Stephanie S.
I still can't believe i found a makeup artist that does airbrushing for only $65! It's amazing, and she did a great job. And on some days, such a short notice too. Plus she lives in a beautiful area of Coronado and it was a nice place to get your makeup done. I will definitely visit her again next year.
Cherwear Professional Makeup ArtistryCherwear Professional Makeup Artistry
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.
Jacqueline Bulajic - Makeup ArtistJacqueline Bulajic - Makeup Artist
Dimple B.
Sara was very easy to work with and my entire bridal party looked and felt beautiful on my big day. Her pricing structure is very fair and she is extremely professional. The second makeup artist she works with is lovely as well!
HairSpray StudioHairSpray Studio
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 YessyFaces By Yessy
Stacie T.
Thuy and Phoebe are great: beautiful artists, good listeners, and kept things relaxed on the morning of the big day (wedding makeup!) :) We weren't left a bridal "day-of" kit as described, which would have been helpful as one set of eyelashes popped of before we even left the hotel to go to the venue. That said: would work with again!
FB/IG: FreshFaceByThuy💄💋FB/IG: FreshFaceByThuy💄💋
Thumbtack Customer
Sara did an amazing job! She is super nice and made me feel comfortable. She went above and beyond. She arrived at my venue before I was there. Outstanding work and I would definitely recommend her talents for anyone looking and especially anyone with a darker complexions that might a little nervous about hiring a makeup artist as I was.
HairSpray StudioHairSpray Studio
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 And Makeup By LilyHair And Makeup 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!
EnglammedEnglammed
Thumbtack Customer
I have to say traveling from Michigan to California to get married was scary. But what was even more scary for me was not being able to find the perfect makeup artist for my special day. I'm so very happy to have found you. You did exactly what I wanted without having to ask. You are very polite and professional and I would recommend you to everyone. Thank you again :)
Squad Goals BeautySquad Goals Beauty
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 PheebsFace Art by Pheebs
Kristin K.
If there was one thing I would change about my wedding day is hiring SparklebySteph. Anyone looking for a makeup artist please beware that she could make other “more important” arrangements and show up late, rush through your makeup, have her assistant do the work and require you to pay full price. Steph, as I let you know on this day, I hope you do not make any one else feel the way you made me feel. I gave 2 stars because I feel she has talent with makeup (this is why I hired her), however my experience was terrible. Here’s how the day went. At 11pm the night before my wedding day, Steph informed me that she would be arriving at 11am instead of our agreed upon time of 9am insuring me that all 5 of our makeup would look “super fresh” at this time she also mentioned her assistant would be doing some of the work. I kindly let her know this is not what we agreed upon because, 1. I’d rather my makeup be done early and not feel rushed and 2. She never mentioned any assistant. I hired Steph based on her work/website/instagram not any assistant and was paying her prices not her assistant prices. Well, she told me there was no way she would get there at 9am as our contract stated because she had a photoshoot for “publication” during our scheduled time for my wedding day which we agreed upon several weeks in advance. Yet, due to her being late, here’s a summary: -Her assistant ended up doing makeup on 3 bridesmaids -Steph did not show up until 12pm and my makeup even started when the photographer arrived! She assured me I’d be done between 12-1pm but it ended up being after 2:30pm! -I felt rushed through my makeup as the bride and Steph even started packing up her makeup before I even got a look. And when I did look in the mirror I wasn’t impressed. She seemed irritated that I asked for eyeliner (she did not apply any!) and for my lipstick to be applied evenly since she already packed those items up. Also, the lashes she applied were short, shorter than my natural lashes, which was disappointing. Unfortunately I hired Steph and paid her full price even though her assistant did most the work. I would not recommend Steph to anyone due to the unprofessionalism I received when I booked her for my wedding makeup for 5 people.
Sparkle by StephSparkle by Steph
Jennifer C.
1 hour before she should have arrived, for my wedding day makeup, I received a text that she wasn't coming as her brother was in a car accident and she needed to go watch his kids. The kind side of me wants to believe that was true. the bridezilla side in me said I didn't care, this is the most important day in my life, what was her back up plan then, what about following through, just leave someone hanging on the most important day of their life? I was flying in from out of state, I researched thumbtack, had many more options and chose her as I believe in helping woman build their brand. Plush was available and had many artist, compareable prices with gifts, and I chose her to give her chance. Wish I would have gone with a larger company so I knew would have been taken care of.
Makeup by VanessaMakeup by Vanessa
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