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San Diego Special Effects Makeup Artists

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Mobile Radiance LLC
4.7
from 108 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 237 hires on Thumbtack
Alondra V.
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Keren is a amazing makeup artist, she gave me a soft beautiful, glammed look! She's my go to girl now. A great experience!

Face Art by Pheebs
5.0
from 99 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
Sasha A.
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Thank you so much for making me look perfect! As a model I am very picky with how makeup artists do my makeup. However I was very impressed with Phoebe. She really knows what she is doing. I told her I had a long day of shooting ahead so she recommended I do the Airbrush foundation so I did and I absolutely loved it! I wish she could do my makeup like that everyday. The makeup wore great never fading or having to retouch never got oily! It was definetely the best. All of my photos looked perfect as far as the makeup went. Phoebe is very professional and highly recommended in my book. She is now my go to makeup artist for all my shoots. I am so glad my friend recommended her to me.

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Hair And Makeup By Lily
4.9
from 68 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth Q.
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Lily did both hair and makeup for myself and my bridal party and she did such a phenomenal job. She is truly an artist, her skills for hair and makeup are on point! She was able to duplicate a look I wanted to achieve just by looking at a photo.

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Bulajic Makeup Artistry
5.0
from 65 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nik B.
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She did a killer Special Effects makeup for my boxing team - it looked so real and fresh. She is professional, clean, considerate, and efficient. Highly recommend this artist.

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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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Sparkle by Steph
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 79 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!!!!

Noelani's Artistry
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn A.
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Words can not even begin to express our endless thanks for your artistic expertise in makeup artistry. Mariah's makeup and hair was absolutely flawless for the Miss America Organization Pageant for Miss Outstanding Teen!

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Bride's by Liz
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin L.
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SUPER SATISFIED Sweet Sixteen mom and daughter(s)!!!! LIz truly is an artist with both hair and makeup. I communicated my daughter's wishes with Liz via text, emai, and phone conversations. She was clear and honest about what would be possible for my daughters' hair and she did not disappoint. She listened to our ideas and also shared some of her own. Liz arrived on time, was super organized with professional makeup and decorative hair supplies, and was easy to work with. After finishing my 16 year old's hair and makeup she offered to braid my younger daughter's hair and apply some makeup free of charge. So SWEET!!! We definitely recommend Brides by Liz for hair and makeup for any special event.

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Making Up
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie L.
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Doris is an outstanding makeup artist! She exceeded my expectations in doing my makeup for a special occasion. She selected colors that were very flattering to me and made me look years younger. She is very meticulous and exacting. She takes great pride in her work. She also did my hair for me since the style that I had wasn't flattering. She gave me advice on what to wear as well. Doris is very personable, a great connector of people and makes sure that you look the best that you can be for any special event. I would use her again and recommend her to friends and family. She's tops in her field and has done makeup for celebrities. Take a look at her website for her credentials - it's very impressive! You won't go wrong having Doris do your makeup whether it's for a special event or to do special effects or fun makeup for Halloween!

Makeup by Vanessa
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Veeee G.
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Vanessa is one of THE BEST makeup artist I know! She is very talented and professional. Meets all of your requests and makes you feel very beautiful. Not only does she make you look amazing she makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, enhances your beauty while accommodating to all your ideas. Love her and her work! You will not be disappointed! And I would definitely recommend her :)

BeLoved Hair & Makeup
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kim M.
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Had a great experience with lizbeth! She's very friendly and and talkative, she always goes by what you want and of course if you're not sure just ask for her opinion and she'll put in her stylish two cents. All in all she does amazing work hair and makeup both, I really recommended going to Beloved Hair And Makeup for your next special occasion!

BEAutifully Made
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
Tina G.
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I got the pleasure to meet Janee when I asked her to do my makeup for my wedding in June of this year. She came to my house to do a trial first a few months before and we clicked instantly. Her personality is contagious and her talent is unbelieve. Her choice of colors and her ability to know what to use and not to use per my skin color is amazing. She showed up 4 hours before I actually walked down the isle and seriously did not breath the entire time making sure my whole wedding party had makeup and it was done to her standards. My many meltdowns right before I walked was also not an issue as she was right next to me with her qtip, lipstick, and eye liner the entire time. Janee has a passion for what she does and it showed the entire time I got to have her for my wedding. I can't recommend her enough and I know nobody will be disappointed when they contact her for any special occasion they need makeup for.

IG @BouBue
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bret L.
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Blue was fantastic! I booked a private makeup lesson for my wife for her birthday, and he was prompt, professional, laid back, and answered all of my wife's questions with an informed, helpful response. After the lesson, she took his advice on products and applications and now loves applying and experimenting with makeup for her day without frustration or time delays. Highly recommend!!

Artistry Works
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Nicole S.
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Carmen is such an amazing makeup artist! I’ve had her do my makeup several times and always love how it comes out. She always takes her time & makes sure everything is perfect!

Beauty By Dani
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Tania S.
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Dani was everything I could of hoped for in a makeup artist. She was so patient during my my wedding trial and knew exactly the look I was going for. I was so happy with the way my makeup turned out on my wedding day and received many compliments. Thank you, Dani!!

Color by charisma
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Marisa L.
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Thank you Jesus for putting me in the right place at the right time! I ran into Renee on a random trip into a major department store. I was looking for a makeup artist for my upcoming wedding, but didn't even think to visit this retailer. I'm SO glad we crossed paths that day because she was literally one of the best parts of my wedding day! Renee is so down to earth and easy to talk to. We laughed, danced and just had the best time! She was able to travel to my hotel and spend the morning enhancing the natural beauty of my bridesmaids, mom and myself. EVERYONE was so happy with their look and best of all... the looks lasted all morning through the next morning! I couldn't be happier with Renee and her amazing work! She loves what she does and you can definitely see! Her smile and infectious positivity truly made my wedding morning the best it could've ever been!

The Lab a Salon
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
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Emily has been my hair stylist for four years. She is amazing! My cut and color is always better than what I envision. It is so clear that Emily is passionate about beauty and looking/feeling your best. She has always taken time to consult about what I am looking for in each appointment. Emily is great at what she does and I will keep going back to her. Emily also did my makeup and hair for my wedding and did a fabulous job. I felt gorgeous!

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 !!

MsMurien Hair and Makeup
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Shiela C.
Verified review

I cannot be any happier with how my and my bridesmaids' hair and makeup turned out on my wedding day. Murien took my ideas and requests about how I envisioned our looks on my special day and she enhanced them. She knew exactly how to highlight my look to have me stand out as the bride while keeping my girls all uniform in look but stunning. Murien did hair and makeup for myself and 4 other girls. She was quick, organized, and we finished earlier than expected so we were on time for the day. On time? You don't hear that very often during weddings! I was concerned that my future husband would not like my makeup since he is not a fan of me wearing too much of it. Murien listened attentively to my concerns and on my wedding day my husband loved my makeup. She also took special care with my concerns regarding my bridesmaids' look. In the end, I was happy, my husband was happy, my bridesmaids were happy, we received numerous compliments throughout the night, our looks stayed fresh throughout the day, and our pictures look amazing. So if you want someone who knows how to do your look right, who understands how important your day is, and will make you feel amazing look no further than Murien.

Casey R.
Verified review

Stella is an amazing makeup artist. You won't be disappointed!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Q & A

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 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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