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  • 10 years in business
  • 390 hires on Thumbtack
Janet S.
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My friend was having Mayra do her makeup for a business video, and I tagged along, and got my makeup done too (since it was my birthday). What a treat! Mayra made me look great--like myself but way better. She was (as others have said) super relaxed and personable. But she's also incredibly knowledgeable about makeup--about which products are best for your skin, about how to make you look like you're glowing from within (isn't that what we all want) and how to use makeup for different purposes (stage, film, a social event, business). Too many makeup artists are one trick ponies, who only do the kind of makeup they themselves wear--not Mayra. She really listens to her clients and helps them achieve their goals. From now on I plan to book Mayra for all of my speaking events and social events. I'm hoping she will still have time for me, since she's so in demand!

Bay Area Birthdays
4.7
from 145 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 287 hires on Thumbtack
Mohit L.
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Jen is simply amazing. Her Elsa costume is very nice. Kids were very happy seeing their favorite character. She did amazing work with face painting , magic tricks and baloon twisting. Overall it was fun to have her in the party. Thanks again Jen.

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ChantelleStudio
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
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Heather H.
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Chantelle was the makeup artist for my wedding November 22, 2015. She was prompt, professional, warm, and most of all - made me look better than I ever have before. Her techniques are unbelievable! From contouring, to the individual lashes, my wedding day makeup looked AMAZING! Somehow she made me look like myself, but more glamorous. I would highly recommend her for special occasions, or for any time you want your makeup professionally done by a consummate professional.

Uwasartistry
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Rajpreet C.
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Anne was fantastic. I've worked with almost a dozen makeup artists and she was most definitely the best. I showed her a picture of how I'd like my makeup and she did a phenomenal job so quickly. The makeup lasted all throughout the day and night and I received so many compliments. I will certainly be requesting her service again. If I could choose one word to describe her work- FLAWLESS!

Simply Artsy Face Painting
4.8
from 61 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
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Jennifer did an amazing job. She arrived on time, set up quickly, and cleaned up. She has an amazing way with kids. She did crowd control by numbering their hands so that they weren't fighting. For those who just couldn't decide she helped them by asking questions or modifying a look for them. My daughter who was the birthday girl wanted to look like Rey from Star Wars so Jennifer basically did her "makeup" and added some fun jewels and crowd on her forehead. My daughter was thrilled. I would highly recommend her. She is amazing.

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Liv London Beauty
4.9
from 58 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
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Huong N.
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Liv came to my rescue when I found out my makeup artist/hair doesn’t do my engagement trial during weekend. Not only she was available but she gave me such a great affordable price for trial and wedding. She also gave us discount for eye lashes! I knew she didn’t have to do that. She always responsive when I have questions. She listens to my ideas/wants. She doesn’t pressure me with anything. She has a fun personable personality which is easy to talk to and get along with. I definitely will recommend her to people and will hire for future special occasions.

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Star High Beauty
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Aleesia S.
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We hired Star to do our makeup for our 80’s themed party, Star was AMAZING. So pleased with her work, her personality as well professionalism. She was extremely personable, and her talent as an artist is undeniable. She helped bring our 80’s style makeup dreams to reality and made the birthday girl and myself feel and look so pretty. She arrived on time and ready to work! I absolutely recommend her for any of your upcoming events!

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Vinnia Tjhin Makeup Artist
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Darcie S.
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Vinnia was fantastic!!! I couldn't have been happier with my wedding hair and makeup. All of my communication with Vinnia was done through email since I live out of the country. She was amazing at suggesting ideas for my hair and makeup. She was always very prompt with replying to my emails. I wasn't sure what to do with my hair since I was growing it out and I had only had my makeup professionally done once before. I showed Vinnia a picture of how I wanted my hair and she styled it turned out even better than I imagined. I had so many compliments on it! My makeup was beautiful too. Vinnia kept checking to make sure that I was happy and anything I wanted changed wasn't a problem at all. All of my bridesmaids and my mother had their hair and makeup done too. Vinnia and her assistant arrived on time and had all of us done within the time frame she provided. There was no rushing around, it was very relaxed and pampering. My makeup and hair lasted all night long! I highly recommend Vinnia as a professional, experienced, and high quality makeup artist and hair stylist.

Makeup by Alexaly
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis C.
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One of the hardest decisions was trying to find a hair and makeup artist for my wedding. I must have emailed and spoken with over 15 different artists and no one really met my criteria of being both affordable and talented. After going to three different trials with various makeup artists, I found that some were more skilled than others in either makeup OR hair. It was so hard to find someone who could do both well. Finally, after months of searching I found Makeup by Alexaly on Instagram. I was really impressed by her makeup and hairstyles that were featured on her page. Her makeup style is also natural and she is able to give her brides "the glow." So on a whim, I decided to book her with a trial. I was a little nervous to do that, but I decided to take a leap of faith since I was about 2 months away from my wedding. And boy was I lucky to have found her! I did a trial with her and she was able to nail the look I wanted! On my wedding day, she and her assistant came to the hotel at 8am. Alexaly worked on me and her assistant did hair and makeup for my maid of honor, mom, and one bridesmaid. They were able to finish by 10:30am. Later on that day, Alexaly came to the wedding venue and did a style change for me between the first look photos and the start of the ceremony. The morning look was a loose, romantic updo for the tea ceremony. The evening look was a loose braided fishtail. Both hairstyles were spot on!! My makeup also lasted through the entire day from 8am to 10pm. She made me feel beautiful and confident on my wedding day! Thank you Alexaly!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
DeVonna W.
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The only problem you have when Audra does your makeup is you never want to wash your face again!!!! She is beyond a pleasure to work with. Very kind and professional but she also was very educational and didn't mind answering all my questions about products and how to's. And her kit is immaculate!!!!!! In a perfect world Audra would be the only person that ever did my makeup! She is by far the best makeup artist I have ever worked with!!!

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Makeup By Jasmene
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nena J.
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I am in love with Jasmene's artwork! She is incredibly amazing when it comes to makeup! She is soo good! She's my to go to makeup artist whenever I need her! She's the best!

Makeup & Hair by Hazel Skye
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna Q.
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Hazel is a great makeup artist! She is professional and always on time and makes she accomdates everyones needs! I would recommend her for any events/ styling/ weddings or even for just a simple makeover!

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Olivia Garvin Makeup
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nicole P.
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As a former magazine beauty editor and now on-air beauty expert, I've worked with tons of makeup artists over the years. I met Liv when she did my makeup for my sister-in-law's Napa wedding, and since then, she's been one of my favorites. I loved how she made my skin look flawless and glowy without caking on the product. She chose beautiful neutral shadows that magically made my eyes appear bluer and bigger than ever. I highly recommend Liv. She'll make you look like the prettiest version of yourself.

Carina
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lupe C.
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Loved Carina and her skills, I got exactly what I wanted a beautiful old Hollywood vintage style ! She is a local San Francisco makeup artist that has worked with many celebrities. So happy we chose her for our event. She was super attentive! Definitely recommend her!

  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Robin S.
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Adrianne is the best! She really is so sweet and really takes the time to understand what her client wants. When she did my makeup for my engagement shoot, we discussed thoroughly what I wanted and as she did my makeup, she would stop to ask if I wanted more or less. Her attention to detail and also to what I wanted was something that you cannot find in my makeup artists. I would definitely hire Adrianne again for any of my makeup needs! The final look was exactly what I wanted while still looking natural - Adrianne did exactly what I was hoping for! Thank you, girl - you're the best!

Makeup by Jelise
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea Y.
Verified review

Jelise was awesome she rolled with the punches when we asked her to do an extra person on the day of the wedding. She also rolled with the punch when we changed the way we wanted our make up done last minute. She is a great makeup artist!

Color For Color Artistry
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Karen A.
Verified review

I flew into SanFranciso for a wedding and hired Monica Keppard to do my makeup. She did an awesome job, was very personable, and professional. Would highly recommend her.

The Fox Label
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke H.
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I tried a few makeup artists before a friend referred me to Emi. She's hands down the best. From nude to a subtle bold, Emi's versatile talents have made her my go to gal when it comes to make up (she's really good with fashion too)! Thanks Emi! I look forward to working with you again soon!

  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Estrella Z.
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I hired Bombshell Services to partner with me for a graduation party over at the Ruby Hill Golf club in Pleasanton. Cynthia was an instant hit as she amazed everyone with her artistic talent as she provided services as a body artist, face painter, as well as a caricaturist. She was in full costume as well! She is extremely professional; an excellent event planner, creative artist, and overall kind and extremely talented person. She is great with kids. They loved her easy going bubbly personality. Highly Recommendable! Thank you!

The Makeup Connection
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Thy P.
Verified review

Lexi was very easy and pleasant to work with. She managed to make me look the way I wanted to look. Unlike other makeup artists that I've used, Lexi actually took the time to listen to how I wanted my makeup done, and my partner and friends/family agreed that it looked good on me.

Faced By Janea
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Remi J.
Verified review

The best makeup artist in the bay area. She come prepared with her professional chair, light and a huge kit with all different type of lashes. She is the BEST hire her you won't regret it

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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