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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 Jose makeup artists
Khyati T.
Her makeup was perfect and exactly what I wanted for my Engagement photoshoot. She was very friendly and her makeup made me look flawless in the pictures. I definitely recommend her as a makeup artist for any event.
Karolina M.
I’m so happy with your work and your patience . You are such an amazing makeup artist and your flexibility is also amazing!! Thank you so much !!
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Helen G.
Can't say enough about Tonya! Trying to find a makeup artist for two Prom girls was not an easy task. Tonya made this whole process from scheduling to makeup session easy and pleasant. Her work was fantastic and overall the girls loved her work and will be calling Tonya back for future sessions.
Rajpreet C.
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!
Valeria G.
Suzanne is the most amazing makeup artist I have ever worked with. She did both my wedding makeup trial and full makeup and hair for my wedding day, and I cannot express how grateful I am she made my day extra special by making me look flawless and stunning. I cannot wait to have another opportunity to work with her. Thank you so much Suzanne!!! 💜
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Eiman t.
Excellent makeup artist I highly recommend her And I will definitely use her in all my upcoming events . Thank you so much Anne . I was a beautiful mother of the groom . Thank you for your dedication
Poonam A.
She is a true artist! It was my 40th birthday yesterday and she did my make up, hair and both my daughter’s hair. She came right on time with her beautiful smile. She took her time to take care of each of us and went above and beyond to make us happy. Each and every person in the party complimented me on my look. She is not only an awesome makeup artist but is an awesome, fun and friendly person. Not only she is very good at her art of makeup, but also she loves and enjoys to do it. I would highly highly highly recommend her. For my next event, I am covered.... Thanks Adriana for making my special day BEAUTIFUL..
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Alejandra H.
Vivian was Amazing and so fun! She worked on three ppl for my mother’s wedding and gave us each our time. We got so many compliments on our makeup Her work is great highly recommended quick responses and her prices are reasonable compared to what other make up artist and charging book her you will not regret it!! :)
Christine M.
I give Teresa a 10/10! I contacted about 25 different makeup artists for my wedding and Teresa was the most impressive. She has a beautiful portfolio of work and she was super responsive and professional when I reached out for a quote. Teresa is equally talented in both hair and makeup. She did a fabulous job with me, my mom, my sister in law, and my mother in law. We all received many compliments and the hair and makeup stayed put throughout the night! Teresa’s personality will put you at ease so you can focus on a little pampering and enjoying your big day. I highly recommend Teresa Song. We couldn’t have been happier with the results and Teresa was really fun to work with too!
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Star G.
Hands down a very professional and awesome makeup artist. Mina made the process so easy from start to finish and also kept me updated with any questions or concerns I had. My 6 year old dancer had a video and photo shoot for our culture. Mina who didn’t know much about our culture was able to absorb every single detail I gave her and masterpiece it on my daughter. We had some many complements on her hair and makeup and we couldn’t have accomplished it without Mina from Chick’s Beauty Studio!
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Thumbtack Customer
Courtney is an amazing make-up artist. She did my make up for my cotillion and I came to her with no idea what I wanted. I gave details about my dress and she literally worked magic. My makeup lasted the whole night and it was perfect! She knows exactly what she's doing. I highly recommend her, she is a true talent. (:
Kiara D.
Rest was an amazing makeup artist and I couldn’t ask for anything better. I gave her a general idea of what I needed and she made a look at EXCEEDED my expectations. I booked my appointment very last minute (less than 48 hours an advance) and she was able to book me quickly, frequently communicate with me about my appointment, and create an amazing look for my from. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Rupinder S.
Teri Martin, you are amazing!!!The moment I texted you, I knew I was in right hands.Teri did my hair and makeup for our anniversary photoshoot.I wanted a natural look for the photos.Teri did exactly what I was looking for.And I loved the curls.I received a lot of compliments during our photoshoot.She did an amazing job. Also, she is so friendly.We talked for like an hour and half and it was just our first meeting.She is so easy to talk to.And expert at her work. Look nowhere else.Teri Martin is the makeup artist you are looking for. I've been waiting to post this review until I got the photos back so that I can share them too. Thank you so much Teri!!!
Cosmic Bellezza ArtistryCosmic Bellezza Artistry
Jay G.
From the begging to end Stephanie was absolutely amazing! While we were searching for a makeup artist she was prompt in her responses and willing to work with us but also gave us time to think about what we wanted. She was here on time, there wasn’t any wondering or trying to find her.. her work was excellent and what we also appreciated was her personality. If you’re looking for someone who will make you look beautiful and is pleasant to work with she is definitely your girl!
Jessica p.
Words will fall short to articulate my experience with Melissa, I contacted Melissa for makeup for myself and my daughter, she responded very quickly in a timely manner, it was so easy to communicate with her what I had envisioned my look to be, she listened to me patiently, and I shared a photo with her, Melissa did such a great job in delivering the exact look I wanted, I felt so pretty and beautiful for the first time in a very long time!!! For the next few hours, I was feeling like I was on top of the world!! Every insecurity I had was forgotten for that one evening!!! Melissa thank you for doing such a great job with my make up, you look a regular woman a mom and turned me into a glamorous women !! You have magic in your hands!! Melissa is a very skilled, talented make up artist!! My make up stayed all evening long!! The lipstick stayed on as well ah ha !! Needless to say a lot of women asked for Melissa contact information!! I have attached two photos a before and after:) Thank you Melissa for being so wonderful and awesome!! Even my daughter loved her makeup by Melissa !! We are so glad that we found Melissa ❤️🙏
Melissa Oliveira ArtistryMelissa Oliveira Artistry
Emily C.
I highly recommend Tonia. She did my makeup and hair as well as my two young daughters' hair for family photos. We were all very happy with the results! She is very friendly, patient and professional. Even before we met in person, she was very responsive over email in responding to my questions. The day of Tonia listened to what I wanted and made sure she gave my girls and me the hair styles and make-up style (for me) that we wanted, even if it meant taking more time to do so. I also was impressed that she has experience with young women and "older" women like myself who are moms and no longer in their 20's! And she was great with my two young girls ages 5 &7. Her rates are very reasonable compared to other artists' rates that I researched and she arrived on time and finished on time too. We would definitely book with her again and I would gladly refer her to my friends! Thank you so much Tonia!!! :) :)
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