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  • 10 years in business
  • 389 hires on Thumbtack
Yasmin G.
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Recently I just had a wedding and was privileged to have Mayra and her team be in charge of my moms' as well as my hair and makeup. Mayra did an AMAZING job. When people saw me on that day, they all aspired for taking photos with me. I looked amazing in the photos---I don't normally do, but with the makeup on, I looked superb --- and the moms looked amazing in them. My mom got so many compliments from her coworkers; it was very exciting for her. My makeup stayed on with no trouble all day long, and was told that I need no retouch since Mayra uses high-quality makeup. My mom and I loved her work and would like to stay in touch with her for future events, and possibly makeup lessons! Mayra was amiable and helpful the whole way through. I didn't know much about makeup products or the techniques of applying makeup. She taught me tricks and basics as she was doing my makeup during my bridal consultation, and she answered all the questions I asked. She was attentive to details and needs, accommodated to clients' preference but also provided professional opinion. She was both very knowledgeable and well-equipped, and she can handle all skin type and skin color. I had a wonderful experience and I think having known her was a wonderful gift. I would definitely recommend her!

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Rose Hill & Crew
4.7
from 76 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diane N.
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I loved the way she did my makeup, she really made my eyes pop.

Uwasartistry
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Steven n.
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Hands down the best work ever done! Hired her to do my makeup for my wedding and she did the most amazing work! With all the crying none of the makeup wore off, which is a big thing when it comes go weddings let alone any other big events. Second when it came to photos the makeup was flawless(no washed out white skin with flash). She listened on what I wanted done and did it even better. For the price will worth it.

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Liv London Beauty
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brittney P.
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Such a talented artist! She really knows her stuff, plus she is so funny! Great personality 10/10 and my makeup is poppin!

Clean Beauty On Demand
4.0
from 64 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 490 hires on Thumbtack
Nathan F.
Verified review

I trained with Cassandra at her makeup academy to become certified in HD Makeup because I didn't have enough money to attend a regular school and I'm so happy with my choice. She's a real teacher at Blush School of Makeup so I trusted she would teach me everything there is to know about makeup. She even went out of her way to help me learn more about basic and bridal makeup. She taught me the fundamentals to build my portfolio and website too, which has helped me with booking amazing jobs. I like that Cassandra was flexible with my crazy schedule. The best part? I received a letter of recommendation and master certificate for my hours of training at the academy. Thank you, Cassandra!

Thumbtack Customer
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Yvonne is an amazingly talented hair stylist & make up artist! She's also very nice and patient :). I booked Yvonne for wedding hair and makeup. She is super responsive over chat - she answered all my questions very quickly. I had my trial run yesterday and it went way better than I'd dreamed of. I don't usually put on makeup, but Yvonne was patient with me while I described what I wanted. I showed her some pinterest pictures, and she created a hairstyle I loved immediately. She also fixed my eyebrows and covered up my skin problems flawlessly with her makeup! She was also very patient with me when I told her my makeup preferences. Thank you Yvonne! I'm very excited to work with you again on my wedding day! :)

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  • 10 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carissa P.
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Susan and her team were phenomenal on the day of my wedding. I did a trial with her and loved the hair and make up she did (I ended up doing it the day of my bridal shower to get a sense of how the makeup/hair would wear and I got lots of compliments and it lasted all day). On the day of my wedding, I needed hair and makeup for 10 people including myself. With a team of three we got all our hair and makeup done on time, even with some unexpected additional services that came day of! Everyones makeup/hair was great and lasted all day. I needed little tweaks from the trial to the day of and everything was perfect. So happy we went with this group of ladies for wedding hair and makeup, they were all so personable and made sure everyone was happy with their look. I don't have all my pictures yet, and my phone was being used as a radio that day, I do have some pictures from the trail and the day of, I highly recommend her!

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LilianBeauty
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa M.
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I can't even begin to express what an amazing job Liliana did at my wedding! From the beginning, she was so responsive, always getting back to me within a day or two. She listened to what I wanted, yet was great about telling me if she thought something else might be better. At the trial, she not only did my full face of makeup, but tried two different hairdos so I could pick which one I liked better. And, since I had a little bit of a drive, she even gave me baklava when I arrived so I wouldn't be too hungry! After the trial, when I sent pics to my family and friends, they were all so impressed that they wanted her to style them as well. And even though I kept adding more people to her to-do list, she accommodated everyone. As the wedding date approached, she sent me a detailed timeline of who would be styled at what time, so that everyone knew what time they needed to be present. She arrived on time, bringing everything, and worked so quickly yet well. She had to handle a variety of hair types, face types, and personalities, and she did it beautifully. She is AMAZING at handling monolid makeup and styling stubborn Asian hair of all lengths and textures. Plus, her pricing is incredibly reasonable! At the wedding, nothing moved. Even though several of us, including myself, cried and danced violently all night, everything stayed put, and I have never felt more beautiful. If you are considering Liliana, DO IT! SHE IS AWESOME!

  • 18 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Amber C.
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I found her exceptionally profressional. The makeup and hair styling were exactly what I had imaged for my wedding day!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria R.
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I really loved how Audra did my makeup and the makeup of my female wedding party for my June 2017 wedding. None of us really wears makeup regularly so we very much wanted to have a natural look for the wedding. Audra did a wonderful job enhancing our features and used excellent quality products. I was very happy with the results and thought all the women looked beautiful while still looking like themselves. Even my father who *hates* a made-up look said he thought Audra did an amazing job and that I looked beautiful, natural, and my age. Audra is also very sweet and friendly. I highly recommend Audra for your wedding or event makeup!

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ToniaKathleenArtistry
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily C.
Verified review

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!!! :) :)

Beauty by Jaime
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila M.
Verified review

Jaime did my makeup for a work event. She did an amazing job!! She is very talented with blending colors and took the time to make sure it was perfect. I look forward to Jaime to do my makeup again in the future!

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Makeup By Jasmene
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Kaylene K.
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I had Jasmene come to my home to apply makeup to my daughter, sister, Nonna and myself for my Nonna’s 95th Birthday. She arrived on time with all her supplies of makeup, false lashes and a super comfy makeup chair for clients to sit. It was a GREAT experience! She does an amazing job!! Jasmene glammed us up and we had a blast doing it! Jasmene is so sweet, fun to talk to and very personable! I can’t wait to have her do my makeup for my next event! She even gives makeup lessons and I’m looking forward to that session as well! I highly recommend Jasmene! You too will be delighted with your glamorous look!!

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Makeup By Amy S
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
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Wonderful experience! Very professional and caring. I will definitely recommend her to everyone. And I'm looking forward to learning how to apply my own makeup through the lessons sessions.

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VIVIDbeauty_one_
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jelise B.
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Had an amazing experience having my makeup and hair done by Stephanie. She executed the look I wanted! My hair was exactly what I wanted and more! She was very knowledgeable about all the questions I had for her. It was a great time and I looked amazing!

Makeup by Alexaly
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa B.
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Alexaly was amazing!!! She was super sweet and so fun to work with. She is passionate about makeup and was very professional, showing up exactly on time to my place. I had her do my makeup for Outside Lands Music Festival and she made me look beautiful! I don't normally wear a lot of makeup, and she did a great job of bringing out my features in a natural way. I got a lot of compliments on my makeup that day and I will definitely be using her services again in the future!

Facesbyjanessa
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sasha B.
Verified review

Janessa was so wonderful! She did my hair and makeup for my baby shower. She was very competitively priced while maintaining a high quality job, was very flexible, always responded quickly, answered my many questions, was very friendly and ready for me even when I showed up a little early! I would highly recommend her and I will go to her again in the future! She even did my hair when I initially just wanted makeup done. I got to many compliments through out the day! My hair and makeup was still looking great by the end of the night, I didn't want to wash it off!

CynthiaAmabella
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Cynthia really listened to what I wanted and brought me out in the makeup, just a much better version of me. I asked for a professional look for a work event and she hit it right on the head. I felt confident, beautiful and really supported. And she is just lovely to spend time with. Will be hiring her again and again.

Josanna Aguilar MUA
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Martha C.
Verified review

I hired Josanna to do my makeup for my engagement pictures and was absolutely satisfied! She showed up on time and was very friendly and outgoing making me feel very comfortable. I love how my makeup turned out and can't wait to see my pictures. Thanks again!!

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Team Bridal Beauty
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Stella H.
Verified review

Christina and her team were amazing! They were available last minute when my hair and makeup lady cancelled on me 2 weeks before my wedding. I had 9 people needing hair and/or makeup and also had 2 last minute people added as well as some of my bridesmaids coming late and they were totally cool with all of it and got everyone done on time.

Crystal Makeup Artistry
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Celeste C.
Verified review

Crystal was amazing. She understood how important my big day was and made me feel completely at ease. Her knowledge and skill as a makeup artist are unsurpassed. My makeup was amazing and lasted all day and night. Thank you so much for your amazing work

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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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