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  • 10 years in business
  • 389 hires on Thumbtack
Janae L.
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I happened to find The Eye Lash Make up Artist because I had a huge stack of brochures (bridal expos and shows) and just went through it. I forgot to book a stylist, so I was cutting it close. Luckily, there was an opening for my wedding date. The main reason I went with them is because they've done plenty of people of different races who have looked great. (I'd rather not be one of the first few Asian test runs) A good majority of stylists did not have pictures of people of color and if they did, their makeup was not particularly impressive. I really appreciated Mayra patience in dealing with me because I had issues to deal with and didn't respond quickly and had a really wish washy bridal party that didn't know if they wanted hair or make up or both or none. Mayra did cost adjustments almost to the day of my wedding and I had to ask Heather about adding on an additional 2 services on the day of. If I had to deal with some one like myself, I'd be a bit annoyed. I had Heather for hair and make up and she was fabulous! We were not particularly helpful on what we wanted, i.e. clueless, but she gave us ideas, tried a few things, and it worked out wonderfully. Even though we tacked on 2 more services at the last minute (thanks Heather!), she still finished everything on schedule. We even ended up ahead of schedule at one point and took a break for a bit. Everyone loved their hair and make up and all of us received compliments. I had a trial done and it was great, but the day of looked even better. The wedding day was a bit windy and the groom kept bumping my hair and smudging my makeup, but my hair and makeup still stayed perfect until the end of the night. Even the fresh flowers that were in my hair. Pictures came out with us looking great! We all enjoyed Heather's company, especially the hair and makeup tips. :) I'd definitely recommend them to anyone looking for hair and makeup.

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Mister Clean Machine
4.9
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David L.
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I had let my home go way too long and as such became embarrassed about having anybody come in and clean. When I put out feelers for a housecleaner Michael was the first to respond and even after sending him photos of what my home had become he still consented to clean, all the while assuring me that it will be okay and that I'm not the only person to get myself in the situation I had fallen into. As you can see from the my bathroom and kitchen photos Michael has posted it was quite a huge job. He spent one hole day in the bathroom scrubbing and scraping the tiles cleaning the sink, tub and bowl and washing the windows and mirrors (You can see how my bathroom shines in the after photo). Than he came back for another 1/4 day to attack the kitchen ( you can see the results as well). I recommend Michael very highly for his devotion to the job, understanding of your needs and excellent quality of his work.

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ChantelleStudio
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessie F.
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I not only love the amazing job Chantelle did for my album promotional photos for my latest music release. But the fact that she offers photo, makeup and hair as a complete service package is so easy and allowed me with my very busy schedule to have the time during hair and make up to feel comfortable and get to know her. So that when the time came for her to start taking the shots we were on the same page. My hair was just how I like it, my makeup looked great on camera and the photos turned out really well. Thanks so much for a great shoot Chantelle and for being so collaborative and really connecting with how I wanted things done.

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Rose Hill & Crew
4.7
from 76 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie A.
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Rose did my engagement photos hair and make up. I really liked the way it came out and she would give tips on products to use for hair and make up for everyday use.

Uwasartistry
4.9
from 70 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 53 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amity J.
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Liv did a phenomenal job! She managed to give my hair beautiful lasting curls despite it being very fine and straight, and did my makeup even better than I pictured. I felt confident going to my photo shoot after I saw the results in the mirror. Plus she did all this with enthusiasm, passion, and positive energy!

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Vinnia Tjhin Makeup Artist
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michela O.
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Vinnia was prompt, well organized and the BEST makeup artist I have had on the road! She even did a fantastic job getting my hair in great photo ready order!

Cassandra McClure
4.0
from 64 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 490 hires on Thumbtack
Nathan N.
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Cassandra literally improved my entire life. To call her simply an image stylist is selling her short. She is truly a LIFE stylist. She helped me change my all the clothes in my wardrobe, hair style, and even helped change my daily skin products (from none to daily spf anti-aging face creams). She was never pushy or rude. She always pointed out what she thought would look best and then asked for my feedback. It was clear that most of all, she wanted me to feel feel comfortable with my new lifestyle. Then, she taught me how to use all of the new outfits and products. She even helped me organize my closet!! Everyone around me has noticed the huge difference overnight. I used to be someone who never got compliments on my style but after her work, I literally have days where total strangers come up to me and ask my where I got my outfit. The answer is simple: Cassandra McClure. She knew everything about current fashion trends, grooming, and skin care. I've seen her do the same for literally every one of her clients. I can't recommend her enough. She isn't the least expensive stylist, but you pay for what you get. In this case, it's the absolute best.

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  • 10 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary C.
Verified review

What can I say about Susan? Only that she is the best I have come across for hair extensions! I've been going to her for years now. She is professional and meticulous at her craft. My hair is growing now and not damaged anymore like it used to be from going to other stylists.

  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Nadine R.
Verified review

They are the team of our DJMC, florist, photo and coordinator. My husband and I couldn't have asked for anything! They will confirm all the details step by step and make us stress free.

  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
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Farrah came to our home to do some very natural hair and makeup for myself, my sister and my mother before a family photo shoot. She did an amazing job! She was quick, but thorough and listened to what we wanted. I would hire her again for sure!

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SmartlyDressed Style
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Eric is a godsend. I've never worked with a stylist or a wardrobe consultant before, but man was it a good decision to try it. Eric is super easy to work with and very structured. His methodology is very thought through, efficient, and I never felt forced to spend more than I wanted to. The feeling of nailing down outfits that fits both your measurements and the style you're going for is empowering. I'll also admit that Eric has swayed me into trying new looks that I otherwise would not have touched, and its resulted in quite a few compliments from guys/girls alike. Part from knowing everything about mens style and fit, Eric is also a walking encyclopedia when it comes to the history of fashion and garments. Ask him anything he'll give yo a breakdown of the current trends, the reasoning behind it, and the history of how it came about. I did the initial 3 session consultation which was really fun and helpful, and these days I reach out Eric whenever I have a particular issue, or an event/trip coming up. The one thing I don't have is a lot of time to browse/shop/hunt, this is way much more efficient. You'll never wear poorly fitting clothes again, you'll never be confused what the 'rule' is for any garment/situation is again, you'll never be afraid to try a new look again, and be prepared to get random compliments from strangers, colleagues and friends. Have fun!

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Makeup By Jasmene
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cherie S.
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Jasmene did my makeup for my wedding as well as my wedding parties. She also did my makeup for my maternity photos and made me feel my best when I wasn’t exactly feeling my best. I’ve received tons of compliments on my makeup and photos thanks to Jasmene’s listening ear to hear what her customer wants and be able to actually execute the look. Thank you!

Makeup & Hair by Hazel Skye
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Henrietta R.
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Hazel is a professional makeup artist and superb hair stylist. Listens very well to what you want to achieve and talks you through each step she performs on you. I was very satisfied with my results and received many compliments. I definitely will use Hazel again.

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VIVIDbeautyone
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Frankie A.
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Working with Stephanie was truly amazing. She was super friendly, accommodating, and really skilled in her art. She did my wedding make up for my myself, my maid of honor, my mom, and my sister, able to capture exactly what we wanted - glam and boho all at the same time. She also did really well with my mom's more natural makeup and my sisters more "junior bridesmaid" version. She also did our make up trial at our home, and made the entire experience dare I say fun and relaxing! I cannot recommend her enough! I all be for sure referring her to all my friends getting married or having special occasions. She also went above and beyond, staying for my ceremony so we can all have touch ups before the reception. Full service with a smile, lots of laughs, amazing work, and making everyone feel like their best selves - all for a great value! Everyone without a doubt loved their hair and makeup! Once I get back from my honeymoon, I will definitely have a make up lesson or two. I wasn't able to get great photos but she has some of our event on her instagram. You will not regret working with Stephanie!

Makeup by Jelise
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Audra B.
Verified review

I loved my make up and would recommend Jelise. I had make up done for a photo shoot, but would come back to Jelise for special occasion work too. She really knew how to blend everything to look more natural. Great work!

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Style by Nicole
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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Working with Nicole was a dream. I would highly recommend her as a personal stylist and plan to work with her again soon. // A bit of backstory: I'm a 5'7" slender (size 2) woman in San Francisco in her late 20s. And shopping stresses me out - too many choices, not enough guidance, and I don't want to spend the time reading through Cosmopolitan, Elle etc to figure out what style works and what doesn't. Because of the above, I've worked with a personal stylist before when I lived in New York. I walked away with many nice and expensive 'classic' pieces from Bloomingdale's, none of which really fit my style and none of which I wear today. I look at that experience as a waste. I felt very nervous trying this again, but knew I needed to give it a go. My goal was to finally nail a capsule wardrobe so that I wouldn't have to think about each individual piece anymore -- without spending hours of my life on research -- so that I could just feel comfortable and confident in my look. // Working with Nicole Nicole is very down-to-earth and very approachable. In our first phone call, she asked about my goals, my body type, my favorite stores and more. She then put together a Pinterest board and sent it over to me. And here is the PERFECT example of why I'm SO glad I worked with a personal stylist in the first place... Because I looked at the Pinterest board and thought, "Oh, how dull... these pieces are so basic and too loose to accentuate my figure." But then my boyfriend (a visual designer) took a look and said, "Actually, the length of this top would accentuate your torso," and "The cropped length of these pants would make you look taller," and "The draped look makes you appear slimmer than a tight one" and so on and so forth, enlightening me to all the fundamental principles of style that Nicole had subtly understood and applied to fit my body, that I never would have picked out for myself. With that I was sold. // Once in the Mall I love the styles in Aritzia, but the last time I went to their two story store I spent three hours but walked out empty-handed and deeply frustrated. Nothing I had picked out actually worked on my body, and I felt at once helpless and somewhat pathetic at spending all that time, trying on all those pieces, and not being able to land at something that worked for my look. With Nicole, I tried Aritzia again. She had pulled out several pieces all waiting for me when I walked in -- and they all fit like a glove and were exactly what I was looking for: chic, comfortable, casual, yet polished and with a touch of class. I was so excited at finally having found the pieces that could be a base for my wardrobe that I insisted on going through the store again together, in case we had missed something that might work just as well; and found nothing. She had picked out exactly what worked for my body type, exactly what worked for my style, and I wish I had trusted her eye and thoroughness from the beginning! // In Sum If you're looking to nail your wardrobe once and for all, and not have to spend hours stressing about it, buying pieces that you ultimately return, and just love what you wear without thinking about it, then work with Nicole. Just do it. You won't regret it and you'll have hours of your life back and compliments (and confidence) galore. Thank you, Nicole, and look forward to working together again soon.

The Organic Stylist
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Suzi S.
Verified review

Jaiya has cut my hair for years and has always done an exceptional job. She reliably performs the same cut when I want it and I've never been afraid to trust her with something new when the inspiration hit. She has also fixed cuts when I have had to get my hair cut by other stylists. Jaiya is a very visual person and can both listen and communicate about the shape of a cut. She is attentive to detail and is very conscientious. She is also a warm and gracious person which always makes getting a haircut a more enjoyable experience. I regularly recommend her to my friends!

Makeup By Danielle K
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Khyati T.
Verified review

I hired Danielle for my engagement photoshoot makeup. She is very friendly and professional and was able to recognize instantly what I was looking for. I wanted a natural look and she made me look so beautiful and natural. I loved how light the makeup felt on my skin. Even my photographer complimented me on my makeup. Definitely recommend her for any kind of makeup that you want. I will post photos once I have them. Thanks Danielle!

Styles By Jackie
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alessandra M.
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Jackie is by far the best stylist I’ve seen and that says a lot. She has a natural talent for styling hair and always gives me exactly what I’m looking for. Her styles are flawless and normally last 3-5 days. She is the best. Highly recommend this incredible hard working lady!

  • 13 years in business
Michelle S.
Verified review

One word - fantastic. Marion did a closet "clean-up" and showed me how to put together different outfits. She created ensembles with my existing clothes, jewelry and shoes and took pictures. Not only did she create awesome compilations but she was a blast to work with. She has a knack for style. She also took me shopping and picked out a full line-up of adorable things. On top of this, she is funny, down-to-earth, and honest. What more could anyone want from a stylist?

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do image consultants do?

Image consultants help people look and feel their best by coaching them on their clothing and beauty choices. An image consultant can be hired for a one-time occasion, such as an awards ceremony, big birthday party or photo shoot. The consultant will recommend clothing, hair and makeup to suit the occasion either using either what the client owns or taking a targeted shopping trip. For a complete fashion consultation, the image consultant will assess your wardrobe, your lifestyle, and what you hope to present to the world, and will then determine the best colors, styles and cuts for you. You can get help streamlining your professional appearance, adjusting your style after a change in body size, solidifying a new look, or finding clothing to fit one area of your life like work or weekends. Image consultants also provide closet edits, going through your clothing and paring out what isn’t right for the look you’re trying to achieve. Personal shopping is another service that image consultants provide. After an image assessment, they can either shop with you or shop on your behalf to find you key pieces you need.

How do I find a personal stylist?

To find a fashion consultant, start by browsing portfolios online. Styling is a visual art, so finding a fashion consultant who fits the style you desire is key. Great personal stylists aren’t confined to one style, but if you’re seeking a hipper, fashion-forward vibe, you’d do well to find someone with a modern portfolio, while a fashion consultant with a consistently refined style could be a better fit if you’d prefer a more conservative look. Reading reviews is also helpful for learning more about the fashion consultant. Research their training, background and years of experience. After reviewing websites and Instagram accounts, meet with the stylist in person to learn how well they fit your personality; some fashion consultants offer a free phone consultation prior to hiring. Before hiring, make sure you clearly understand their terms of service and payment.

What is a personal shopper?

Personal shoppers take the pain out of having good fashion. Personal shoppers are paid professionals who work with women, men or children who need style assistance. If you are stuck in a fashion rut, are unsure how to dress in a way that flatters your body, need to revamp your image, or want a more professional career look, personal shoppers can help. Personal shoppers identify the look their client wants to achieve and purchase the necessary clothing and accessories to achieve it. The process often begins with an initial consultation with the client to understand their style goals. This consultation may include a closet “audit,” an assessment of the client’s current wardrobe to see what items can be eliminated and what must be purchased to achieve the desired style.

The client and the personal shopper can shop together, selecting items as a team. The personal shopper may also shop on behalf of the client, then bring all items to the client for a final decision. A third option is pre-shopping, where the personal shopper reaches the store(s) ahead of the client and sets aside clothing for the client to try on, expediting the whole process — a win for anyone who hates spending time in the mall. Personal shoppers can also be hired for one-time events such as weddings, vacations or birthdays. You can also enlist a personal shopper to do your gift shopping for you. Overall, a personal shopper is an investment in making good style choices.

What is a fashion consultant?

A fashion consultant is a paid professional who will advise you on what to wear and how to wear it to fit your desired lifestyle or career goals. A fashion consultant can provide many services including personal shopping, closet audits, beauty consultations, style consultations and ongoing seasonal services. A fashion consultant often has a design or fashion background (although this is not required) and an innate sense of style. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the colors, cuts and designs we think suit us. A fashion consultant comes in with fresh eyes and provides constructive feedback to guide your style choices.

During your initial meeting, your fashion consultant will take stock of your current clothing selection and learn what you hope to achieve. They’ll identify core wardrobe pieces you need, as well as advise you how to wear items together. Many consultants create style lookbooks for their clients explaining things like exactly which shoes to wear with what pants and how to accessorize each look. Fashion consultants are a great option for people who are updating their style due to age, career changes or body changes, or who are just ready for a new look and feel. Most fashion consultants charge by the hour, with some offering packages and others working from a retainer.

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.
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