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  • 10 years in business
  • 388 hires on Thumbtack
Wyatt D.
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Normally, I like to do my own makeup. I know which way to do it after years of experimenting on my face to know what makes me looks the best. There was an event in which I had no time to do my own makeup, but a makeup artist would be appointed to me. This was Mayra. I sat down, without hesitation, she matched my skin tone, defined and made my eyes looking gorgeous. Highlighted and contoured my face in a natural glamorous way. She's so sweet and nice as we had out conversations throughout the makeup. My skin looked glowing, everything was just wow. After all was done, I wanted a simple hair. I don't have much hair. She curled my hair and gave it volume. This usually takes me about 30 minutes to just make my hair look fuller. She made my hair a Hollywood look within minutes. Wedding day, photoshoot, events, .. You need to contact Mayra. It is really worth it. She is really experienced and she will never take your comments as judging her work. I'm definitely getting her to do my makeup on my wedding day.

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ChantelleStudio
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelsey B.
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Chantelle provided wedding makeup for me, 5 bridesmaids, and my mother. She did an amazing job making everyone look absolutely gorgeous and yet still natural and like themselves. My makeup stayed beautiful all night long -- after 12 hours, when I got home at the end of the night, it still looked incredible! She's also great fun to be around: chatty, funny, sweet, and just a beacon of light. She's exactly the kind of person you want around on your wedding day (or any day) to help you laugh and stay calm. I would hire her again in a heartbeat, have already recommended her to one friend, and will continue to recommend her to anyone in need of a makeup artist!

Beauty By Teresa Song
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
Tali D.
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Teresa came to our women's gala event which was a spa event themes this year. She was a pleasure to work with, super nice and punctional and very easy to reach at any time. We had around 100 ladies and there was a line for her makeup station - the ladies loved her and her easygoing personality and were very impressed with their looks at the end. We would definitely ask her back for some more events we will have and we recommend her as a makeup artist !

Uwasartistry
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 100 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!

  • 11 years in business
  • 488 hires on Thumbtack
Tasha L.
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Seriously Cassandra is one of the most experienced and best makeup artists I've ever worked with!!! I cannot say enough great things! I've worked with her a few times. She can do any look you want!

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Liv London Beauty
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
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Sydney A.
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Can you rate someone 50 stars?? I have never been genuinely satisfied with getting my hair and makeup done before, and Liv is the first to make it happen for me. It was so nice to not have to awkwardly tell her I loved it when I was crying inside, I truly felt beautiful. Trying to find someone willing to show up at 5:30 on a Saturday morning was tough, and when she called to confirm she was super happy and excited, which made me even more excited for our appointment!! She was so nice, so peppy for the hour of the day, and listened to my preferences while giving her professional input to make sure everything came out perfect. Hands down the most amazing hair and makeup artist I’ve ever met!!!! Ask her about her cat Marvin if you need a good laugh. You cannot go wrong with her she is all around perfection

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Vinnia Tjhin Makeup Artist
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

Thumbtack Customer
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I highly recommend Yvonne! She is professional and experienced makeup and hair artist. She's confident in her career, and she knows what she's doing. Not only her professionalism, her personality was great. She was warmhearted and nice. You would enjoy being with her. Do not be afraid to tell her what you want. She wants to hear your preferred styles, and she will work with you. Her goal is to make you happy. Your happiness is her happiness. Also, she loves her job. This is very important. Her positive work attitude truly shows to her works on you. you will look gorgeous because her heart towards her career is passionate. You will feel the joy she has in her, and that will make your experience with her more positive and fun. I guarantee you will refer to your friends after your trial with her.

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  • 10 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Erika K.
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I first met Susan when my wedding planner highly recommended her as my hair stylist for my wedding in Half Moon Bay and told me I would be in capable hands. After our initial meeting, I felt at ease with her and knew I could trust her in making me look my very best on my big and special day. Susan did a fantastic job in capturing my thoughts and wishes for my hair and makeup on my wedding day. She made me feel pampered, which is what every bride hopes for. Since my wedding day, I have used her as my personal hairstylist as I continue to love her work. I highly recommend for anyone who needs a makeup and hairstylist artist for a special event to contact Susan.

A.N. Artistry
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Valeria D.
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Amanda did a great job on my wedding makeup. She did my entire bridal party as well as my mom. Everything turned out perfect and she really made everyone look their best. She does not do overly heavy makeup, instead she brings out everyones most beautiful qualities. She uses high-end products, which we all loved. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a makeup artist for any occasion. I already can't wait to for her to do my makeup again.

Makeup Services
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Roy A.
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Christina is fun to work with. Here is a makeup artist who is capable of making you feel good about yourself before she even put your makeup. I had the privilege to work with her during a shoot in a studio. The model that I brought has no experience and nervous but once Christina did her makeup it also gave the model that confidence and edgy look which I believe made the shoot more fun, relaxed and all in all successful. I will hire Christina again.

Makeup by Cynthya
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Molly C.
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Hands down best makeup artist! I got my makeup done at 8am and it lasted all day and night! Cynthya also did exactly what I asked for, no more or no less! I’ll definitely be using her for any upcoming events!

  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Angelie H.
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Farrah was amazing to work with, I hired her to provide hair styling on a photoshoot and Farrah was a joy to have around. As a makeup artist in the community, I can vouch that Farrah is trustworthy, cares about the clients needs and is extremely professional. The hair styling was beautiful, and the guest was blown away with Farrah's talent. Would work with her again.

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Makeup By Jasmene
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 10 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!

Tallie Makeup Designs
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dan H.
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Tallie is simply fantastic! She is always prepared and is super flexible. Not only is her customer service on point, but her artistry skills are amazing! She really listened to me and and made sure everything was perfect. I wouldn't hire anyone else again after hiring Tallie. If you're looking for a good makeup artist she definitely the one!

Makeup & Hair by Hazel Skye
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 23 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!

  • 9 years in business
  • 16 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 Alexaly
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
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An Amazing Makeup artist. I would definitely recommend her for important events. Loved her

Makeup by Jelise
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea Y.
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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!

The Fox Label
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire 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!

  • 5 years in business
Heather K.
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I've had several opportunities to work side by side with Sabrina and she is an outstanding makeup artist and special FX artist! Her commitment to giving the client exactly what they desire, along with her creativity and professionalism truly show her passion and commitment to her artistry. She is well organized and mindful with her time in addition to being a pleasure to work with. Her experience working on films, tv shows and producing editorial work for magazines gives her a unique edge and makes her one of the most sought after artists in the Bay Area. I am very grateful I've had the opportunities I've had to work with her and see her work! I highly recommend her. -Heather Kinzie

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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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