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Julie Koeth Makeup & More
4.9
from 100 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sicely J.
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Amazingly talented and professional! What else could in want in a makeup artist? She was on time and worked me to find the perfect look for my event. I can't wait to work with Julie again!

Plush Artistry LLC California
4.7
from 105 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie D.
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I hired Jacynda and her team for my wedding. One month before my wedding my previous hair and makeup artist fell through. I was able to book the date just a month in advance! She was also able to do a last minute hair and make up trial for me the day of my bridal shower. This was a great first impression. She was punctual and very professional. I don't know much about make up, so she made some great suggestion. I also showed them a couple of pictures of what I liked for hair and make up and they easily worked with it. The day of my wedding they arrived early which was great. They worked through my bridal party quickly, but made sure that the girls got the look they wanted. It was a hectic day and they were both very calm and light hearted. They really made us look very beautiful. I would definitely recommend Plush Artistry! Thank you so, so much!

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Hair And Makeup By Lily
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
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Sofi W.
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I would highly recommend Lily for makeup! She did my prom makeup and I loved it. She aked questions about what I would like often. She also did my hair and I loved how it turned out. I showed her a picture of what I wanted and the hairstyle didn't quite follow the picture but it still looked great! She was even willing to redo it when I asked her to change a little something. Lily was kind and helpful!

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Bulajic Makeup Artistry
5.0
from 61 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
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Hiral S.
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I would say Jacqueline is Excellent if you need a makeup artist for your event. I was looking for someone to come to my house to dress me up for my baby shower. Jacqueline was on time but I was running so late. She patiently waited for almost an hour and a half while I was going through my traditional ceremony. After all that waiting she still worked on my makeup and hair with a smile. I'm so glad I had her come over to do my hair and makeup. Thank you so much.

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HairSpray Studio
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Carmen P.
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Sara and her team are excellent makeup artists and stylists! They made me feel and look beautiful on my wedding day! I will recommend her to all my friends and family! I would love to work with her again for any future events. You have found your makeup artist. You will be very happy that you did! Thank you Sara!

Natalie B. Makeup & Hair
4.6
from 47 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Kass P.
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Natalie was outstanding awesome makeup artist. She made me look so beautiful. My husband & guests didn't even recognize me until I smiled & saw how beautiful everything turned out.

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Party Karacters
4.8
from 41 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Tina C.
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Thank you so much to Party Karacters and Clown Ciara for making my daughter's birthday extra special. Ciara the clown was so pleasant and thoughtful. Her big smile the best part of her wonderful costume. The kids and parents all loved her!!!

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Glam by Nataly
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Mahabba J.
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Nataly received me at such a short notice and did an amazing makeup! she in fact did better than what I was expecting and when I went to the party everyone kept telling me how great I look. Thanks to Nataly, her time flexibility and her kindness was unbelievable! I will definitely choose her to be my all time makeup Artist.

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Sparkle by Steph
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Rena R.
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Stephanie is an amazing makeup artist. Easy to work with, friendly and professional. She gave me the perfect look for my wedding day. I wanted a look that "looked like me" but with a touch of Glam!! As requested, Stephanie focused on my eyes and made me feel at ease wearing fake eyelashes as I had never worn them before. Stephanie was punctual and I highly recommend Stephanie for any occasion! Thank you Stephanie for helping make my wedding day FABULOUS..... YOU ROCK!!!!

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Bride's by Liz
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Darcie L.
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I tried finding a makeup and hair artist last minute and Liz rose to the occasion! She was timely, friendly, and professional! My hair and makeup were exactly what I wanted and they stayed perfect the whole day. Definitely would hire her again!

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Bridal Beauty by Phoebe
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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CANDIA S.
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Phoebe did such an amazing job on my hair and makeup for my 1920s themed wedding, we didn’t even do a trial run before. I was able to show her my dress and explain to her what I wanted and she delivered. I normally do my own makeup for everything since I love makeup, but I’m so glad I decided to get it done. I’m still continuing to get compliments on my look. I definitely would recommend her for your bridal needs!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Stellan K.
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Learon costume designed our short film, STRING! She not only has a knack for fulfilling the vision of the project, but elevates the costumes by bringing her unique artistic sensibility and style. She's a joy to collaborate with and a huge talent. I look forward to working with her again.

Raquelin
4.3
from 20 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Chanelle N.
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I worked with this talented artist yesterday on 6/25 and she was AMAZING! She was punctual passionate and professional. I would definitely recommend her services if you are looking for the ultimate makeup artist!

Julie Taing MUA
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I have worked with Julie on multiple occasions over the last 10 years. She does an amazing job enhancing a person’s natural beauty. I love working with her because she is an extremely talented artist and is always professional. It really makes a difference when your makeup artist listens to what you want and understands the look you are going for- Julie nails it every time! She has traveled the world as a makeup artist and is one of the top artists in our nation, I feel so fortunate to have such an amazing makeup artist here in San Diego! She is passionate about her artistry and really cares about perfecting each clients look! She always makes us feel so beautiful. Julie goes above and beyond. She has always does a fantastic job with my makeup over the last decade and always uses quality products. I highly recommend her for any event!

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Makeup Artistry By Cyn
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Che F.
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Great makeup artist.

  • 24 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy S.
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We have used Kim and her makeup and her styling skills on many occasions for video production TV commercials. I have also referred Kim to my family and friends who may be looking for a makeup artist for their wedding. Kim will be on time, give you excellent service and give you what you want! If you want the best, no need to look further!

Keosha Joy
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Nyela W.
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My 25th birthday was coming up and I had planned a big event with Family and Friends! Which meant I had to look absolutely perfect, (you only turn 25 once). I usually always go to MAC Cosmetics for my birthdays or for professional photography photos. I never get my artists name or info when I get my makeup done. Dont get me wrong my face was good but I guess they didnt leave a memorable impression on me. This time was different. As soon as I approched the counter Keosha greeted me with the biggest smile. I remembered thinking "OMG she is gorgeous and happy to be here, I hope shes the one doing my makeup" and I was in luck.. she was! I swear we talked the whole time I was there. She was very detailed amd explained everything she was putting on my face and why. The results was AMAZING!! Best makeup face I ever got done from M.A.C! I made sure at the end of my visit I got all her contact information. She will forever be my makeup artist! I highley recommend her to anyone who needs to enhance their beauty on a special occasion! You won't be disappointed!

Lizeth Lanz Makeup Artistry
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Monroe H.
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Worked with Liz on a 13 episode series and a 6 episode series. She was the only makeup artist on set for the majority of the shoots and managed to get everyone done before it was time for actors to step in front of the camera. She was not only kind and funny but very welcoming, often being the first and last person actors saw. She was very tidy and very sanitary. She never left a mess behind and I always saw her disinfecting her hands and makeup/brushes. Highly recommend!

IG @BouBue
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
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Blue was amazing! We first met when he came to do my makeup for my bridal shower. And after that it was history! Haha I was hooked! I knew he was extremely talented about 5 minutes into us meeting. I instantly knew he would be perfect to do my makeup for my bachelorette and wedding. So 2 months later he was on a flight to Cabo for my wedding! Best decision ever! He was awesome and totally rocked it. He did my makeup as well as 6 of my bridesmaids, my aunt and mother in law. I loved everyone's look. He made my special day becoming a bride so incredible! He is my go to from here on out!

Jamie Cornejo Makeup
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmine W.
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Tomoko Makeup Designs was perfection. Jamie was not just on time, but early. She gave me the exact look I requested and she was FAST too. Every girl needs a Jamie in their glam squad. She is professional and sweet, such a great person. Thank you Jamie!

Make up artist
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Gaby B.
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Cindy was able to drive out to my house, arrived on time and with a great attitude to do my make up for graduation. Not only was she professional throughout the entire time, but she communicated what she envisioned for my make up and made sure that i felt comfortable and was pleased with the outcome. I love that she really focused on highlighting and extenuating my facial features with her work. She did especially amazing with facial coverage, eyebrows, and making sure my makeup blended well so as to not look “cakey”. I definitely recommend her!

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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