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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 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.

Reviews for Santa Barbara makeup artists
Claire T.
Lennie is an incredible artist. She did my hair and makeup and knocked it out of the park.
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Carol W.
Lennie is my new "MIRACLE MAKEUP ARTIST" she knew exactly what was needed and made it happen. My clients where sooo shocked and happy with the look and so was I. Kudos Lennie!!! Thanks Oprah Double Take
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Kristin L.
So thankful I was able to find Lennie on Thumbtack! She did the most amazing hair and makeup for my wedding. Words can not describe how happy I am I found her. She was professional, didn’t make anyone feel rushed, and transformed us completely and have never felt more beautiful. I’ve worked with many hair and makeup artists in the past and have never found anyone who is great at both hair and makeup besides Lennie. Highly recommend and hope to hire her again!
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Thumbtack Customer
Lynette did an amazing job on my mother, bridesmaids and my own makeup on my wedding day. The makeup remained flawless throughout the entire wedding, despite it being a warm day, and involving lots of dancing! She was so sweet and calming throughout the wedding day "getting ready" time. Lynette even helped to cover a few blemishes on the groom's face, effectively covered a scar on my back, and even helped out a spray tan gone wrong on one of my bridesmaid's feet! She is a true artist and I highly recommend her services!
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Melody V.
I hired Sandy for my Santa Barbara Beach wedding. Not only was she punctual (despite the long drive), but professional and personable as well. She even came with her own portable makeup chair and an impressive massive makeup kit. She has every color under the rainbow of human foundation colors, which she definitely needed for my wedding party. We ranged in color from a darker Black woman (my aunt), to a fair-skinned person (my grandmother), to me (a darker Latina). She had everything she needed to make us look fabulous and our skin simply glowed with perfection all afternoon and evening long. If you're looking for a "meh" makeup artist, keep looking. However, if you're looking for the best of the best 👌 at a fair price, hire Sandy. Seriously. She'll make you look like a supermodel dipped in Beyonce and sprinkled in HOT DAMN. 🔥
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Christine M.
Frances was an absolute pleasure to work with. We had a small wedding ceremony with our parents, and I especially wanted our moms (and me!) to feel special and beautiful on our wedding day. I was a bit worried about finding a makeup artist that could work with our various skin tones, so finding someone that had a portfolio with a diverse clientele was very important to me. I love Frances's website/portfolio and her artistry with women of different ages and ethnicities. Frances and her colleague were professional, timely, and personable. We all felt very comfortable and assured that we were in competent hands. They did an amazing job with our makeup and hair. My mom was so cute, she kept commenting how she'd never done anything like this before and that she felt so beautiful (although, she has always been beautiful). :-) Thank you for making her, my mother in law, and myself feel so special on such a special day.
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Sarah V.
Francis was AMAZING!!! She was very warm and welcoming and it was very easy to talk to her. She asked me what look I wanted and she executed it perfectly! I have sensitive skin so she used the best products so I wouldn't break out. I don't wear a ton of makeup so my concern was feeling a heaviness on my face from primers, foundations, concealers, etc. Once she was finished, I was excited about the result and my face didn't feel heavy. I also opted for false lashes and she did a great job applying them. They lasted all throughout the day without any mishaps. She was more than just a makeup artist on my wedding day. I was the wedding planner in addition to being the bride so I had tasks to take care of throughout the day. I was unbelievably nervous but her calm demeanor helped me relax and stay focused on completing those tasks. She also gave great advice on how to keep the makeup in place throughout the day, how to stay calm as I walked the aisle, helped with hair flyaways and so much more! I loved her attitude, her professionalism and her pricing was reasonable and affordable. If I ever have another big event, she will be the one I call :)!
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