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Santa Monica Black Makeup Artists

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  • 32 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra G.
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What an amazing makeup artist! I have gotten my makeup done by many makeup artist and none of them have done a job like Leticia. She takes her time doing your makeup and perfects it to your liking.

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MakeYourselfUp
4.9
from 97 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
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O. W.
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Annaliza is amazing. She did my makeup for a wedding I was attending. She was on time, very professional and friendly. I don't usually trust my face to someone else (since I pretty much know how to do my own makeup). Also, I had never had my makeup done by Annaliza so I basically just took a risk and hoped she would make me look lovely. Also, I'm black and I was concerned that she may not have experience with black skin and that the foundation she would use would be the wrong shade (I've had tons of makeup artists who are basically clueless about makeup on women of color). Needless to say I had no reason to be concerned. I wanted a glam but natural look and she delivered. She made me look flawless, took into consideration the dress I was wearing and even suggested another shade of lipstick she thought would look better with the dress (I originally wanted red). Boy, was she right. The color she chose was perfect ans I never would have picked it for myself. She went the extra mile to leave me a sample so I could touch up my lipstick throughout the day. The interesting thing is that I never had to do that or touch up any of my makeup over a 12 hour period. I not only looked glam but also natural and that's not easy to pull off. Also, she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed that I actually fell asleep when she was doing my makeup. Finally, I never write reviews, but Annaliza surpassed my expectations so I decided to write one. Annaliza is plain simple, just fabulous. Next time I want my makeup done for an event I'm definitely calling her.

Makeup by Bean
4.9
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Annie W.
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Sabrina was awesome! This was my first time working with her and through thumbtack. A little nervous (since I wasn't sure if I could really rely on the site and wasn't sure about hiring a complete stranger.) Sabrina came though. She was on time and very professional. I had a wedding to attend today, and needed to look good. Prior to the event, I had numerous conversations with her via phone, texting, and email about the hair style and makeup look I wanted. She was very easy to talk to, and very comfortable to work with. When I posted a question to her, she usually got back to me with in a couple of minutes. If not, she got back to me within a hour or two for sure (this was important to me because I needed to know if she was reliable. And she was). I am Asian. I know how hard it is to find an makeup artist really know how to do makeup right on Asians (another important point to me was to find someone that knows how to do makeup on an Asian lady). Sabrina was both for me. With Sabrina, I am totally happy with the way my hair and makeup came out today. I highly recommend her. I would certainly work with her again if I need my hair and makeup done in the future.

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Makeup by Julie Hirji
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
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Katherine C.
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I cannot recommend Julie enough! She did my makeup for my wedding and she was such a delight to work with. I'm always nervous about others doing my make up because usually the artist does my makeup too dark and makes me look scary. I told Julie about my worries early, during my trial, she was really patient in making sure that everything she did was exactly what I wanted. I can't thank her enough for that. She was super easy to work with, super responsive, and ALWAYS on top of it. Given that I'm super Type-A personality and very diligent in making sure I get everything done at a certain time, it was super helpful that she was the same way as well. During my actual wedding day, she made sure that I was comfortable, really flexible in making last minute changes, and super helpful to my family if they needed something. She went above and beyond in her services and I was so thankful that I found her. Really, she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed during my wedding day that it really just carried on throughout the night. I couldn't be more happy with my services and if I ever need a makeup artist to work with, I'll definitely use Julie again.

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Makeup by RUBA
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Jannette V.
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Absolutely wonderful to work with! Another makeup artist cancelled on me just hours before and ruba was quick to respond to me with 2 available times she could squeeze us in! She was so wonderful and helpful my daughter looked gorgeous!! Thank you so much for being so professional and just downright awesomeness Her work was awesome! And always responded back super fast. Thank you 😊!!!!!!

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RachelPitts.com
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Sherry S.
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Rachel is an outstanding hair stylist and makeup artist. Her work is phenomenal. She has cut and colored my hair several times and always does an excellent job. I would highly recommend her.

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Infinite Beauty LA
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Alyssa was highly responsive from beginning to end, and remained a constant professional when we needed her to be flexible (as often is the case with unexpected changes at the last minute with weddings). She came prepared and was friendly throughout. She did absolutely great job with my hair and makeup. My only reservation was she was booked for other engagements and could not be flexible by staying later and that cut into the time it took to do the makeup for my mom. Instead of doing my moms hair I wished that time was spent dedicated on doing her makeup only. In my initial request, Alyssa was booked for makeup only for my mom so when she asked if my mom wanted hair too, we assumed she had time to do both the makeup and hair, and we did not think twice when Alyssa started with my mom’s hair first. My moms makeup was really the priority as I had requested. Alyssa did provide a $15 discount for the “light makeup” and I appreciate she did that. If given an opportunity to work with Alyssa again, I would book her again in a heart beat however my recommendation would be she clearly communicate given time restrictions on a day like; by asking if my mom wanted her hair done also lead us to believe she had enough time to do both. I would have preferred she concentrated on the makeup only as we had discussed prior.

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facesbymaribelrobles
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
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Gloria N.
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Great experience! Maribel is the sweetest and very talented!!! I LOVED the way my make-up came out. I have tried other makeup artists in the past and I've never really liked how it came out. To the point, I'd just wash it off and do it myself. But not anymore!! I am so happy to have found Maribel! I will definitely use her again and recommend her services to all my family and friends! Thank you so much, Maribel!

  • 8 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
BE AMAZING G.
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Jackie was my artist for a wedding and could not have been more pleased. She was punctual, professional and passionate about her craft. She is so sweet and lovely to work with. I have worked with a lot of other makeup artists and I can honestly say she is one of my ultimate FAVORITES! She is truly a gem! She did my makeup and hair and it was perfection. My makeup and hair lasted all day and all night and I even got compliments at brunch in the morning! I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her! Love you Jackie! xo

Rodolfo Nimis Makeup Artist
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie B.
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Loved having Rodolfo do my makeup. He also accommodated a last minute request to do my mom's makeup.

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Beauty by Miss O
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
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Su h a talented makeup artist!! My niece had a photo shoot and wanted a certain look. We sent MissO the look and she nailed it! The photographer complimented her makeup throughout the shoot. It never ran or has to be rouched up. We were extremely pleased.

Charlette Paul
4.7
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
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Charlette is a blast to work with. Does wonderful makeup and it is evident that clients are pleased with her work and enjoy working with her.

Makeupbykerensarai
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Dora V.
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Keren is an amazing makeup artist. She is very professional. I love her work, she is talented! 👍🏻

Irene Mar Makeup Artist
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Yami D.
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I was on short notice to find a Makeup Artist who also did hair. I was looking for someone to do both for my good friends wedding in which i was a bridesmaid. I was very impressed with Irene's work after viewing her pictures. She was quick to reply and also reply back quick once I gave her a picture of the dress. She knew right away the perfect eye shadows that would go perfect. The aftermath was very impressive. I loved her work and would hire her again for any future events! :)

skye mcdonald
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Randa J.
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I loved working with Skye. I hired her to do full makeup for a 70s theme birthday party. Not only is she professional, but she is very sweet and accommodating. Her expertise in makeup shows, because everyone loved my makeup..... especially 2 professional makeup artists at the party. They told me "you lucked out. This girl knows makeup." I'm definitely hiring Skye for my next event and so should you.

Makeup by Mellanii
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Veronika G.
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Mélanie is the only makeup artist I go to for the past few years now and I'm glad I do. I love the way she works and does her job so well. I don't even have to say any word for her to begin my makeup that's how much I trust her.

Makeup by T
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ife H.
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Terrance was an amazing makeup artist to work with. I don’t normally like my makeup when others do it but he was on point!!! He was professional and paid attention to detail. You could see that he has a passion for what he does. I will definitely be booking him again 😊

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Lesley loves Lipstick
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I needed a last minute hair and makeup artist for our company event and I was so happy I found Lesley! Not knowing exactly how I wanted to look, she took the lead and created her work of art. She did an absolutely flawless job! She worked with my skin type, and easily blended the perfect color of foundation for my skin tone. She's super cool with a calming presence. I've received a lot of compliments about my look the entire night. I'd definitely recommend her!

Makeup Services
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca L.
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Dio Najar is the best hair and makeup professional I've worked with. She shows up on time, she is professional, patient and kind, and knowledgeable about current techniques, styles, and products. Dio created a look for me that lasted all day, and was polished, elegant, and perfect in both daylight and on camera. Dio helped me to look my best, while still looking like me. Working with her gave me a huge boost in confidence, and isn't that what pro makeup should do?

Red Lipstick Makeup Studio
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanette R.
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I just wanted to say that I recommend Wendy to anyone who is looking for an amazing makeup artist. Not only is she super professional but afforable aswell! She is so fun to be around and super open minded. I hired her right after my trail for my wedding makeup because I fell in love with the job she did. She also ended up dolling my mother and my sister up because they loved what she did wi th me. Wendy also works with a variety of great quality makeup and I loved how she explained what she was applying as she did It and if we wished to make any changes. Wendy is awesome and she made my day that much more special. She will be seeing more of me!

Cindycmakeup
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy N.
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Cindy was amazing!!! I had 1 trial and 2 days of hair and makeup. She was patient with my needs and also jumped in and did my daughters hair and moms makeup which was not part of the package. Her price was great and affordable especially for everything she did for me. I am definitely recommeding her.

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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