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Santa Monica Special Finishers

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  • 10 years in business
  • 927 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jesse H.
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Timely, friendly, and exceptional. Everyone was able to get their faces or hand painted. Creative Face Painting & Henna Tattoos added a special flare to our daughters' 3rd birthday!

Daizy the Clown & Company
4.8
from 297 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 627 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
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This company was terrific from start to finish. Tegan responded promptly with all the info I needed. Payment was simple. A pre-party confirmation call was made, and our hostess (face painter/balloon lady) arrived the next day and did a fabulous job. Thanks, the kids had a blast.

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  • 32 years in business
  • 208 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sophorn C.
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I loved everything she did for me, everything was beautiful!! Thank you for making me feel special on my special day. :)

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MakeYourselfUp
4.9
from 97 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Madeline T.
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Annaliza came on time and totally did exactly as we asked. My makeup was natural and beautiful and my hair looked amazing-- thanks for helping to make our day so special!

James R Loera Construction
4.8
from 81 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Gerald T.
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James was extremely prompt in returning my emails and we agreed to a price for removing a built in wine cooling unit. He arrived on time. The job involved a lot more work than anticipated and he was finally able to remove the unit. He was very professional and cleaned up everything when finished. I would highly recommend him.

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Ashley Baclesse-Sher
5.0
from 71 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shirley T.
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Ashley is absolutely AMAZING. My husband found when we were planning our wedding for this July. I read over her reviews and was convinced. These reviews do not lie!!! You will not be disappointed. I had a trail run, which I scheduled on the day of my engagement photos. The makeup and hair turned out to be gorgeous. I loved everything about it! On the day of my wedding Ashley did my makeup and hair along with some of my bridal parties makeup and hair. Everyone look GORGEOUS!! She did so great on working with everyone's different skin tone and hair and making them look flawless. Not only did she do an amazing job, but everyone's makeup lasted ALL night, even mine. After sweating almost all night from nerves and dancing, I went to my bridal room right before leaving and saw that my makeup and hair (which is amazing because i was SUPER thin hair and very little of it) still looked the way it did when I started. I was AMAZED! Not only is Ashley great at what she does but she is so sweet, genuine, funny and so easy to talk to. While doing our makeup and hair my girls were having a blast talking to her. I will definitely be hiring her again if I ever need my makeup done for any special occasion and I know my bridal party feels the same way. Plus, she is super easy to work with. I must have change the amount of people getting their hair and makeup done and the style of hair I wanted to my wedding hundreds of times, but she was so sweet and so helpful and understanding of my crazy indecisive personality.

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Makeup by Julie Hirji
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tanvir P.
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Working with Julie was an absolute blast. She made sure to make sure everything was perfect for my special day. Her professionalism and work ethic are beyond impressive. If you book with her, you will not regret it.

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Makeup by RUBA
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
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She’s the beat!!! Beside being very professional, she’s veery kind and sweet, you feel very comfortable with her. Everyone loved my makeup, she gave me the exact look I always wanted as a bride.. thank you for making my wedding day SO special :)

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Goddess Makeup
4.7
from 42 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcela H.
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" Vanessa was such an amazing artist. She new I wanted a natural look for my wedding pictures and used the right colors to accentuate my eyes. And also taught me about size of eyelashes to use for my eyes. I felt truly gorgeous on my special day! I recommended her to my other girlfriends for their wedding and they loved her!

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Paint-a-Face L.A.
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Arnita W.
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Every single kid was satisfied, which made me satisfied! Thank you so much for everything you did to make the birthday party even more special! You were awesome and the kids loved you! Will definitely book you again!

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  • 20 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gina S.
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Cori did an amazing job with the mural we hired her to paint! She was always on-time and had a nice friendly energy. She was prepared with all of her own supplies and was really thorough about cleaning up the project when she finished, which showed that she goes above and beyond for the work that she does. The process was so easy and professional - she came by to do a quick quote, we picked out colors together, and then she painted quickly and efficiently over the course of a few days. I would definitely recommend her for any of your mural or artwork needs!

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Beauty by Miss O
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rosa N.
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I was super satisfied with my make up for the special day Ms O did a spectacular job she exceeded my expectations she went above and beyond to please me and gave me exactly what I wanted she was right on time and very professional polite and Friendly she made my day start right since the moment she started her work thank you so much Ms O

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  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Evelyn B.
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I had a destination wedding and Samantha made everything possible to accommodate my schedule. She listened to my requests for my make up and I was very pleased with the results. I have very long curly hair and Samantha knew who to get the hair style I wanted. Samatha was very sweet and professional. She also did the make up for my matron of honor and she was also very satisfied . I would absolutely recommend her to my friends and family! Thank you Samantha for helping me achieve the look I wanted on my special day!

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Patty's mobile hair styling
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Terri L.
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Everything about Patty is amazing. She did my hair and makeup in a parking lot for my engagement pictures with less than a hour to do it. Not only did she finished before the hour but she super amazing. I already hired and paid for my wedding day make up but if my bridesmaids don't use her I may hire her to hang out at my wedding to make sure I look prefect all day because I liked her so much.

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Katie's Fancy Faces
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
SharDai L.
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Very pleased with the balloon twister and face painter . Very affordable I will book for future events !! Thank you for making My daughter Birthday Spa Day Special💖

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  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Omar J.
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From the moment Lucy walked in to our party she was extremely professional. Lucy gave my Daugther undivided attention, making her feel super special from beggining to end. Lucy also performed face painting on most of the children in the Birthday party, and she came in dress as Elsa. Furthermore, after we all finished singing happy birthday to my Daugther, they both sang "Let it Go" the theme song of The Movie Frozen.

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Paru MUA
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vibha R.
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Paru is a fantastic makeup artist! She traveled all the way to my apartment to get me ready for a photo shoot , and it could not have turned out better. She knew exactly how to pick colors that complimented my cool undertones, and she's an expert at giving you a clean and natural finish that plays up your best features and that will give your photos a timeless look (which is perfect for those of us who don't like the heavily contoured, Instagram/Kylie Jenner-inspired look that many other makeup artists do). Paru's rates are very reasonable, especially considering how she travels TO YOU! She uses high-quality makeup brands like Anastasia, and she cleans all her tools after every single customer (a BIG plus for a germaphobe like me lol). I was very pleased with how my makeup turned out. I would totally use Paru again and would recommend her to anyone.

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Portales Painting Inc
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erica J.
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Awesome experience. John picked up the paint, showed up early and finished super quickly all while doing an amazing job. Will definitely hire him again:)

XO Casiano
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Porshia B.
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I loved her professionalism and her experience with my skin tone. The makeup matched my skin tone and everyone loved it at my graduation. It wasn't over the top or to loud but people definitely noticed and were wowed by it. Thank you soo much for making my special day soooo special and for being at my house at the scheduled time.

Super Fun Factory
4.3
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth R.
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We were provided with excellent service promptly at our scheduled time. Kids loved the face painting and balloon twisting. But the party became even more memorable when the special guests arrived. Poppy and Lippy Lip were a hit with our little Princess. She loved to dance with them and her friends. Thank you so much for your great work!

Lip Glam Artistry, LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Emily H.
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Nancy and her team were amazing! Highly recommend for your wedding to use Nancy. The girls and me looked great and we had so many compliments on our hair and makeup. They were early and organized and made our day very special!

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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