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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.
Reviews for Boulder makeup artists
Rebecca M.
Really great makeup artist!! Flexible and gives you the custom look you want!
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Kylie V.
Such an amazing artist! Made our glam Halloween makeup dreams come to life! So perfect for our Halloween photoshoot. Kind service and convenient for what your situation might require. Definitely would recommend Manet Palma for any makeup needs ❤️❤️
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Dana C.
Robin was so wonderful to work with and was very personable. I absolutely loved my hair and makeup the day of my wedding and felt beautiful! She did my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup as well for a very reasonable price, and again, we all looked and felt amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing and am so grateful I chose her for my makeup/hair artist! Thank you, Robin!
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Christopher N.
Robin was a fantastic hair and makeup artist to work with. I'm a photographer based in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and had a large shoot in Denver that I had to pull together on short notice. Robin responded to my request quickly with a clear quote and great examples of her work. I was confident from the start that she was the right choice for our project. Robin's communication was perfect, she was punctual, and her work with our models (different ages, skin tones and genders) was all spot on. Highest recommendation for this professional and talented makeup artist.
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Danielle L.
Tori is fantastic! If you’re looking for a hair and makeup artist for your wedding or event you should definitely hire her. She was prepared, timely, she listened to what I wanted and the final product was amazing. I definitely recommend Tori!
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Marisol R.
Absolutely the best makeup and hair artist I’ve ever used. Manet is AMAZING!! I wish she would move to NJ so I could use her all the time. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Trice S.
We hired Tori for hair and makeup for a five-day film shoot recently and were absolutely thrilled with her work. Not only was she the first one to show up on set every day, but she volunteered past what was asked of her. Multiple times she offered to stay longer than expected to make sure that she had the look right, whether it be for a quick touch-up before leaving or to view it under the lighting on set. She was quick to make changes, flex with requests, and gave valuable feedback that has been obviously born out of time and experience with both the art of hair and makeup and being on sets. In particular, our director was thrilled with the attention to detail she had and the obvious care and concern she brought to her craft. We often joke that our production team carries a certain “vibe” on set, and Tori was able to seamlessly integrate with a (questionably intense) team on a mission. I would highly recommend hiring her if you’re looking for a dependable and trustworthy makeup artist, whether it be for a special event or production.
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Liz E.
Robin is the BEST, plain and simple. I'm a photographer, and I hired her to work on a somewhat unusual photo shoot with me. From the get-go, she was super responsive and easy to communicate with. At the actual shoot, she was an absolute ray of light - so easy to talk to, so personable, and handled a slightly difficult model like a champ. She went above and beyond what was originally asked of her, and I honestly can't imagine doing that shoot without her by my side. I can't recommend her highly enough, I will be using her literally anytime I need a makeup artist on photo shoots. Hire her, you'll thank me!
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