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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 Colorado Springs makeup artists
Kat W.
To say that Katie was an expert feels like such an underrated statement. She was able to do things with make up that I have only ever seen in videos of Hollywood makeup artists. AND she was able to teach me to do it!!! I am almost 50 years old and makeup has always overwhelmed me and made me feel like a failure. Katie was able to teach me subtle techniques that made all the difference! I am THRILLED and GRATEFUL that I got to work with Katie, she was a complete treat! One thing I have to mention is Katie’s kindness. She did a number of things that were giving and showed that her kind spirit. Truly she is a beautiful person to encounter in this crazy world. ♥️
Katie NarumKatie Narum
Kallie R.
I used Robin for hair and makeup for my wedding. Pros: Reasonably priced, discount for multiple girls, hair/makeup was very pretty Cons: Unfortunately, Robin was the most stressful part of the month before the wedding and on the wedding day. I had a big wedding party but Robin said it wasn't an issue because she'd bring extra artists. She never mentioned an extra charge. Then, a month before the wedding she asked for more money. I told her I wasn't willing to ask my friends for more money after she had already set the price and everyone had paid. I had two gals needed to come around 12pm and Robin said this was fine. Robin wanted to do my makeup and hair at 8am when pictures started at 130pm. About a week before the wedding, I found out that Robin was planning to leave at 11am because she booked a second wedding in a town over an hour away. I was so frustrated that the reason I was going to be ready hours before pictures was because she double booked herself. She said she would bring in another gal for after 11am and promised they would get everyone done. Robin did my hair and another lady did my makeup. I loved the way my hair turned out, but Robin had to ask me how she had done it in the trial. Luckily, my mom had taken a picture of it. I thought it was very odd that she did a trial but forgot what she had done. When she was leaving she told the gal who was taking over for her to head our way. The gal lived fairly far away from the venue and Robin hadn't set up a time beforehand. The gal got to the venue about an hour later and a bunch of gals still needed their hair and makeup done in the next 1.5 hours. Two of my gals ended up not getting what they paid for done because we ran out of time. After several emails, she did reimburse for those two services. I am very confused with how this became such a pain. Robin had great reviews when I booked her. Afterward, I found out this wasn't the only time that a similar situation had happened.
Robin Golightly Makeup ArtistRobin Golightly Makeup Artist
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