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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 Washington makeup artists
Adriana V.
Great person and great makeup artist!
Thumbtack Customer
Lorena is a great makeup artist. She came prepared and her pricing was reasonable.
Wayasea BeautyWayasea Beauty
Ashley M.
We LOVED having Ameena as my makeup artist! She did my makeup for senior photos and went above and beyond! It was a very last minute schedule, but she responded so quickly, was extremely talkative and so nice, and did my makeup beautifully! She didn’t miss a beat with even one makeup area! I 100% recommend her!! She also had a great price compared to some other makeup artists and was hands down, the best out of the artists we looked at! Thank you so much again Ameena!!!
The Blushing Beaute (no hairstyling)The Blushing Beaute (no hairstyling)
Thumbtack Customer
Imahn was great! She was flexible with time, professional and did a great job with my makeup. I will definitely be calling her the next time I need a makeup artist.
Makeup by ImahnMakeup by Imahn
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing job! Karla is an amazing makeup artist and I will def use her again! I needed a makeup artist for Miss Adams Morgan and she was so helpful. Did a pre-look a couple of days before. Stylist from salon as helped with wig so overall an amazing experience!
Makeup by Karla OMakeup by Karla O
Cindy H.
Martha was an extremely professional and excellent makeup artist. I was in need to makeup for a professional bio picture and Martha delivered. My makeup was flawless. She was also able to touch up my hair. I’d highly recommend her to anyone and hope our paths cross again in DC.
Bèni Makeup ArtistryBèni Makeup Artistry
Mahita D.
Eva is absolutely incredible!! She did my makeup for my pageant headshots and she did an excellent job. She used high quality products and was super accommodating! She is excellent with foundation matching as well, if you are a POC and looking for a makeup artist I highly recommend Eva!
Thumbtack Customer
Great makeup artist with a lovely personality. Very skilled and can make glamorous still look natural. I was very pleased with her promptness and service and look forward to working with her in the future.
GLAM EnterprisesGLAM Enterprises
Mesky B.
Karla was absolutely amazing! She made me look like a princess for my wedding day. As someone who does not wear makeup at all, I wanted a natural look that Karla perfected. She’s a great listener and a fantastic makeup artist. Couldn’t recommend her enough! Thank you Karla!
Makeup by Karla OMakeup by Karla O
Monifah S.
Very nice kept a conversation the whole time did a wonderful job on my face best experience i had I have a new makeup artist now❤️💄💋
Makeup By Sharmayne- No Hair Services! Makeup onlyMakeup By Sharmayne- No Hair Services! Makeup only
Estelle J.
Keira did an excellent job - my wife and I couldn’t have asked for a better professional yet personable makeup artist. Keira was very knowledgeable about her craft as well as very attentive to details and having our makeup done to our satisfaction. I would highly recommend and hire Keira again and again.
Keira Rosati Makeup Artistry (MAKEUP ONLY)Keira Rosati Makeup Artistry (MAKEUP ONLY)
Gabriel S.
Working with Jenny was a great pleasure. Jenny served as the makeup artist on our video production for a documentary that will be seen by 40 million people. She was professional, punctual, and provided elite makeup services that our video shoot benefited greatly. There is no doubt that we will call her to work on our set when we film in the DMV area again.
Choices MUAChoices MUA
Laura M.
I had a great experience working with Ms Jen and the team at JMDesignz for my wedding makeup and hair in October 2022. When I started doing research on makeup artists about a month before the event, I was pretty quickly overwhelmed by how many people charged $300+ for makeup alone. Ms Jen's prices for both makeup and hair are very reasonable and won't break the bank if you choose to do both for your special day. She captured an evening look with a burgundy lip for me very well and was also accommodating of the fact that I had to tend to both my kids several times while getting my hair and makeup done. I'd recommend JMDesignz to anyone looking for a professional makeup and hair experience at a very fair rate for the DMV area.
Akia W.
It is amazing to find a high quality professional makeup artist who is willing to come to your home at 530am so that you can get to the church on time! My bridesmaid makeup lasted through two cries and from dawn to dusk!! It could have kept going through the night. Thank you so much for helping me out on such short notice. I loved the look you gave me for my friend's special day.
Makeup By Sharmayne- No Hair Services! Makeup onlyMakeup By Sharmayne- No Hair Services! Makeup only
Thumbtack Customer
She was great. Responded to my inquiry right away, answered all questions promptly, arranged for a hair stylist for me, and showed up early. She understood the look I wanted and her makeup job lasted all day without any flaws, which was really important! I wish my life was glamorous enough to necessitate hiring a profession makeup artist all the time! If it did, I'd certainly hire her again!
Makeup By FranMakeup By Fran
Icida M.
I had an opportunity to work with Tiera and she was awesome! She was quick to respond to my request as I needed her for a last minute shoot. She also helped me with my hair too which was a plus. If I need a makeup artist in the future I’ll be working with her again.
Tiera Marie MakeupTiera Marie Makeup
Samirrah N.
Erica is amazing! Easy to communicate with and very responsive. She was prompt and professional, but most importantly she is a a highly skilled makeup artist. Her work was truly flawless! I got so many compliments from strangers while doing my photoshoot. Would highly recommend without hesitation!
Erica Nicole BeautyErica Nicole Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
Fran is awesome. I was looking for an artist when I flew into DC for a tv interview. She was very responsive. Came to my hotel and helped me get a hairstylist as well. She did great work. Very passionate about makeup. You will love her! (This is actually the first review I have left for anything on any website).
Makeup By FranMakeup By Fran
Melonee S.
I booked my session with Aubrielle three months in advance for a couples photoshoot. My husband and I were traveling from Ga to DC. From our first phone conversation I knew I had made a great choice. I’ve worked with many make up artists. She immediately emailed me a very professional and detailed invoice. I was impressed. She was kind, answering all of my questions. We talked and texted for a couple of months. She kindly accommodated the few changes I had to make. I actually couldn’t wait to meet her. After three months of talking the day of our session finally came. She was prompt and well prepared. I can’t say enough about her talent. I absolutely LOVED my makeup !!!! So much so I hired her again a week later for my New Year’s Eve makeup. Once again I was very pleased with my makeup. Aubrielle is so so talented and professional. If you are looking for great, kind, patient, professional makeup artist Karma’s Kreations Artistry is your answer Book her services today !!! You won’t be disappointed
Karma's Kreations Artistry [NO HAIRSTYLING]Karma's Kreations Artistry [NO HAIRSTYLING]
Destiny O.
I sooo loved Ameena’s work as my makeup artist. She did my makeup for my wedding day, and it came out beautiful! I originally had the date set for the 3rd of April but had to move it all up one week. I let her know basically on the last minute but she was so professional and kind as to still come. She was super sweet and talkative, and she was was really responsive to all my questions which I really appreciate. She was also willing to make small tweaks whenever I asked her to make sure I felt comfortable and gorgeous on my special day! I 100% recommend her, and would hire her again for any makeup looks that I might need in the future. Thanks so much Ameena!
The Blushing Beaute (no hairstyling)The Blushing Beaute (no hairstyling)
Erica N.
Exceptional service by Tiera! I needed a last minute makeup artist and Tiera was responsive and attentive to details. I was doubtful I would find someone at 6:30 AM, but Tiera made herself available. Not only was she open to my vision for my ideal look, but she was honest about her capabilities while ensuring me I would be getting exactly the look I was going for—and I did PLUS more. Not only did she arrive earlier than requested to set up, but she had such a great personality, making the entire process of doing makeup before sunrise on a Saturday morning painless. I got the natural look I was going for and received compliments on my makeup throughout the entire day. Tiera is definitely highly recommended and I will be booking again!
Tiera Marie MakeupTiera Marie Makeup
Thumbtack Customer
Francisca is amazing! She was prompt and did a fantastic job. I couldn't believe how quick she was. She is so friendly and easy going and informs you what she's doing throughout the whole process. She's a sweet and extremely talented makeup artist! She even let me know what ringlights she uses when she takes photos. I go to the DC area often, so I will definitely be using her services again!
Makeup By FranMakeup By Fran
Cherene D.
Awesome experience! This artist was extremely punctual and kept in contact several times prior to my session. She asked me to send pictures beforehand which I liked. She was early to the appointment and waited on me...I was late. Her attitude was great, nice to be around and pleasant. She also taught me a few tricks as she applied my makeup for brows, lashes and setting sprays. She recommended products for future use. I would hire her each time if I lived in the city! Thank you!!!
Makeup By Sharmayne- No Hair Services! Makeup onlyMakeup By Sharmayne- No Hair Services! Makeup only
Jacqueline M.
Ana is such a responsive person with a wonderful personality! From the very start she answered all of my questions very quick and efficiently. She arrived on time and took her time while doing my make up. I booked her for 2 different days and had 2 different looks, and without a doubt she mastered exactly what I wanted! She made me look beautiful for my special occasions and I will continue to book her for any upcoming event that I have planned. If you need a makeup artist Ana is definitely the one you should choose!
Ana Merces Beauty GroupAna Merces Beauty Group
Danielle H.
Ivelina is an amazing artist and does killer hair as well as make up. I can’t speak highly enough of her skills or how enjoyable it was to sit and chat with her! I booked Ivelina three days before my micro wedding and she was immediately responsive and worked everything out with me within one day. On the day of, she arrived exactly on time and was so flexible to allow me to finish a few tasks up and even read my husband’s letter in between doing hair and makeup. Ivelina sets a great mood while she works with fun music, and despite saying she mostly does hair down she flawlessly executed the bridal updo I had been envisioning. My makeup was stunning—perfectly highlighted all of my features without overshadowing me or being unrecognizable. I will absolutely be hiring Ivelina for the delayed reception. Thank you for making me feel like a goddess!!
Makeup by IvelinaMakeup by Ivelina
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