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Iowa City Makeup Artists

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Far Above Rubies Spa
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Allie H.
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I loved having Amanda as a makeup artist. Amanda was super friendly and upbeat, I felt very comfortable around her. Amanda listened and paid close attention to what you were aiming for. Amanda made sure that I was happy and made sure to ask alot of questions to make sure I got the makeup look that I desired. I will go back to Amanda for sure! Thank you Amanda for making me feel beautiful on my wedding.

  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna T.
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Paige is absolutely amazing! She did my makeup for my wedding and not only did it last ALL DAY (even through tears), but it made me look my very best! She goes out of her way for her clients and makes sure that that they are 100% satisfied with the work she does! I would recommend her to anybody speaking perfect makeup for a great price! I would give her 100 stars if I could!

Salon Voche'
from 7 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea S.
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Everything went smooth. What I pictured in my head and found in pictures, Mckenzie brought to life with my makeup and hair. She is a very easy going person that wants to make your day special and they way you would want it to be!

Kylie Jay Makeup Artist
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna P.
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Kylie did my sister and I's makeup for her wedding. She was very professional and personable. The makeup was exactly what we wanted and lasted for hours. We got a lot of compliments. She put thought in to our colors of eye shadow and lipstick to match the wedding perfectly. She was on time and thorough. Would love to use her again.

Kendra Aarhus
from 2 reviews
    Brooke A.
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    I've had Kendra do my hair and make up for every Homecoming Dance, Prom, and Wedding that I have ever been a part of. She does amazing work and is a blast to be around! Her hairdos are Pinterest worthy and last all night. Plus, the amount of compliments you get on your hair make you feel like a million dollars!! She also has qute the eye for makeup. From lighter, more natural looks to brighter, bolder looks, Kendra has you covered. I always love how she makes my eyes pop and would never have anyone else do my makeup, or hair for that matter, for a big event. She is so worth it. Book her. You will not be disappointed. :)

    • 6 years in business
    Cat C.
    Verified review

    Lindsey is by far the best make up artist I’ve worked with. Lindsey is truly a master of her craft. Whether it be a dinner party or on stage in front of hundreds of people, she knows exactly how to create the exact look I need. Thank you Lindsey!

    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jess S.
    Verified review

    Kate did my eyelash extensions & hair & she was awesome! I had multiple compliments on both! Going back!

    • 8 years in business
    Patricia P.
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    Kari did my bridal makeup and I couldn't have asked for a better experience! She literally transformed me from drab to fab. She's wonderful!


    Nikki is one of the most sought after makeup artists in Iowa. Her work reflects her own signature style of classic elegance, with a modern twist for freshness and color. Her work imitates the greats and shows a true innate capability of matching all clients with the perfect color. Her worked has been showcased on numerous commercials, advertisings and films. Some of her clients include Vice President Biden, Newt Gingrich, Halle Hirsh, Shiloh Fernandez. Her advertising clients have include ENT, Luminok, 3M and more. Nikki was recently named International Business Student of the Year through her Nuts and Bolts training program, in affiliation with her esthetics school. Nikki’s strong passion for giving women confidence through color, combined with over a decade of experience has led her to achieve a high level of professionalism within the industry.


    I do skincare services: * Relaxing and treatment facials * Body waxing * Body wraps * Makeup application * Airbrush tanning


    I do professional makeup and hairstyling. I have worked for big-name companies such as Clinique and Lancome as a makeup artist.


    I am a licensed cosmetologist and self-taught in makeup. I am in love with all hair and makeup and now an Avon representative!


    I do all hair services, makeup artistry, and nail and spa services (including facials, waxing, and reflexology).


    I specialize in makeup ranging from weddings, school dances, photo shoots, and runway events.


    I provide professional makeup application for special events, weddings and more! Great pricing group rates are available.


    I am able to do anything from bridal to theatrical to avant garde and special effects make up. I also do airbrush and hand applied. Prices vary depending on location.


    I apply makeup and style hair. I will be selling makeup soon as well for the customers. I have traveled to Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii. I have 25 years of experience. I enjoy seeing the customers happy.

    • 8 years in business

    It has nothing to do with my skills and 100% to do with loving what I do.


    I am a Cedar Rapids based hairstylist, makeup artist, and floral designer. I have 11 years' experience and have done many photo shoots. I am dedicated to finding exactly what makes you feel beautiful.


    We provide hair styling and makeup application services in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor and surrounding areas.


    Professionally licensed Makeup-artist. 5 years of wedding makeup experience. Travels to on-location. Affordable airbrush makeup.

    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.

    Actual Requests

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    Need a Makeup Artist for a Wedding

    Solon, IA

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    • Details
      Is there a website that shows the weddings that they have done?

    Need a Makeup Artist for Prom on May 11, 2013

    Marion, IA

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    • $35
      Average price

    Need a Makeup Artist for a Wedding

    North Liberty, IA

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    • Number of people needing makeup
    • Trial makeup session
      Yes, I am interested
    • Details
      I am getting married May 4th, 2013 and am in North Liberty. I am looking for someone to come to my house to do make up for me, and possibly my 3 bridesmaids. Does someone do airbrushing? I have pretty fair skin. I am looking for a natural makeup look.
    • $55
      Average price
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