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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 Chicago makeup artists
Laurel C.
Excellent makeup artist
Daisy R.
Great makeup artist
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Marcella D.
Talented makeup artist professional and curious.
Mariana Makeup ArtistMariana Makeup Artist
Laurel C.
Excellent artist. My makeup was flawless. Thank you!
Giana Makeup ArtistGiana Makeup Artist
Patti F.
Hands down an amazing makeup artist..very professional and super likable!
Julieta MakeupJulieta Makeup
Kristina K.
Great makeup artist to work with. Understood exactly what I was asking for. Will definitely hire her again
Giana Makeup ArtistGiana Makeup Artist
Ashera G.
Nikki is amazing makeup artist ! Her makeup majesty was for my mother’s wedding . My mother was bride and I was her maid of honor ! She was so professional and warm spirited ! Very patient and understanding ! My mother and I were blessed with her presence! Everyone at the wedding raved about our makeup ! Nikki added to our style and grace with that way she beautified us with the quality of makeup she provides ! She is our official makeup artist ! I recommend her to anyone ! Thanks Nikki ! You Rock!
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Maria B.
Giana is a phenomenal makeup artist and I highly recommend her. She respects the client's wishes and her work quality is outstanding.
Giana Makeup ArtistGiana Makeup Artist
Mitch B.
Julieta was a dream to work with! Prompt, friendly and did great work! Highly recommended to anyone looking for a rockstar makeup artist in Chicago.
Julieta MakeupJulieta Makeup
Aaylla J.
Anastacia is the best makeup artist I have ever came across too!! She is extremely humble and came on time to my home.
Anastacia Beauty ArtistAnastacia Beauty Artist
Navneet H.
Lerin is honestly an amazing makeup artist! She gave me exactly the look I wanted for my graduation photos! Loved it. Will definitely be booking her for future events!
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Itzel l.
Excellent!! Easy to communicate with and very responsive. She was prompt and professional, but most importantly she is highly skilled makeup artist. Her work was truly Flawless! Would recommend without hesitation!
Obsessed With MakeupObsessed With Makeup
Beata M.
Regina is a makeup artist to the core. She really loves her profession and will find the right makeup for you. She is such a wonderful human being with a wonderful soul. If we can recommend anyone for your hair and makeup, it is definitely Regina. Thank you so much for making our wedding day a highlight from the very first moment and thank you for letting us shine like never before!
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Josh M.
Julieta is amazing!! This was our second time working together, and I couldn’t be happier to have connected via Thumbtack. Need a makeup artist for your event/shoot? Look no further than Julieta
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Thumbtack Customer
I sent Jessica a message at the last minute on a Sunday morning at 8a to see if she could do my makeup at 11a for a wedding and she responded right back that she was available. She is so sweet and professional and did an AWESOME job. If you are looking for a makeup artist, hire Jessica- she's excellent!
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Christine G.
Amazing work! Would highly recommend! My initial makeup artist caught COVID last minute and Ladvie was super responsive. She made it out and went over and beyond my expectations. Thanks Ladvie!
Sahar T.
Giana is a highly skilled makeup artist and her work is truly flawless. She did an amazing job creating the look I wanted. She is also very prompt and professional. I highly recommend her.
Giana Makeup ArtistGiana Makeup Artist
Christianna T.
Johanna was amazing! Very responsive, kind and HELPFUL! I needed an additional makeup artist and she was quick to phone a friend, which made the event more successful. I’d definitely hire Johanna and Corri again 🤍
Extended Beauty for AllExtended Beauty for All
Tiffany B.
Bel is a phenomenal makeup artist. She is super friendly, easy to work with and professional. Originally, I asked her to come at 9:30 AM, I changed the time last minute and she was totally cool about it. She is very accommodating and even did my mom’s makeup (it wasn’t planned) Not only was the makeup she did on me amazing, it also lasted all night long! Please do not hesitate to hire her. You won’t regret it!
Makeup by BelMakeup by Bel
Megan M.
Sarah is one of the most incredible make-up artists (and people) I’ve ever had a chance to work with. Blush and Braids Beauty Bar (stylist Sarah) did my hair and makeup for my engagement photos as well as my makeup and all of my bridesmaids’ makeup for our wedding day. Everyone’s makeup turned out fabulous and lasted for photos all afternoon, the ceremony, and dancing all night! I am so happy looking at the way my makeup turned out in photos—it was EXACTLY how I wanted it. I cannot recommend this team enough. Additionally, Sarah was such a fun and calming energy on the big day—the girls all said how much she fit right into the fun of the day.
Blush and Braids Beauty BarBlush and Braids Beauty Bar
Anna T.
Monica has been nothing but great. I was not satisfied with my first makeup trial and when I told her how the makeup wasn't working for my skin, she immediately offered me a second trial to make it right. On the WEDDING DAY, Monica did even more of a fantastic job with my hair and makeup. She can definitely do Asian makeup. All day and night long, everyone was telling me how beautiful my makeup and hair was. Even my mother was impressed and she's super picky. I highly recommend Monica as your hair and make-up artist. She is responsive, reliable, and more importantly, she is amazing at what she does.
STATE OF GLAMOUR Professional Hair & Makeup by ...STATE OF GLAMOUR Professional Hair & Makeup by ...
Karen F.
My friend and I decided to find a makeup artist to assist us with our makeup just days before our event, and I was fortunate to be able to find Anastacia via Thumbtack. We found out later that we were able to book a session with her only because there had been a cancellation. Anastacia collaborated with us to achieve the look that each of us wanted. She was always respectful of our own opinions and was genuinely interested in ensuring our satisfaction with her work. It was my friend's first time to have a makeup artist apply false eyelashes on her, and Anastacia made her feel so comfortable during the process. She loved her look so much, she still had her false eyelashes on, two days later. We both got compliments on our makeup at our event. Thank you Anastacia for your magic. We are looking forward to being able to work with you again when another event comes up.
Anastacia Beauty ArtistAnastacia Beauty Artist
Neela T.
I had a wonderful experience working with Maria for a full glam makeup look prior to a South Asian engagement photo shoot. Maria really takes time to listen to her clients' preferences. She also checks in with clients intermittently during the makeup application process to ensure the client and makeup artist are still on the same page about the final look. She is extremely pleasant, timely, and has a great attitude. It is apparent that she not only takes great pride in her work but also genuinely wants her clients to be happy with her final result. I will definitely work with Dolledup by Maria in the future!
Dolledup by MariaDolledup by Maria
Michele M.
I had event to attend on 12-10-22. I waited till the last minute to find a makeup artist and Moe responded quickly. He asked me to send him a picture of myself without makeup and any photos that I may want to use as a reference. I thought that was wonderful as he can have idea as to what he is working with. Moe drove to my home and worked his magic. I received so many compliments on my makeup. My next event I will definitely hire him again. Thank you Moe for working your magic. I felt beautiful
Aga MakeupAga Makeup
Renee M.
Anisha was very pleasant to work with. I needed a eye shadow color that was difficult to make, But Anisha mixed colors until she came as close as possible to the color I needed. Anisha also arrived on time as was equipped with everything needed for me, it was my first time having a makeup artist and Anisha gave me a beautiful look.
Anisha P Makeup Artistry LLCAnisha P Makeup Artistry LLC
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