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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.

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.

Reviews for Chicago makeup artists
Thumbtack Customer
Delia is awesome!!!!! She knows how to do exactly what you want. It's so hard to find a great makeup artist that will give you the right look for a specific event but Dalia is the one!!!! I finally found the perfect makeup artist :)
Celebrity Hair/Makeup Artist/Ford ModelsCelebrity Hair/Makeup Artist/Ford Models
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful makeup artist with a great personality! Jacobo is very professional and attentive! Thanks Jacobo, Arerol Soul
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Thumbtack Customer
I was happy with Patricia's services. Excellent job. I have retained her as my professional makeup artist.
Clean Beauty ChicagoClean Beauty Chicago
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!
Nikkiesmith GlamNikkiesmith Glam
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 Makeup ArtistAnastacia Makeup 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!
Lerin Johnson Bridal BeautyLerin Johnson Bridal Beauty
Hillary E.
Wonderful, professional makeup artist! I hired her for my headshots! She was there early and ready for me. She listened to everything I requested and delivered GORGEOUS results for both hair and make up! AND my makeup lasted long after the shoot was over! I highly recommend her!
Clean Beauty ChicagoClean Beauty Chicago
Thumbtack Customer
Farah is an amazing makeup artist and has done my Prom makeup two years in a row. I am so lucky to have found her. She was able to do all of the dramatic looks that I wanted, and they turned out beautifully. She really is talented and I would recommend her to anyone.
Makeup Mad by FarahMakeup Mad by Farah
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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Thumbtack Customer
Florina is an outstanding makeup artist and hairstylist. She really used her talent and expertise to meet my needs. I will definitely recommend her to my friends and family for future events we may have.
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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!
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Yvette R.
Dani did a wonderful job with my mom and aunts makeup. She completed their looks early morning and both looked great late into the reception. She took great care in addressing their skin concerns so they felt their best. She’s an amazing makeup artist and will use her services for future events. Thank you so much Dani for helping two ladies feel beautiful!
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Preeti J.
I had tried 2 other professional artists for bridal makeup trials, and was so disappointed, I was considering doing my own makeup. I decided to give a final trial to Patrick and was delighted with his work. On the day of the wedding, he arrived promptly at the time scheduled and did a terrific job (even flawlessly covering up the massive zit on my wedding day!). Not only would I recommend him without hesitation, he will be my go to for all future professional level makeup needs!
Miss. PatrickMiss. Patrick
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.
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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 Makeup ArtistAnastacia Makeup Artist
Sandra A.
Nikkie is incredible! The first time I reached out to her, I was in a a bind because the makeup artist who I had an appt. with fell ill and I needed headshots that afternoon. Nikkie was quick to respond and flexible to travel to my location within a few hours. She is very professional, comes with her chair, makeup and wears her mask. She did an amazing job with my look for the headshots. Therefore, I also requested to work with her for a wedding. I'm really grateful to have found her on Thumbtack.
Nikkiesmith GlamNikkiesmith Glam
Thumbtack Customer
WOW!!! Those are the only words I can use to describe the full experience of Monique's professionalism and artistry. After last minute urging from my 20something daughters to hire a makeup artist to do our faces for my 25th wedding anniversary celebration, i only provided a 3 day notice & Monique not only came to the rescue but she was our gift! She is a highly talented, ultra professional, who listens to your desires and skillfully transforms you beyond expectation. My event was last night & I am so grateful for how beautiful she had all of us looking, sharing this review was my 1st priority. Anyone seeking the absolute best, look no further. I've already stored her in my contacts as now my personal makeup artist!
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Yucel S.
Anastacia was the best makeup artist I could have ever hoped to find. Not only was she early to our appointment she helped ease the stress I was feeling on my big day. She is extremely skilled, and made me feel beautiful on my big day. She constantly stayed in communication and asked for my preferences and photos of what I would like and nailed it ! She also was very welcoming to my family when they decided to last minute hair and makeup while she was here... lol I’m so glad I found her last minute. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends and family.
Anastacia Makeup ArtistAnastacia Makeup Artist
Thumbtack Customer
Delia did my makeup for for my bachelorette party this past weekend. There are truly no words to describe how phenomenal the whole experience was! She was so warm right off the bat and makes you feel like you've known each other for a long time. She also makes sure to focus her makeup application to areas that you'd like her to. What really stunned me is when she told me to pick out colors from the eye shadow palette that I liked and she made them blend together flawlessly! Definitely an amazing artist! I highly recommend Delia to anyone for whatever event they need her services for!
Celebrity Hair/Makeup Artist/Ford ModelsCelebrity Hair/Makeup Artist/Ford Models
Giselle n.
Mel is and was my lifesaver! Originally, I had a makeup artist but after I had a trial run with her . I didn’t liked it. So back to square one, then I saw Mel’s profile and I had an “aha” moment. I msgd Mel, she responded right away. Did my trial run and I couldn’t be any happier. She was very accommodating even though I was very hesitant. I’m forever grateful!
Beauty by MelBeauty by Mel
Felicia H.
Lerin is a talented artist and professional from start to finish. The moment I saw her portfolio, I knew that I wanted to work with her. Although I only contacted her a few days in advance, I was lucky because my small ceremony was on a Monday afternoon. We had no time to do a trial, so Lerin was deliberate in asking me in advance for photos of the type of look I wanted to achieve. She arrived promptly and, after asking a few questions about my vision, intuitively and instinctively created exactly what I wanted for my big day. I will definitely be recommending Lerin to friends in need of wedding makeup artistry--which is her focus. As she is a versatile artist, I also plan to hire her for professional headshots in the future.
Lerin Johnson Bridal BeautyLerin Johnson Bridal Beauty
Ashley C.
For me, trying to find the right makeup artist was one of the hardest things to do for my wedding, especially when you don't wear a full face of makeup all the time and every trial with a new artist cost money. If those things are true for you too, let me assure you that Bridal by Lerin is the right one for you! From the moment I met Lerin I knew her personality was one I would love to have around my friends and family on the wedding day, she's bubbly, funny, and incredibly knowledgeable about her craft. She also listened and asked what I wanted (even though I don't know a lot about makeup) and actually gave me what I wanted! After our trial I loved the looked but once she left I noticed a few other things I wanted to change, I sent her that feedback and like an absolute professional she took those changes and gave me exactly the look I wanted for my wedding, even better she slayed my bridesmaids faces as well! When she wasn't making them laugh, they were taking a million selfies because they loved their looks so much and my bridesmaids were African-American and Caucasians so to find a make-up artist who does both really well was another plus for me. Please hire Lerin for your next wedding or event! She is exactly what you need to look like your best self on your wedding day! I'll definitely continue to work with her for big events and parties I'm attending like birthdays, holidays and other weddings. Thank you so much Lerin! I'm so excited to see how all of my pictures turned out with your golden touch!
Lerin Johnson Bridal BeautyLerin Johnson Bridal Beauty
Lindsey F.
I did trails with a total of four different makeup artists for my wedding. Monica by far is the most experienced, communicative, organized, and generous. First, all of her instruments were clean (brushes, sponges, spatulas...) and she mixed colors on a glass mirror instead of with her hands or on the palette. Second, she asked for my opinion/thoughts on every product BEFORE putting it on my face and I could tell she welcomed all the comments. This is extremely important to me in a trial since so many artists are stubborn in the way they like to do makeup--I sensed none of that in Monica. She was willing to change the look as we went multiple times. Third, after my trial, I kept in communication with Monica with pictures throughout the day and suggestions (for example, that the eyeliner was transferring onto my eyelid fold). She kept these in mind between the trial and service day. Some concerns: When putting together the final contract, there were some math errors (to my advantage). I corrected these and no harm done. Monica had to back out of my service date due to a family emergency and left me in the hands of her assistant (and gave me a free second trial), who is equally talented, but not as organized or experienced. My wedding day look turned out great, still... I wish that I had Monica instead.
STATE OF GLAMOUR Professional Hair & Makeup by ...STATE OF GLAMOUR Professional Hair & Makeup by ...
Thumbtack Customer
Patricia and her team did hair and makeup for all of my bridesmaids and flower girl and my hair. I typically wear a lot of makeup so I was too nervous to have someone else do my make-up, but I was really happy with how my hair turned out! She even put my clip-in extensions in for me. My mom and a few bridesmaids didn't like their hair and ended up re-doing it themselves, but I guess that's how it goes - some people are just more picky. Also, one of my bridesmaids had a little reaction to the false eyelash glue that was used but she just has sensitive eyes and skin so we took them off and used a different glue. I would just make sure to tell your makeup artist if you have any sensitivities. Overall, I thought it was a great experience. All of my bridesmaids felt so pampered having their hair and makeup done and I think it reduced everyone's stress levels the day of the wedding. We were able to just sit back and relax in the hotel room while Patricia and her team worked their magic on us. They were there all morning from 9am until around 1 working hard and I really appreciated it. Also, Patricia is just one of those people that's nice to be around. It felt like she and her assistants were part of the family hanging out with us! Thanks again, Patricia!
Clean Beauty ChicagoClean Beauty Chicago
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