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Unveiled Ego
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nickey-Ann B.
Verified review

I worked with Monique as my makeup stylist for a wedding I was attending (as a guest). I was blown away by how amazing she made me look and feel. She took my ideas on what I wanted and took them to the next level. I was so happy with the end result, and my husband and friends didn't stop complimenting me all night. Thank you Monique!

  • 6 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie R.
Verified review

Lerin was just what I was looking for. She was professional, on time, and her work was flawless. I have used her twice since finding her for our commercial photo shoot.

Makeup And Hair By Traci
4.7
from 74 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 211 hires on Thumbtack
Shahana K.
Verified review

Traci did mine and my mother's hair and makeup for my brother's grand engagement party. She arrived at my house on time and set up everything very quickly. We loved everything about it! She took her time and didn't rush anything and we can't wait to see photos by the professional photographer in a few weeks. Highly recommend her!

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Ami Erika Makeup Artistry
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
Verified review

Ami is amazingly talented. I hired her to do make up for four women for a photo shoot for a boutique. The women each looked amazing and Ami spent so much time picking excellent colors, customized for each model and they all looked incredible. I would highly recommend Ami to anyone. She has very reasonable rates and is a true artist.

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Patricia Fardon Makeup
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meredith M.
Verified review

Patricia was great! She was right on time, even with the snow. I had makeup done for a family photo shoot, and she made me look made up without looking overdone, which is exactly what I was looking for.

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Shimmer and Pout
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie K.
Verified review

Lisa was very professional, highly skilled and fun to be around. Her recommendation for a hair stylist to hire was also spot on. We so appreciated that duo!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Kathrine was simply amazing and exactly what I needed. (Yes, this is going to be a long review, but I can't help it!) I reached out to her as I realized I just wasn't confident about the message I was conveying to the world through my clothing. Having lived overseas for a bit and worked in non-profit, I realized my sense of self had changed a lot and my wardrobe had not been keeping up. Once I contacted Kathrine, she was immediately responsive, and she provided a great free consultation to talk about my needs and her services. This laid the groundwork for our "closet audit," for which we both were able to prepare and have clear expectations. She came to my home and sat on a chair in my room as I tried on everything. She provided kind, but firm feedback, guidance, and new ideas. She complimented me where appropriate and helped me make sense of what I could do with what I had. I had been concerned that the day would end with a huge pile for donation and a big shopping list that didn't suit my personality or needs, but I only put about 10 things in the donate pile and she suggested about 10-12 items that we both agreed would be great to have (all totally normal items that are versatile and classic). She was able to see some themes in my personal style and re-style some things I had and loved, but couldn't figure out how to wear. Following the visit, she sent an email that summarized everything--so professional, practical, and tailored to me! In this email she sent me 15+ photos of me in the outfits she put together. She brought back to life a bunch of stuff I wasn't wearing, which was worth her fee alone. Add in all the great ideas, guidance, and follow up-email (which will keep me from buying stuff that I won't wear or feel great in), it was an amazing value. I'm so excited to call her in the fall for a brief follow-up help me get my cold weather style together. Highly recommend her and her services!

  • 2 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Annalise D.
Verified review

Monica and her team were absolutely wonderful for my wedding in September of 2016. They arrived on time, were so pleasant, and worked very diligently to complete my hair and makeup, as well as hair styles for my mom, our flower girl, and 7 of my bridesmaids. Monica was extremely accommodating when I requested 2 additional stylists and a certain time frame in our schedule. My hair and makeup was done well at my trial (during which she generously did a trial for my mom, too!), but the second time around for my wedding - WOW! I literally could not be happier. I was so happy with each, and they stayed all day and all night, after having it done around 9 in the morning. My bridesmaids were so, so pleased with their hair styles as well, and so was I. I would highly recommend Monica for both hair and make up services! Thank you so much Monica and team for making my day so beautiful!

Makeup Mad by Farah
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Nora A.
Verified review

I had my makeup done by Farah for a photo shoot recently and she did a fantastic job. Before she started, Farah made sure that she understood the type of look I wanted and provided me with a binder of makeup looks to help me through the process, while taking into account my skin tone, clothing colors, and style. I was extremely pleased with the final look and will definitely be recommending her to my friends.

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Anastacia Makeup Artist
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie M.
Verified review

Anastacia was very attentive and understanding to my needs. Her communication towards me while working on my hair and makeup was superb. She knows exactly what she is doing and is truly a master of her craft. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional hair/makeup stylist that will keep her clients 100% satisfied."

Hair and Makeup by Sandy
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Abbey P.
Verified review

Sandy was great. I hired her last minute for a photo project involving kids (who each needed several looks in a short amount of time) which for certain stylists could be a disaster. She was really flexible which I appreciated, was great with the kids, which the parents and I appreciated, and the kids looked great, which we all appreciated. Sandy listened to exactly what I needed and executed it perfectly over and over again with no prep, and in a timely manner. She was prompt, friendly, and very good at what she does. I would definitely hire Sandy again.

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Ashley's Image with Style
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tony C.
Verified review

Ashley was great! She really understood my vision. I also appreciated how determined she was when we entered various stores (perfect stores for my style!). I had worked with some stylists before but she was by far my favorite. I am looking forward to working with her again and I also highly recommend her for anybody needing either some new clothes or for a particular outfit for a night. She helped my sister last year for some new summer outfits. They are now my sister's new favorite outfits. THANK YOU ASHLEY!

ArtistrylikeBAM
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Katie J.
Verified review

Branden did my makeup for my wedding. It was absolutely perfect and looked great in our photos! And he was so enjoyable and wonderful to work with. I will definitely use his services again!

Almaz Does Beauty
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jai K.
Verified review

Almaz is AMAZING! Loved my makeup! I didn’t want to take it off! :-) I was so happy with her work and how natural my makeup looked. The look was perfect for my photo shoot. Almaz is also very professional and knows her stuff. I was very impressed! Can’t wait to get my makeup done again.

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Hair & Makeup by Allison
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie G.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of seeing Allison grow from the beginning of her career. Going to her for a few years now, and I couldn't be happier! I've always been nervous to get my hair done and not trusting my hair stylist. Now, I only trust Allison to do my hair! If you get nervous about who does your hair then Allison is the girl for you! Everyone always asks me who does my hair, I feel like a walking model for her work. I ended up referring a few of my friends to her and they were beyond happy with their results every time. She listens to what you want and she incorporates your ideas with her professional and honest opinion. She always amazes me. She has a true art and passion for doing hair and makeup, it shows every time I have her do it. If you want a trusted , well educated, passionate and friendly hair/makeup stylist Allison is your girl! Definitley amazing at doing weddings as well. If you need anything done for prom, weddings or just because I highly recommend! :) Below are some pictures of Allison's work on my hair ! <3

Three Hangers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi P.
Verified review

I have had a great experience working with Three Hangers. My mother always told me that if someone is an expert enough for you to pay them, then you should let them be in control. I think when you hire a stylist, you should be willing to let them 'take the wheel'... I've avoided hiring a stylist for a long time because I I want someone who understands being a working mom, with a limited budget, and I've been nervous about engaging someone who would view me as a 'human hanger.' I have a strong sense of personal style and comfort, but I knew that I was not dressing to flatter my shape. I asked Three Hangers to identify the best way to dress for my shape and to create a short list of clothing I could mix and match for best effect (I'm a bit of a minimalist). I appreciated that Three Hangers took time to get to know my daily life, my comfort level, and my current wardrobe before making suggestions. She took time to get to know my shopping habits (thrift first, then online shopping), budget (quality at the least cost possible), and daily life (VERY busy working mom and online video personality). After an initial consult, I approved a 3 hour package of basic consulting. We did this via Skype as we're separated by a large geographic distance. She asked me to send several selfies in my daily life along with comments. I think this really helped her figure out what I was actively doing and my personality. She also did a closet assessment was firm in identifying areas of weakness in my current wardrobe, using my most used clothing. I appreciated that she was firm in identifying BOTH problems in the wardrobe and areas of strength in my figure that I should be emphasizing. Three Hangers had no problems telling me where I was going wrong AND she had no problems encouraging me to step out of my insecurities and emphasize what I have going on.... After sending the selfies and the Skype video closet assessment, she sent a spreadsheet (keep, adjust, buy, discard) utilizing my current wardrobe and suggestions for additions/subtractions and a Pinterest Board, which included a 'color story' for my fall purchases and visual aids. I am still in the process of purchasing the items similar to what she suggested, but from my current wardrobe I have tried a few types/shapes/combinations of clothing I never would have before, and a new color I was too insecure to try before, and have received high compliments from friends and family. I got my first 'WOW' ever - so that felt nice. :-) The total ended up being 4 hours, instead of 3. I feel like it was a good value proposition and sincerely should have taken 4 hours, given what she accomplished and suggested. I don't believe she actually would have charged me, but she had mentioned in passing she'd actually spent some extra time than budgeted, so I actually asked her to bill me for the extra hour. I also budgeted for a couple of extra hours recently, so I would have the freedom to show her what I put together and help confirm that I was hitting the marks she suggested or tweak it if I was missing the mark. If you're looking to book her.... Please note: I myself am somewhat of a minimalist with a great deal of flexibility and ability to take risks and a strong ability to execute orders (ie shop from a list). My experience will be yours, if you are like me. However... If you are looking for a LOT of evaluation (more than 20-30 hangers in your closet/pieces to evaluate) OR If you have a tendency to get uncomfortable with big changes/suggestions and need more in depth conversation OR if you want a deep and full assessment - including a once over of the finished project... You probably should budget about 7-8 hours for the consulting. AND If you are looking to have Three Hangers actually shop FOR you, you may have to double this. Be absolutely clear in what you want, and discuss it honestly with her before engaging so that you both have a wonderful experience, as I did. 10/10, will probably engage again for a Spring Update. Highly recommend.

Katie's Hair and Makeup
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Monica T.
Verified review

Katie reached out to me a 2nd time to see if I was still looking for a hair stylist for my wedding, and I’m so glad she did! After another hair stylist ghosted, I was nervous, but Katie’s hair trial with me was fantastic & professional. She was communicative, prompt, made my bridesmaids look gorgeous, and gave me a perfect half up/half down ‘do that lasted throughout my ceremony, reception, and even into the next morning! 😂 I would definitely hire her again. Thanks, Katie!

ebIstyle
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Destinie L.
Verified review

I have worked with Ebone’ a few different times for fashion photo shoots. She is very organized and focused. When it comes to fashion and style, ebone’ is bold, unapologetic, and unique. She made sure that she choose outfits that were unique to me and my physique. She always made sure I was comfortable and her eye for detail is priceless. Not only does Ebone’ have an amazing work ethic, but her energy and personality brings nothing but positivity and fun. I always have an amazing time working with Ebone’ and any styling or fashion needs you may be looking for Ebone’ is the perfect person for the job.

Genean Chatman
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca R.
Verified review

I found the perfect stylist for me. She’ll wake up at 6 am on a Saturday so that I can have my hair done before work. I get a great shampoo, calm quiet environment. I just love her

Art & Vow
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Amanda K.
Verified review

Marisa is a highly knowledgeable stylist who is willing to try new things and knows how to best manage and care for my color and hair type. I love her so much that although I live out of state, I wait to have my hair cares for by her until I’m in town! I won’t let anyone else touch it!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda P.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Mallory if you’re looking for a stylist. She did my hair as well as a few of the girls in my bridal party. We were all so pleased with her work. She’s also a total sweetheart and has a great sense of humor. You will have a great experience with her!!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a personal stylist?

To find a fashion consultant, start by browsing portfolios online. Styling is a visual art, so finding a fashion consultant who fits the style you desire is key. Great personal stylists aren’t confined to one style, but if you’re seeking a hipper, fashion-forward vibe, you’d do well to find someone with a modern portfolio, while a fashion consultant with a consistently refined style could be a better fit if you’d prefer a more conservative look. Reading reviews is also helpful for learning more about the fashion consultant. Research their training, background and years of experience. After reviewing websites and Instagram accounts, meet with the stylist in person to learn how well they fit your personality; some fashion consultants offer a free phone consultation prior to hiring. Before hiring, make sure you clearly understand their terms of service and payment.

What do image consultants do?

Image consultants help people look and feel their best by coaching them on their clothing and beauty choices. An image consultant can be hired for a one-time occasion, such as an awards ceremony, big birthday party or photo shoot. The consultant will recommend clothing, hair and makeup to suit the occasion either using either what the client owns or taking a targeted shopping trip. For a complete fashion consultation, the image consultant will assess your wardrobe, your lifestyle, and what you hope to present to the world, and will then determine the best colors, styles and cuts for you. You can get help streamlining your professional appearance, adjusting your style after a change in body size, solidifying a new look, or finding clothing to fit one area of your life like work or weekends. Image consultants also provide closet edits, going through your clothing and paring out what isn’t right for the look you’re trying to achieve. Personal shopping is another service that image consultants provide. After an image assessment, they can either shop with you or shop on your behalf to find you key pieces you need.

What is a fashion consultant?

A fashion consultant is a paid professional who will advise you on what to wear and how to wear it to fit your desired lifestyle or career goals. A fashion consultant can provide many services including personal shopping, closet audits, beauty consultations, style consultations and ongoing seasonal services. A fashion consultant often has a design or fashion background (although this is not required) and an innate sense of style. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the colors, cuts and designs we think suit us. A fashion consultant comes in with fresh eyes and provides constructive feedback to guide your style choices.

During your initial meeting, your fashion consultant will take stock of your current clothing selection and learn what you hope to achieve. They’ll identify core wardrobe pieces you need, as well as advise you how to wear items together. Many consultants create style lookbooks for their clients explaining things like exactly which shoes to wear with what pants and how to accessorize each look. Fashion consultants are a great option for people who are updating their style due to age, career changes or body changes, or who are just ready for a new look and feel. Most fashion consultants charge by the hour, with some offering packages and others working from a retainer.

What is a personal shopper?

Personal shoppers take the pain out of having good fashion. Personal shoppers are paid professionals who work with women, men or children who need style assistance. If you are stuck in a fashion rut, are unsure how to dress in a way that flatters your body, need to revamp your image, or want a more professional career look, personal shoppers can help. Personal shoppers identify the look their client wants to achieve and purchase the necessary clothing and accessories to achieve it. The process often begins with an initial consultation with the client to understand their style goals. This consultation may include a closet “audit,” an assessment of the client’s current wardrobe to see what items can be eliminated and what must be purchased to achieve the desired style.

The client and the personal shopper can shop together, selecting items as a team. The personal shopper may also shop on behalf of the client, then bring all items to the client for a final decision. A third option is pre-shopping, where the personal shopper reaches the store(s) ahead of the client and sets aside clothing for the client to try on, expediting the whole process — a win for anyone who hates spending time in the mall. Personal shoppers can also be hired for one-time events such as weddings, vacations or birthdays. You can also enlist a personal shopper to do your gift shopping for you. Overall, a personal shopper is an investment in making good style choices.

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.

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