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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 Ashburn makeup artists
Stacey A.
My scheduled makeup trial was cancelled at the last minute. I found that to be very unprofessional. I will not reschedule with this makeup artist.
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Monique C.
Amazing artist and person. She was very professional and responsive. I was in a rush to find a makeup artist and booked her 13hrs before. She arrived early and was ready for the event. The kids loved their makeup and I would definitely use her services again.
Em X.
LT is a fantastic/knowledgeable makeup artist! Conversational and not at all awkward, Would totally book her again!
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Chidi U.
Quana is an excellent makeup artist with a pleasant character ! I hired her for a photoshoot and the makeup done on the models was gorgeous. I would definitely recommend her services. You won’t regret it !
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Lakesha E.
Akiah was my makeup artist for my wedding on 05-21-2021. She is very professional and skilled makeup artist. Her personality is warm and friendly. Her style of artistry for me was glam. She made me feel beautiful from the inside out and I literally felt pampered. I highly recommend her for hire.
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Kimberly N.
Yanz is an amazing makeup artist. She has a beautiful spirit. I hired her to do the makeup for me and one other bridesmaid for a friend's wedding and she did an amazing job. The makeup was very tasteful, appropriate for the day and beautiful. She was on time and very personable.
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Renisha B.
Chrissy is a talented makeup artist. She is attentive, responsive and brought a lot of fun to the experience. My daughter wanted prom glam and Chrissy delivered.
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Karina E.
Such a great experience! Lisa is a great hair and makeup artist. She was very helpful in answering my questions and she was great to work with. I recommend her 100%
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Lauren b.
Chrissy is super sweet and down to earth . I felt like a friend was doing my makeup and we were just catching up. super happy and thankful to find a makeup artist who listens and was there to make me feel and look amazing for my big day.
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Shinese B.
Vicky was amazing, ontime, used the time to slay all the ladies in the event. I couldn’t of asked for a better makeup artist and will surely use and recommend her for anything else.
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Steven D.
I'm a headshot photographer and needed a Hair + Makeup artist for a young actor I photographed. Dany did an amazing job! She made both my client comfortable and happy, along with the client's parent. I would highly recommend Dany to anyone in need a great makeup and hairstylist!
Danielle K.
Lizie, is a super sweet and a professional makeup artist! Very responsive and her quality of work is excellent. I would highly recommend her for any type of event that you may be having.
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Joann B.
Amazing ! Amazing ! And just amazing ! She was on time , very gentle did exactly what I asked you .. very easy to work with ! ... definitely will be cheating on my Makeup artist more often !
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Jasmine A.
Quana’s attitude was amazing and so is her work!! She is flexible and she made my vision of what I wanted a beautiful reality. My makeup stayed on all night without smudging or sweating off, which is incredible! Best makeup artist ever! I will be booking her for all of my events!
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Sarah S.
Sharon was the best makeup artist that my sister and I have ever had!!! She was incredibly professional and knowledgeable about makeup techniques and products. She took her time to ensure we had exactly what we wanted and made us feel amazing on our special day! We can’t wait to book her again for our next special occasion!
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Andrea B.
Excellent make-up job for my video production. Person of integrity. High quality work and high quality person. Skip the drama and attitudes and hire her and treat her well. She is gem. This makeup artist is brilliant at what she does.
Tracy I.
I hired Tiffany for a photo shoot at a horse ranch... which actually turned out to be my surprise proposal! I wanted a dramatic look ... She did an amazing job with the colors. I was very impressed. What a great, skilled makeup artist! A professional lndeed!
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Renee was incredible on my daughter's wedding day. She was the makeup artist for myself (Mother of the Bride) and my other daughter (Maid of Honor). She knew exactly what makeup to apply given our skin tone/type and features in order to have the best outcome. Renee has a wonderful personality and put us at ease that day. We absolutely recommend her. Would use her again for my son's wedding next year.
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Jesenia C.
Jasmine is a phenomenal makeup artist. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who is seeking a professional for any occasion. I was very happy with my results, and would definitely use her services again. P.S. she also gives her clients a little gift bag! Such a doll.
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Natasha C.
I hired Rare Artistic Beauty to do my mother's birthday makeup. Rhonda did a wonderful job of correcting her imperfections while highlighting her positive features. She was receptive to our desires and executed perfectly. She was professional, punctual, personable and patient. I highly recommend.
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Stefani W.
I hired Dany to do wedding makeup for my friend and me. We had reached out to a couple of different makeup artists and Dany was the most responsive, reasonably priced, and she had black women in her portfolio pictures so we didn’t worry that she wouldn’t have the right foundation for our skin tones. Dany did an amazing job! She was quick (about an hour to do both of us) and the makeup lasted from 4pm to 2am. I only had to touch up my lips a couple of times throughout the night. I would book Dany again in a second.
Reggie W.
Tiffany was amazing! I needed a makeup artist last minute for my short film and she came through in the clutch. Her work was on point and she was easy going and focused while waiting between takes. I would definitely hire her again and I recommend you do too!
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Guy And T.
I cannot say enough about my experience with Vesta. She is a true professional and exactly what I was looking for in a makeup artist. Her work is just stunning 😍. Thanks a million. For helping me look and feel my best on my special day and for going above and beyond to accommodate me. Blessings
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Maridalia M.
Clarissa blew me away with the makeup look she created for me and my mom on my wedding day. I have never seen my mom look so polished and beautiful. She took notes of my Mom’s outfit and made her look cohesive with it. I cried when I saw how well she treated my mom and how great she looked. My makeup was perfect!!!! I have never gotten so many compliments on my makeup before. People said I looked gorgeous and glowing. I totally loved how she made me look. Clarissa is a true artist.
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Pamela P.
Lizie was great! lovely personality and work ethic. I don't have much experience with makeup and wasn't so sure what I needed. I wanted a natural look and it came out on point. My family and friends were complementing me all night. If you are looking for a make up artist, book her! you won't regret it.
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