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Winstead Studios
4.9
from 131 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 236 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Daniel G.
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As we approached our wedding day on Oct 17th my then fiancé and I thought it would be nice to have someone do my Best woman and flower girl's makeup. After looking at a few makeup artist I loved how Winstead Studio stepped forward and was immediately available. Our makeup artist arrived at the hotel on-time and what amazing work. Both looked great and I couldn't have asked for better. Thank you so much Winstead Studios.

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Erin
4.8
from 87 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
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Erin was a really nice, talented makeup artist! She did a great job with the dark smokey eyes I wanted, was on time, and communicated quickly when I emailed her. My only suggestion would be to let people know what products you can offer for certain skin types- I have sensitive/acne prone skin (I had asked what she had and got a broad answer of "everything"). I ended up doing my foundation prior to her arrival Bc I did not know if she had one I could use and my skin breaks out at the sight of comogenic formulas! But overall she was great. I would use her again. Thanks Erin!

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PARTYYMAGIC SERVICES
4.9
from 145 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Shawvan B.
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If I could give Partyymagic 20 stars I would!!!! Mimi is Magic and her work is phenomenal. I have never had my face painted before so I was anxious to see the results once she started. She not only exceeded my expectations but was very professional. She painted my face in 30 minutes flat. I wore the makeup all day at work (12+hours) and had a great Halloween! I got so many compliments and even frightened some of my co-workers. She's everything you want in an artist friendly, patient, talented, and on time!

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Beauty By Divine
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jocelynn M.
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She was very down to earth when doing my make up while also staying professional. It was my first time ever getting my make up done and she made me feel very comfortable and there was not a moment where anything felt uncomfortable for me. As soon as I showed up, she was ready to do my makeup and the environment in which she did my makeup was very clean and relaxing.

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DC Elite Image
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Daryle L.
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I could not have been happier with DC Elite Image. Teresa was accommodating (came to my home to do my makeup for a holiday party), super friendly and professional to work with - and I simply loved my results! I would recommend her without hesitation to any individual or organization needing a professional makeup artist. And I will certainly be a repeat customer!

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Makeup by Hamna
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lily S.
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She was very nice and I absolutely loved the way she did my eye makeup​ and hair. I felt like royalty after seeing myself after she was finished. I definitely recommend her

Jebella Artistry
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Veronica U.
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I hired Jebella for my wedding in June and I am so happy with my decision! I had an awesome hair stylist and an awesome makeup artist come to my house for my trial. I am very happy with their work and can’t wait for them to make me look pretty on my big day!

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GLAM CAMM
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Brittany H.
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Camille was the best!!!!! She is so sweet and great at what she does. You can really tell she LOVES makeup. She is definitely my new makeup artist!!!! Thanks again boo.

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CHANCE LAWRONE
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sherri B.
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I never normally write reviews but I was so impressed. She made all of us feel special and beautiful. Most makeup artist only do makeup one way( which I hate) but Jaydes makeup capibilties and talents were able to stretch from my daughter (13) who's makeup was very beautiful and age appropriate to my Great grandmother(81) who's makeup was light and elegant. But most importantly my husbands jaw was on the floor. Lol.. THANK YOU SOO MUCH.

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JMDESIGNZ
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 169 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Godfrey M.
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Jen sent one of her staff makeup artist named JUSTINA!!! She did a fantastic job making my daughter glamourous for her Senior PROM this past weekend. Jen and Justina were very professional and affordable! Jen sent a questionnaire to my daughter asking her to describe the look she ted to have for her Prom and Justina delivered!!! I would highly recommend these makeup professionals for any occasion where you want your sweetheart to be fabulous!!!!!

Tina's Artistry
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Alison U.
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Tina did a wonderful job. My hair and makeup were perfect!

  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie J.
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To the best makeup artist on this planet. The one thing I love most about Erica is that the first thing I said to her was that "I want to look like me in my pictures". She not only made me look like me but even better." I have had my face done several times by Erica and never ever was I not satisfied. Her work, and gift is OUTSTANDING.

MakeupByBlanche
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jerita S.
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Blanche's makeup skills are top notch. I signed up for the makeup tutorial and she was extremely patient and a very effective teacher. She could be a celebrity makeup artist - that's how good she is. I can't wait to sign up for another session with her.

Usha MakeUp Beauty Lounge
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jing J.
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Excellent team of makeup artists and hair stylists. Highly skilled, personable, professional and extremely easy to work with. They went above and beyond on my special occasion to accommodate me. I highly recommend Usha

  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
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Mia was amazing! I hired her to do makeup for the bridesmaids in my wedding. I was a bit nervous about booking someone from the internet without meeting her for such an important day - so we arranged an in home trial. She came to me, did my makeup and was awesome. She has a great sense of humor and definitely calmed my fears. On the day of the wedding, she showed up calm and prepared - my bridal party had all different types of skin tones and facial types and she made each one look beautiful. She did lashes on those that wanted them and it made SUCH a huge difference in the pictures. She was a wonderful makeup artist and I would definitely recommend hiring her for your event!!

NaturallYoo2
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Ebony C.
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I hired Tish to do my makeup for my wedding. At the consultation she did an AMAZING job but out did herself for the big day. She was willing to travel and made everyone feel comfortable. I would recommend her services to everyone. She is a GREAT makeup artist!!!

JDozier Artistry
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Erin M.
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Amazing experience overall! My makeup came out absolutely stunning. I also had fun. I will most definitely repeat when I am back in the area.

NGK Studio
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
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Gul and her partner were both very responsible and showed up on time for my wedding.. I knew that I could count on them to be there for my special day. From the minute I met Gul, she continued to respond to my messages very quickly and gave very helpful advice and answered any questions that I had. They are both very good makeup artists and only use the best quality makeup and products.. You can count on them to make you look flawless on your wedding day, and they will put in as much time as you need them to get the job done. If you want a makeup artist who will do any makeup look you like, use high end products, and give you only the best advice possible then you can count on these two ladies 100%. They will not let you down. I think more people should know about NGK studio because these two girls truly are experts in the work that they do and they are very hardworking they will not let you down. I promise. I got so many compliments on how flawless I looked the day of my wedding, and how amazing my hair looked that day. People couldn't stop raving over the fact that I just looked like I walked out of a movie.. I was very tired that day too(functioning on only one hour of sleep and they were somehow able to transform me into a celebrity) You will look amazing too on your wedding day four sure=) =) I am usually very picky with who I decide to do my makeup, but there was just something about this girl that I could tell she would do a fantastic job and I was right. Spread the word, these girls are experts!!! Sincerely, Dana

Makeup Artist Pro Group
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy M.
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I've gotten my makeup done by makeup artists on a few occasions, and I picked Maria at Make Up Artist Pro Group after my cousin used her for her wedding last year. I was really impressed with how my makeup turned out, and she was incredibly sweet and calming to the bride, which I knew would be an important quality to calm my own wedding day jitters. Since I had recently gotten engaged, I made sure to get her card, and called her a few weeks later when I set my wedding date to book her. When my wedding day came, she arrived early and was really pleasant. She kept me feeling at ease and stayed right on schedule throughout. It was clear that she keeps her kit and her supplies sanitary, and the products in the kit (other than the few products of my own that I preferred she use) are of great quality. They even gave me the option to purchase some of the products for touch ups. Throughout the whole process, she was very professional. I had a lot of specific ideas and requests for my big day makeup, and she was comfortable trusting my preferences for certain products. My makeup looked gorgeous. Totally perfect and more flawless than I ever could have imagined. My three bridesmaids looked absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, my makeup photographed beautifully. I could not have been happier. I'm so glad that my cousin found Makeup Artist Pro Group first, and that I decided to book them for my special day.

  • 3 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley N.
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If you are looking for a makeup artist for your special event, look no further. Priscilla is extremely professional, arriving early and with all the necessary tools. I had an excellent trial with her and we were able to fine tune my wedding day style. She was the perfect person to be with my friends and I as we prepared for my wedding as she is patient, detail-oriented and kind. The value of her work is tremendous and I would recommend her 100% to anyone!

D.E.V Glam
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Toni R.
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My hair and makeup experiences with Devin have been great!!! Devin really takes her time in both crafts and and uses techniques that that no other artist or stylist uses. The makeup application isn't thick and looks 100% natural and anytime I've gotten a sew in the braids are flat and lasts for months!! I would encourage anyone to get Devin to do their hair or make up for any special occasion she is absolutely professional about the work she does.

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.

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 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.