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Louisville Special Effects Makeup Artists

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  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen P.
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Robi was a fantastic makeup artist. She did my bridal airbrush makeup and 5 bridesmaids very quickly and we all looked gorgeous. Robi also did some shimmer on the little girls and my mom's makeup. Everyone looked great and my mom said she hasn't felt that good in a long time. Besides her skill, the best thing about Robi is her heart and kind nature. Robi made me feel comfortable and confident on my day. Super stress-free. I would recommend Robi, 100%. It's great quality work for a great value.

from 13 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Vonnie H.
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Keera did my daughter's make up for prom and my daughter was absolutely stunning! She is not one to ever wear makeup and was so afraid that we did a practice run a week before just so she could decide if she wanted her to do it. We actually had practice with 3 different people and Keera was the best. She did well on the practice and even better on day of prom. So for someone who doesn't wear or like makeup even she was very well pleased with the finished look. Got lots of compliments and great pics! Thanks Keera wish you were my personal makeup artist :)

House of Hood
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke S.
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She is seriously an amazing makeup artist and hair stylist. You can give her any look, and she will accomplish it successfully. If it's not perfect she will start all over and re-do. Bethany is fun to be around because she has a great personality. Makeup and hair styling is defiantly her passion.

  • 3 years in business
Meredith M.
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Angelique does fabulous work. We have used her several times for various things: makeup for a special day, Halloween makeup, application tutorials...or family pics! Love her work.

Melissa's Makeup Magic
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Emily R.
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Melissa was SO wonderful to work with! She genuinely listened to my makeup request and did exactly as I asked for both myself and my wedding party. I turned down a couple of previous makeup artists because they did their own vision rather than listening to what I had in mind. I received compliments all night and felt that my foundation was very natural and seamless and that both my eyeshadow and eyeliner were done with precision and care. She's very responsive and attentive with any questions or concerns so I would definitely recommend using her on your special day!!

Makeup Artistry by Kayla
from 4 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa P.
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Kayla was absolutely amazing! She came to my home for the trial and was really patient with me as I figured out the look I wanted for my wedding. My bridesmaids and mom absolutely loved her. Not only is she talented and affordable, but she's incredibly sweet, down to earth, and fun to work with! I'd hire Kayla again to do my makeup for a special night out, without hesitation.

Lorelei Liegh Beauty
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Grace S.
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Karah is the most talented makeup artist I know. She is the makeup master. Einstein said to be a master and something you must put your whole soul into it and she does. She can to it all. Wedding, prom, every day, night life, and even Halloween...you name it! She could be a celebrity red carpet artist, that's how special she is. I can always go to her is I need help or have questions. My home applications have improved so much thanks to her tips. She's amazing and the best makeup artist I know.

Q & A

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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.

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 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.

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.

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