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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.
Reviews for Saint Matthews makeup artists
Jennifer V.
I hired Kayla to do my wedding makeup as well as my mother's, my husband's family and one of my bridesmaids. She was extremely flexible to do our trial and to do our makeup the day of the wedding. She was there early to the salon on the wedding day, and did such a great job on all the mothers, sisters and my bridesmaid. I was just blown away with the makeup we chose for my big day, and I looked just like a princess! I am definitely recommending her to anyone and everyone who is looking for a makeup artist for their wedding or event! Thank you again so much Kayla!
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Kristen P.
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.
Cassie T.
Kayla is phenomenal. We came to Louisville for an event and needed a makeup artist and we reached out to Kayla. She responded right away and made things so easy from start to finish. She’s easy to talk to and does a beautiful job. She’s a consummate professional and you can tell she really loves what she does, and it shines through in the quality of her work. Thanks Kayla!
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Maggie P.
Kayla was absolutely wonderful!! We were two weeks away from my brothers wedding with no make up artist until I found Kayla. She responded right away that she was available and saved the day! She did a trial run with the bride the week before and showed up on wedding day exactly when we planned. Every single bridesmaid, mother of the bride, mother of the groom and bride loved their makeup. Kayla was professional and punctual. She had all the make up and lashes and was an absolute joy to be around. I would definitely recommend Kayla to others and give her the highest ratings! She truly saved the wedding and we all couldn’t have been happier.
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