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Valen'sBOX MakeUp Artist
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Emily P.
Verified review

Valen is was absolutely great for my event. We did a trial run which I would definitely recommend. It helped get both of us on the same page for what I was hoping for and what I would look like with certain styles. At the real event, Valen’s makeup made me feel very beautiful and glamorous with my theme without making me feel like I wasn’t myself and my hair looked great without looking too crunchy or plastic with hairspray. I’d highly recommend her to anyone looking for a hair/makeup artist!

  • 12 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda F.
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I was looking for a hair and makeup artist for a work gala last month. I really wanted to sport a red carpet look. From the get go, Carolina was prompt at responding to my queries and eager to work with me. She assured me she could accommodate the look I was going for, and definitely delivered. The day of the event, she met me at my sister's house where I was getting ready, and was super professional and helpful even though I was running late. She never rushed me or herself, and talked me through the process as she went along. My sisters and I had a lot of fun talking with her throughout the appointment as well. Once finished, she adjusted any little thing I asked for, and even left me with the little tube of lip gloss she used to reapply as needed throughout my evening. Such a fun and easygoing experience, and the results were out of this world! I am continuing to receive compliments on how I looked to this day! I would definitely recommend this company and use them again. Thanks Carolina!!

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Wicked Makeup
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Priya P.
Verified review

Tasha was one of the bridal makeup artists that my sister had a trial with. My sister loved the hair and the way Tasha plumped up her lips. Tasha drove to my sister, brought in all the equipment and even stayed late to ensure that we had an opportunity to see the finished product. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. We ended up going with someone who had more experience with Indian skin and hair for the wedding. However, Tasha's work quality in the trial was really good and I just had to leave this review!

Makeup Made Eazy
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea D.
Verified review

Jessica is absolutely a pleasure to work with. She's incredibly friendly and professional. She's a skilled makeup artist and I was so happy with how I looked and felt on my wedding day!!

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Angeltouchstudio
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristen W.
Verified review

I feel so lucky to have been referred to Michelle when planning my wedding!! She is the absolute best makeup artist I have ever worked with, and made everybody stunning on my wedding day. We were thrilled to book her for my sister's wedding as well, where she worked her magic on the bride and 9 bridesmaids with time to spare! She manages to seamlessly move from each person's individual style to the next, and really listens to everybody's requests with perfect results every time! If you're lucky enough to have Michelle there on your wedding day (or any event), you don't have to worry about anything else:)

Makeup by Khushboo
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina S.
Verified review

I saw her reviews and immediately wanted her. I told Khushboo that I was in need of a makeup artist for my brother’s graduation. Now, it’s not a normal graduation and many people are showing up fashionable. So I needed a artist who was fast and efficient and Khushboo beat all my expectations. I will definitely hire her again for a second time because she was wonderful!!

Flawless
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sean R.
Verified review

I cannot say enough about my experience with Suzanne. She was professional and courteous from day one. She was prompt with our correspondence. Always very positive and cheerful. As far as her performance, I could not have asked for more. She made me feel so at ease and special on my wedding day. I looked so elegant and beautiful. Truly tapped into exactly what I was aiming for which was not easy as I was very vague with what I wanted. Even I was not sure. Suzanne was also very fun and personable. She felt like an old friend laughing with my mother and friend and other wedding professionals. She is exactly what you are looking for in a makeup artist. Someone you can trust on your big day. I would recommend her over and over again. She also sent me a very thoughtful gift after the wedding congratulating us. Hire her!

Metamorphosis beauty
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brittney J.
Verified review

I barely wear makeup but when I went to Amanda, she made me feel comfortable and look beautiful. I have had terrible experience in the past with makeup artist, Amanda make the process enjoyable and relaxing. She is the only person I would allow to do my makeup when going out for an event. Would recommended her to anyone who is looking for a makeup artist.

Beauty by Sharleen
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Justine C.
Verified review

Not only is Sharleen an amazing makeup artist but she is also extremely educated on all of her makeup products. As someone who’s constantly dealing with rosacea I tend to be very cautious with the products I use on my face. Sharleen reassured me that all of her Younique products were all natural, plant based and great for all skin types, including those who deal with different skin conditions. With that being said I’m extremely happy I chose to have Sharleen do my makeup for my friends wedding day. The work she did was flawless and lasted all day and night (even through the heat,) without having a single reaction on my face! I would not hesitate to have her do my makeup again in the future. I highly recommend her!

Makeup by Ashley C
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Nicole D.
Verified review

I have never been more confident in my makeup skills after having my makeup lesson with Ashley! She is incredibly patient and knowledgeable about makeup application and has a fantastic teaching style. I would recommend her to anyone looking for tips and tricks on how to apply makeup. I would also hire her to do my makeup for special occasions. Hands down one of the best makeup artists I’ve ever met (and I’ve met a ton over my lifetime).

Magical Moments
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
ThoaThoa T.
Verified review

Robin was awesome! She responded quickly to any questions I had and help me problem solve anything I was on the fence about. She even came to the rescue when my makeup artist backed out. She was quick and her prices were great, she even traveled! I would highly recommend her!! She's the best and easy to get along with.

Haley Navarro
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Gabby O.
Verified review

Haley is the most professional and talented makeup artist I have ever gone to! I'm a lover of makeup but not the best. Whenever I have a big event or personal occasion Haley is my go to! I can show her any picture and say I want this and that is what I get ... can anything be better then that!!!! She has so many products and I find myself also learning a makeup tip as she slays my face to be honest. Haley is ur go to for any makeup needed!!!!!!!! Thank you Haley!!!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kerri B.
Verified review

When I started my search for a wedding make up artist, I was extremely self conscious to go to anyone because of a lifelong struggle with terrible skin. I've never wanted to have someone "see" my skin without my usual cover up routine, as I struggle with both dry and oily skin and large pores that make me feel uncomfortable to be in public naturally. But Jen changed this for me. Not only did she jump right into my rescue to set up a trial appointment just 3 months before my wedding, but she really made me feel better about my skin and even took the time to educate me about what products I should and shouldn't be using, and what style make up applications will give me the results I am looking for! After the trial, she followed up to see how I felt about it hours after the application and if it was still giving me the results I was looking for! I was blown away that after 8+ hours, my face wasn't getting "shiny" from oily skin and my eyeliner wasn't smudging all over my eye lid, like it does when I do my own make up. It was a dream come true and EXACTLY what I needed for my wedding day! We had some back and forth leading up to the wedding to make sure we were both on the same page of some of the slight changes we were going to make and she was with me every step of the way. Jen and her assistant were prompt on the wedding day and fit right in with my bridal party and family! Once again, making everyone feel comfortable and laughing with us as we got ready for the rest of the day. They were even able to accommodate last minute requests for a couple of family members that changed their mind and wanted to have their make up done (life savers!) last minute! When I walked down the aisle, I had never felt more beautiful and more confident to show off MY skin. And even better, my husband was SO happy, that even with my make up professionally done, he still saw "me" at the end of the aisle - the exact look I wanted on our wedding day :) And once again, not only did my make up last 8+ hours, it lasted twice that amount of time AND through an outdoor photoshoot in the rain at our Venue!!! Amazingggg doesn't even begin to describe the worth of having Jen as my make up artist. Her talent is incomparable and I can't wait to refer her to whomever may need the perfect wedding touch!

Makeup by Ambar
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dafney T.
Verified review

I get a bit hesistant when it comes to makeup artist and how they do makeup on darkskin. But Ambar did such a great job on my birthday makeup! I loved it, I seriously didn't want to wash it off lol. I definitely recommend her for you chocolate beauties looking for a MUA.

Alyssa A McKenzie, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Karissa A.
Verified review

Alyssa did an excellent job on my bridal makeup. It lasted all day and night despite the humidity of an outdoor summer ceremony. Great price and full sized lipstick for touchups!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Morena T.
Verified review

She's an awesome makeup artist, she's so sweet and I loved my makeup 🌼🌼🌸🌼

Makeup by Ani
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
Verified review

Ani was great right from the begining. She arrived on time, actually a tad early which was even better since the party girls couldnt wait for her. She did an awesome job on each of the girls. Such a great makeup artist!

Jata K. Artistry
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dorian S.
Verified review

Jata is an amazing artist. Will definitely use her services for my next event!

Makeup by Christina G.
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Michelle M.
    Verified review

    Christina is a true professional and an amazing artist! She has been doing my make up since highschool and she continues to amaze me every time she hands me the mirror! She will add some sparkle to your day in so many ways!

    • 6 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Michelle M.
    Verified review

    I found Jackie on Thumbtack and it was my first time using this website to find a vendor. Jackie was wonderful to work with – from coordinating my makeup trial to my wedding day timeline to making a payment, everything was a breeze. She did an incredible job and made my bridesmaids and I look so beautiful. We all had airbrush makeup done which turned out great and lasted throughout the entire day/night. Jackie is very personable and made me feel at ease throughout the entire morning. Jackie did an excellent job of getting all six of us ready on time. She even touched up a few of us before she left which was great. Thank you, Jackie!

    Jennifer McLaughlin

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      Please feel free to e-mail Jennifer. Jennifer is a highly sought-after makeup artist who is now servicing in Boston, from 6 years in Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, Jennifer had the distinct honor of working closely with the Miss Oklahoma USA Organization, to include clients Morgan Woolard (Miss OK USA 2010 and 1st Runner Up at Miss USA 2010), Kaitlyn Smith (Miss OK USA 2011), Lauren Lundeen (Miss OK USA 2012), Jessica Lee Morgan (Miss OK Teen USA 2012, 3rd Runner Up at Miss Teen USA 2012), Lakynn McBride (Miss Arkansas USA 2010), and Brittany Booker (Miss Texas USA 2012). Jennifer was most recently made official and brought on to be the official makeup sponsor of Miss Oklahoma USA and Miss Arkansas USA. Jennifer has also been the key makeup artist for fashion shows designed by Sherri Hill and The United Way in conjunction with Chesapeake Energy. Jennifer is the official makeup artist to Project Runway All-Star, Johnathan Kayne Gillespie, and she has worked exclusively with him to design the look for his 2013 collection catalog. Jennifer is also the personal makeup artist to HGTV Design Star Kellie Clements, and she was the key makeup artist for her web series, shown on HGTV. Jennifer was also selected to accompany A-List actor, Rob Lowe, as his personal makeup artist for his visit to Oklahoma City on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Jennifer can be booked for your wedding, photo shoot, fashion show, party prep, and any special event simply by contacting Jennifer via e-mail or phone. Please visit her website or find her on Facebook. You can also follow Jennifer on Twitter.

      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.

      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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