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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 Boston makeup artists
Diana S.
I did a trial makeup for my wedding with Ani and I can't explain how happy I am , because I finally found the best makeup artist in Boston, because I was looking for a good makeup artist it's already 3 years OMG!!!! I tried a lot of makeup artists, but Ani is the best 100% .She is very very nice, beautiful and very talented girl! I love my makeup and can't wait until my wedding's day to have a bridal makeup :)
Makeup by AniMakeup by Ani
Greg B.
Marianna did a fantastic job as the makeup artist for our video shoot. She was punctual, professional, client centric, pleasant... and very good at her craft! A pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a skilled makeup professional.
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Shamara B.
I feel so lucky to have found a makeup artist who is truly amazing. She’s beautiful inside and out. Although I was running late, Gessica calmed my anxiety. She took her time to ensure my makeup was flawless. I received so many compliments on my makeup. You won’t regret booking Gessica. Do yourself a favor and book her.
Gessica Tavares Makeup StudioGessica Tavares Makeup Studio
Samantha W.
She really is the top the makeup artist and you definatly want her to do your makeup. When she was done I was shocked at the results, I couldn't believe it was me. She helped me with my hair even though it wasn't apart of what I requested. I will 1000% be using her makeup service again and will be telling everyone I know about her and the amazing work she did. Thank you The photos below show from right when the makeup was done to the end of the night.
Diana S.
I hired Ani for my friend, because it was her birthday and I did a present full set makeup for her. Everything was super! She was very very happy. I hired Ani before, a moths ago for me and I liked her work, she is really professional makeup artist! Thanks a lot! You are amazing person!
Makeup by AniMakeup by Ani
Jacqueline J.
Suzanne was very responsive to me when I needed a last minute hair/makeup artist for a video shoot. She provided all info I needed in a timely manner and really made me at ease. She was early and prepared on set and made the clients feel at ease. Was definitely lucky to find her!
Suzanne Hewett Makeup ArtistrySuzanne Hewett Makeup Artistry
Tiffany L.
Tasha submitted a quote price to me and then when I proceeded to ask her questions, a couple different times, a couple different days, she had never responded again and it’s been weeks. Very unprofessional. Especially when there are so many other makeup artists to choose from that understand planning a wedding is already a stressful, time sensitive event. Will not book with Tasha.
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Whitney M.
I got married on NYE ‘22 in an intimate ceremony and had such a difficult time finding a makeup artist who was available last minute and thankfully Kelly reached out! She was a good listener, fun to work with, and made me feel like a princess on my wedding day. I’ve had a lot of experience working with MUAs in the entertainment industry and yet still wowed by her years of expertise, various techniques, and array of products. Thank you, Kelly!!! 😍
Kelly Ella MakeupKelly Ella Makeup
Parker S.
Becca and I were in discussion for weeks and had even communicated the night before. Our time to meet was 6:30am. I didn’t hear word from here till 6:55 when she informed me she has just woke up and would no longer be able to do my hair and make up as it would be cutting it too close. Of course she was very apologetic and gave me back my deposit, which I appreciate, but now I’m stuck without a makeup artist day of. Extremely unprofessional
Becca's BeautyBecca's Beauty
Priya P.
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!
Wicked MakeupWicked Makeup
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