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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 Bowie makeup artists
Nicole B.
I had a really great experience. My makeup was flawless. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a highly professional makeup artist.
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Britt W.
Sharmayne is a phenomenal makeup artist! She's extremely professional, down to earth and very relatable. She did an awesome age appropriate look on my daughter's makeup for her school formal. I will definitely go back to her in the future.
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Oluwatosin O.
She is an excellent make up artist and the best to do my makeup. She was punctual, professional, and has a great personality. The make up isn't heavy and cakey but beautiful. Will definitely be using her services again!
This is late but overdue because this makeup artist is wonderful and accommodating. I have very sensitive skin and because I am pregnant it's gotten a little worse. However she worked with my skin and all day I received compliments about how beautiful my makeup looked. You should definitely book her, I will be using her services two-three more times this summer.
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Sade W.
Sharmayne did my baby sisters makeup for prom and it was an experience unlike anything I anticipated. She made us feel like stars and my sister looked so natural and elegant and sophisticated. A true artist a true professional. If you do not want to be disappointed book with Sharmayne ASAP!
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Pamela W.
Words can’t even describe how amazing she is as a makeup artist. Personable, professionalism, courteous, friendly, funny, gave me make up tips for the future these is just a few words definitely not all. I am so glad I found her she did amazing work.
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Carla S.
Julianna was a balm the entire morning of my wedding. My original makeup artist had to cancel on me two weeks before the wedding date... Needless to say, I was stressed before I even reached out. The very first interaction let me know I was in good hands. Julianna arrived early and hit the ground running. She had 6 faces in total and not only finished early, she still had enough time to do touch-ups to my bridal party (and a few family members that took advantage *eyeroll*) She took criticism and suggestions with grace and complete understanding! That's not a trait I can attribute to other makeup artists I've worked with. ONTOP OF THAT she saved the vibes when my bridal party realized we didn't have a speaker to play music from! (Julianna I promise I'm going to get it back to you even if I have to mail it). If you were wondering if you should book take this as your sign. BOOK HER! You will be in good hands.
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Tonia B.
I highly recommend Sharmayne because she is a very professional, talented and detailed oriented makeup artist. We really enjoyed watching her work her magic and bring the vision I imagined in my mind to fruition and made my son’s girlfriend look absolutely beautiful for her prom. I will highly recommend her to everyone I know and we are planning on using her again very soon. P.S. Also, another thing that really impressed me about Sharmayne was, she had an accident at the previous appointment and had fallen and scraped both knees. She let me know immediately that she was still going to make the appointment no matter what. I greatly appreciated her perseverance.
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Hannan H.
Honestly, if I only had one word to describe Ms. Fran it would be that she is a sweetheart :). Also, she was a god sent! Especially since I had already booked a makeup artist through Instagram who canceled on me TWO days before my wedding event. So I got in contact with Ms. Fran through thumbtack and luckily she was available. She was quick to respond to my messages and very helpful. I mentioned how I needed a hairstylist as well and she gave me the contacts of two ladies. I loved how she had a backup contact as well. She really blew me away with her preparedness. Furthermore, she was very attentive on the day of the event. She answered all my mother and I's questions. Also, she really nailed the look that I was going for and had no problem of adding or taking things away if I mentioned I liked or disliked something which I loved about her. So honestly the best service ever and I would definitely book her again for my future events!
Makeup by Fran LLCMakeup by Fran LLC
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