Gaithersburg, MD122 Special Effects Makeup Artists near you

Where do you need the Special Effects Makeup Artist?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Gaithersburg Special Effects Makeup Artists

Browse these special effects makeup services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Gaithersburg.

Top Pro
PARTYYMAGIC SERVICES
4.9
from 166 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 227 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shawvan B.
Verified review

If I could give Partyymagic 20 stars I would!!!! Mimi is Magic and her work is phenomenal. I have never had my face painted before so I was anxious to see the results once she started. She not only exceeded my expectations but was very professional. She painted my face in 30 minutes flat. I wore the makeup all day at work (12+hours) and had a great Halloween! I got so many compliments and even frightened some of my co-workers. She's everything you want in an artist friendly, patient, talented, and on time!

Top Pro
Winstead Studios
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 254 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Daniel G.
Verified review

As we approached our wedding day on Oct 17th my then fiancé and I thought it would be nice to have someone do my Best woman and flower girl's makeup. After looking at a few makeup artist I loved how Winstead Studio stepped forward and was immediately available. Our makeup artist arrived at the hotel on-time and what amazing work. Both looked great and I couldn't have asked for better. Thank you so much Winstead Studios.

Top Pro
Erin
4.8
from 90 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
Verified review

Erin was a really nice, talented makeup artist! She did a great job with the dark smokey eyes I wanted, was on time, and communicated quickly when I emailed her. My only suggestion would be to let people know what products you can offer for certain skin types- I have sensitive/acne prone skin (I had asked what she had and got a broad answer of "everything"). I ended up doing my foundation prior to her arrival Bc I did not know if she had one I could use and my skin breaks out at the sight of comogenic formulas! But overall she was great. I would use her again. Thanks Erin!

  • 3 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley N.
Verified review

If you are looking for a makeup artist for your special event, look no further. Priscilla is extremely professional, arriving early and with all the necessary tools. I had an excellent trial with her and we were able to fine tune my wedding day style. She was the perfect person to be with my friends and I as we prepared for my wedding as she is patient, detail-oriented and kind. The value of her work is tremendous and I would recommend her 100% to anyone!

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LaNeika J.
Verified review

This young lady is a force to be reckoned with.....like a quiet storm of talent as it relates to makeup. She absolutely kept my makeup amazing for many events while on vacation in Greece. I'm so grateful to have met her and used her services. The only way you'll be disappointed is if you don't book her!!!

CHANCE LAWRONE
4.8
from 41 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Sherri B.
Verified review

I never normally write reviews but I was so impressed. She made all of us feel special and beautiful. Most makeup artist only do makeup one way( which I hate) but Jaydes makeup capibilties and talents were able to stretch from my daughter (13) who's makeup was very beautiful and age appropriate to my Great grandmother(81) who's makeup was light and elegant. But most importantly my husbands jaw was on the floor. Lol.. THANK YOU SOO MUCH.

Top Pro
MIA STYLIST MUA
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
Verified review

Mia was amazing! I hired her to do makeup for the bridesmaids in my wedding. I was a bit nervous about booking someone from the internet without meeting her for such an important day - so we arranged an in home trial. She came to me, did my makeup and was awesome. She has a great sense of humor and definitely calmed my fears. On the day of the wedding, she showed up calm and prepared - my bridal party had all different types of skin tones and facial types and she made each one look beautiful. She did lashes on those that wanted them and it made SUCH a huge difference in the pictures. She was a wonderful makeup artist and I would definitely recommend hiring her for your event!!

Top Pro
Makeup and hair by Rita
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mila J.
Verified review

Rita is a talented makeup artist. She knows what she's doing and will work with you to ensure you get the look you want. I highly recommend her.

Top Pro
BeautyCreation
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevy N.
Verified review

Roma is the best makeup artist you can find in the Woodbridge area! She will work with your vision and bring it to reality. she is caring and very professional. Her makeup products are the best. Her Foundation makes your skin a dewy, healthy and youthful look that will last a long day.

Top Pro
Flawless Faces And Hair
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chelsea S.
Verified review

I was so happy with how my hair and makeup turned out on my wedding day! They did a beautiful job on my bridesmaids as well! My makeup stayed perfect all day long even through a few teary moments. They did a wonderful job in a timely manner (no one wants to be late going down the aisle)! They were also very receptive of my opinion and any changes I wanted from my trial which is so important! They also guided me and my bridesmaids on what hairstyles would work for our hair and things to consider when choosing a makeup look. Hair and makeup are such a huge part of your wedding day and I am so happy with how mine turned out!

Top Pro
Jebella Artistry DMV
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Veronica U.
Verified review

I hired Jebella for my wedding in June and I am so happy with my decision! I had an awesome hair stylist and an awesome makeup artist come to my house for my trial. I am very happy with their work and can’t wait for them to make me look pretty on my big day!

Makeup By Blanche, LLC
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jerita S.
Verified review

Blanche's makeup skills are top notch. I signed up for the makeup tutorial and she was extremely patient and a very effective teacher. She could be a celebrity makeup artist - that's how good she is. I can't wait to sign up for another session with her.

Top Pro
Maryams Makeup Mastery
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bianca F.
Verified review

Maryam is fantastic!!! She truly has an art and is a VERY talented makeup artist. I am so happy I chose her for my special day...my wedding!!! She's super responsive...professional and overall just a friendly upbeat person. She gave me tons of recommendations and helped me pick my hairstyle. She did both my make up and hair and I received so many compliments. Highly recommend her to anyone who wants to enhance their beauty. Let her transform you!!! Hope to work with her again in the future!

Aesthetic Accent
4.6
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Lillian C.
Verified review

Absolutely loved this experience! Makeup was beyond excellent!

Usha MakeUp Beauty Lounge
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Shivani V.
Verified review

I highly recommend My Makeup Artist Usha! I felt so beautiful on my wedding day thanks to Usha and her team. They were able to perfectly create the look that I wanted, which held for the entirety of my wedding. We had 2 other women getting their hair and makeup done on the morning of my wedding.They really listened our ideas and were able to create different, lovely styles that suited each individual woman. The entire morning went so smoothly thanks to their skill and professionalism.

Makeup by Imahn
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jovanda W.
Verified review

Imahn was great! She was flexible with time, professional and did a great job with my makeup. I will definitely be calling her the next time I need a makeup artist.

Paint Me Silly by Queen
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Richard D.
Verified review

Ms. Patricia McQueen is one of Best makeup artists in the DMV area. I have seen her do a wedding of 15 bridesmaids,also her work at the White House. she is a celebrity makeup artist. I love her clown outfit as well,when she is doing kids faces. the next time you have a wedding or have a birthday party for your child please book her she's one of the best. She gets there on time.

Makeup Artist Pro Group
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy M.
Verified review

I've gotten my makeup done by makeup artists on a few occasions, and I picked Maria at Make Up Artist Pro Group after my cousin used her for her wedding last year. I was really impressed with how my makeup turned out, and she was incredibly sweet and calming to the bride, which I knew would be an important quality to calm my own wedding day jitters. Since I had recently gotten engaged, I made sure to get her card, and called her a few weeks later when I set my wedding date to book her. When my wedding day came, she arrived early and was really pleasant. She kept me feeling at ease and stayed right on schedule throughout. It was clear that she keeps her kit and her supplies sanitary, and the products in the kit (other than the few products of my own that I preferred she use) are of great quality. They even gave me the option to purchase some of the products for touch ups. Throughout the whole process, she was very professional. I had a lot of specific ideas and requests for my big day makeup, and she was comfortable trusting my preferences for certain products. My makeup looked gorgeous. Totally perfect and more flawless than I ever could have imagined. My three bridesmaids looked absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, my makeup photographed beautifully. I could not have been happier. I'm so glad that my cousin found Makeup Artist Pro Group first, and that I decided to book them for my special day.

PT.Arts
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
Verified review

Amazing makeup artist! Thao is so talented and I’m looking forward to working with her again.

The Color Fairy
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kelli H.
Verified review

I was a Matron of Honor in a wedding recently and Chei’La was the makeup artist for the bridal party as well as the bride. She really did a beautiful job for us. This was my first time getting false lashes and Chei’La really made my eyes look good and the bride was really stunning! I highly recommend her for your event. She is professional, punctual and definitely knows how to make you look and feel beautiful.

NGK Studio
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
Verified review

Gul and her partner were both very responsible and showed up on time for my wedding.. I knew that I could count on them to be there for my special day. From the minute I met Gul, she continued to respond to my messages very quickly and gave very helpful advice and answered any questions that I had. They are both very good makeup artists and only use the best quality makeup and products.. You can count on them to make you look flawless on your wedding day, and they will put in as much time as you need them to get the job done. If you want a makeup artist who will do any makeup look you like, use high end products, and give you only the best advice possible then you can count on these two ladies 100%. They will not let you down. I think more people should know about NGK studio because these two girls truly are experts in the work that they do and they are very hardworking they will not let you down. I promise. I got so many compliments on how flawless I looked the day of my wedding, and how amazing my hair looked that day. People couldn't stop raving over the fact that I just looked like I walked out of a movie.. I was very tired that day too(functioning on only one hour of sleep and they were somehow able to transform me into a celebrity) You will look amazing too on your wedding day four sure=) =) I am usually very picky with who I decide to do my makeup, but there was just something about this girl that I could tell she would do a fantastic job and I was right. Spread the word, these girls are experts!!! Sincerely, Dana

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.

Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.