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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 Kirkwood makeup artists
Katelyn S.
Haley is a wonderful makeup artist! Extremely professional and responsive. She was friendly and easy going. She was even okay with me nursing my son while she completed my makeup. I would highly recommend!
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Liliana M.
Haley was a lifesaver! I had booked another makeup artist to do my moms makeup at first but she basically cancelled on us last minute. So I found Haley, she responded very quickly and is very professional! Her work is GORGEOUS! 😍 My mom felt like a queen and the look lasted all night and the next She listens to what look you have in mind and asks what outfit you’re wearing to make sure the look fits. We ended up asking for her opinion on colors & shades and she delivered a BEAUTIFUL makeup look!!! Don’t hesitate to hire Haley, she is amazing! We can’t wait to hire you again in the future and I will definitely be referring you to everyone I know looking for a makeup artist. Thank you Haley
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Thumbtack Customer
Angie Marie did such an amazing job not only was her work immaculate but her service was through the roof! She made me feel beautiful and she was down to earth, so kind and concerned about making sure my makeup was to my liking, she was vibrant, very positive, and great energy! I highly recommend her in fact she is the only makeup artist I will ever request because the entire experience was definitely 5 star status!
Ang Marie Makeup ArtistryAng Marie Makeup Artistry
Elizabeth S.
Alexis is amazing and a complete lifesaver for this out of towner, in on business. I needed someone very last minute, who was talented and understood my specific needs. Boy, did I luck out. I live in NYC and she’s a good as any makeup artist I’ve worked with there. I highly recommend her and will definitely use her services the next time I’m in St. Louis.
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Lily N.
She is truly a makeup artist that you can respect. She listened to my request as we bounced ideas off of each other and the finished product went above and beyond my expectations! I highly recommend Lady J Alexis if you’re looking for someone with exceptional skills as well as a genuine love for the work they do. She will not settle for anything less!! Thank you so much
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Sapna C.
anjuli is amazing. She is wonderful and so cute and honestly just a joy to have around. Not to mention all of the things that she's able to do with makeup and creativity brought so much life to our event. She was completely unknown to me before this, but after I feel like we are good friends, I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a reliable, very skilled, and just easy to work with and pleasant make up artist. :)
The Makeup Doctor @themakeupdocThe Makeup Doctor @themakeupdoc
Thumbtack Customer
Megan responded to my initial email immediately. She was always available to talk whenever I had questions or needed advice about my big day (9/27/14). As a person who never wears makeup, she was so patient with me and answered any questions I had, and also provided me with hints, tips, tricks, and advice for wearing makeup in the future. She was timely with my appointment. She also provided me a trial run - which really helped us get to know each other better, and which alleviated any anxiety about my makeup that I would have otherwise had on the Big Day. I received so many compliments on my makeup - especially how amazing my eyes looked. And the best part was hearing my husband tell me how beautiful I looked the first time he saw me. As far as the quality of the makeup - Megan applied my makeup between 8am-9am. My wedding wasn't until 5:30pm. All I can say is I didn't require any touch-ups until about 7pm when I noticed a slight amount of fallout under my eyes. That's 10 hours, airbrush makeup, with fake lashes, and I only needed to do a quick touch-up with a q-tip and I was good to go. And following Megan's suggestion, I also used a little mattifying pressed powder a couple of times throughout the day because it was a really warm day and I sweated a bit, so I was a little shiny - but the mattifying pressed powder did the trick just like Megan said it would! Other than that, I got a HUGE laugh out of seeing my husband squirm when I took off the fake lashes...he hadn't even known they were fake! I would recommend Megan to anyone looking for a friendly, knowledgeable, and skilled makeup artist!
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