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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 Charlotte makeup artists
Crystal H.
Dionne’ is a top notch makeup artist. She did an excellent job with my makeup. I would definitely refer her to anyone!
Dionne Ford MakeupDionne Ford Makeup
Thumbtack Customer
This woman is all magic! I was in need of a makeup artist with talent at a good price and she was it! She was my fairy god mother on the day of prom because I felt like Cinderella! She came to my house, set up, and worked her magic! I highly recommend Shajarazade to anyone in need of a makeup artist who does good quality makeup for a reasonable price!
VogaBeauty Makeup & Hair TeamVogaBeauty Makeup & Hair Team
Dawn M.
Wow! Words cannot express my makeup session with Natasha. I was in Charlotte for a wedding. She was the only makeup artist who responded on a Sunday. She was fifteen minutes early and the transformation was exceptional. She is a gem.
Sharon H.
Rachel Rodgers is simply an amazing makeup artist. I was recently in Charlotte NC to attend a wedding and desired an artist that could capture my beauty. I sat in her chair and my face became her canvas. A professional artist she is indeed. I looked and felt beautiful all day
Terri Craft RodgersTerri Craft Rodgers
Vivian B.
This makeup artist is amazing! She did my sister’s makeup for her 50th birthday party and she got soooo many compliments! We have booked her again since then and her work is impeccable! Thank you so much!!
TeMarque B.
She was amazing!! Natasha will definitely be our makeup artist for everything moving forward! She was on time, pleasant, and very talented! We loved everything about our experience with her!
Thumbtack Customer
LOVED working with Heather! She did an amazing job with my makeup. She also came to my location and made sure my look was exactly what I wanted for my special occasion. I would definitely go back to her should I need a makeup artist in the Charlotte area!
Makeup Twin Bridal ArtistryMakeup Twin Bridal Artistry
Laura K.
Jahil did a stellar job! She is a master make-up artist. She was punctual and went above and beyond expectations! I would highly recommend Jahil for any makeup needs you have!
Linda S.
What can I say about Keziah, she is an amazing makeup artist. She made my daughter more beautiful for a 16th birthday dinner party. She even gave me(mom) a free make up. Thanks Keziah!!!
Glamora BeautéGlamora Beauté
Yolanda B.
My niece was going for a natural look for her prom and she was very happy with her makeup. She was beautiful! Her parents were also very happy with her look and Sedacia's service. I was happy that I chose her as the make up artist.
Intellectual Glam MakeupIntellectual Glam Makeup
Katerina R.
I wish I could leave Intellectual Glam a good makeup review but she cancelled twice!! I originally booked her for a trial and then makeup on the day of the event. The first time she cancelled was because of a power outage, which I understood, but when I asked if she could come to me, she said she had other clients and I suppose could no longer accommodate my appointment? Anyway, gave the benefit of the doubt and rescheduled the trial for the next day. Then that one gets cancelled 35 minutes before the appointment time! Thankfully I scrambled last minute and found a more reliable makeup artist for the event.
Intellectual Glam MakeupIntellectual Glam Makeup
Micheline S.
I had a great experience with Makeup by Milangels. She was communicative prior to scheduling our time together which was helpful in deciding which artist I wanted to book. Arrived to our hotel on time. Prices are reasonable. Her setup and approach was professional, and her make up - stunning. I would absolute recommend her to anyone in the Charlotte, NC area!
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Janai A.
I’m not sure what happened with this artist. She set a date and time with me to do my makeup and gave me a quote for my whole bridal party. I set up an appointment for my bridal trial for the day of my engagement party and she just ghosted me. I tried to reach her by text, email, voice mail, messenger and no response. I needed up not being able to get my makeup done at all. All of the Mac and Sephora counters were full for appointments. I was very very upset. Very unprofessional. I would not recommend.
Makeup Twin Bridal ArtistryMakeup Twin Bridal Artistry
Olivia L.
My experience with Rachel Rogers was nothing short of amazing. I had her do my makeup for my wedding and it was exactly how wanted if not better. She is very talented and in my personal opinion she does not charge enough for her work. I can tell she loves what she does and she was very nice and calming as I was very nervous and I have anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone I am so glad I picked her. If you are looking for a professional and talented makeup artist who can bring your ideas to life stop here. She got your back.
Terri Craft RodgersTerri Craft Rodgers
Irina F.
I hired Natasha for my wedding in March . It was my first time hiring a professional makeup artist & I had no clue what I was really lookin for , she has made the process so easy and answered all my silly questions & concerns. She was so easy and fun to work with I felt like I knew her for years. She did such a beautiful job for my special day & I couldn’t have been more happier.
Beth S.
Rachel responded quickly to my request. She showed up early for the job, she was so nice that we loved her right away. We really do need a local makeup artist now and we were happy to find one. We will definitely hire her again!! She not only did a beautiful job for our client, but she was super professional and didn't argue about the wait time for the client to arrive. I assure you that we will hire her again.
Terri Craft RodgersTerri Craft Rodgers
Thumbtack Customer
I needed to book a makeup artist for my niece's sweet sixteen party. Even though I'm in the TV industry, I didn't know any local MUA. So like everyone else in America, I turned to google. I found Thumbtacks website and figured what the heck, let's give it a try. They recommended a few people; Shajarazade's work looked great. I am so happy with my choice. She was polite, punctual, and professional. When she arrived I wasn't at home. She came in setup and immediately began to work. The girls LOVED her work and her energy. Her work is outstanding. I will definitely hire her again.
VogaBeauty Makeup & Hair TeamVogaBeauty Makeup & Hair Team
Rowlette S.
As someone that is new to utilizing a make up artist, I was nervous about finding someone that would help me achieve the look I was going for with my personal professional ventures! From the content and gallery provided on Thumbtack- I decided to reach out to Natasha Simone ! I am Proud to say that I am a forever client after an amazing first session for a photo shoot - and have booked since the initial shoot ! Natasha was timely in her response , provided a professional and valuable customer service experience through and through ! As someone who is not big on makeup - Natasha achieved providing a natural look that I was going for! Her skill set .. abilities and talents are hands down next level and upper echelon! I received such amazing compliments from her work!! I am Excited to be a forever client ! Thank you Natasha for making my make up artistry experience amazing ! Looking forward to many more ! Rowlette
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