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Makeup by Aline
from 83 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea L.
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Aline was amazing!! She was very prompt to respond and I was able to book her 1 week before my wedding after my makeup artist cancelled. Her work was beautiful and everyone was very happy with their makeup!

Krista Massey Makeup
from 72 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle H.
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OMG! Where would I start?! I needed to have some professional business head shots done for my upcoming business launch so I started looking for a makeup artist. Krista came up as the top Thumbtack artist in my search area and I felt that, after checking out her reviews and website, she was the artist for me. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER with my choice!! I am a woman "of a certain age" (ok; I'm 51) so it was important to me that my look reflected the very best professional, energetic me. I am THRILLED with the results! I have included a Before and several After pics (Krista took these Afters... Who knew that she is also very talented photog to boot!?!). Happy! Happy! Happy! I should mention that I do not normally wear very much makeup... Mascara is my product of choice, so I was a little nervous that I might not look "natural" with all the makeup being applied. Krista reassured me all through the process, explaining how lighting and angles can affect how the makeup will show up in photos, taking photos along the way to demonstrate her point. She is truly Makeup MacGyver. TRUST her advice!! It was bang on. As well, she kept me laughing all through the shoot. She is such a warm and funny human being. This has been by far one of my most favorite experiences in recent memory! I will definitely be hiring Krista for all of my business event needs and I really think that you should hire her too!

Top Pro
from 41 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katrina B.
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Toia was amazing! We wanted Halloween makeup and she delivered!! Such a brilliant and talented makeup artist. Very personable and the work she does is on point. Listens to what you want and delivers it with such professionalism and pizzazz!! Got so many compliments and requests for photos. Highly recommended.

  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina D.
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She made my daughter look absolutely gorgeous for her prom. She came well equipped and prepared! She is the best makeup artist on the East Coast!! Thank you Valerie for your professionalism and making my daughter beautiful!

Top Pro
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca P.
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Her promptness to my request if looking for a makeup artist was great!

Carla Renee Makeup
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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This young lady is amazing in contouring makeup. Makeup equipment is clean and professsional. Not only is she a freelance makeup artist she is all so apart of my Great Foundation glame squad. She has done my makeup and it was flawless. Keep up the good work carla.. more faces to you.

Zeno Allen Beauty
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maddie B.
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Did a fantastic job. I absolutely enjoyed working with her. I'm definitely going to refer her to other people who are in need of an amazing makeup artist.

Lotus Makeup
from 2 reviews
    Emma A.
    Verified review

    Anne is an absolute master. Not only is she really professional but she also teaches you how to do your makeup time and time again. She's tied for the best makeup artist I've ever worked with. I would recommend her time and time again.

    Doll Faces By Rae
    from 2 reviews
    • 12 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Heather S.
    Verified review

    Rae was great! My makeup looked perfect for my event :). Also, I had two young girls who were very curious and she was able to work with and around them. Don't hesitate....you should use Rae :)

    Peace Within By Johnsie
    from 2 reviews
      Amber J.
      Verified review

      Peace Within By Johnsie is my favorite salon in the Triangle. The atmosphere is always pleasant and warming. Johnsie is very professional and keeps my hair healthy & beautiful!



      Since I was little, I have been absolutely mesmerized by the power of professional makeup. I am a North Carolina based freelance makeup artist. I am familiar with many professional brands including MAC, Urban Decay, AVEDA, NARS, and more. I have done several photo shoots and participated/won 1st place in the NC Beauty Assoc. Competition in the makeup division. I enjoy event and editorial makeup!


      I am a makeup artist for special occasions. I do weddings, wedding parties, special events, prom, and any other event.

      • 5 years in business

      Mary Kay is a world of beauty and hair. I bring beauty to you. I am specializing in natural and bold colors. I also provide facials and skincare consultations. I also have hair extensions to glamorize that perfect look for your special day. I can make you feel fabulous inside and out!


      I have more than 6 years of experience in makeup artistry and skincare. I am also experienced in (but not limited to) wedding and bridal, prom and homecoming, photography, theater, avant garde, and skincare regimens. I have extensive knowledge in brands and products and held position as Sephora educator for more than 3 years as well as counter manager experience with Clinique. I also have extensive knowledge in natural ingredients, remedies and oils. I have conducted makeup and skincare seminars as well as competed in makeup competitions. I also have some experience in nails and nail art.


      Professional Makeup Services in Raleigh/Durham/Cary and the Surrounding Areas. In business for over 10 years specializing in Commercials, Magazines, Brides, TV/Film, Celebrities, Model Photo shoots and Portfolio Expansions, as well as Special Occasions and just because.... Look at Me Makeup is an on location Makeup transformation Artist. Joanna Crowder is a published artist who uses the MAC Pro line as well as Estee Lauder and Cinema Secrets, which guarantees that your makeup lasts and lasts on your special day. If you have seen pictures of Joanna's work you might wonder "can she do a natural look?" Even though Joanna is a fan for the glamour eye she can do any look your heart desires. As long as your makeup is meeting the criteria of being light responsive--meaning it looks absolutely fabulous in photos and stays on for a very very long time. Utilizing special skills and signature techniques, Joanna creates the Natural look to the full out Glam and everything in between... anything is possible! Whatever look you are interested in; Joanna listens and gets on the same page as you, to provide you with what you truly wish to see in the mirror. Get treated like the star you are! True Beauty Comes From Within... But it doesn't hurt to have the outside Shine! (I have been trained throughout the years in seminars, classes, Estee Lauder Training and the Learning Institute of Beauty Science in Manhattan, NY. There, I was certified in fashion and glamour, TV/film category.) The following services provided are: * Weddings * Special Events * Photography/Print * Film/Video * Airbrush Body Art * Television * Studio or Travel For more information, prices, testimonials and credits, please visit my website.


      I am a new makeup artist, and I deeply enjoy doing people's makeup. I take my time, and I do the art that they wish.


      Makeup for proms, weddings, parties, photoshoots and more

      • 18 years in business

      I am a prestige and professional full-time and full-service traveling makeup artist, specializing in bridal application. I am also available for special event and corporate headshots. No event is ever too small or too large. "When only the best is good enough!"

      • 12 years in business

      I do hair and makeup for all occasions! I do proms, weddings, funerals, graduations and any other special occasions you have. I'm available upon appointment only and consultation is also available.


      I am currently employed as a makeup artist for M.A.C. I have 8 years of experience with both artistry and skincare. I provide most needs for weddings, fashion shows, and special events.

      Q & A

      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.
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