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Makeup with CL
from 55 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Meann C.
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Cheryl is very professional makeup artist. She responds to my inquiries even before the day of our appointment. I had flaky skin during my event but she was able to work it around to very flawless glowing skin.

The Artists Hair + Makeup
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Liang Y.
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I cannot recommend Erin and Laura enough. I hired them to do my wedding makeup and hair for my wedding party. They were very punctual and accommodating, even when I asked for a venue change not long before the date. I showed Laura a few photos of what I wanted and she was able to reproduce the look perfectly. Erin received minimal instructions from me and did a beautiful job with all my bridesmaids. I was warned that non-Asian makeup artists might have trouble working with Asian faces and hair, but these two had no difficulty at all. And for the price, it's a steal.

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Angel touch studio
from 21 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joana P.
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Michelle truly is a makeup artist!! Everytime she has done my makeup for different styles I have loved all of them ! She is so approachable and listens to what you want. Each time I need to go to an event the first person I think of is Michelle to do my makeup❤️ I recommend her to anyone that needs their make up done.

Events by Amanda
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Catie V.
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Amanda is exceptionally talented. She did my makeup for my sisters wedding and I couldn't have been happier with the outcome. She really listening to what I wanted and made me look stunning even next to the bride. She was professional, timely and great to talk to. I'd recommend Amanda to anyone looking for a superior makeup artist. She was fantastic!

Beauty Couture
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Lauren D.
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Hanna is insanely talented. I'm a professional photographer and have hired Hanna for more jobs for my models than I can count, and every time she nails it. She listens to my ideas and interprets them in a way that fits perfectly with what I need for my photo shoots. Plus, and this is HUGE in my line of work, she is able to stick to the schedule and never runs over into the time scheduled for shooting (something I've had other makeup artists do). Not only is Hanna talented, but she comes with a down to earth and laid back approach, and a great sense of humor.

Make up by Sarah
from 7 reviews
    Jamel S.
    Verified review

    So sweet to work with! She's amazing at makeup and created the exact look I had asked for! A+++++

    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Linda R.
    Verified review

    I was very happy with my experience with Sarah. My makeup was beautiful. Sarah also did the makeup for the members of my bridal party, which included 4 adults and 5 young girls. All were beautiful! In addition to the makeup for the actual day, she provided a trial run, the week before my event. Sarah is very personable, as well as being a talented makeup artist. I had never had my makeup done professionally before, and was a little nervous, but she put me at ease immediately. I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a makeup artist for their special day.

    MakeUp Artist
    from 7 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Paulina N.
    Verified review

    Nic is an amazing amazing, bubbly, smiley, person that puts you at ease. She was very attentive and was able to handle all of my crazy requests. She was great when it came to the details and was always checking in with me throughout the process to make sure I liked what I saw. In the case that I didn't like something she was quick to adjust. Overall Nic did a wonderful job creating my natural glowing bride look and I highly recommend her to others!

    Alyssa A McKenzie, LLC
    from 5 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Melanie S.
    Verified review

    Alyssa was incredibly accomodating and enthusiastic! We definitely made the right decision by hiring her! Makeup turned out beautiful an de lasted all night. Would definitely reccomend!

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Keri C.
    Verified review

    Each time Kirsten and I get together for a photoshoot, we have a blast! I have modeled for two boudoir shoots already, and I'm 100% positive we will be reuniting again soon (I need a head shot for my LinkedIn!). Kirsten is an incredibly talented photographer, and even more importantly, she is friendly, outgoing, and goes out of her way to make sure you are comfortable. Kirsten always asked me if I was okay doing certain poses, made sure I was comfortable and still felt like myself with different styles of makeup (which she is stunning at - I don't let anyone else touch my eyebrows...seriously, ladies), and asked me if there was anything in particular that I wanted from the shoot. That's a vital part of customer satisfaction - the fact that I am able to throw out ideas and she is easygoing and willing to work with me is amazing. Don't get me started on the final, did she make me look good! The makeup, the lighting, the editing ... three steps to sexy. I think that's what it really boils down to with Kirsten...with her as my photographer, it's easy for me to let go and just be.

    Hair by CourtneyB
    from 3 reviews
      Colby D.
      Verified review

      I don't go to anyone else for my hair! Courtney is an artist! She is so talented and loves what she does. She did my hair for my wedding and it was so unique and beautiful- better than I could have hoped for! She also did countless updo's for my bridesmaids and they were all thrilled as well. Just go ahead and book her, her won't regret it!

      • 8 years in business
      • 7 hires on Thumbtack
      Jen S.
      Verified review

      Ahh I am so glad that I found Tiffany. I wanted a very natural look and she did just that! It's the most beautiful I have ever felt and I loved that I look like me not a perfect doll on my wedding. My hair was so romantic and young! And oh my girls rocked it! She was able to manage to work with a variety of hair (long, short, curly, straight, thick, thin). Her assistant make up artist was fantastic! Tiffany was just adorable and she is soo reasonable and so accomodating! Will definitely contract her services again!

      Gina Samantha
      from 2 reviews
      • 12 years in business
      Nicole R.
      Verified review

      Gina was the hair stylist and makeup artist for my wedding. She was extremely thorough but managed her time very well. She was able to complete hair for 2 mothers, 5 bridesmaids, and 1 bride in about 4 hours! Everyone was very pleased with the individualized style Gina choose for them and she was just amazing. She had all of her supplies organized on the table and ready to go right away. I have not a single complaint.

      Makeup by Jennifer
      from 1 review
      • 17 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack

      I've been traveling to do weddings and event makeup for over 10 years. I pride myself in listening to each clients personal needs making each and every person feel beautiful and look their very best.


      I have a part-time job for Halloween season at Canobie Lake Park as a hairstylist and special effects makeup artist, but I am also a cosmologist who does weddings and special occasions on the side.


      I am a makeup artist and event planner. I have worked for a major makeup company for 12 years. I do weddings, fashion shows, exotic makeup, birthdays, and proms.


      I do makeup for special events, or even a night out to town! I'll bring out the beauty in you and show you the essentials of art.

      • 8 years in business

      I truly take the time to get to know my clients..I love to have a good laugh and make a fun girl time experince...Until everyone is happy I'm not happy and thats kinda my model.


      Currently working on x-mas specials for amazing Boudoir shoots! prices will include professional hair and makeup. This is a great x-mas gift for a loved one!!


      Ashley Stearns, master aesthetician and makeup artist, provides wedding and special event makeup using airbrush or mineral, waxing and sunless spray tanning. Makeup and aesthetics are truly my passion. My extensive background in skincare fuels this passion. My ultimate goal is to make each of my clients feel absolutely stunning.


      I am a hairstylist and a makeup artist with 8 years of experience in the industry. I have many weddings under my belt. I offer cutting, coloring, styling, waxing, makeup, and moontan. I use all natural airbrush tanning services. I will travel to you for your special day! Portfolio is available upon request! Stay beautiful!

      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 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.

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