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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 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.

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.
Reviews for Mount Vernon makeup artists
Carole M.
Absolutely the best makeup artist.
Rare Artistic BeautyRare Artistic Beauty
Chana H.
She was wonderful, super sweet, patient, punctual, and a very talented artistic makeup artist. I highly recommend her to anyone, she's amazing.
Glam EquipeGlam Equipe
Isamar M.
This makeup artist did my wedding! It was a great feeling and can’t ask for a better one . Thank you for taking your time with each of us
Ava P.
All of our hair and makeup artists were EXCELLENT. They arrived on time, were a pleasure to work with and did an absolutely GORGEOUS job on everyone. We had a few women who wanted very little hair and makeup and they were able to accommodate and make everyone feel comfortable.
makeup mastersmakeup masters
Thumbtack Customer
This was a terrible experience. I made my appointment for 6pm and she did not show up until 7:45 and my dinner was scheduled for 8:30 with an arrival time of 8pm. Even though I wanted to cancel I felt bad and continued with the appointment. I asked for a bold eye and I asked that she use my foundation. She applied too much foundation to my face which left me looking like a corpse. The eye makeup looked as if my six year old applied it. When I took a look in the mirror I wanted to cry. I washed my face off and gave her another chance to just do a simple eye with earth tones and she could not accomplish that. I paid Ashley $90 which was 65 for the make up application and 25 for travel, as I did not have any time to argue about what I did not receive as a customer. She did not offer me any of my money back as technically she did not provide the service she was hired to do and I had to do my own makeup and was late for my dinner. Ashley left a note apologizing for the mishap and offered two free services but I am not interested in having makeup applied by this makeup artist ever again in life. Her makeup box was not clean and her hands did not smell good. These are things that a makeup artist should be conscience of. I am not sure who provided the positive comments under her profile but I would have to say after my experience, I think they are fake and as a result I will never use this app again.
Makeup & Hair By Ashley NoelleMakeup & Hair By Ashley Noelle
Chnita D.
She arrived before time and set up. She asked for my input throughout the process to website I was satisfied. She explained different methods and showed me different looks. She is very knowledge about makeup and how to apply it. She was fantastic. Very professional and personable!! I received so many compliments. I ran out of her business cards at my event!! She will definitely be my go to artist now! I cannot wait for some tutorials.
Emilyn Elaine Makeup NO HAIREmilyn Elaine Makeup NO HAIR
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