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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.

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.

Reviews for Upper East Side makeup artists
Shelliedene B.
She is a great makeup artist ☺️
Emilyn Elaine MakeupEmilyn Elaine Makeup
Katherine G.
Very knowledgeable makeup artist, and was able to change final makeup result after initial makeup application.
Kathryn BeautyKathryn Beauty
Anna B.
Dany is a great makeup artist, she was doing my makeup for the wedding and it was perfect!
Jenna S.
Excellent makeup artist!!, hire her!
Makeup & Hair Services Lizie ReyMakeup & Hair Services Lizie Rey
Sasha C.
Daniella was punctual for the appointment and was able to give me the makeup look that I desired without much explanation. She knew my vision and was able to execute it well which is what you want from a makeup artist. I was happy with the outcome and recommend this makeup artist.
Suze N.
Bad experience. You don’t want this person as your makeup artist.
Glamwithglee makeup & hair artistGlamwithglee makeup & hair artist
Rachel J.
Not only a wonderful makeup artist but a genuinely sweet person! I don’t know anything about makeup so not only did she help me out with wonderful makeup but she also told me what each thing which was for which was very comforting and helpful. She also asked me what kind of makeup I like to wear and whether I was comfortable with the feel of the makeup which is awesome cause not every makeup artist does that. Highly recommend!!!!
Christina F. Richardson Makeup ServicesChristina F. Richardson Makeup Services
Deepali D.
She’s an amazing makeup artist! Understand the client needs & delivers great results.
Michelle B.
Emilyn is absolutely incredible: punctual, professional, and above all, a gifted makeup artist. Hire her!
Emilyn Elaine MakeupEmilyn Elaine Makeup
Lux S.
Kateryna did an amazing job with my makeup and hair for my photo shoot. She is a true professional and a super talented artist.
Kateryna PavlovskaKateryna Pavlovska
Marian H.
If you ever need your makeup done for an event or just for yourself I highly recommend Keziah. Keziah did my makeup for my wedding and it was absolutely stunning. She is a true artist. Thank you Keziah!!
Thumbtack Customer
To Those Seeking to Hire a Professional Makeup Artist- I am new to the area and was invited to attend a red carpet event in NYC. I knew there would be celebrities and paparazzi there, so of course I wanted to look stunning. Thanks to Vesta, I felt like one of the stars. She has a beautifully vibrant personality and is a very gifted makeup artist. If you are looking to hire someone to do your makeup, Vesta is your gal! She will make you feel and look fabulous!
Makeup and Hairstyling by VestaMakeup and Hairstyling by Vesta
Thumbtack Customer
I just had my trial with Devon Cass and couldn't be more delighted. This man is a wonderful artist! He brought out beauty that I never believed I had. It was such a great experience! Devon for now on will be my go-to makeup artist!
Devon Cass MakeUpDevon Cass MakeUp
Thumbtack Customer
Ruben is an awesome makeup artist! Setting up my appt. w/him was a breeze and he was able to accommodate my heck schedule! Book with Ruben!!
Beauty by RubenBeauty by Ruben
Mercy A.
Whitney was absolutely amazing along with another artist Heidi. They did makeup for my sister's wedding their were eight bridesmaids and both artist were fabulous, punctual, fast with no delays. The makeup was extraordinary it was beautiful and it lasted all day and all night. God bless you both and thank you again for your services we will definitely use you again. I recommend that anyone reading this should use WhitneyThomasbeauty
Whitney Thomas Beauty LLCWhitney Thomas Beauty LLC
Lorena o.
Kathryn was accommodating and extremely professional. She took her time and overall it was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend Kathryn to anyone looking for a great makeup artist .
Kathryn BeautyKathryn Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
I was taking part in a video shoot for the nonprofit I work for and needed makeup for camera. I have no experience with makeup and Sharon put me at ease. Sharon came through to my hotel and took care of my makeup. She even sent me on my way with some powder and lip balm to apply on set. She was communicative, prompt and professional. If I ever needed a makeup artist again in NYC, I would definitely reach out.
On Point Beauty by SRCfacesOn Point Beauty by SRCfaces
Lisa A.
I had a great time having my hair and makeup done by Lisa! She is punctual, professional, and hilarious. Lisa is very flexible too and was able to recreate a makeup look that I had in mind. Pricing was also reasonable. Lisa is a fabulous artist that I would recommend to friends and family for sure!
Glambylovelylis - Hair and Makeup ServicesGlambylovelylis - Hair and Makeup Services
Misty S.
I needed a makeup artist for my wedding which was the next day. I booked Quana, what a lifesaver. She was easy to work with, very responsive and prompt. I'm notva woman who typically wears makeup but wanted a sophisticated look for my big day and no question, Quana did just that.
Beauty Marked By QuanaBeauty Marked By Quana
Sarai K.
WOW! Those looking for a makeup artist look no further. Nikki is simply amazing. She is a true professional that cares about the needs of her clients. Her makeup technique is excellent and with COVID 19 she takes all the protocols necessary... and then some. I can’t say enough food things, she is highly recommended.
N.V.Me Designs, LLCN.V.Me Designs, LLC
Debra H.
I can’t wxpress how great this makeup artist is! She is kind, responsive, fast and good at what she does! I could not have been more pleased with the job she did fur me!!!
Carla R.
Shirley is very professional and really sweet. She did a great job and everyone commented on how amazing she made me look. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great makeup artist
SBP Hair & MakeupSBP Hair & Makeup
Trish B.
Getting my makeup done by Glamwithglee was truly a magical experience. My makeup artist cancelled on me last minute and Glamwithglee stepped in to save the day to make me look and feel like a rockstar for my first wedding guest experience post-Covid. I couldn’t be more impressed with her skills and kindness. 5/5 recommend
Glamwithglee makeup & hair artistGlamwithglee makeup & hair artist
Zara A.
Highly professional makeup artist. She made me look like a glamorous film star! She is very professional, understanding and very patient. I shall have her do my make-up for many more occasions!
Kathryn BeautyKathryn Beauty
Kathryn T.
Angela was my hair/makeup artist for my wedding on 09/08/17. She was absolutely fabulous! I decided to have a trial run two weeks before the big day, and she captured the exact look I was wanting. My guests were in awe over the makeup and hair style she created. I will definitely reach out to her for any upcoming events!
Angela Boswell Makeup + HairAngela Boswell Makeup + Hair
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