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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 Portland makeup artists
Amanda M.
I was hesitant to hire a makeup artist for a full day of photo sessions without meeting her first, but it turns out my anxiety was completely unnecessary! Chelsea did a phenomenal job on every single client, including one who does hair and makeup professionally herself and couldn't stop talking about how much she loved her hair and makeup. We will definitely look forward to using her again!
VAMP BeautyVAMP Beauty
Katie S.
Thank you very much Juliana. I'm so so lucky to meet you. It was really tough for me to look for makeup artists from other states but finally I found you! You make my day really good I got a lot of compliments Thank you very much. "I love you!" Juliana is really professional, really nice, friendly and caring. For all ladies who are looking for makeup artists I really really recommend her not thinking too much just pick her, she will make your day perfect!! To be honest I would like to get married again because I want to get makeup with her again! Lol
Bronwyn T.
Love my new look. My husband eyes was shocked. When I walked in the hall. Everyone love my new look. I felt fabulous. Thank you so much! I have another wedding. I'm excited to have you for my makeup artist.
Christi J.
Delvon is professional, talented and responsive. This was my first time getting my makeup done and he made the process so easy and fun! He made sure to check in with me throughout the process to make sure we could get the look we were going for. Such an excellent artist!
Delvon ParisDelvon Paris
Wesley W.
If I could give delvon 10 stars, I would. His professionalism is unmatched. Delvon did the makeup for my singing group. He was very punctual and timely. He also traveled with us to the shoot location. As plans started to fail throughout the day, he never left our side or complained. Not only is he a great makeup artist but he’s a good person. Hard to find these days. Would book again without question
Delvon ParisDelvon Paris
Maaka P.
The BEST hair and make-up artist hands down .. she was very quick in responding to my messages and was on time for her appointment .. she also had my hair and makeup done in a timely manner and when I say I WAS BEAUTIFUL - I WAS BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you for everything ♥️
Talia R.
Catherine arrived early, set up the area with her makeup, own ring light and chair. She was very pleasant to work with and did a great job on my makeup. I had concerns about my acne scars and she applied a special foundation on those areas to decrease their appearance. She was able to combine her skills and techniques to my vision for myself that day, and she did a spectacular job. She brought forth the best version of myself. I only have great things to say about her and I would absolutely recommend her to any brides out there that need a makeup artist.
Thumbtack Customer
I booked with Tali a week before my wedding, when my makeup plans fell through. I sent her photos of what I was hoping for and expressed my thoughts and concerns. We didn't have time for a trial run before the big day, so I was a bit nervous. Tali showed up and got to work. She did AMAZING work and delivered what I was hoping for! Everyone commented on how amazing my makeup looked, and I really did feel like a beautiful bride. My makeup lasted through the ceremony, outdoor pictures in 100 degree weather, and all night through the reception! I was so happy with her work! She is truly a talented makeup artist!
Tali Aynalem MakeupTali Aynalem Makeup
Meagan F.
Deana is wonderful! She is very kind and does an amazing job. I booked her to do makeup for my wedding. I was very nervous as I had never booked a makeup artist before. She instantly put me at ease. Deana did a great job staying in contact with me. She brought everything we needed and worked hard to get the look I wanted. I cannot say enough amazing things about Deana!! I highly suggest her, she is a wonderful person and truly makes you feel like a princess!
Heart & Soul ArtistryHeart & Soul Artistry
Kristen H.
Kaeda did a wonderful job doing my wedding makeup! I had a last minute cancellation with my first artist and she responded quickly to book a trial. Day of she did a wonderful job, everyone loved. She also did my maid of honor and my mother’s, as well as lashes for my other bridesmaids, all looked fantastic. She takes care of you!
Rust & Roses BeautyRust & Roses Beauty
Gracie G.
Catherine is such a talented hair and makeup artist — not to mention a sweet person, HARD worker, and true professional. Catherine’s energy made me feel very at-ease and centered during my hectic wedding day and I feel she really delivered on my vision of having hair and makeup that made me look and feel like a sleek 70s minimalist mermaid. Best of all, her application was just enough to make an impact without being caked on. I looked like a glowier version of myself on the day I got married, which was really important to me. Hire Catherine. You will be thrilled you did 💖
Mariah T.
Dee was the most AMAZING makeup artist and hair stylist for our wedding! Leading up the wedding she provided helpful tips, answered any questions I had about skin and prompted the planning process for scheduling our wedding party. Dee was extremely patient. She provided helpful suggestions for problem solving my irritated skin, was flexible with our changing schedule, and constantly offered optimistic advice and encouragement. The end product was STUNNING. I received numerous compliments on both my hair and makeup. She was a key component to making our day perfect! I recommend Dee for your special occasion, she can do it all! (pictures to come!)
Heart & Soul ArtistryHeart & Soul Artistry
Nicole C.
Julie is amazing! If you need a skilled makeup artist to give you the look you are going for , look no further. She is committed to her art and committed to making sure her clients get what they are looking for. I can't recommend her enough! The holidays are a busy time for everyone personally and professionally. Julie was on of the best vendors I've worked with during a holiday season. Quick to respond and reliable. Thank you again for making us look so great Julie!
Wendi W.
Oh my gosh, I want to pick all the categories! On a whim, I decided to try to find a makeup artist for an important interview. Arpine sent me a text shortly after my query. It was reassuring, professional and so gracious. I instantly felt that I was in fantastic hands and all of my concerns and worry went away. We consulted via text, super helpful and wonderful for a mom of 3. She continued to reassure me that questions and concerns were important to her and that I should never hesitate to reach out. I've had my makeup done professionally several times and have always enjoyed the experience, however this time was absolutely perfect. She showed up on time, even early, and let me know what was next and asked my input. It was a fabulous experience and I look forward to working with her again. I don't know if I got the job, but I felt and looked amazing. Highest recommendation, you will not be disappointed.
Blind ArtistryBlind Artistry
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