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How much does wedding makeup cost?

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The average cost for a makeup artist is $80. You are likely to spend between $50 and $135 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Wedding makeup can be solely for the bride, or services can expand to include bridesmaids, flower girls and other family members. The two main categories of wedding makeup are traditional, which is applied with sponges and brushes, and airbrushed, which is applied with spraying tools. Common looks requested for wedding makeup include natural and clean, romantic and soft, and bold and glamorous. Optional add-ons include a gentle glow, smokey eyes, bold lips and contouring.


Rates for wedding day makeup can vary depending on the region where the makeup artist works, as well as the artist’s reputation and experience. For example, Knots for Me has a variable rate that ranges from $85 to $125, depending on the complexity of the makeup application. Bridesmaids’ makeup often has a lower cost than that of the bride and can average between $50 and $100. Knots for Me charges $85–$95 per bridesmaid.

Number of people

The number of people who receive makeup services also affects the overall cost and may even require an additional makeup artist. For example, dBeauty Junkie requires an assistant to aid with parties of six or more for a flat fee of $150.


Many makeup artists include false eyelashes in the cost of the bride’s makeup services. Lashes often cost extra for other members of the bridal party, however. For example, Sarah Jeanne Makeup Artistry charges $15–20 for lashes, depending on the number of people receiving the service.

Full day

In addition to the initial wedding makeup application, brides can request that a makeup artist remain on-site to provide touch-ups throughout the event and reception. This service is sometimes provided for a negotiated price, and some makeup artists have a set rate for full-day services. dBeauty Junkie, for example, charges $50 per hour after the initial application costs.


Many makeup artists also offer bridal hair services. By bundling hair and makeup services, clients can save money. For example, Knots for Me charges $100 for wedding hair styling, $85– $125 for wedding makeup and $150 for wedding hair and makeup together.

Trial makeup

Most makeup artists encourage a trial application. Some include the service in their total fee, others charge an additional cost for the service, especially if it includes travel. Knots for Me offers a trial session for $60–$70.


Travel costs are typically billed to the client, with makeup artists generally providing a base fee within their service area and additional fees based on mileage, hotel needs and drive time. dBeauty Junkie charges extra for locations farther than a 1.5-hour drive, events with a start time prior to 7:30 a.m. and for those that require a hotel stay.

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Recent reviews

Plush Makeup Artistry & Hair Design

I booked both hair and makeup for me and my bridal party. I loved both! Jacynda was professional and easy to keep in touch with. She was really receptive to feedback during the trial run and I couldn't be happier with how all our makeup and hair turned out. The price was also really hard to beat for the quality. Would absolutely recommend.

Cara's Creations

Cara was 1 of 2 MUA I hired to do wedding makeup for my bridal party on 9/3/16, and all I have to say is "WOW!!" I found her profile on thumbtack (first time I used the site) and I was immediately drawn to her, because of her positive reviews and credentials. Her and I messaged back and forth, and she was very professional, not to mention --extremely punctual in responding back. Two days before my wedding, she texted me just to touch base, which was comforting. I had a bridal party of 8 (including myself) and she drove an hour and 15 minutes to come to us! (Which was very accommodating-- and she didn't charge a travel fee!!) Her prices are extremely reasonable-- especially given the beautiful work she did. Everyone looked absolutely stunning. Cara was easy to work with and I'm so happy I hired her to help enhance the beauty of my already beautiful bridesmaids!! =)


I am astounded by the work she did on me during my engagement photos and especially on my wedding day earlier this day. Irene is open for any ideas and suggestion. She comes on time and she is very sweet and friendly along with her sister. And fyi she can do hair also skillfully. I highly recommend Irene her price is affordable but the quality is commendable.