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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 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 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.

Reviews for Charleston makeup artists
Maddison C.
Gigi was so kind and thoughtful. Truly a talented makeup artist!
Gigi Makeup StudioGigi Makeup Studio
Crystal H.
We used Miss Ree for our daughter’s senior photos. She did a wonderful job on both hair and makeup! Ava was so at ease and comfortable with Miss Ree. She worked with Ava to find a style that worked for the photo shoot downtown Charleston in the humidity. Thank you for a great experience. I would recommend M’sants Makeup Artistry to everyone. She is a true artist!!!!!!
M'Sants Makeup Artistry Creations by Marie SantosM'Sants Makeup Artistry Creations by Marie Santos
Jessica B.
She was awesome, word with me and my bridal party with evwrything we had going on. I was in tears of amazement and joy when i saw my finished results. Over all amazing!!! Could have asked for any better of a makeup artist. Will definitely use again for special events!
Charleston Makeup Artist | Ginny BroganCharleston Makeup Artist | Ginny Brogan
Thumbtack Customer
Marie Santos is an amazing makeup artist and she puts her whole heart into her work. She understands different types of skin issues and will make you look absolutely beautiful! Not only is very affordable, she has a fun, positive, outgoing personality, which is so important to have on stressful occasions.
M'Sants Makeup Artistry Creations by Marie SantosM'Sants Makeup Artistry Creations by Marie Santos
Glen G.
Ginny was prompt, quick and super endearing. She made my anxieties go away with her personable attitude, while being extremely professional. Her work is beautiful and she knows what looks good on anybody. You can really see the dedication in the looks she creates. I would highly recommend you guys looking for a hair and makeup artist for your events to get Ginny on your special days!
Charleston Makeup Artist | Ginny BroganCharleston Makeup Artist | Ginny Brogan
Thumbtack Customer
Where do I Start? !!! I sent a request to thumbtack requesting an makeup artist for my 10th anniversary, only one person responded which was Erin. I explained what I was looking for and she stated that she could do it and more. I sent her a picture of myself showing her a makeup job that my brother who is a professional makeup artist had did in the past, I also sent a photo to show I was a woman of color so she would know upfront whether she could do it or not. Her comments to me was sure I can do your makeup the same if not better. We had several conversations via txt prior to me arriving, March 11th I arrived and March 12th was the night I needed my makeup done, she asked what time was our reservations for dinner? I stated 8:45p she said she would be at the hotel at 7:30P(she was late and didn't show up until 7:45p) Upon coming up to the room she started to unpack all her makeup and I notice that she looked very unsure as if she didn't know where to start, all of her brushes were all over the bed and looked very shuffled as if she didn't know how which tools to use(I'm nervous at this point because we still aren't half way done and it's now 8:20p ) I sent a txt to my husband to push back out reservations, she then goes to tell me it's ok I'm late to everything so don't worry !!! Really!!!! OMG. Me being a extremely easy going person still pushed on because I wanted to look really pretty for my husband. She then says she's going to do a smoky eye( Which I told her from the start I didn't want) She proceeds to do it and then says it's time for me to put on my lipstick, I'm struggling to put on my lipstick without a mirror( Erin states I guess you need a mirror and hands it to me) OMG my face looked like a dead mans face, my nose looked extremely bruised from the smoky eye dust stuff that was mixed in with the makeup on my nose, MY FACE LOOKED HORRIBLE, I FELT LIKE CRYING BUT INSTEAD I TOLD HER I DONT LIKE IT(SHE TELLS ME I THINK YOUR JUST FREAKING OUT FOR NO REASON!!!!! I stated no I l know my skin tone and this isn't right. Erin then ask what do you want me to do I can fix it(it's not 9:05p) I said I think I'm going to do it myself- She says I'm so sorry I ruined your night, still trying to be nice I told her it's fine ( I asked how many women of color have you worked on-Erin stated your my 1st besides the lady that I did back in school 7yrs ago) I'm heated at this point,, I asked how much do you want-Erin responds just give me $50 , I said I wont do $50 but I will give you $30 for your time( Which she didn't deserve) She started crying saying that she asked a friend was her products good enough for this job and her friend said yeah you will be fine-Erin then said and I quote SHE SCREWED ME!!! On her way out she gave me a hug and said she was so sorry and promised in the future she's going to work more with women of color and when I come back to Charleston she will do my makeup for free. Erin also asked me am I going to leave a bad review I told her NO(I told Erin this is a lesson learned for you and I will not be nasty about it)She leaves I start to wash my face, my husband comes up and sees me trying to get my face back in order and gives me a huge hug and says he's sorry for what I went through. I finish my Makeup and get to the restaurant at 9:40p when originally it was for 8:45p(we had a nice evening despite the chaos) FAST FWRD TO 03/21/2016 I recive an email from THUMBTACK STATING ERIN REPORTED THAT SHE WASN"T PAID IN FULL......... ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I called the number as requested and explained my side, the REP apologized for my experience and stated if I were you I would have posted a review, I explained to him I was really trying to be nice and didn't want to hurt any of her future business, I thought she learned a lesson and I was going to leave it there. HOWEVER upon receiving that email I felt compelled to write a review so anyone looking for a PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST doesn't hire her, She should have told me upfront that she's never worked on a LADY OF COLOR that way I could have kept looking or did my own makeup. And then to still receive $30 from me even though she didn't derserve it for misleading me and being late and causing me to be more than an HR late to something so special to me and my husband. WORDS CANT EXPLAIN HOW UPSET AND HURT MY FEELINGS ARE FOR BEING SO NICE TO SOMEONE EVEN THOUGH THEY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME
Makeup By ErinDeannaMakeup By ErinDeanna
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