Find a makeup artist near Knoxville, TN

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4. Madi Kay Makeup
5.0 from 6 reviews
5.0 (6)
5.0 (6)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Knoxville, TN
"After a terrible experience with an older, more "experienced," and certified makeup artist, when I was on the brink of giving up on having my and my ladies' makeups done professionally, I took one last shot and was lucky enough to find Madi. She truly saved the day with her professionalism, talent, her youthful energy and easy-going nature. From the very start, Madi was easy to communicate with. She was always easy to reach, kept her appointments, was punctual, and went with the flow even when nothing else did. Also, she's friggin' adorable! If you're looking for someone who can not only work under pressure, but thrive, Madi is your girl. There's nothing she can't handle. It's easy to look at her size and her age and underestimate her, but nothing can compete with raw talent and the humility that enables a person who knows what they're doing to set aside their expectations and ideas of what should be and do exactly what you want instead. That's Madi. I'd seen her portfolio and her Instagram page and knew that she could do those popping eye makeups with 10 different shades of shadow all blended perfectly, and all perfectly symmetrical. Then I asked her if she could give us a more natural look, she said "absolutely!" and gave us exactly what we wanted. She showed up 10 minutes earlier than our 6 am start time (8 faces had to be ready by 11 am), ready to go, and she kept going until everyone was happy, and then she packed up her stuff and went to work at her day job at MAC. All it takes is 10 minutes of talking to Madi to know for sure that that girl is going places. She's passionate about all aspects of makeup and the industry, and knows her stuff. I'm attaching some photos of Madi at work and of of some of us doing a fake laugh for the photographers. :D Our makeups looked great! Thanks, girl!"

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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.
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