Wedding and Event Makeup

Find a makeup artist near Nashville, TN

Find a makeup artist near Nashville, TN

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 10 Makeup Artists near Nashville, TN

Makeup Artists Cost Guide

  • $
  • $$
  • $$$
  • $$$$

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Nashville makeup artists
Jacqueline K.
My makeup and hair came out beautiful Highly recommend this amazing artist
The Femme StylistThe Femme Stylist
Thumbtack Customer
Very talented young makeup artist Luv the diversity and skills range of her talent Very professional and I was extremely pleased with her services
Alex BizzocoAlex Bizzoco
Silvia T.
Kenzie is amazing!!! I hands down think she is one of the best makeup artist I have seen. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Made my makeup and skin look flawless, received so many compliments!!! Would recommend without hesitation!
11:11 Concepts11:11 Concepts
Regine f.
Star is an amazing artist and did our makeup for the Country Music Awards. She was timely, professional and was attentive to our needs. She made us look red carpet worthy!
Star Starling ArtistryStar Starling Artistry
Thumbtack Customer
This was the first time we ever hired a makeup artist for the Dollar General Beauty Blogger Event and we were SO glad we did! Alex did an incredible job and we would most definitely hire her again. She was timely, professional, and everyone at the event raved about their makeup.
Alex BizzocoAlex Bizzoco
Kayla K.
I'm so thankful to have found Constance. This review is long overdue, but weeks later, I am still smiling when I look at the pics from that day. Constance is easy to work with, thoughtful, talented, and one of the most knowledgeable Makeup artists I've ever met. She is continually expanding her knowledge and is a joy of a person to be around and to get to know. I'm usually not happy with how Makeup artists do my Brows, but Constance is on point. She also applies lashes to look natural and not like you have a butterfly perching on your eye. She is like an artist with her use of an eyeshadow palete. She will be the first person I call from now on. Thank you Constance!
Constance HillConstance Hill
Jessica J.
Resena was amazing! I had to “interview” (and rule out) a few different makeup artists before I made it to her, but Resena was worth all the effort lol. Not only was my wedding makeup flawless, but she was considerate and receptive to what I actually wanted! She was punctual, even has a professional contract, so after my trial run I knew I was in good hands. I wish I had better close up photos of just my makeup, but they aren’t back yet. Long story short, Resena was great!
R.A.Beauty Creations Makeup ArtistryR.A.Beauty Creations Makeup Artistry
Demetra P.
Words cannot express how grateful I was to have had Resena as my makeup artist on my wedding day. She actually made me look at least 10 years younger, and the detail of my makeup was absolutely flawless. I a was simply amazed, because I looked like a completely different person. I wish I had enough money to hire her on a full time basis.
R.A.Beauty Creations Makeup ArtistryR.A.Beauty Creations Makeup Artistry
Kasie R.
Laurel was great! I had to postpone our big wedding day due to COVID-19, but opted for a small ceremony to get married most immediately, and Laurel stepped in to do my hair and makeup flawlessly for our ceremony. She is very responsive, professional and a great artist!
Laurel Elizabeth Makeup & DesignLaurel Elizabeth Makeup & Design
Kelli W.
Laurel was amazing! I was in Nashville for a formal event at the Music City Center. She provided excellent service and I was more than pleased with my final appearance. She is truly a professionally trained makeup artist. I will engage her services again when I am in Nashville.
Laurel Elizabeth Makeup & DesignLaurel Elizabeth Makeup & Design
Keshia I.
Resena was absolutely amazing! I found her here on Thumbtack about 1 month before my wedding and luckily she was available. After looking at pictures of her work and exchanging messages with her for a few days, I felt a connection to her and knew she was the person for me (not to mention she is from Atlanta- same as my husband)! She was very flexible and came to my MOH's house for the makeup trial one evening. See picture attached. She has such a professional setup! Brings in a huge studio light, her own chair and lays out all brushes and makeup on the table- very impressive prep! The makeup trial was awesome and I really had a chance to see what I would look like on my big day. I already had my hair trial that day, so seeing the full view was great! I don't wear makeup often (my husband actually hates it) and I wanted to look very natural, just polished and pretty for the wedding- she completely understood. She was very receptive to my concerns and adjustments I wanted to make to my eyes and lips. On the big day she arrived early completing my mom's makeup and then mine. I received so many compliments throughout the day SPECIFICALLY about my makeup! People even commented that my mom looked better for my wedding than she did for her wedding 2 years prior (probably because I did the makeup for hers), lol. Bottom line, Resena was absolutely amazing. Always prompt, always professional and definitely put out a great work product! She helped make me a beautiful bride! She was also much more affordable than others I found around Nashville! I know thumbtack is an unconventional way to find a makeup artist for your wedding, but Resena is definitely the right person for the job! I wish I could get married again so she could do my makeup! :) Thank you so much Resena!! See attached for a couple of wedding pictures. (Sorry they will not rotate the correct way).
R.A.Beauty Creations Makeup ArtistryR.A.Beauty Creations Makeup Artistry
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.