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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 Arlington makeup artists
Thumbtack Customer
Great makeup artist, was super professional and it looked awesome!!
Makeup by MelaMakeup by Mela
Vanessa R.
The most amazing and talented makeup artist in Dallas! Highly recommend
Lori C.
Highly recommend Jazz as a makeup artist! I had a special occasion and hired her to do my makeup. Wonderful job. She listened to what I wanted and delivered exactly. I will definitely hire her again!
Makeup By JazzMakeup By Jazz
Aimee B.
Perfect! I needed makeup for a bridal session and Dawlat was on time and had everything that was needed. Her hand is feather light when applying so never any uncomfortable pressure, it is nothing like other makeup artists I have hired to do makeup in the past. The end product is amazing!!! I felt so beautiful. Will seek her services in the future for sure.
La'Makiaj Makeup ArtistryLa'Makiaj Makeup Artistry
Noelle A.
Vanessa did an amazing job! My Halloween makeup was excellent. I got compliments all night and didn’t even want to take it off! It was beautiful and creepy and artistically done.
Makeup by Vanessa SanchezMakeup by Vanessa Sanchez
Stephaine B.
Most amazing makeup artist ever!! Wow, over and beyond service. Thank you for having such a positive influence. So grateful that I met her and the influence she made in my life.
Tailor Made by TiffanyTailor Made by Tiffany
Hannah D.
Thank you Tiffany for making me look and feel beautiful for my elopement!! If anyone is looking for a makeup artist I would recommend Tiffany because I love her style of enhancing natural features. She was on time and very responsive to my messages. My makeup lasted all day!! Thank you!!:)
Tailor Made by TiffanyTailor Made by Tiffany
Thumbtack Customer
I just moved to Texas and needed a makeup artist, I was just lucky enough to find Salina! She does amazing work and is open to whatever style you're going for. Photoshoot went amazing all thanks to the amazing work of Salina. I will definitely be requesting her in the future.
The Color Clinic DFW (Makeup & Hair)The Color Clinic DFW (Makeup & Hair)
Erin S.
I hired Fiona to provide makeup and hair styling for a music festival. My friend and I were blown away by Fiona’s talent and taste! She provided airbrush foundation and beautiful lashes for a look that was worthy of any red carpet Hollywood event! Not only is she an amazingly talented makeup artist, but she helped us choose the right colors to match our outfits. Her design consultation was incredibly helpful and on point for both our hair and makeup. The quality of her services is extremely high and well worth her reasonable rates. If you’re on the fence - do not hesitate to book Fiona! I’m looking forward to working with her again the next time I’m in Dallas. As you can see in the second photo, her makeup lasted all night long. :-)
Faces by FionaFaces by Fiona
Thumbtack Customer
This Ms. Monday!! Where do I begin? Just wonderful!!! I swear, everytime I think about her and how she added to the "complete" feeling she gave me on my Wedding Day, I just want to burst out in tears. She was professional, really funny, and all over nice! I cannot wait for my wedding photos to come back. I know the makeup application will translate well into photos! I wish I could steal her and keep her in my pocket so she would forever be with me instead of in my memories! Great MAC application. If you're looking for a makeup artist, choose Latonia Monday!
Beauty by L.O.V.E.Beauty by L.O.V.E.
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