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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 Austin makeup artists
Rebecca S.
Ithzel is literally the best makeup artist ever! Highly recommend!!!!
Ithzel Anahi ArtistryIthzel Anahi Artistry
Sharron O.
Noemi was awesome! We had a makeup preview that turned out great. Can't wait for her to be my makeup artist on my big day!
Noemi Hair & Makeup ArtistNoemi Hair & Makeup Artist
Shane O.
The absolute best makeup artist. I went to a holiday party and everybody commented on how good my makeup looked. Not only is she an amazing artist, she is an amazing person. I'm grateful to have met her. You need to book her!
ByrudyluByrudylu
Carla L.
Amazing makeup artist! She really listened to me and the results were excellent . She was on time, professional, worked fast, and I was very happy with my makeup.
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Thumbtack Customer
Nicole was fabulous! She was an amazing makeup artist and stayed around during the photo shoot and helped with my hair and was there to touch up my makeup along the way. I highly recommend her!!
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LESLIE D.
Nicole is a very talented hair and makeup artist. She is fun to work with you, too! I would highly recommend her!
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Cathie R.
She is incredibly sweet and works well with what you might be looking for. 10/10! If you're looking for a reliable makeup artist, she is your girl!
Bonita Brides, Makeup & HairBonita Brides, Makeup & Hair
Jennifer L.
Nicole did a fabulous job on my hair and makeup for my birthday party! She was very responsive to communication, she was on time, professional and a pleasure to work with. She was also very sensitive to my sensitivities to makeup. I would highly recommend Nicole if you are looking for a fantastic hair/makeup artist for any occasion.
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Chantel M.
I had a wonderful experience with Nicole. She is very professional and she did an amazing job on my Halloween makeup. Nicole is also very tech savvy when it comes to answering my questions. I really appreciated working with Nicole. She is definitely the artist I will contact again to rebook with. Nicole is an artist I would be happy to recommend to my friends when they need their makeup done!
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Emily Z.
I met with Nicole in an atypical situation and was impressed throughout by her professionalism, kindness, and knowledge of her work & industry. She was as an absolute pleasure and is clearly a very skilled makeup artist.
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Stacy D.
I absolutely LOVED working with Sara! She is so friendly and personable, and you can tell that she is passionate about makeup. My daughter couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a kind, professional, and incredibly talented makeup artist!
Bonita Brides, Makeup & HairBonita Brides, Makeup & Hair
Laura C.
First of all Sarah was super sweet! She was , hands down, best makeup artist I've ever had! Look no further! Sarah is the best! She will make you look and feel beautiful
B.fleye BeautyB.fleye Beauty
April B.
Jessika is an amazing makeup artist with wonderful skills in beautiful makeup application. She did makeup for me and my mother, and we both loved it and got lots of compliments. Jessika also led me and my bridesmaids in a relaxing yoga session the morning of my ceremony, and that was one of the best choices I made for that day. Totally worth it! Rest assured, you will be taken care of and feel beautified when Jessika does your makeup and/or if you choose yoga!
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Ritz c.
It was a perfect experience. Will definitely booked her again and again. Recommend her for anyone looking for good makeup Artist. She is definitely the best. U did a great job 👏. Thank you
Lindsey Hendrix MUA & HAIRLindsey Hendrix MUA & HAIR
Olivia S.
Everything about Marisa was amazing. She made my wedding such a special occasion for me, and all my girls. Our makeup looked flawless, and she was so kind to all of us! Marisa tailored a look for each one of us, and applied airbrush makeup effortlessly. She went above and beyond, and I could not recommend her more as your makeup artist for your next event! She is truly spectacular!
Velvet BeautyVelvet Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
Alina did my makeup for prom and I got so many comments that night. She did a great job at matching my skin tone and dress color.she made my skin look flawless. She is very nice and can do pretty much any kind of makeup style! I would recommend her to everyone that's in need of a good priced makeup artist. She's the best and I'm definitely going to keep in contact with her if i need my makeup done for a special event.
Face by AlinaFace by Alina
Melissa D.
Diva is amazing! This was the best experience I have ever had with a makeup artist. Diva did my daughter’s makeup for prom, and it was beautiful! She made my daughter feel so comfortable throughout the experience. Diva is thoughtful, professional, and kind! We are still talking about how much we loved working with her.
Makeup by DivaMakeup by Diva
Lu C.
Thanks for your excellent job!!! Nicole is very professional. I've never hired a makeup/hairstyle artist before, so I was a little nervous about how it will turn out to be. But Nicole knows what I expect and does it perfectly. She is very cooperative too. Easy to talk with and make me very relaxed doing the makeup service. Thanks a lot!!!
Hair & Makeup w/ NicoleHair & Makeup w/ Nicole
Nidia L.
I absolutely love how my makeup came out! When I saw myself for the first time I felt like I was one of those women who won Miss America! All I had to do was give her one picture of what I was looking for. She also did my mom and maid of honor's makeup and all of our makeup came out perfect and lasted all night!!! I recommend this artist 100%
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Annie L.
Nicole is very nice and professional. We wanted Korean style makeup and she actually took time to study the tutorials I sent to her. Of course she did a fantastic job for me and my girls on the wedding day. I definitely recommend her to every lady out there who wants to hire a professional makeup artist for your special day!
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Shefali D.
Johnel did my hair and makeup for an Indian wedding ceremony and all I can say is, I could not have asked for a better make up artist. Her work was impeccable and fast (given how much she had to do). I would HIGHLY recommend her work.
MakeUp & Hair by JohnelMakeUp & Hair by Johnel
Tami R.
Sara is exceptionally talented as a makeup and beauty artist . She has years of experience - you are lucky if you book her! She thrives in any environment; she is friendly + kind, helpful, versatile, polite, professional + excited to direct your look with you to make you shine!! ❤👍🏻
Bonita Brides, Makeup & HairBonita Brides, Makeup & Hair
Zun K.
Lea is great makeup artist. She did an amazing makeup on me and my mother for the wedding. I am so pleased with her service and she is very easy to work with. I will hire her again in the future. Her pricing is awesome along with her work, that was another reason which inclined me to hire her. She will satisfy you before she leaves and never rushes you. I will highly recommend everyone to hire her!! Thanks lea
Blush Beauty by LeaBlush Beauty by Lea
Ash S.
Ana did my wedding hair and makeup.She was absolutely great to work with. Before i scheduled my trial makeup/hair with her, i had tried other highly rated artists through weddingwire and i was not happy with the trials. The best thing i loved about Ana was that she was patient enough to first understand your taste and then work with you to create your own style.She did absolutely amazing for my wedding makeup and hair and i highly recommend her.
Bella MUABella MUA
Michelle I.
She was an amazing makeup artist who is beautiful inside and out. Very kind and understanding. She helped me with a look I provided her with and did the ultimate best with what she was given. Will definitely hire her in the future as she is absolute sweetheart. Thank you so much for your services and wish you all the best!
MakeUp & Hair by JohnelMakeUp & Hair by Johnel
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