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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 San Antonio makeup artists
Shelly K.
Amazing! She is an amazing person and an amazing makeup artists! 10/10💖💄
My bridal makeup trial when great! Tammy’s makeup artist skills are on point! Looking forward to Tammy making me look beautiful on my special day!
The Lux Vault StudioThe Lux Vault Studio
Glenesha S.
She is amazing!!! She is very knowledgeable and her skills are superb!!! She is definitely the only makeup artist I’ll go to!!
Presee E.
Karen is very accommodating,, friendly & professional. She will always be my makeup artist from now on whenever I need one.
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Ieysha L.
Karen is an exceptional makeup artist! I felt like a Queen with how she took her time to make sure the makeup look suited me personally. I’ve already hired her again for another photo shoot😁
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Hannah G.
I was really desperate for someone to do my makeup for a last minute prom and I was also tight on money. Sarah not only worked with my schedule, but she gave me high quality makeup for a reasonable price. She traveled to me and did my makeup so good I could not have asked for better artistry skills. Her talent really put my outfit over the top and I couldn’t have asked for a more kind, artistic and talented makeup artist. I do not trust people with my face, but I would definitely let her do my makeup for any special occasion. :)))10/10
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Jadelyn M.
I recently got my prom makeup and hair done with sarah, and i received so many compliments on my look, i definitely recommend as your go to artist ! She’s the sweetest ❤️
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Taylor L.
Roxana was a great MUA! She completely reached my expectations for my pageant makeup. She is now my go to make up artist for all pageant events and special occasions. She has a great personality and has her clients best interest at heart. I highly recommend her for your makeup needs.
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Jessica M.
Ruth is a sensational Makeup Artist!!! We hired Ruth for my daughter's Photo Shoot with exceptional results!!! Ruth is very meticulous and has extensive knowledge and experience!! We were completely satisfied and will be utilizing her services again!!
Lily Flower Hair and MakeupLily Flower Hair and Makeup
Sarah G.
Just moved to San Antonio and was looking for a makeup artist I could use for special events. I contacted Monse for an event and she exceeded my expectations! Monse responded to my request for an appt super fast. She was extremely professional and the process was very easy and convenient. Received a lot of compliments on my makeup. Will definitely be calling Monse again. Thanks Monse!
Nomadic ArtistryNomadic Artistry
Sarah P.
Lindsey is amazing! She we was quick to respond and very knowledgeable and helpful about getting the look I wanted. She gave me beautiful hair and makeup for my family photo shoot. Truly a gifted artist! Thank you Lindsey!
Lindsey Hendrix MUA & HAIRLindsey Hendrix MUA & HAIR
Allison A.
Cynthia was absolutely amazing!! I contacted her last minute due to my original makeup artist having to cancel and she was able to accomodate me! She was on time, super sweet, and just a wonderful person all around. I received many compliments on my makeup throughout the night and it was the most confident I have felt in a long time. I hope to be able to use Cynthia's services in the future.
Artistry By CynthiaArtistry By Cynthia
Yuvy G.
You truly are a professional make up artist and stylist! A true expert in your profession! She’s punctual, excellent work ethic with the talent to produce beautiful work! My daughters and I felt radiant at my sons wedding! My makeup and hair style lasted all evening all through the after party! I only had to retouch my lipstick makeup towards the end of the evening! I would say that my makeup and hair would have lasted 24 hours! Thank you Cynthia you truly are amazing!
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Jennifer R.
I’m so so grateful for Yansiel. I had another make up artist that cancelled on me last minute, but now I’m glad that that happened because Yansiel is even a much better makeup artist! He was patient and willing to listen to what we want. He takes pride in his work and he is very very talented. I feel so beautiful on my wedding day! I can’t thank him enough!
Jodie G.
Although Ronee had another engagement on my wedding day, she provided two amazing hair and makeup artists. They were early and extremely accommodating to my “crazy” wedding party. We were all very pleased with our hair and makeup. They had pictures of what I wanted from my trial but all the other girls showed them day of and everything turned out perfectly and lasted all night! Great job!!!
Braid N'Hairpins Makeup and HairBraid N'Hairpins Makeup and Hair
Catherine S.
Amazing work! I had a horrible experience with another artist and needed a late switch to someone different and Karla came to the rescue for my wedding hair and makeup. She was super friendly, communicated well, and listened to my needs. She was also open to making changes as needed. She made me feel comfortable and put me at ease for my big day. My makeup and curls lasted a long time. Thank you Karla!
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Aixa G.
Excellent artist who listen to what is wanted and very professional. We hired her for my daughters 15 bday and she took care of the 6 of us on time. Makeup last all night. We did not have to touch up (except for lips obviously because of eating). Highly recommended!
Carolina R.
Nik did an amazing job. I would hire her again in a heartbeat. If you need a makeup artist that knows what she is doing, listens to your wants, and exceeds expectations, look no further and hire Nik! Can't wait to use her again for my next event. Thanks again, Nik!
FacebyNik & Co.FacebyNik & Co.
Veysi T.
She was very quick and skilled! My makeup stayed on throughout the night with no need for re touch, other than the lips. She asked my preferences several times to make sure I was happy with the way it would turn out. Make up was beautiful ! And very well done. Super sweet, and great artist!
Lindsey Hendrix MUA & HAIRLindsey Hendrix MUA & HAIR
Thumbtack Customer
If this rating was based off the personality of the makeup artist she'd be a 5 star by far! She's lovely to talk to and very nice. But sadly I am rating her on her work and talent solely. I was less than satisfied with her makeup and hair curling techniques. For starters the air brush make up came out pretty streaky and there really wasn't any contour going on. Eyebrows weren't shaped properly and lipstick wasn't fully covering my lips. When she got to apply my eyelashes they were badly misplaced and eyeliner wasn't up to par. Overall the experience was nice she comes to your house and uses a professional lighting and makes you feel relaxed. She is a great person but her makeup skills and techniques could use a little sharpening.
Braid N'Hairpins Makeup and HairBraid N'Hairpins Makeup and Hair
Thumbtack Customer
Nik did an excellent job. We had a short window of time to work with and she stuck with it. She most certainly asked about my preferences and put me at ease. You never know what you're going to get when using a makeup artist for the first time, but I must say that I was very pleased with Nik and will use her again if I am in the San Antonio area. I constantly received compliments on my appearance all night. I was the talk of night and loved every minute of it. Highly recommended!!
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Shana H.
Reneé was not only extremely accommodating for a competition figure show girl's crazy hair, makeup and tanning morning in one, she was fast, professional, communicative and flexible in applying my makeup while other beauty pros had to ne in the same right room and do their job as well. She showed/previewed to me what any color or color combination would look that I asked for, despite other opinions being voiced in the same session. She had a very impressive arsenal of cosmetics and even gave me a new lipstick and shimmer gloss to take with me for the day for touch up which was a life saver! I received so many compliments on my hair and makeup throughout the say from judges, other competitors, and peers. She matched my makeup look to my colorful bikini and the boldness she gave to my look was juat enough to stand out on stage and in photos but not ovwr the top. I loved my lool and made sure to take a lot of photos. Next competition in San Antonio, I plan to use Reneé again. She came out to my hotel room downtown, put up with very rushed, stressed women who all had their own opinions on my makeup, and she handled it with grace and kindness. She is a beautiful woman herself who walks the walk and looks like the type of makeup artist you'd want to hire. From applying lashes, to shaving eyebrows, to making a new ombre lip color unique to your look, I'm very glad i found her. I can only imagine what could be done had she had more time. HIRE RENEÉ!
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Michelle L.
Adding more members to the Every one loves Lindsey club! WOW! Lindsey is a lady of her word. As we chatted via text on next steps to touch base before my appointment, she called to discuss what I was looking for and sent options for my daughter too. Lindsey was on time, thorough, detailed driven, personable, and has the heart of gold. She not just a MUA, she is an artist and highly skilled. The options on her cases were endless, she knows what on trend, and so much more. Our all star photographer commented how gorgeous our makeup was. Her work catches the eyes. My daughter adored her (she is so wonderful with kids) and she is on my immediate list of contacts for a MUA.
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Demetria K.
I researched makeup artists after having to change my original person. After researching MUA’s on thumbtack, I found Lindsey Hendrix and was instantly drawn to and by her profile. Aside from her beauty, Lindsey’s responsiveness was one of the first things that truly stood out to me. Also, I felt instantly comfortable as I communicated the look I desired for my wedding day. Having never done business with Mrs. Hendrix before, I was confident she could and would make me shine, as an alopecia client who recently got all her hair shaved off. Not only did Lindsey’s resume impress me, but I was also drawn to how personable and professional she was in her communications. After conversing over the course of the initial day, I arranged for a pre-wedding Make-Up trial, and Lindsey did not disappoint! I felt so beautiful and regarded as a valued client! I also enjoyed our conversation while she beautified me. I received SO many compliments, and my fiancé couldn’t stop saying, “Wow, you look beautiful!” I would recommend Mrs. Hendrix with absolutely NO reservations! She rocks and I intend to use her in the future, not just at my wedding and for my bridal party, but for many more special and everyday occasions to come. Thank you so much, Lindsey, and all the best to you as you continue to grow in your craft!! BRAVO!!!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
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