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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 Sugar Land makeup artists
Tiffany B.
Tatiana was amazing! We had her come to our home to do makeup for our daughter’s Bridal Portraits because her scheduled makeup artist was not able to come the day of. We loved how the makeup turned out! It was exactly what my daughter wanted and the pictures turned out beautiful! The photographer even complimented my daughter’s makeup!
Donnika BeautyDonnika Beauty
Vanessa J.
I loved my experience with Bridal Glam and Co. the artist was very nice. She did an excellent job with my makeup. I will be using their service again
Bridal Glam and CoBridal Glam and Co
Kristine A.
Linda is an amazing and talented artist! My wedding photos are not out yet, but below are just from the trial and engagement shoot. She is very versatile with her makeup styles and she was able to please a lot of my bridesmaids (all different races/skin tones) and mothers on my wedding day. My mother-in-law and mother are very hard to please and they were very impressed with the make up and hair. During my wedding day, she was able to replicate the exact same style and even elevated it by adding shimmer and her own finishing touches. I had a large stress pimple on my forehead that she was able to successfully conceal/blend and it stayed covered the whole day. She is a true artist and her partner Tru was equally amazing with hair. She went above and beyond and her attention to detail is second to none. I would highly recommend her to be anyone's makeup artist for any event. You won't regret it.
Je Crois BeautyJe Crois Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
My niece had a ballet presentation/dance and Tara did her makeup.The quality of Tara's work was above and beyond. As she was getting closer she kept on texting me letting me know of how far and where she was. I appreciate how patient she was with my niece. My niece looked amazing up in stage, Her makeup was flawless. For sure will contact Tara if I need a makeup artist for another event. Know that if Tara says she will do the job she will! So very glad I used Thumbtack! Thank you Tara!!
Tara Elle ArtistryTara Elle Artistry
Shreya K.
Linda did hair and makeup for me and my sister in law for my wedding and we couldn’t have asked for a better artist! We decided my bridal look during the trial session but made changes on the main day. Linda was kind enough to make those last minute changes and went the extra mile! She arrived at the location on time, took care of our requirements and got both of us ready by the required time. I loved her eyelash and airbrush makeup technique. Linda is not only a true professional but also friendly and made the 2Hr+ session very comfortable for me and my sister in law. She also stayed back for any last minute touch ups without us asking! Strongly recommend her ☺️
Je Crois BeautyJe Crois Beauty
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