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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.

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.

Reviews for Arlington makeup artists
Alexis G.
Absolutely amazing! I can't say nothing but great things. This was the first time I've ever gone to a makeup artist and I couldn't ask for a more perfect experience! I was so nervous going to a makeup artist for the first time but she created such a welcoming, positive, happy, fun environment. I loved her company and she is a joy to be around. She is an amazing artist and worked miracles on my face, I never thought I could look so beautiful. If you are looking for a talented artist that is just amazing to work with look no further. I will definitely recommend her to anyone I know who is looking for a makeup up artist, she is the best!
Kayla r.
Kiera was the best makeup artist I’ve ever used! I thought it would be fun to have a makeup artist come to my place for my best friends birthday. She promptly answered any questions I had. I saw great reviews and her price was very reasonable! I wasn’t expecting much for my own makeup as I’ve been disappointed with wedding makeup, special event makeup etc. I was SHOCKED at how great we both looked. Aside from her talent she’s also super personable and fun to be around. 10/10
Keira Rosati Makeup Artistry (MAKEUP ONLY)Keira Rosati Makeup Artistry (MAKEUP ONLY)
Raquel B.
Addi is an outstanding and very professional makeup artist. She is patient, listens to her clients, and takes her time in applying makeup. I had a very pleasant experience working with Addi and received many compliments on my makeup. She used high-quality products which lasted the entire day. I highly recommend Makeup By Addi !!
Makeup By AddiMakeup By Addi
Ki c.
Makeup artist was a no show with no communication all morning. Very disappointing to have confirmed the night before followed by zero communication. I expect a full refund.
Looks by Leah BLooks by Leah B
Monika p.
Erin was amazing. She was very professional, punctual, and patient. I requested a makeup artist for my New Years Eve event and Erin respondes quickly and I was so thankful she was able to accommodate my short term request. was very happy with my makeup and impressed with the many eye shadow options especially since I had no clue what I wanted. Erin made it easy to choose and she got my makeup right the first time, as I’ve experienced several applications with other artists. I 100% recommend Erin.
Thumbtack Customer
I could not have been happier with DC Elite Image. Teresa was accommodating (came to my home to do my makeup for a holiday party), super friendly and professional to work with - and I simply loved my results! I would recommend her without hesitation to any individual or organization needing a professional makeup artist. And I will certainly be a repeat customer!
Teresa Foss Beauty -Makeup Artist & StylistTeresa Foss Beauty -Makeup Artist & Stylist
Margaret m.
Nicy did a fantastic job with my makeup and my wife’s makeup! We had a short window to plan our wedding and she was very responsive and flexible. Nicy has great products and talked to both of us about our wants and needs. Nicy took last min request to do children make up. She was very professional at all times. Nicy is an LGBTQ+ friendly makeup artist and we both absolutely recommend her! Thank you Nicy! 💜🌻
NATURAL MakeupArtistry and Hair By NecyNATURAL MakeupArtistry and Hair By Necy
Jennifer F.
I love Roma/Beauty Creation! I have hired several makeup pro's over the years and she is by far the best. I showed her a picture of makeup I liked before my event and she nailed it. I loved how she did my eyes and my skin looked flawless. I can't say enough about how happy I was with my result. She was also very responsive and accommodating when I was working to select a pro and make the appointment. Roma is an amazing makeup artist and just the sweetest. I will use her from now on for all of my events. I highly recommend.
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