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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 Manassas makeup artists
Luzette n.
I loved my makeup.It was well done,flawless and it felt light. Ayrehl is a great makeup artist and was very kind and accommodating with my last minute time adjustment.I will recommend
Beauty with AyrehlBeauty with Ayrehl
Consuela B.
10 out of 10 stars! Roma did my bridal makeup for me and my mom. She is an amazing artist. She was professional, prompt, and very kind. I am an African-American woman and Roma had all of the products and colors for my skin tones. She was very focused on making my makeup perfect for my big day. I was extremely happy with my makeup for my wedding. I highly recommend Roma and I will definitely use her services in the future!
Heba M.
Wow, what an experience! Blanche was warm, professional, and truly artistic. She also came very prepared. Blanche was able to give me exactly the look I had pictured as a bride. Truly exceptional work and would love to have her do my makeup again in the future.
Makeup Artistry By BlancheMakeup Artistry By Blanche
Vanessa V.
RomaKreations is by far one of my favorite makeup artists. She's so professional. sweet, and talented. Love how she gave me exactly what I was looking for. Everyone loved it as well and I got so many compliments. Thank you again. Book her the minute you can because she is amazing.
Ria D.
I love that Fran kept me informed all along the with the many questions I had. Her work as a makeup Artist is superb, she paid attention to our needs and was detailed in her work, never was rushed. She also recommended a Hair Artist , who worked along side of her getting our hair done - they both worked really well together getting all our needs met. Love it! I would highly recommend her and would definitely use her again should the need arises . Thank you Fran.
Makeup by Fran LLCMakeup by Fran LLC
Michael C.
This was a last minute request and she came though in a crunch. She was very polite and held great conversation. Everyone in the Bridal Party wanted natural looking make up and that is exactly what every one was able to get. She was only booked to do 2 people,and we requested that she do an additional person full face and also do eye makeup for the Sister of the bride. She was so flexible and was able to squeeze both of them in, and make it cost effective to do all 4 people. The price is reasonable and the quality is very good. Based on the pictures attached you can see for your self that she is extremely gifted. If your looking for a make artist in the DMV area look no further!!!
The Blushing Beaute (no hairstyling)The Blushing Beaute (no hairstyling)
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