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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 Virginia Beach makeup artists
Zee M.
Shanii is a great makeup artist. She was very professional and punctual.
Shanii Rose Beauty 🌹Shanii Rose Beauty 🌹
Thumbtack Customer
Alicia did the most amazing job! When I saw myself in the mirror, I cried. She made me look flawless. I felt so beautiful, thanks to Alicia. She was very sweet, funny, prompt, professional and an EXCELLENT makeup artist. I highly recommend Alicia Toole. In fact, I want her for my own wedding in October, and I live in PA and she lives in VA. That is how great she is.
Alicia Toole Makeup ArtistryAlicia Toole Makeup Artistry
Summer H.
Iman is an amazingly talented make up artist! She did my prom makeup and I swear, I've never gotten that many compliments before in my life! She's very personable and flexible! I asked very last minute if she could come earlier than our scheduled appointment time and she did just that with no hesitation, ifs, ands, or buts which shows her excellent customer service skills and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients! She answered all my questions and took care of all my concerns. She's really one of the best MUAs around, don't sleep on her!!
Thumbtack Customer
Krysta did an awesome job on my makeup. She took the time prior to make-up application to understand exactly what type of look I was asking for. I wanted a fresh look that would enhance my features in a professional way. I was having make-up done for my a picture being placed on my business card and I didn’t want an over the top look but more of a natural subtle look. I am very happy with the outcome and Krysta will be my go-to make-up artist for all my special events. I would definitely recommend her to friends and family. She even stepped in as my photographer! Thanks again Krysta! Helen
Beauty & Grace by KrystaBeauty & Grace by Krysta
Kristen L.
I’m very sad to be writing a bad review about my experiences with Cristal, but after ALOT of thinking all this through for almost 2 weeks, I have to say these things happened, to protect other women from this happening to them too. Cristal and I texted many times. Originally I was hiring her just for my makeup, but she seemed so great that I asked if she could do my bridesmaids makeup too. She was on board, so our plans were locked in. It was a month and a half til my wedding. I felt calm. Everything was going great and I was excited to have my trial, to see how I’ll look for my wedding, to have a nice, friend-ly professional for mine and all my bridesmaids makeup. For over a month, more like 2 months, everything was great and I was sure my wedding day get ready would be a wonderful, not stressful > relaxing experience. Then I had my trial. She didn’t bring the airbrush and said I didn’t ask for airbrush. I said that’s why I hired a pro and I showed her my thumbtack request she received. She said she could come back in 20 minutes with it, I didn’t have all that extra time because I had a nail appointment after her appointment was over. Thankfully my nail lady called to change my appointment half an hour later because as it turns out, Cristal and I worked on my makeup with one problem after another for a long extra time after and I was still 7 minutes late for my nail appointment. Let’s start with my skin color. She debated my comments about my skin color than afterward said I was right as I ended up looking pale and my face did not match my skin, as I said would happen. I look white but I’m mixed with darker nationalities and my skin is an unusual color and all but my face are darker tan. Then she loaded on powder which I said would crack around my eyes because I’m 50. She again said something to dismiss my knowledge of my own skin. It cracked when I smiled and it crinkled all around my eyes looking awful and she said, “I don’t know why that happened.” Then she put a ton, a thick schmier of liquid concealer under my eyes that was pure liquid, to offset the problem for the rest of my session! Yes, that really happened. The eye shadow was also a debaucle. Again, I have very dark undertones and she put the shadow lower where the hoods are and higher on the outside and near the bridge of my nose, so it made me look like I had black eyes. She was nervous about dark purple, but the colors were fine. It was the technique that created that problem. I showed her how I do my eye shadow to lessen that and to make the hoods recede. Then I let her do my other eye differently. It looked ok. The colors weren’t purple, none of my lilac wedding color, and she used a dark maroon that worked great to make the bold shadows, but it was the wrong color. I forgot to tell you about the crooked eyebrows. The eyebrow that’s the most arched had less arch somehow. She also brought my eyebrows too far in and too far down on the outsides. My eyebrows were dark brown and I have white and blonde hair. I looked like a clown. I’m allergic to latex. She said she used latex-free lash adhesive. I couldn’t get it off til the next night with a lot of scrubbing and my right eye was burning, but it might have been from trying to get the adhesive off. We never had time for the glass skin and rushed my lips which were also very overdone and the wrong colors. It was all still nice between us. My photo she took didn’t look horrible if everyone stands 6 feet away from me at my wedding, it could have been ok. We said we’d make another appointment for airbrush and to perfect my makeup. I was fine. She was fine. We left on good terms smiling at each other. The next day I messaged asking how to get the adhesive off. The day after I messaged to set up our next appointment because my wedding is Sept 25th. I went on Thumbtack to find another makeup artist for my bridesmaids and as a backup in case it didn’t get better after the next trial with Cristal. Instead of responding to my message with an appointment day and time, she responded back, “I refunded your deposit.” That’s it. Never heard a peep from Cristal after that and NOW I HAVE NO MAKEUP ARTIST FOR MY WEDDING! Of course, it’s a couple weeks from my wedding, so everyone else is booked. I hate that I’m posting a negative review. I really don’t want to be telling everyone this stuff because I truly believe in second chances and getting things right through working through obstacles. She has a good overall attitude and was not mean in how she felt right, so I don’t want to make it seem like I don’t like her or there was any drama because there was none. She was clearly stressed and perhaps nervous about messing up my wedding makeup, but she should have talked to me not just canceled last minute like that. I can do my own coverup makeup and I can give advice on how makeup sets on my skin. We could have done a second trial and hit the nail perfectly the head with the best makeup ever and this review could have been the opposite. All it would have taken is mutual respect, common courtesy, and patience, to make this happen better than it did. I’ve pivoted, as I can easily do, and my ladies and I are going to do our own makeup and teach each other techniques. I spent the money I would have paid a makeup Artist on products and I’m going to have a great day no matter what. If my ladies can’t relax about their makeup, they’ll just have to go get ready in their own spaces because this is enough stress for my wedding and I’m over my quota this month! Lol I wish you the best Cristal. I hope this is a learning experience that grows you into a better freelance makeup Artist because I have faith that you can be better than this experience was for both of us.
CristalClear Artistry, LLCCristalClear Artistry, LLC
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