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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 Seattle makeup artists
Lindsey B.
My makeup turn out great and I love it so much!!! Great makeup artist to work with.
Lisa Jean Make-Up ArtistLisa Jean Make-Up Artist
Cherryl J.
My makeup artist was Excellent!!!!!!!! I received so many compliments on my make up. I absolutely loved it. PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RELIABLE. This was the Holy Trinity experience.
Maison Blanc SalonMaison Blanc Salon
Renisha J.
Made a deposit for makeup to be done. Makeup artist did not follow address and suite # that was given so she left. And did not return initial deposit because she never did my makeup. This was for my wedding so i was extremely upset. My thing if someone gives you a deposit to do work.... that's a contract and work should be performed or money should be sent back.
Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)
Sushmitha N.
Divya was very responsive when I needed to get makeup and hair done and I started looking for makeup artists a day before the event. Her quality was top notch and great value for money spent. Will definitely use her services again in future. Wish her all the best in the new city!
The Little Makeup ArtistThe Little Makeup Artist
Eloisa P.
Lexie, is absolutely a great makeup artist. Very professional, she did mymakeup for New Year's eve and I loved it. She perfectly matched with all the standard expectations. You won't regret it! 😊
Lexie B Beauty (No Travel)Lexie B Beauty (No Travel)
ChristyAnn M.
She’s an amazing makeup artist. She gives you want you want. And she’s on time. Very professional. I really recommend her if you want you’re make up done. She did an amazing job on my makeup. I was very satisfied. She will not disappoint you at all :) thank you again ❤️
Lexie B Beauty (No Travel)Lexie B Beauty (No Travel)
Ryan J.
Nadzhe is the best professional makeup artist I have worked with! She is friendly, gentle, professional, and an expert at her craft. She quickly understood the look I was going for and worked with me to adjust it for the wedding in between my trial date and the big day. My makeup lasted well through the event and I received several compliments. My sister, sister-in-law, mom, and mother in law who also got their makeup done, all raved about how amazing their makeup looked and how professional Nadzhe was as well! Incredible work and affordable prices - I will definitely hire her for future events, and I highly recommend her to other brides for their big day!
Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)
Renae W.
I just want to start off saying ms.Nadzhe is amazing! She is very professional, kind and knew what look I was going for. Having her as my event makeup artist was so much fun and I will definitely be hiring her again because her work is top tier!
Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)
Victoria K.
Galina was very easy to coordinate with for a trial for bridal hair updo and makeup. She was very accommodating and responsive. For the trial, she worked quickly and gave good opinions on what hair shape would work best for my face shape. Kate the makeup artist was also very detail oriented, used clean brushes and applicators, and was willing to try different lip shades. Both were very kind and professional and shared a bunch of photos with me at the end. Would recommend Maison Blanc Salon!
Maison Blanc SalonMaison Blanc Salon
Jennifer U.
Tarrah was absolutely AMAZING and was a huge part of my wedding day!! She was so good with responding to messages with any questions, and was on time to the appointment. She did my makeup as well as my 6 year old daughter, and was so kind and totally perfected what I asked for!!! I was so nervous to have a makeup artist especially because of not knowing her, but I was comfortable as soon as she walked through the door and introduced herself. I literally couldn't be happier!! Terrah, Thank you for making me and my daughter feel beautiful for the wedding, we love you!!!! ❤❤❤❤
Mobile Makeup by TTMobile Makeup by TT
Thumbtack Customer
Too good to be true! I'd read about on demand beauty services and on a last minute whim decided to give this a try. We loved Kandia, she was professional and really interested in our desired looks. She worked with photos we selected and did an amazing job. Her make-up artist skills are truly exceptional. The price was just right too. I highly recommend Love Makeup and Thumbtack app??
Love MakeupLove Makeup
Vishva P.
Jennifer is the best makeup artist I've worked with. She made my wedding day extra special, she nailed down the bridal look I was dreaming of, indeed did a better job than my inspiration picture!!! She helped me and 3 of the wedding parties get ready and I can't imagine a better makeup job. Her pricing for the services was very fair, she is super punctual, does everything you ask for and more. One can literally see she lives to make our events memorable. She is the sweetest! And a great friend to have on your big day!!! Love her service! I am looking forward to working with her again in the future ❤️
Makeup by JennMakeup by Jenn
KoKo S.
Great Beauty is everything I could have asked for in a makeup artist. I requested her for my maternity photoshoot 2 weeks out from the date. She responded same day and answered all questions I had regarding the process. She was kind enough to allow me to book her at a time outside of her normal working hours so that I could make it to my destination on time. I felt absolutely GORGEOUS during my photoshoot. Her work is AMAZING and I will be booking her for future events. I highly recommend her to everyone!!! -KoKo
Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)Six.15 Aesthetics (No Hair)
Megan C.
Quincee did such an amazing job! 5 stars! She did my wedding makeup. First of all, she was very responsive to all my emails and calls, which is super important when there are so many things you have to juggle for an event. She also was incredibly porofessional, making sure that the lighting was always right and everything was always being kept clean. I really appreciated how organized she was. Quincee was also incredibly personable! I am a highly stressed person in general, but she helped calm me down so I could enjoy the morning of my wedding day. Finally, Quincee is an amazing artist. She knows how to work with a variety of skin colors and knows what will be the most flattering design for you. I highly recommend her.
Quincee Camille ArtistryQuincee Camille Artistry
Kristy K.
First, I would like to start this review by telling you how awesome Divya truly is. She is such a delightful and thoughtful person; she is kind, honest, dependable, passionate , very hard working; she is truly such a lovely person both inside and out! She is exceptional with her work and top notch with her professionalism. She is a true gem that any one should be blessed to work with! She agreed to be the makeup artist for our daughters wedding back in May of this year. It was an outside wedding and the area for her to work was very limited and didn't have much of an AC for cooling the small room (and it was very hot that day). With that being said, she never complained or asked for anything. She didn't even take a break to eat the entire day. She was focused solely on her job and didn't stop until every girl was beautiful! She started early that morning and worked feverishly all day on the bridal party which consisted of 5 bridesmaids, myself and my daughter. She stayed on track with the schedule we requested. Everyone looked so beautiful and had such a glow when she finished with them. My daughter was stunning and absolutely radiant! Divya has such a great knowledge of different options for every skin type. She uses quality products and knows her stuff! Every girl still looked just as beautiful at the end of the night after dancing and terrible heat. If you are fortunate enough to have her, you will not be disappointed. She is the best!! We are so thankful and blessed that she was able to be apart of our daughters special day. Thank you Divya, we will always be grateful for all that you did and your exceptional work 💜
The Little Makeup ArtistThe Little Makeup Artist
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