Find a makeup artist in Washington, DC

Find makeup artists in Washington, DC

Find makeup artists in Washington, DC

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Find makeup artists in Washington, DC

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Top 10 makeup artists in Washington, DC

Clients agree: these Washington makeup artists are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Greyss Makeup  Beauty

Greyss Makeup Beauty

New on Fash
14+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Providing Legendary Customer Service, Been Honest About Your Products and Services, Come Up With Something New


New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
My service stands out because I'm not one type of makeup artist. I love scifi makeup the most but I'm just as good beauty makeup. What ever makeup picture you show me I can create it. Giving the client what she/he wants is always my goal and able to put a smile on your face. Ensuring I achieve what the client is asking for. Makeup makes me happy in general, however applying it on someone's face enhancing their natural beauty is EXCITING! I love colorful looks and dramatic eyes! Knowing that's not for everyone but for those he take that chance is tapping into my creative juices....
Glammed By Mima

Glammed By Mima

24 hires on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Linzie L. says, "Amazing! I was impressed by Shamima and her knowledge to create both my hair and makeup a success. I would recommend her time after time. Her knowledge and the clients wishes will create the perfect look of what you are looking for. " Read more
True Colors Beauty Co

True Colors Beauty Co

11+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Becky L. says, "They are extremely talented, professional and a good time to work with. Great combo for any events needing makeup and hair services. 10/10 recommend!" Read more
Envy Makeovers By Lici

Envy Makeovers By Lici

New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Not only do I makeover the beauty outside, I also teach you how to makeover the beauty inside with proper skincare techniques.

Your makeup artists questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much do makeup artists charge?

Makeup artists charge $60 to $170 per person on average for a basic, non-bridal makeup application. Freelance makeup artists charge $50 to $120 per hour. Makeup artists charge a flat rate, per hour, per half-day, or full-day, depending on the service.

Common services or skills include:

  • Traditional makeup
  • Airbrush makeup
  • Bridal makeup
  • False eyelashes or extensions
  • Hair styling
  • Brow shaping or microblading

How much do makeup artists charge for weddings?

Wedding makeup costs $80 to $300 for the bride and $75 to $150 per person for the bridal party. Most brides choose a hair and makeup package, which costs $180 to $600 total. Some makeup artists apply some basic makeup to the flower girl for $10 to $50.

What is a makeup artist?

A makeup artist is a person who is trained to apply cosmetics, usually for special events or photoshoots. Makeup artists usually perform a consultation or trial to see if their skills and products are a good fit. A basic package typically includes:

  • Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Setting powder or spray

Some makeup artists include airbrushing, contouring, false lashes, or a touch-up kit in their basic service. Others offer these features for an extra charge.

How long does a makeup artist take to do makeup?

A makeup artist takes 60 to 90 minutes to do most makeup applications. Wedding makeup takes 60 to 90 minutes for the bride and 30 to 45 minutes for bridesmaids. Complex styles or designs take longer than simple or everyday looks.

Do you need a license to be a makeup artist?

Makeup artist licensing rules depend on the state. Most states require a cosmetology license in salon settings. However, most states do not require a license for non-salon services like weddings, photoshoots, or private events.

How much should I tip a makeup artist?

Most customers tip a makeup artist 15% to 25% after the application, but it's not always necessary. Freelance makeup artists who set their own prices do not typically expect a tip. Most customers tip for exceptional service, much like other industries.

Tipping a makeup artist at a beauty counter is not expected, and some businesses don't allow it.

How do I choose a makeup artists?

Start by searching our list of local makeup artists, then:

  • Compare at least three free estimates.
  • Read reviews and look at pictures on Fash and Google.
  • Look for licensed or certified stylists or members of the International Association of Professional Makeup Artists (IAPO)
  • Choose an artist who's experienced in the style you want done.
  • Ask about what products they use, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Make sure they're available on the day you need them.
  • · Avoid making large payments up front.

What questions should I ask makeup artists?

To find the best makeup artist for you, ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been doing makeup?
  • Do you have a portfolio?
  • What certifications and licenses do you have?
  • How far in advance should I book?
  • Can you create the look I want?
  • Do you require a deposit?
  • What is your cleaning and sanitation procedure?
  • Do you charge a flat rate or hourly fee?
  • Do you have any group rates?
  • How long will the appointment take?
  • Will you give me an estimate and contract in writing?

Reviews for Washington makeup artists

Recent success stories from people in the Washington area.
Jyothsna K.
Shamima is really grear at hairstyling ❤️ I have an extremely smooth and straight hair but shamima managed to get the wavy look that I always dreamt of and it stayed for almost 3days to my surprise. Great job shamima. I highly recommend her for hair styling and glossy makeup look.
Glammed by Mima
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