The Best On-Demand Beauty Service Apps for Your Wedding-Day Hair & Makeup

Hair & Beauty

New beauty apps (think Uber for hair and makeup) are making it simple to find and book talented pros for the big day — or any wedding event. "From the engagement party to the bachelorette and shower, we're involved in the entire life cycle of a bride," says Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, CEO of Glamsquad. "We've even been involved in the engagement itself. A guy once called us to help his girlfriend get done up before he proposed!" Here, the apps to check out — and download — now.

Services: Hair, makeup, nails, spray tans, waxing, and more
Where: About 15,000 cities nationwide
How it works: Browse city-specific directories of stylist profiles to see photos of their work, prices, and recs. Then book!
Price: From $75 for hair or makeup (varies by stylist and location)

Services: Hair, makeup, and lash extensions
Where: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and D.C.
How it works: Filter by availability, price, or reviews to schedule an appointment with a vetted freelance artist in your area.
Price Varies, starting around $40 for hair and $60 for makeup

Services: Hair, makeup, and nails
Where: New York, Los Angeles, and Miami
How it works: Choose from a variety of looks, say when, and the stylists report for duty at your doorstep.
Price: From $50 for hair, $75 for makeup, and $125 for each bridal trial or day-of service

See More: How to Plan Your Wedding with an Apple Watch

The Glam App
Services: Hair, makeup, and nails
Where: New York; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Las Vegas; San Francisco; Phoenix; and Dallas
How it works: Choose the experience level you want (newbies cost less), name your date and time, and the prescreened freelance stylist who responds first gets the gig.
Price: $40 to $100 per service; custom bridal packages vary

Drybar on the Fly
Services: Blowouts, updos, and braids
Where: New York (more cities coming soon)
How it works: You can reserve ahead by stylist or date or grab a spot right freaking now for those inevitable beauty emergencies.
Price: $75

Services: Hair and makeup
Where: New York City; the Hamptons, New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Silicon Valley, California; and Miami
How it works: Browse through curated images of hair and makeup inspiration, then book one of the in-house pros (many of whom have worked on celebs and magazine shoots).
Price: $100 for hair and $150 for makeup; bridal packages start at $750 and include trials, day-of services, even touch-ups

Before you click..
Aim to reserve at least two months out to make sure you get the stylist you want (although most services will do their best to accommodate last-minute brides).

Always check to see whether gratuities are included. Some apps even let you add them when you schedule the appointment. (Just like with normal salons, a 15 to 20 percent tip is recommended.)

Getting married just outside one of the areas serviced? Many of these companies will push the borders for your special day especially if you're booking for your entire bridal party.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES October/November 2015 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

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