Post # 1
Hi Bees, I am really curious to know…. I have paid a deposit for a bridal makeup trial, hair trial, bridal makeup for the day, hair for the day, bridal makeup for a post wedding photo shoot and hair for the post wedding photo shoot.
The total is already a lot to me. I am not sure if I should / have to tip them.
If yes, do I have to pay everytime they provide a service, or just at the end of everything? And how much should I tip them?
I was in fact thinking of giving them $20 at the end of everything. I not sure if that is too bad or not because I have to pay $600 for all the services. The cost is already huge to me.
Any advice? Thanks a lot for your help!
Post # 3
I think I recall hearing you’re supposed to tip 10-20% on these sorts of services. I could be wrong though.
Post # 4
I tip 20%. Personally I would do it after every service. If they keep getting tipped, I feel like they’d want to do a better job. Unless you’re paying all at once.
Post # 5
I think its like, if a salon or some larger company sets the prices and whatnot then you DO tip.
But if they are a single person owning their own business, setting their own prices, then you don’t have to tip (but you can if you like)
Post # 6
I am a hairstylist, and always appriecate a tip. I also own my own salon, and still very much appriecate a tip. I really don’t think it should be decided on because someone is making the prices for you, or yoiu yourself is setting the prices. I am just curious as what type of salon your having your hair and makeup done at? $600 is a big amount of money. Is this just for you, or are your attendents included? I, being in a field that tips are common, I always tip at least 20%. It would probably be best to tip after each service, so they feel appriecated. This is your wedding day, and pictures last a lifetime!! I hope this helps you!!
Post # 7
i worked with a person who freelances bridal makeup and i tipped 20%
my understanding is that for trial, you tip 15%(minimum) and up
day of – still 15% and up
doesn’t matter if they own their own business (that’s more for florist, DJ, etc)
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for advice!
@jhair1111: Yes I know $600 sounds ridiculous… I live 5 hours by flight away from the wedding location (Montreal). So I can only research online to find a makeup artist and a hairstylist. So I found a makeup company that I like, and they help me to find a hairstylist. The cost is for me only and includes the following:
– $225 (bridal makeup for the day with touch up + makeup trial)
– $60 hair trial
– $80 hair for the day
– $80 hair for the post wedding photo shoot (about 3 days after the wedding day)
– (approximately… I forget the exact price) $100 for makeup for the post wedding photo shoot
– The remaining difference is tax
I totally have no ideas with makeup (I have never used any makeup)…. So, I have decided to go with this plan. I have paid 50% for deposit and the remaining is due on the wedding day… So I am not sure how I should tip them and how much…. it costs so much…. 🙁
Post # 9
you should always tip after each service, even if its just hair/make up trials
Post # 10
you are paying really expensinve for the day of makeup though… Ive been in the ive been doing hair and make up for weeding for years now and even with my competitors, i find that your paying alot… I mean unless your make up artist is a renoun makeup artist or has worked with celebraties… and even at that……
even at the price that you are paying … you should still tip though
Post # 11
@LYBYANA: Oh well, I know that I am paying a lot. I feel so bad that I don’t have a choice…. I have no experience with any sort of makeup and I don’t live close to the wedding venue, plus no one in the family can give me help (they have not experience with makeup and are 17 hours away by flight)
I guess in this case I have to accept the truth of paying a lot of money….
Post # 12
Yeah, I don’t want to make you feel bad, but $225 for wedding makeup seems like a lot of money. The salon where I’m having my hair done does makeup for $40. I don’t know what the quality is like, but I’m pretty clueless about makeup myself so I figure anything is better than trying to do it on my own. Regardless, I would probably feel weird not tipping.
Post # 13
I don’t want you to feel bad about what your are paying. I am a makeup artist and my main business is weddings. Is the artist coming to you for the day of? If so that is where are the cost is coming in. If you are going to the salon or their place of business then that is a little expensive. I charge brides $150 for makeup on location and that does not include the trial run. I do have a minimum of $200 for an on-location fee so it is best to have more girls getting it done, but I am not a stickler for prices and I will work with the bride. My price also includes airbrush and a pair of lashes for the day of…..mosts artists charge extra for both of these.
If you are having the artist come to you then you are paying a fair price. I just wanted to let you know. Also, it depends on where you live as to what pricing is. I also do charge for the trial run too….most people don’t understand that. Well, I am still doing a full makeup application on you and also my time that you are paying for. I hope this helps and congrats on your weddding.
Post # 14
if the service is set with good price, what’s the point to tip? So why don’t we all tip anyone whoever provide any service? I found it’s ironic why we don’t tip the person who help us pump gas? ( New Jersey / Oregon have gas station pump service ) they are out in the cold and hot weather, getting paid with minimal wage.
Also, if you are already paying a lot for the sevice, netherless, a good customer service is expected. whats the point to pay for the work and also tipping for their good attitude? It should have been part of the job?!
Post # 14
I’m in the industry and typically my brides tip between 18 – 20% It is not mandatory, not always expected but always greatly appreciated. If your MUAH artist works for a company or a salon they could be making a commission off of what you pay. Between 30 – 60% If they are freelance then they might not have to split cost. However the consume all cost. Product, travel, tools, etc. $225 for day of with trial seems to be ballpark around what most MU artist charge. I charge $300 for same service, but this also includes a bridal kit with minis of the products used for touch ups throughout the day. I honestly think you should just tip what you feel comfortable with. I have received a small personal and thoughtful gift, with a personal note that was even more appreciated A few times. ALSO- if your artist is online and they are really amazing and you are very happy with their service find out if their is a place you can write a RAVE review! Plus boost them on social media to show your appreciation. That is kinda the best TIP!