Post # 1
The make up artist is one that I chose off the preferred vendor list at my venue. It is the ONLY thing I didn’t spend a few hours or more researching (that was my fault). So I booked with the make up artist for $225 plus a $60 trial plus $80 per person after that with a two person minimum thinking that that was normal (my fault again). We’re paying to have everyone’s hair and make up done (though she only does make up).
I’ve since realized that that is WAY too much to be paying a make up artist for this area. She’s apparently fabulous to work with and has done the make up for bridal magazines and I’ve seen her other work in photos and it’s lovely, and one of my other vendors thinks that her work is excellent. I emailed her and asked her if she’d be willing to negotiate her prices. She isn’t. In fact, she told me that what she quoted me IS the discounted price.
Meanwhile, I emailed another make up artist who’s prices are significantly less (she’d come under less than half) who’s work is good. I think she’s trying to make more of a name for herself in the business. I emailed her and she’s available and asked me if I’d like to do a trial. I’ve also read that she’s very easy to work with.
What would you do?
Post # 4
Honestly I am a makeup artist and I must tell you. That my price usually ranges around $250 for hair and makeup. Is the $225 for just makeup? If so that is very expensive for just makeup!
Post # 5
@makeupguru: Yep, just make up!
Post # 6
Personally, I would go with the cheaper one. If you like her work, and are comfortable with the price, go for it. Especially if the original artist isn’t willing to work with your budget at all. You definitely want to look beautiful for your big day, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice other things or overpay for a little makeup.
Post # 7
I voted above for the cheaper one… but you might try giving the first one a last shot to reduce her price. Say something like “I know your work is totally worth the cost, but it’s really not in my budget, especially since I found this other person who will do it for $$. I’d love to still hire you, but my FI is really holdng me to our budget. Is there anyway you could come closer to her cost. If not, I totally understand but I am going to go with her.” Just a thought. We did this with a couple vendors with good success (and it was totally true each time I said it)… that said, the difference for these was never 50%. Good luck and let us know what you decide!!
Post # 8
yikes! That’s a LOT of money to spend on make up and hair, especially since you’re paying for the bridal party too. Definitely include that in your negotiations – this isn’t just one person, it’s a lot of business for her!
Post # 9
Update: Well I met with the other make up artist and her work was great and I felt really comfortable with her. She’s also a half the cost. So I booked with her and then emailed the other MUA to say thanks but no thanks. She emails me back and tells me AT THAT TIME that part of the $225 is travel cost and if I’m willing to go to her studio then it’s much less. Yeesh! Why didn’t you tell me that when I asked about a lower price??? I just enailed her back to tell her that I wish I’d known that beforehand because if I had I would have stuck with her.
Post # 10
That is an outrageous price for just make up! yeeesh!!! I say stick with the second make up artist if you’re comfortable with her work, then I wouldn’t go back to the first one. If she really wanted to keep as a client she would have found a way to kep your business.
Post # 11
If you are satisfied with the work of the cheaper priced MUA then go with her.
Post # 12
I think you did the right thing, she wasn’t upfront with you about where the money is going (i.e. transportation costs). Plus, you could really help this other artist’s career and thus create some good competition in your area (possibly making the prices of her competitor fall).
Post # 13
That is SO much money. Vendors take advantage of brides, insane!