Post # 1
Hello to all the bees…
I am so unfamiliar with the price ranges for makeup and hair that I feel like I will over pay…
Please Help—-how much is bridal makeup and hair cost? what are the ranges? Are consultation/trials usually free or there is a charge? If so what should I expect for that? All this in the southern california (irvine/OC area)
All your input will be very helpful!
Post # 3
I have seen prices from $75.00 to $3500.00. It all depends on what you want to get.
for a decent makeup and hair artist you are looking to pay about $200.
Post # 4
I got mine for 35 (hair) 25 (make up) and 45 (trial) and she’s coming onsite. When I planned my budget that’s what I thought was reasonable, but most I saw were about double.
Post # 5
Oh, I’m also in a small city in FL, so it will be a lot more in CA i’m sure
Post # 6
Mine is $250 for trial + day of. I almost had a heart attack, but it was cheaper than others I’ve found (L.A.).
Post # 7
I am looking in Orange County as well and the most common prices I have seen is $65 for Bridal Party makeup, $125-$150 for Bride makeup, $65 for Bridal party hair and about $80 for Bride’s hair. They charge for consultations, usually about half of the actual price. I have noticed that if you get a makeup/hair person combo, it is a lot cheaper but they book up fast so look now if you can. Also, if the makeup/hair person comes to you, they usually want at least 3 people to work on so its not a waste of their time. Hope this helps!
Post # 8
I am paying $290 for on location hair and airbrush makeup for myself- this includes a trial at the studio.
Bridal party hair is $60 per person (which I am paying for) but they can add on airbrush makeup for $39.
I think I had a minor panic attack when I started to add it all up but I want to make sure I look my best.
NOTE: there are DEFINITELY more affordable options, especially if you are willing to go to them. To me, having them on location and capable of doing hair and makeup (especially airbrush) was really important.
Post # 9
I think the cost really depends on where you are located and what kind of services you’re looking to have. For example on location service, airbrushing, and other factors can cost more.
For Southern California (the region I primarily serve), I’ve seen rates both lower and higher than my own, and I do offer discounts if a bride books her bridal party members through me as well. I also work with brides’ budgets because every bride deserves to look her best on her special day, and money should really not hinder that in any way.
If you take a look at rates around your area, and let the artist you contact know how many services you’ll be booking with them, I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone who’s willing to work something out for you. Good luck!
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
i’m getting married in northern california, and i’ve seen rates for bridal hair and makeup from $200 (someone who did it as a side business) and up. waaay up (i.e. $400, $500, $800). the cost was definitely a shocker, and i ended up going way overbudget.
Post # 11
I had my makeup done in S. Cal in Long Beach. It was $50 for hair and $50 for makeup for me and $25 each service for my bridesmaids. The cost has gone up since but its now only $75 hair and $75 makeup for brides and $50 hair $50 makeup for bridesmaids.
If you are looking in the OC area PLEASE check out Andrea with Something Blue Stylists (http://www.somethingbluestylists.com) She is who I used for my wedding and I worked with her again in 2 other weddings I was in after mine. She is amazing and travels to you for a minimal cost (like $25) and does a fantastic job. She was the most inexpensive I found and I was so so happy with everything she did.
Post # 12
Hello BlueLotus! when you budget for hair and makeup for yourself and maybe your family/bridal party members, I do strongly suggest putting things into perspective. What I always say is it should be proportional to how much you spend on your dress and the photographer! I don’t mean like spend the same amount of money, but just as an example, if you are spending $3000 on dress, maybe $500-1000 on shoes/veil and accessories, another $5000 for photography (this is SoCal we’re talking about…) and maybe another $1000-2000 for a decent videographer and then weigh those in to help you decide how important your hair and makeup vendor is.
When I was a bride, hair and makeup was probably one of the most important vendors, and less important than accessories or videography. This is my personal choice – so my budget reflects a priority in hair and makeup!
Keeping in mind that OC/Irvine is a very expensive and competitive region (compared to a small town somewhere…) so realistically, expect to pay between 200-600 for hair and makeup for the bride!
In general (not just because I’m also a makeup artist and photographer, I swear) I believe that if a couple spends that much money on photography, dress and accessories, it doesn’t make any sense to expect that hair and makeup would be $100 or $200. I mean a great photograph depends on a great photographer in addition to exceptional styling (hair, makeup and wardrobe!!!!)
Post # 13
Mine is $250 for hair+makeup, plus a trial ($150). They were nice enough to come to my venue just for me as I don’t have a bridal party.
Post # 14
Thanks! That’s all very helpful. I will need them onsite, specially since I am not from there and I really don’t want the hassle of driving around. Paying a little extra is definitely worth saving that time and being relaxed.
I am looking for just my makeup and hair, no bridesmaids. I am Pakistani so I found a couple people for makeup one of which is charging $100 for consultation (3hrs consultation) + $360 (3-4 hrs on site for touch-up and makeup change for evening)…still looking for hair.
If anyone has names and recs for hair that would be helpful.
Post # 15
I sent you a referral via the message system! 🙂 I hope it helps!!
Post # 16
Hair + Make Up for bride plus 7 bridesmaids is running me $125 each. I am looking at a total of $1000 for all 8 of us….