Post # 1
I live in a major city and my hair and makeup will be $350 + a travel fee. Am I really supposed to tip 20%? That would be a $70 tip, or more if you think I should tip based on the total including travel fee. Let me know what you think. I was going to tip $40-$50 (it’s one person doing both) because I think that is a generous tip.
Please don’t comment and say I’m paying too much…it’s like all the good makeup artist and hair ppl in this city got together and set this $350 mark…believe me, I have researched my ASS off!!!
Post # 3
@fingerscrossed: You wouldn’t base your tip on her fee + the travel expenses…so just the $350….and honestly, that’s about what I would charge for both…I usually get around $80 – $100 in tip…because I do an amazing job, plus its a fun experience and we only get to do this one time…so if I hit it on the head…I would think a generous tip would be given.
Post # 4
@fingerscrossed: If you can’t afford to tip on the cost of services, you can’t afford that particular service provider. You should have figured in the cost of tip when you booked it.
Tip on the $350.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Tip on the service, not the travel fee. $350 is a little steep but not far off the mark, IMO.
ETA: Also, I would personally start my tip at 20% and give more for awesome service.
Post # 6
I paid similar for hair and makeup, plus travel fee of $65 and I paid for their hotel parking. I tipped 15% of my total which included the cost of everything plus once more when my artist came back for my touch-up ($200 and I tipped her an add’l $50 because she was amazing). I agree with tipping based off the service cost.
Post # 7
$40-50 on a $350 service is truly under-tipping by most US standards.
Post # 8
Do you still tip if they work for themselves? I have heard in other post that you don’t have to tip owners/self empoyeed vendors. I don’t know if I’m wrong on that, but I’m in the same boat as you. I will probably tip my MUA, but maybe not 20%, I think $50 is a really good tip even if its not 20% because I am already paying them their rate and a travel fee like you are.
Post # 9
@solidarity: never said i could not afford it!! just wondering…it’s my first marriage and this is an advice forum…
Post # 10
@Nona99: thank you. this is actual constructive advice. based on what i have heard here, i will at least do $60 which is 17% but I will be ready to give more if she does a great job. honestly she’s not the friendliest person so the trial was not like a “warm” experience by any means, but i picked her over the other, nicer MUA because she just flat out did a better job. i was not blown away by her or anything, though. i will do my best to keep an open mind.
i just want to say that i wrote this post to find out what was appropriate because i realize this is her livelihood. i was trying to do the right thing…that’s why i’m seeking knowledge on this subject….
Post # 11
@LullabelleK: she does not work for herself. based on what i’ve heard here i will tip 20% if she’s magically nicer to me than she was during my trial. if she just does the bare minimum i will tip 15% (actually 17% because that’s $60 and it would be weird to give her $52). if she’s awesome then i’ll tip 20%.