Post # 1
The woman who is doing our makeup is fantastic- her work is great, her book is gorgeous. However, she is not cheap. AND she “requires” a trial with the bride at a cost of $75 to work out the kinks prior to the wedding. If I choose NOT to have a trial, she tacks that on to the wedding day makeup. She said it’s because it makes the wedding day process move a lot smoother when she’s already got notes on the shades and whatnot to use. It makes complete sense. I get it. And, granted- she is doing most of my wedding party (6 of us-some full face, some just lashes, some just foundation) and said she will probably be working on JUST me for an hour. She does airbrushing (which I LOVE after having it done as a bridesmaid!) and the false lashes, etc.
I just have never heard of anyone charging for the trial once their services are booked.
What say you?
Post # 3
I paid for a trial for both hair and makeup. So did my friend who i am Maid/Matron of Honor for.
Post # 4
A makeup artist cannot live on reputation alone, pay her for her time, but make sure you get what you pay for.
Post # 5
I’ve never heard of a hairstylist or makeup artist who doesn’t charge for the trial.
Post # 6
Everyone I contacted about doing makeup charged for the trial. I ended up DIY-ing because makeup costs would have been so expensive.
Post # 7
Trials are a really good idea. You can go over what you want and dont want, and see what its going to look like. Maybe after a few minutes after, you’ll decide you want something else.
Post # 8
The trial is not meant to be free. I have never heard of a professional artist (hair or makeup) not charging.
Post # 9
Ditto what PP said. I paid about 50% of what the actual day-of costs for the trial and it was just that. It’s not refundable or credited towards the day-of or anything.