Post # 1
My makeup artist is charging $500 for bridal hair and makeup. She’s a freelancer. She’s charged me a travel fee and I’m paying for her parking. Am I supposed to tip her? 20% tip is another $100. Also, her trial fee was $150, which she said I could pay her on the wedding day.
I have a separate makeup artist for the bridesmaids, who charges a more reasonable rate. I will probably tip her because she is bringing an assistant, which was not discussed when we drew up the contract.
Post # 3
Her price as nothing to do with her tip. It’s a personal service, you should tip.
Post # 4
I am tipping my makeup artist, her fee is $400 I will probably tip $40, which I know is not 20% and I will probably get some slack for this but it is what it is.
Post # 5
We tip for service that we get from people who aren’t getting paid the proper amount for the service they’re giving us. That is, we tip waiters/waitresses because they get paid like $1-2/hr and they make their money off tips. I also tip hair dressers ONLY WHEN they don’t own the shop. Otherwise, they’re getting the entire amount of their fee!! If I go to get my hair dyed and I go to X for it and X owns the salon and charges me $40 for my roots, then that’s what he’s making – the $40. I would tip the people who help him (like the lady who washes my hair), but not him personally, unless he did some sort of outstanding job and gave me a good discount on it, too.
Therefore, I don’t think you need to tip your MUA unless she’s coming from a company that is sending her, because that means they’re getting a cut of her pay. But, that doesn’t sound like what’s happening here. You’re also paying for her travel and her parking, so she really has nearly no expenses on you. And, $500 for hair and makeup is kind of a lot, especially without a free trial.
Therefore, I wouldn’t tip.
Post # 6
I have been asking vendors I use when we’re talking price, “Is that price all-inclusive, or do people generally give a gratuity on top of that?” It helps clarify on both sides.
Post # 7
If you hired her as a freelancer, and not through a salon or she is an employee of a saln, she is the owner of a business, and you don’t have to tip an owner of a business. If you feel her services warrant a tip, however, you can show your appreciation in the way of a tip.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I second what dkacerek is saying, you don’t tip the owner of the business. If she goes above and beyond, sure throw her something extra but yikes! an extra $100! probably not IMO…
Post # 9
If your MUA owns her own business, tipping is not expected.
That being said, I’m curious – there are lots of MUA Bees on here that seem to freelance. Do you guys expect tips? I’d be mortified if I didn’t tip and the person did a great job and expected it…
Post # 10
I happen to be a MUA who is also a bride to be ( hence my username) lol, if I do a freelance bridal makeup, I really don’t expecta tip.BThat’s because as a freelancer I basically work my own “tip” into the price on top of the fee that I’m charging for my skills, product and travel. The reason freelance prices are steep is because unfortunately most people don’t view my job as a “skill” nor do they realize the amount of work involved in having a well established “kit”, brushes, etc. getting to location usually by early hours andsling hours standing on your feet and having to your precision and ability to make someone look their very best on the biggest day of their life. Sadly, some people dont have the sense to “tip” ontop of the initial charge, so, freelancers cover themselves by making our rates pretty high. Im speaking on behalf of myself and fellow MUA buddies.
Post # 11
As a MUA I agree with @MUAbride2be:
completely. The charge for the service, isn’t just for the service, as we have to upkeep our kits, transportation and other expenses any business would incur.
Keeping with that, I don’t ever expect a tip, but I found, that while doing bridal freelance, I haven’t had a bride that didn’t tip (not that you have to!), sometimes she would tip on behalf of her whole party and in other cases, sometimes the BM’s or MOB would one their own.
It’s really up to you, if you don’t like your service, by all means don’t, and even if you do, it’s not required nor expected!
Honestly, if I had to choose between refferals and tips, I would much rather my bride refer me and give me a great review 🙂
Post # 12
@smyle4jenn: yes, you should tip. A lot goes into making you beautiful for your wedding day including very expensive products. I am a freelance mua and I can tell you I have spent at least $15,000 on my kit. I also spend a lot of time and money on training and seminars on current trends to make sure you don’t look like a clown on your day. My policy is that if I’m receiving a service that I could do for myself but have chosen to have you do it because of your expertise, I will tip you. I can tell you that most of the base pay I get goes right back into my business, tips keep my electricity on.
Post # 13
Five hundred dollars?!?!?!!?!!????!!!! Am I the only one who thinks that is freaking insane? I don’t mean any offence to you, but that is a lot of money, in my opinion.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
You should tip hairdressers and make up artists the same but if they are the owner you don’t have to. A tip is an extra thank you for good service but it sounds like you are paying for every little thing, parking, travel, that I don’t think a tip is necessary.
Post # 14
<br /><br />As a sole proprietor/ salon owner I can tell you that when I perform a service I do not keep all of that money. I have to pay taxes. I have to purchase supplies. (Those hair pins, bob pins, hair spray, gel, etc that I use on a bride are considered consumable products that I have to replace regularly.) I have to pay for the gasoline to get from point A to point B. I have to pay tolls and in some cases, if the wedding is early in the morning, I have to pay for lodging. I have to pay for advertising and business cards. I have to pay to attend events to promote my business. Wedding expo events are on average, $800 to have a table. I have to pay for business and cosmetology license renewal fees. I have to pay for bonding and insurance. I have to pay for parking in some cases. My salon is mobile, but for those that have a brick and morter business there is also the lease fees. If I require and assistant I have to pay that person a fee. <br />That $500 you think I pocket dwindles down to about $100 -$200 that I actually get to consider profit. <br />And from that I have to pay my household bills and support my family.
Post # 15
Ok I HAD to comment because this is ridiculous. People who do not work in the beauty industry really have no idea what they are talking about. Instead of spreading false information, how about you ask someone who actually works in the industry.
The only time you don’t tip a salon owner is when they are in New York and making millions of dollars. You should ALWAYS tip the owner especially in a boutique style salon.
The owner of my salon pays three employees hourly while we build a clientele. Somedays we don’t have any clients. Our boss works 13 hour days non-stop to help us grow a clientele and to make sure we have an income to pay our bills. When people don’t tip him we all find it extremely disrespectful. He is still providing you with excellent service. It gets to a point where he doesn’t eat and has to plan to go to the bathroom because he is back to back with clients. He is the only person bringing in revenue while we build, pays all the bills and all of his staff members.
As far as tipping a makeup artist goes- of course you tip them! Do you know how expensive it is to be a makeup artist? Makeup kits can range from $1,000-$25,000 +. Makeup school is $18,000 and esthetician school is $15,000. Not to mention the cost of websites, online marketing, and replacing makeup.
Also think of the time they have spent replying to your emails for every question or concern you have. Cleaning their kit before each event can take up to 2 hours. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make sure your day runs smoothly.