Post # 1
I’m starting my makeup trials tomorrow, and my first two trials are at makeup counters/stores, not at salons or with freelance artists.
The trials are both free, but my question is, do I tip the artists for the trial? My mom said no, as they’re not working at a salon and renting their own station, they’re store employees who do trial-type makeup all day, but I just wanted to see what you girls thought.
Post # 3
If they work in a department store, I woud say no. But I’m interested to hear (read) what some of the other bees have o say.
Post # 4
Did you already hire them for day of? If yes than I would think a tip would be a nice way to show your graitude for taking the time to do the trial run with you and make sure you won’t have anything to worry about on the day of. If you haven’t hired them, think of it more as a interview or auditoning process and no you would not be required to tip, because they are audtioning for a job! In general, I don’t think anyone would be offended if you tip even if you weren’t expected to. I personally tip anytime someone provides a service for me and isn’t paid hourley (nail salon, waxing, resturant, luggage at hotel, delivery,). If I recieve wonderful service and don’t feel it is appropriate to give a tip (bagger at grocery store, sales girl at mall, employee at (store), I will be sure to let the manager on duty know how helpful they were. HTH!
Post # 5
I did — she’s doing my hair too and works out of a salon, and I’d already booked her for both my portraits and my day-of, so I wanted to be sure she had a nice memory of me. ; ) Also, she did a really good job.
Post # 6
I would – I had a hair trial with my local salon and tipped then. I agree with Amysue that it can’t hurt for her to think of you fondly : )
Post # 7
I wasn’t sure of this either. My MUA charged $60 for the trial and does not work out of a salon, so she gets the entire amount. I was planning on tipping her anyway just because I wasn’t sure if I needed to or not and since she will be doing my makeup for the big day, I didn’t want to start out on the wrong foot! But I was getting my hair done at the same time and she packed up her stuff pretty quickly and said her goodbyes, so I didn’t really have the opportunity to. I think that at $60 for about an hours worth of work, she made out ok 😉 so I don’t feel too bad about it. As a general rule, if in doubt, I give a tip.
Post # 8
I agree with the girls who are having their trials in salons or with freelance artists, but like I mentioned this is a free department store trial. I have nothing booked with them for day of, and even if I were to book, the makeup application is free, contingent on purchase of two products. If I were looking for a new lipstick or eye makeup and a girl in a department store applied it for me, I wouldn’t tip her, as she’s on an hourly wage. I’m just confused as it seems everything that goes with a wedding seems to require a little bit extra…
I think I’ll see how I feel about her and the job she does- if she’s great and I want to book her and start out on the right foot, I’ll tip her. If I’m not feeling it, I probably wont.
Will update you in a few hours! Thanks for the advice.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
I asked Laura Nadeau to write a post about this on Weddingbee PRO. She is a makeup artist and used to work at a counter… it’ll go up tomorrow!
When it comes to hair and makeup by a mua or at a salon, I always tip. If it’s at a counter, I typically buy some products because it may not be appropriate to tip.
Post # 10
I would be interested to hear what Laura Nadeau has to say – I did not even think of this when I had my hair trial recently. My MUA, also, works out of her home and owns the business, so I know the money is going right to her. She did a great job, but I was paying for a trial, so I don’t know why I would tip for that? But maybe I’m wrong. I will look out for the post!
Post # 11
Since it is from the counter you do not tip, they are doing their job. If you feel guilty in some way buy a product or two if you like them.
If you were at a salon/spa or private artists that you were paying them you would tip.
Post # 12
I had a trial with a MUA at a MAC counter and I just bought products afterward. I asked around before I went and everyone I talked to who had a trial at a makeup counter did that because they didn’t think tipping would be appropriate. I’ll probably give a bigger tip on the day of the wedding than I would have otherwise, though.
Post # 13
I got my makeup done for my engagement pictures at a Nordstrom counter and both times I bought a few items. I’m not sure if the makeup artists are allowed to accept cash tips?
Post # 14
Thanks Mrs. Bee! I’m interseted to read the Laura Nadeau post. Just to let everyone know how I handled it: I ended up not tipping at my counter trial- it was AWFUL in every sense of the word, and I could not wait, wait, wait to get out of there. Usually I agree with Mrs. Bee, about buying a product or two, but that wasn’t even an option. I. just. had. to. run. If it had gone better I probably would have given her a modest tip, if not a good sale on colors we’d agree on for future wedding-day touch-ups, but unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case.
My second trial was in a boutique makeup shop/spa. It went fantastic. Their makeup artists work on the boutique floor, and do not expect tips, but I tipped generously, as the girl spent a ton of time trying different shades and looks, and was so helpful.
Post # 15
I tipped the two hair stylysts from the two trials I did. and I also tipped the make up person.