(Closed) Do you tip the makeup artist at the trial?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
24 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

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
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

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 # 9
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
122 posts
Blushing bee

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
596 posts
Busy bee

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 # 15
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I tipped the two hair stylysts from the two trials I did. and I also tipped the make up person.

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