(Closed) Hair and makeup are HOW much!??

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t have any helpful suggestions sadly, just wanted to commiserate haha. I had my heart set on getting airbrush makeup and the only salon in my area that offers the airbrush makeup with hair package (which includes trial and eyelashes) will be $400. On top of that I already agreed to pay 1/2 for my girls hair and it would be an additional $100 to have them come to the hotel to get us ready the day of. I am physically sick but making it happen, I really want to look perfect and even though I have gotten several offers from friends to do it for cheap or free I just don’t want to chance hating it and then have the awkward conversation with a friend or relative about not having them do it the day of the wedding

Post # 3
124 posts
Blushing bee

BurlapnLace:  I’m also joining in on the sympathy train. We’re getting married in San Francisco and prices are sky high. I would be paying half of what I’m spending if I had it in my hometown. 

My brial hair and makeup is $450. This includes airbrush foundation, and eyelashes. I also paid $200 for my mom’s hair and makeup. She is getting the same thing. It’s incredibly frustrating that just because we’re brides we get a 50%+ mark up. 

Post # 5
1913 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

BurlapnLace:  I had major sticker shock on hair and makeup. I decided to suck it up and just pay it because I don’t want to sacrafice feeling and looking good on my wedding day. I’m paying $295 for hair and airbrush makeup and $150 for the trial. Scarily this was much less expensive than others. Some of the ones I looked at had a $1000 minimum in order to provide any services on a Saturday. Insane.

You could try going to a cosmetology school and have a trial by a student and then pay for them to come out for your wedding. This was recommended to me when I was looking for ways to save money.

Post # 6
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

BurlapnLace:  MAC makeup artists are professionals and may take your job on the side and come to you if you ask. I know that I have asked in the past and that was the case.

Post # 7
8692 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would check with some salons in your area and see if they do makeup there. We had ours done at the Aveda salon that did our hair. After two failed trials, I personally would not risk having a new person do my hair/makeup the day of the wedding.

Post # 8
124 posts
Blushing bee

BurlapnLace:  It’s a gamble if you’re going to MAC. I’ve had them do my makeup on several occassions. Sometimes it went great, other times I walked away wanting to cry. 

The girl that did a great job doing my makeup for a wedding told me if I ever wanted her to do my makeup she could come to my house. She did makeup on the side. I presume a lot of them do that. 

You can have a trial, and if you really like how your makeup turned out you can ask her if she would be willing to do your bridal makeup.

Post # 9
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I paid $150 for my hair and makeup on the day, plus $50 in travel fees. My mom and sisters had their hair and makeup done by the same lady for $50 each.

My suggestion is to look into hair and makeup artists that work out of salons. They usually have very reasonable rates and will come to you rather than you having to run around town trying to keep your makeup from smudging or your veil from catching while you’re driving.

Post # 10
2511 posts
Sugar bee

BurlapnLace:  Ugh I get it. All the sticker has driven me to having such a casual wedding. Which I’m loving by the way, don’t get me wrong. I just can’t buy into all that crap.

I’m doing my own makeup (we’ll see how that goes haha) and a friend is doing my hair (she’s always wanted to do my hair for my wedding), it’ll just be down and curly so no big deal.

My sister is just graduating cosmetology school this year so she’ll be really helpful! Hey there you go! Maybe look into a local cosmo school to do it? They’ll more than likely do a great job for cheap!

Post # 11
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

BurlapnLace:  Ugh, I completely sympathize with you!  The more I plan and look into vendors, the more shocked I am over the prices because “wedding” is attached to the service.

Like you, I’m not good at makeup application and hair styling but I recommend trying out http://www.thumbtack.com. You enter in the services you need (it can be used for other professional services besides wedding vendors) and details like wedding date, how many people need to get hair and make up done, etc… and vendors that are available will contact you with their pricing. This is how I found my makeup artist and I couldn’t be happier with her and her rates.  I got lucky with hair since one my guests is a hair stylist,  and she offered to do my hair for free as a wedding gift.  I will be paying her to do the rest of the bridal party though and thankfully none of our hair styles will be too time consuming or complicated to do.

I believe Sephora offers the same services that you described with MAC, but you also run the risk of the store being busy (especially if it’s on a Saturday) so it may be difficult to pull off with schedule contraints.

Post # 12
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


BurlapnLace:  i found that specific wedding hair and makeup people like the company Up Do’s for I Do’s were rediculously expensive. like $175/person/service.

i found a local hair and makeup person.  each charged $50 per person. the hair person charge a $100 travel fee on top of that.  i found it very reasonable and they both did a great job. 

they both came recommended from friends.


Post # 13
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Honestly, those prices don’t seem terrible (I’m a NYC bride though).  I wouldn’t worry too much about not getting the same person day of, MAC counters only have MAC employees at them and they have to go to several classes and things to educate themselves throughout the year, unlike other counters that are the department store employees.

Have you thought about doing a trial at a MAC counter and getting the person’s information and possibly negotiating a price with them to do it independently?  I am not sure where you live but a lot of salons have “interns” or “level 1” stylists and they are usually cheaper and maybe they could be someone for hair too?  You could even try contacting a beauty school (like aveda) and seeing if they have options.

Last, you could always try thumbtack.com although I found prices on there to be pretty outrageous, also don’t get talked into airbrushing, it’s not worth it.

Post # 14
2685 posts
Sugar bee

OMG I know what you mean.  I got the most sticker shock on hair and makeup.  One place wanted to charge me $500 for just my hair and makeup (no trial) plus an additional $100 travel fee…they were located less than 10 miles away from me.  We eventually found someone who will travel to our house for about the same price as going to a salon.  The only catch is that it will just be the one hair/makeup artist for the entire party, so she will be arriving very early in the day.

I would definitely look into local cosmetology schools.  They will often even have their own salons offering services to the public for way cheaper than a normal salon.  At the very least, you’ll probably find some recently graduated hair/makeup artists eager to build experience in exchange for a lower rate.

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