Post # 1
So I have been trying to find a hair and makeup person for my September wedding. I know I am slow.
I have actually been looking for a while, but can’t seem to find a price I think is acceptable. What is up with $100 for make up. Am I the only person in the world who has a problem paying someone more for an hour worth of work than my FH and I make combined in an hour.
I am willing to do my own make up, but am really concerned about my hair. Also because I am getting married away from home its not even like I can have a friend who is good at hair do it or anything. This is driving me crazy!
Post # 3
wow $100 is actually really reasonable. I’m not sure where you live, (SF?), but in LA pretty much any good makeup artist is around $145. I know what you mean though about paying someone so much for an hour of work. And I hate the fact that it’s more for brides than for the BMs. It’s like the pricetag goes up just because it’s a wedding thing. I really hope you find what you’re looking for. Good luck with your search!
Post # 4
I am in SF and am going to Blow for a trial this weekend – only $40 each visit (depends on what you want done)…Also, try a makeup counter; I know Benefit requires 3 items to be purchased each time or ShuUemura wants you to buy $75 worth of goods.
Hope this helps – I know this is one expense I was not willing to go overboard on.
Post # 5
Here in LA the hair and makeup prices are way overpriced…much more than 100 dollars, so 100 dollars seems very reasonable.
If you don’t want to spend that much, maybe you have a friend that is great with makeup that can help you wth that. Or you can do makeup counters such as MAC.
Not knowing where you are from, or what price range you are looking for with hair, can’t help you much. GL with your search and with makeup i’d definitely do DIY or do over the counter…
Post # 6
I’ve heard of brides that make appointments at MAC counters. I think it’s something like $55 for makeup or buying $50 of product. If you like the product, the latter is certainly the better deal. You can also visit department store counters – some of the stylists do makeup on the side.
You said you were getting married away from home – if you can find a make up counter in your location that you like, have the stylist fill out a face sheet, detailing what products were used, then you can bring that to a sister counter at your wedding site.
I am not a huge makeup person, so am not going to spend the bucks, so I’m practicing a DIY approach. A little more stressful, but I want to look like me in the pics and I just don’t wear that much.
Post # 7
i’ve gone to the mac and christian dior counters at nordstrom and gotten makeovers for free, without any pressure from the makeup artists to purchase any of the products. are you in the norcal area? if you are, just an fyi, i went to the nordstrom in valley fair, san jose.
Post # 8
I am in Denver, CO and my makeup artist is $125 without a tip. I also was surprised at the expense (especially since Denver is usually reasonably priced compared to other metro areas). I just look at it this way; it’s a once in a lifetime event, so I might as well do some once in a lifetime things I’ve wanted to try anyway to prepare. However, I would agree with what others say. As a certified makeup junkie, I have visited many counters and gotten many a free makeover. The best part, is that you can try a few if you need to before finding an exact match because they are free!
Post # 9
Here’s the thing…. yes it’s expensive for makeup, but it’s also THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED DAY OF YOUR LIFE.
Splurge, find someone who will make you look like an enhanced version of yourself. Don’t do your own makeup unless you are a professional makeup artist. You’ll regret it and you’ll have pics for the rest of your life reminding you of it.
Post # 10
I actually didn’t hire anyone to do my makeup and did it on my own because I felt confident that I could, and I was going for a very natural look. I was quite happy with the results, so obviously I’m not against DIY makeup… but I can understand the $100+ price tag to hire a pro. Even though, yes, it may only be an hour of work, you’re paying for their talent and the investment they’ve made to hone their skills to do makeup at that level. I work in the creative field and trust me, the hourly wages for most artists are quite high, especially for important occasions such as this.
That said, is your wedding in San Francisco? I’m in the area so depending where it is I might be able to make some recommendations. Feel free to PM me!
Post # 11
These highly trained professionals are in charge of making you look the best you have ever looked in your life. Do you really want to cheap out on it?
Post # 12
Just be careful at make up counters… you never know who you are going to get… I had make up done once there for an event and the eye make up looked so bad (I have Asian eyes w/ no fold in my eyelids) I looked like I got punched in the eye!
If you go the make up counter route, I would suggest going a couple of months ahead and doing trials with different ppl…
Also, $100 is very reasonable. I’ve gotten quotes for $125 to $155 for just the makeup. $250 for someone who does both hair and make up.
I agree w/ glittergirl that this is something that I would not want to skimp on b/c I’m already paying so much for a photographer… and also cuz I don’t know how to do make up on my own.
Post # 13
I know how you feel. I was just fretting over this after a weekend trial run. I barely wear makeup daily so it’s caused me a few mistakes along to way to figure our what makeup brands I like to wear and what colors I want. I wish I had understood the process a little better sooner.
Many of the artist who work at the department store counters freelance on the side. Their prices and quality definitely vary. If you’re making a visit to your wedding neighborhood, I would definitely suggest taking time out to visit a couple counters to test out the locals. Strike up a conversation and see if they are interested or can recommend someone. Don’t forget to ask a little bit about their background and experience (and get a reference with pictures if possible).
As tempting as it is to do it yourself, if you don’t regularly wear makeup, it’s going to be tough to have enough time to practice to get it right. You want your pictures to turn out fabulous so $100 is really a reasonable price to pay.
Experiment as much as possible whenever you have a chance to stop by a makeup counter. There’s usually little pressure to buy. Let them pamper you a little and watch their techniques so you know what you’ll like.
Post # 14
Oh my god!! Reading your post, I actually thought I wrote it!! I posted similar ones a few weeks ago. I just booked my hair/makeup lady LAST NIGHT for my 9/27 wedding. I found one woman who was going to charge $250 (!!!) for makeup.. just makeup! Seriously, I wear lotion on my face.. and maybe some mascara. I’ve probably never spent $100 total on all the makeup I’ve bought in my whole life. Needless to say, I think the trick is to find someone who will do hair AND makeup. That’s the only way to keep the price reasonable. That being said, I found a girl to do hair for 50 (for my bridesmaids, 80 for me) and makeup for 40. She’s coming to us and charging a flat $100 travel fee. I couldn’t be more thrilled! Yes, I know it’s super cheap, especially for the NY area. But we’re going with it. I am also not that fussy, and have always loved my hair everytime it’s been done. I’ve only had my makeup done once, so I may be the wrong person to ask, but oh well. Anyway, we found her on this website that my mom found: bride.com, singular and searched for vendors, and then beauty in my area. Try it, it’s probably worth a shot.