(Closed) Is $40 too much for makeup?

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think $80 is a bit on the high side, but asking $40 of the girls is not.  Maybe they just think the total cost should be less…

Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think it seems like a lot. does she do airbrushing?

Post # 5
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

That’s a pretty good price based on what I’ve seen in Seattle.

Post # 6
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010


$40 I would say is a deal, especially if they are coming to you.  I would say a good price is prob $50-$60. 

$225 seems WAY TOO high!!

Post # 8
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Well, I would say $40 isn’t too much, but $80 certainly is.  All of the make-up artists I found in my area were anywhere from $35-$50.  Even to travel was cheaper than $80.  However, you offering to pay is very nice, and I doubt you’ll find anything cheaper than $40.  So if your girls don’t want to pay that, does the make-up artist do a-la-carte items?  Like, your girls do all of their foundation, concealer, etc and then the artist does their eyes?  Or their eyes and lips?  I found a few make-up artists that do that in the Dallas area…might be an option.

Post # 10
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I think requiring your BMs to pay any amount of money is for makeup or hair is not OK.  I could effectively do my own makeup for basically nothing.  I would not be happy if a bride expected me to pay $ to have a pro do it.  If it’s simply an offer, that you’d pay for half if they were interested in having it done professionally, then I think $40 isn’t too bad.

Post # 11
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

Well, as long as they know it’s “optional”…you can’t expect them to get any services done for your wedding, besides the dress, unless you pay for it 100%.  It seems high to me, but it really depends on your area.

I have never worn fake lashes and would feel kind of weird if my friend expected me to wear them as a Bridesmaid or Best Man.

Post # 13
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

depending on where you live, $80 may be the average rate. it is high, but it’s all relative. $40 does not seem like that much to me to ask them to pay, but you know their situations better.  maybe you could give it to them as an option–as in, if you would like your makeup professionally done, i would love to pay for half of it, but it’s not a requirement.

Post # 14
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think them paying $40 to get their hair and makeup done is a good deal. but what about tip?

Post # 16
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’d pay $40 to get my makeup done in a heartbeat!  I think it’s really sweet for you to offer to do half.  But, I wouldn’t worry about it any of the girls opt out.

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