Post # 1
I have a friend who is a makeup artist. She’s not a close enough friend that she’s going to be offering up discounts or doing my makeup for free or anything like that – but she’s super nice and we used to work together and I know she’d do a good job.
That being said, I still don’t want to overpay. 🙂 Her’s are the first quotes I’ve been given (NONE of the other makeup artists I’ve written have gotten back to me.. whats up with that??), so I totally have nothing to compare her prices against.
I know prices will vary from region to region but I wanted to get the hives opinion. I am located in South Florida if that makes a difference.
Bridal Trial $120 (As many looks as you want to try/Full drawing of final choice)
Airbrush additional $25
Bride Day of wedding $100.00
Airbrush additional $30
Lashes $25 for one $20 for 2 plus.
what do you guys think? Advice? I have always been told to have your trial the day of your e-pics but I’m a little confused how that would work if we’re trying out different looks? I also don’t want to be insanely stressed the day of my e-pics…
advice is soooo appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I personally think that is overpriced, especially for the trial.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t call that a deal, but those prices are about what I paid, but a little higher. I agree with the PP that the trial price is high though, mine was $65 for just make up.
Post # 5
Not a deal but if she’s been in the business for awhile, I’m sure she’s worked up to that price and booked a lot of weddings, so she thinks it’s fair.
For comparison, my makeup artist in Philadelphia is Skin Deep Makeup Design and their pricing is as follows:
There is a minimum of 3 people required to book wedding makeup.
Full Face Bride – $75 Attendants – $65
Airbrush Bride – $100 Attendants – $85
Just Eyes Bride – $75 Attendants – $50
A makeup application for just eyes includes shadow, primer, liner, and mascara.
$65 per trial, per person for up to 3 hours of consultation time if needed.
Post # 6
I’ve never seen a trial be more expensive than day of. The whole purpose of a trail is to try out different looks. If she’s pitching multiple looks as a reason to charge more, that wouldn’t sit well with me. And what does a “full drawing of final choice” mean? Is she actually going to draw your makeup selection? Take a picture. Problem solved.
Everything else seems fine to me. That’s right around what I paid for myself and my Maid/Matron of Honor.
Post # 7
That is pricey, but kind of on-par with what people charge these days.
I looked for freelance makeup artists online. I figured up-and-comers would be looking for experience for their portfolios and what not. I found a girl who is doing the makeup for $50 a person (including me, including false lashes if I want them).
Post # 8
Mine is 50$ for airbrush day of. My trial was 35$ and that was airbrush and an updo for hair.
Post # 9
hrm… any ideas on how to nicely word a response letter? I don’t want to piss her off but maybe there is a nice way to be like “ummmm holy crap ur makeup trial costs a ton!” lol
Post # 10
I think you should definitely find out what other artists charge in your area. A few of the artists I looked at charge $200 in total for trial and day of make up and I’m in a pretty expensive area for everything else. I wouldn’t even call those close to ‘friend’ rates!
Post # 11
My hair and makeup was 450 (trial and day of). Sounds like you are getting a good deal to me!
Post # 12
The trial is usually more work so of course the trial is more expensive! She will be taking more time, more product, tweaking looks so that the day of it goes smoothly without any tweaks or changes.
Having said all that, I think her prices are lower on the scale. Especially because you know her and believe she will do a great job I would book her. Also do not forget to add gratuity especially if she is traveling to you.
Post # 13
If its in your budget go for it, but if not I wouldnt go there, make up isnt worth near that much to me. I am biased though I am a DIY makeup or $30 visit to Ulta bride.
Post # 14
Seems a bit high, but I have seen higher! My hair and make-up trial, and hair and makeup day of is going to be about $260 total!
Post # 15
@Sparkle Pony: Is this just for makeup? If so, I think it’s about average in my area (LA/OC). My makeup artist will be doing both hair and makeup for $300 and it includes airbrush since I booked early. My hair and airbrush makeup trial is $90.
Post # 16
Hey girls – yes this was just for the makeup… I thought it seemed a little high too – and I agreed about the drawing… who needs that? But I didn’t want to hurt her feelings by disagreeing to services.
I got another quote for makeup AND hair (from my future sister in law so these prices arent for sure, I’m waiting for the artist to write me back) and it would be
$150 for the hair and makeup trial (including airbrush)
The day-of hair and makeup would be $200, including airbrush. Her normal price is $300 but I believe there was a $100 from doing the trial.
… so says my fsil… so what do you guys think? It’s expensive but it seems okay I guess? I am hoping the day of is really $200 not $300 though – $300 seems REALLY high.