(Closed) Make up, more expensive than my wedding dress.

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t know what prices are like in your area, but the only thing that sounds weird to me is the fact that your makeup will cost twice as much as everyone else’s. I know you’re the bride, but it can’t make that much difference. Otherwise, I think if you are paying for makeup for eleven people you have to expect that it will add up. Why not just let the bridesmaids do their own makeup, if cost is an issue? Or give them the option to do their own or pay your makeup artist to do it for them, as they prefer. 

Post # 3
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have a few questions- Is it for traditional or airbrush makeup? Does it include lashes?

It varies by region, but I am getting married in Southern California, and that’s totally reasonable here. I have 10 bridesmaids also and I am struggling with this myself! Esp. because I am going to try to pay for hair AND makeup! That’s roughly 2,000! yikes!!

Post # 4
2118 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you are worried about the price, (I certainly would be), then you could have them pay for or do their own makeup.  Also, you could try to find a friend who is really good at makeup and asking if they would be willng to do the makeup for a better price.  I personally would not pay more for makeup than I would for my dress, but you also do have twice as many bridesmaids as I do. Good luck.

Post # 5
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My makeup was $210 just for me. My girls I think paid $50-60 for their makeup. The $25 transport fee is totally understandable. So overall, yes I think it’s reasonable. It just seems like so much bc you are paying for 10 BMs

Post # 7
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

MrsPiggles:  th problem is you have 10 bridesmaids…she’s actually quite reasonable, but the volume of Bridesmaid or Best Man is where you’ve got trouble.  No matter who you use, you’re still going to be looking at the cost for 10 bm.

Post # 10
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsPiggles:  To be honest, sounds like really good pricing to me. I didn’t realize before but make up and hair all together will cost more than my dress too! ha. I think it’s worth the cost to not have people driving all over, getting disorganized, and being stressed. That’s why it costs more than that! 

Post # 11
2879 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MrsPiggles: That sounds excellent. I’m getting quotes of $1k – $1.5k for 5 total people (including the bride) in NorCal. 

Also, your makeup isn’t more expensive than your dress… your bridal party’s makeup is more expensive than your dress. I was thinking that your face alone was going to run $1k due to the misleading headline! 🙂

Post # 12
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

The $75 is pretty high, the standard rate where I live is $50-$65 (I charge $40).  The $25 and the $150 is silly. I don’t charge a travel or booking fee. If they’ve hired me, they only pay for the actual cost of the makeup job.

Post # 13
1979 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

MrsPiggles:  I have price quotes from over a dozen MUA, and that is about right for traditional makeup. The lowest I have found is $65 for a Bridesmaid or Best Man, and I have seen some charge $300 for the bride. $300! If you and a lot of people like her, I would go for it! That’s also a low travel fee!

I feel the same way you do about paying for my girls’ hair and makeup. They are spending a lot of money to be part of my day and I want to pamper them! I think I am going to tell them they can have any updo they want, so that’s kinda specific. I just want them to feel beautiful! Everything wedding related is pricey, but I only want to do this once and I want to do it right!

Do you know if she travels to the OC?! I am still looking for someone and would trust a referral over a yelp review any day! lol

Post # 14
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

HAHAHAHA this sounds CHEAP to me. I was getting quotes for $800 on makeup, JUST FOR ME, in New York City. Nope.

Don’t do the MAC thing. Even if there were a MAC store, there’s not enough time to get everyone in and out of there. The makeup artist is charging a totally reasonable rate, in my opinion. Especially if you’re in Los Angeles. The other option would be something like Blushington if you’re getting married in LA. They do $50/per person but $100 for weddings — so you could just go in and not breathe a word about the wedding.


Post # 15
7355 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s reasonable pricing and even though it’s expensive when you add it up, you should be proud of yourself for covering it rather than trying to shift the costs to your bridesmaids.

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