(Closed) Makeup Artist Fee for Trials?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
212 posts
Helper bee

if you don’t like her work, then i wouldn’t use her.  however, it is common for makeup artists to charge for a trial.  Depending on what part of the country you’re from… $50 for a trial is VERY reasonable

also the misquote sounds a bit fishy… and unreliable…

Post # 4
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Umm… I’ve done three trials and have not been impressed; my fourth, and last, is this Saturday.  I’ve paid $85, $65, and $50 for trials so far, and the trial this Saturday is $50.  I am also very hard to please, so at this point if I don’t have a good experience on Saturday, I will do my own makeup.  I wear mineral makeup, and all of my trials have been MAC and other various brands; my trial this Saturday is with someone who specializes in mineral makeup (she also did my eyelash extensions), so maybe this will be better for me. 

Post # 5
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I so far had two trials. One with a make-up artist who charged me 70 and the other one 100 which included the hair though. Here in LA the trial run for make-up usually cost 100. Some make-up artists do credit it towards the wedding day in case you book them.



Post # 6
31 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

My trial is $75 for hair and $75 for makeup.

Post # 7
11 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

Im a makeup artist and I charge $50 for my trials. its industry standard to charge for trials, it ensures that we are compensated for our time in the event of a bride deciding not to use us after the trial. I have seen colleauges spend hours on trials with potential clients, all at no cost, and then have the client call up days before the event and tell them that they found someone else to do the makeup – which is fine, but the makeup artist was out time and product for nothing.

Depending on where you are anything from $50 – $100 is standard, some MUAs will consider the trial fee a deposit for your makeup on the big day, some wont, personally I do but thats just me. 

All of that said, mis-quoting by $200 and not telling a client about the trial fee is unprofessional and seems really fishy to me. Even if you did like this persons work I woudl be hesitant to book their services.

Post # 8
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

It’s standard to have to pay for a trial, especially in my neck of the woods (SF Bay Area).

If you aren’t digging her looks, then don’t bother booking a trial with her if you don’t think it will lead to anything. If you’re looking to explore a style or something, this is a great way to do it without committing a lot of money.

Though a "change in quote" leaves quite a sour taste in all our mouths, anything is game until a written quote and contract is drawn up.

Anyway, the fee for my trial is $200 which covers both hair and makeup in one sitting. 

Post # 9
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

If you don’t like her or her work, then don’t use her.  It would really bother me that she gave a wrong qoute the first time then had the nerve to up it.  I would look for someone else.

 Ok, now I have to brag.  I am getting my hair done by someone whos work I LOVE, and it will cost $5 for make up and $25 for my updo. I will tip generouslly!!!

Of course, the more expensive spa in my city only charges $15 for makeup, so my budget is much different than someone in NY or CA.

Post # 10
21 posts

I like what Lior said. And it really is the bare truth. Being a makeup artist myself, it’s very frustrating spending hours on a bride and then in the end be told that she wants to do her own makeup. It’s like cooking for someone for hours on end and then when the guest arrives says he wants to go out and have McDonalds.

A fee is pretty typical these days but I would reconsider about booking someone you arent completely thrilled with. I understand the whole "she’s a recommendation" but this is YOUR wedding and it should be done to YOUR satisfaction.

At a time like your wedding you’ll have to put your foot down and hard feelings aside (you won’t regret it trust this) Because if you have this conscience in your head that you arent thrilled of her makeup, you’ll have it circling your head the whole day of your wedding…

Post # 11
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow you girls are all paying a ton of money for makeup!

I decided to go to a Nordstrom Clinique and Estee Lauder counters. The woman who is doing mine is a makeup artist for private hire also. $25 per face.  This all sounds fishy to me. Why don’t you save some money for products and go to a MAC counter or something like that? Then for your money you can get stuff you can take home, plus a nice tip for the girl who does your face. 

 Mine’s free by the way…and I’m sure it will look great! If you don’t LOVE her work, why in the world would you pay her, then?! 

Post # 12
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Don’t use her if you don’t like her! Seriously! It’s way too important of a day to go with someone just to avoid rocking the boat!

I did one wedding makeup trial so far and it was $50. However, I ended up booking (over the phone) a makeup artist that comes highly recomended to me by multiple people, and he includes a free trial session. I’m not sure if he would do that if I hadn’t already booked him, but regardless, I’m happy!

Just look around! There’s got to be other people out there, even if they charge a fee for the trial, hopefully they won’t misquote you, and you’ll actually like their work!

Post # 13
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

There are great make-up folks out there.  If you are feeling negatively towards this one, I would say, go find another.  It’s your day and you deserve everything you want…and that includes spending your money on the best and on what you want.

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