(Closed) Makeup artist prices and bridal party

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I just recently dealt with this myself. The MUA I’m going with quoted us $80.00 per person, which is steep. Very, very steep. But she is reputably extremely good and regularly does work on models for magazines and actresses and such so I don’t mind as much as if she were an amateur. Anyhoo, I originally let my party know that there would be a MUA on site and if they were interested I’d pay for half.

Then one of my BM’s lost her job and the other decided to go back to school and it occurred to me that it wouldn’t be right to pay for 2 of them and not all, so we scraped together the money in the budget, and that will be one of their gifts. I’ll also be having their hair done, and giving them some a charm and a plain tote full of goodies for the big day (water, some fruit, etc).

Post # 4
129 posts
Blushing bee

I think it really depends on your area – I got quoted prices that I thought were very high (85-100), and it turns out that many hair and makeup artists were just really expensive in my area, especially if I want them to travel to me on the day of the wedding.  Now, there definitely are people who do have cheaper rates, but keep in mind the vendors may book up pretty early.  I talked to several people who were booked up 5-6 months out, which amazed me!

I chose to pay for my bridesmaids, but I don’t think that’s very common, and it’s definitely not expected (unless you require your BMs to have their hair or makeup professionally done).  I think they would be really happy if you decided to pay in some way, but it’s absolutely not required.

Post # 5
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

$250 for bride hair + makeup, $150 for MOB/MOG/bridesmaids. Some quoted more plus “holiday fee” as my wedding’s on Memorial Day. Some wouldn’t travel to me as I don’t have a wedding party, they didn’t want to come out just for one person. Everything’s crazy expensive out here.

Post # 6
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

$49 a piece for hair and $40 for makeup. It’s the salon I get my hair done at all the time, they are awesome.

Post # 7
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$300 for the bride’s hair & makeup

$170 for clip on extensions

$95 for trial

$100 per person for Bridesmaid or Best Man hair & makeup


I have 5 BMs so my total is $1065 not including tip. 

Post # 8
1232 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My make-up artist does it for $35 and she’s awesome!

Post # 9
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I just had my trial today. Make-up for me will be $80 (air-brush), for the BMs and MOB it will be $50 each (regular foundation).  I am asking my girls about who would be interested in the getting these services, I unfortunately cannot offer them myself, I have 6 BMs and can’t afford it this point.  That’s why I’m asking who is interested in it. 

Post # 10
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@verosara: i see you will have airbrushed make-up…how does this work exactly? what’s the scoop? i have seen it advertised, and am interested but know nothing about it. is it quick? does it stay well?

Post # 11
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was quoted about 600-800 for 6-8 girls plus you and a mom and that included the high end makeup like chanel and mac AND she comes to you and would stay throughout the reception doing touchups, which is very important to me for pictures. airbrush from what ive heard is where they spray the foundation on your face and it gives you a flawless finish, supposedly stays on longer as well. it’s also supposedly made for pictures and gives you high coverage.

Post # 12
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@zippylef:  who did you have do the hair and makeup?

Post # 13
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our makeup artist is coming to us which was a big plus, and we’re paying a bit for that luxury.

Bridal makeup: $72

Everyone else makeup: $50 per person

We are also paying a little bit for their travel and parking costs, some extra for having a second artist come along, and it would be $100 if I want to do a trial run.

I’m paying for everyone’s makeup to be done which includes myself, 2 moms, and 4 BMs. This will come to a total of $470 including the 2nd artist and travel fees. I’ll add in the parking costs and tip later, plus the potential $100 trial, and I’m thinking it’ll be about $650 all told. I find this relatively reasonable for downtown Boston and the comfort of not having to go anywhere to have our makeup done.

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