(Closed) tipping hair and makeup artists?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
596 posts
Busy bee

While tip is not technically required, I think it is a nice gesture and always appreciated if they do good work and especially if they go above and beyond.  I tipped my hair and makeup artist because she was awesome and I loved the way she made me look.   

Post # 5
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

Another question to piggy back on this – I hired a freelance hair/makeup artist for myself, my 5 bridesmaids, and my mom. I’ll be paying for my own services, and everyone else will be paying for theirs individually…do I just let everyone know what the price per serivce is for each of them, and have them decide if they want to tip? Do I collect the money from them beforehand (since I know the rates and the services wanted) and just add a tip myself to the overall total? It gets tricky when you’re dealing iwth a lot of people!

Post # 7
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I read the post on Weddingbee PRO, and I’m still confused! Like the original poster, I hired a freelance make-up artist. I had a trial – which was expensive! I knew it would be, but I’m just saying – she did a great job, but the reason I never thought to tip until I saw this post was all the money is going to her. I tipped my hairstylist because she worked at a salon. If she had come to my house and I had paid for her to be there, why would I tip on that? As you can see I still don’t get it.

Post # 8
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I whole-heartedly agree with emileee!

Post # 9
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

stiletto — it would probably be easiest to collect the money beforehand and let your bridesmaids know what the cost is before tip if you want them to cover their own tips.  I always wait to see how my hair and makeup turn out before I decide to see how much to tip.  If you cover the tips for everyone, that makes it even easier. 

Post # 10
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree with Mrs. Bee.  When I’ve had mine done before, I look at the total bill before deciding to tip.

If she did a great job and she’s coming out soon to do your wedding, I almost consider the 20 percent insurance she’s going to do another fabulous job and remain motivated to provide me with her best work!

Post # 11
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My sister is a hairstylist and my other sister has done makeup for a number of weddings. I would definitely tip (20% is reasonable, but really whatever you can afford.) The way I see it is, doing updo’s or a make up app is much less expensive then say, a cut and color, so they are blocking out time in their schedule to accommodate you. As for freelancers, they often benefit from the extra tip because it lets them put money back into their supplies and whatnot.

Post # 12
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I tipped 20% to my make-up artist at my trial – and she works for a salon.  I think tipping whether required or not is a nice gesture for people who basically make their living on tips.  Most of these girls (or guys) aren’t rolling in cash, and they work very hard.  I think tipping them is the right thing to do – regardless of etiquette.  And – if your maids are paying for their own hair and make-up, you should cover the tip for them if at all possible.

Post # 13
21 posts

As a makeup artist, I would say it is greatly appreciated for a tip. It really doesn’t have to be 20% but living in NYC, I tip everyone else 20% for services. I think it’s very different in different states. Some places are accustomed to tipping and some aren’t. My rates include travel to you in the nyc area but it is also the industry standard rate – so technically I’m not charging extra to come out there to you so a tip will be great to cover the cost of travel.

I’ve had a bride that was 2 hours late and I sat there waiting for her in her hotel lobby. In the end she rushed me so badly because she was running late – but it wasnt my fault…still, I did my job well. In this case, I would expect a tip – or an additional rate. So if your makeup artist really goes beyond to accomodate you, I would recommend a nice tip to show your appreciation.

Post # 14
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

This may be a stupid question, but if tip is already factored into the final price, do I still need to tip on top of that? Two stylists from a salon will be doing hair for the BMs, Mother-In-Law, my mom, and myself. An 18% tip was factored into my final bill, which I pay in advance. Do I still need to tip the stylists extra the day of the wedding?

Post # 15
21 posts

Hey Ms.Editor,

I believe if its included then you have no need to tip extra unless you feel they really blew you away. In NYC some restaurants include 15% tip but we usually tip 20% – we would just leave it at 15 bc its included. So nope, its not necessary to leave an additional tip.

Post # 16
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

So the make up artist I am looking at in Denver is a freelancer and is pretty expensive. Its $85 for each bridesmaid and $130 for me ( the bride). She charges a travel fee as well. She put in her contract that gratuity isn’t included. Now other make up artists in the area I have talked to have been around $50 or $60 per bridesmaid. Now my question is am I suppose to still give her a tip? The test make over is not included either like it is with all the other artists and is an extra $100. Does this make up artist sound about normal or is she over charging and what about a tip?

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