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You definitely want to look your best on your wedding day to slay those wedding photos—so be sure to entrust your hair and makeup to the professionals! Of course, you’ll have to pay to have your hair and makeup done, but it is certainly worth it. The average wedding hair and makeup cost in the U.S. is around $300, but typically ranges from $150 to $600 depending on both your location and the intricacy of the wedding hair or makeup style you’d like.
In general, your wedding hair and makeup cost will include your stylist’s or makeup artist’s time on your wedding day. Most hair and makeup pros charge by the hour, so the longer you need your hair stylist and makeup artist to be present during your wedding, the more you’ll pay. Also know that for hair stylists, wedding updos tend to cost more than blowouts—in fact, the average cost of a bridal updo is $100 and the average cost of a simpler blowout is $55. When it comes to makeup, airbrush makeup typically comes with a higher price tag than traditional application. The average cost of airbrush makeup is $115 while the average cost of traditional makeup is $100. Some pros include a hair or makeup trial in their bridal makeup prices or wedding hair prices, but some do charge extra.
We recommend booking your wedding hair stylist and makeup artist at least three months before your wedding. Start by reading online reviews of beauty pros near your wedding location, and then reach out to a few to find out availability and pricing. You may want to interview several wedding hair stylists and makeup artists to find someone you’re comfortable with, and whose style and vision matches yours.
Depending on your style, needs, and budget, there are many different possible add-ons to bridal makeup packages or to your wedding hair cost. A few examples:
A wedding hair and/or makeup trial allows you to meet with your hair or beauty pro a few months before your wedding, and see how exactly your hair and makeup will look on your wedding day. You can also make any tweaks or adjustments if necessary. If your hair stylist or makeup artist charges extra for a trial, the average cost is $75 per service.
It’s a good idea to have your bridesmaids’ makeup professionally done—they’ll feel more confident and look even better in photos! The average wedding makeup cost for bridesmaids is $75 per service.
The cost to style bridesmaids’ hair depends on the style. If your bridesmaids require a simple blowout for a down or half-up hairstyle, the average cost is $50. If they are wearing their hair in an updo, the average cost is $75.
Being a bridesmaid can be quite a financial undertaking. If you are requiring that your bridesmaids have their makeup and hair professionally done, you should pay for it. If your bridesmaids are given the option to either have their hair and makeup done by a pro or to DIY, then they can pay for it themselves.
There are many different pre-wedding beauty treatments that can help you look and feel your best on your wedding day. We recommend giving yourself ample time to try any new beauty treatments before your wedding in case you’re not a fan of the results—and be sure to factor these extras into your budget. Here are the average costs of pre-wedding beauty treatments, but note that the cost of each service does vary depending on your location and the exact services you’re receiving: