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C, on August 28, 2020 at 7:28 PM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 26
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What is considered expensive for bridal makeup? A makeup artist I really like charges $850 for my trial and day of makeup plus day of makeup for 2 additional people. I live in California in a high cost of living area. Additional people cost $100 each. So it seems like the price breaks down to:

$325 for my trial (3 hour trial)

$325 for my day of (on site at no additional charge)

$200 for my two additional people

If I need more people, she says no charge for an additional stylist


This is only makeup and does not include hair

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Latest activity by MLS, on January 27, 2021 at 11:12 PM
  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    Depends on where you're located. In my city, is would be considered average

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  • Lisa
    Super October 2021
    Lisa ·
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    Seems a bit pricey. I'm in Las Vegas and I'm getting the following for $1,050.00. There will be two hairstylists and one make-up artist the day of, one of each for my trial.

    - Hair and Make-up Trial for Bride ($195 total)

    - Day of Hair and Make-up for Bride ($195 total)

    - Day of Hair and Make-up for MOH ($195 total)

    - Day of Hair and Make-up for MOG ($195 total)

    - Day of Hair MOB ($100total)

    - 2 Flower Girl Hair Styles ($170 total)

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  • Jana
    Master October 2022
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    That sounds really expensive for just one person's service, even in a high cost area. Have you looked on Instagram by searching for your area and getting in touch with artists you like? Find out what they charge for services. Thumbtack.com and the vendor tab at the top of the page can render results as well and the reviews page lists their general rates but contact them for what you need specifically.



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  • C
    Dedicated September 2021
    C ·
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    I think it seems pretty expensive too. I have contacted others and most charge $95 per hour for a trial and around $165-$200 for day of makeup. this one does coordinate with the hairstylist and plan out the whole hair and makeup schedule for me. She also provides a touch up lipstick and blotting paper, etc. But I feel like most would do that

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  • Samantha
    Devoted September 2020
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    I will be getting married in Vegas and the hair/make up stylist I found is charging about 115/person for hair and make up.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I thought that was for her makeup and the makeup of two additional people? I would agree that if that is just for the bride's makeup then that is wayyyyyy too expensive

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  • C
    Dedicated September 2021
    C ·
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    It is for myself plus 2! Also a trial for myself. So $850 for essentially 4 applications total

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  • Jana
    Master October 2022
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    Get price quotes from other artists for peace of mind before you decide.


    From I have seen in research, beauticians charge per person, not hour. With hourly charges for touch ups or new styles before the reception. But everyone is different.
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  • Leanne
    Super September 2020
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    I used to work for a well known artist in our area, and that’s high. BUT if she’s really really good and you love her work, then maybe it’s worth it.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    Got it! I do think that's pretty average for a high cost area in a big city, depending on the quality of the makeup artist. I suppose the trial fee that yours would be charging is on the high end, but the other prices seem standard consider the high cost area. You still have time to shop around though and look for a different MUA if you're not happy with what she's offering! I bet you could find some other really good ones with less expensive trial fees

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    Thats too much, I would do further research and see if you can find other MUAs where you like their work and their more affordable.
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  • Margaret
    Master October 2020
    Margaret ·
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    Compared to the quotes I got for me alone in the keys, you’re getting a bargain!
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    Super September 2020
    Alli ·
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    Asheville, NC seem to be about $800 for myself and 3 hair and make ups... but for CA, I would expect about that the artist has good reviews.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    Wow that’s expensive to me. My MUA is charging me $120 which includes a consultation and trial (only for myself).
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    That seems super expensive to me, though I suppose some of it depends on the area. Even in a super expensive area, I still think that seems high. I'd look around for other rates and see what else is out there.
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  • Hannah
    Rockstar July 2019
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    Wow, that seems high. I'm in NJ, which is also a high cost of living area (NYC suburb), and my makeup was $100 day of and $75 for the trial.
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  • MLS
    Dedicated September 2021
    MLS ·
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    To me that seems a bit pricey. My trial is 125$ and day of
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  • MLS
    Dedicated September 2021
    MLS ·
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    To me that seems a bit pricey. My trial day is 125$ and 185$ for the day of. Each additional person is about 135$. I'm also in California.
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  • Jeanette
    Expert July 2022
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    I've got hair and makeup for my trial, day of, and two others for $850 range. This is Philadelphia area. But this was also the most competitive pricing I found. I'd try to shop around as much as possible. I sent emails to about 15 different salons looking for quotes.
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  • Kiara
    Super August 2021
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    That is too pricey

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