Savvy April 2020

What to pay teenaged Mua?

on January 12, 2020 at 11:17 PM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 9
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What would be fair to pay a MUA who's a high school senior? She hasn't done a wedding before and we're both trying to figure out what's fair. The wedding is about 1.5 hours drive from her, so we'd have to compensate her for travel as well. I want to work out a fair deal for her work, materials, and time just like I would with anyone else. Any ideas on what I might pay her? Thanks!

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    How much time is she going to spend with you? I’d say pay her like $20 an hour (including the 3 hours she’ll spend in the car) and reimburse her for gas as well
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  • Savvy April 2020
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    That makes sense. Should I use the IRS federal reimbursement rate of $0.55 per mile? It's 100 miles round trip drive, so about $55 gas. And I think she'd be doing me, two bridesmaids, and MOB...so maybe 3 hours?
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    Yeah sounds about right, so maybe $175? Somewhere between $150 and $200 seems fair.
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  • Savvy April 2020
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    Sounds fair to me! I'll run it by her and see what she thinks. Thanks!
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  • Fleur
    October 2020
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    The cheapest “real” lol makeup artists I’ve seen are $75 per customer. Even though she’s a high schooler I would pay minimum $50 per person and for sure the IRS travel rate + money for at least 1 meal. I don’t think hourly is the way to look at it in this case. Good luck!
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I'd use the government mileage rate for sure. That's what we did with our pet sitter (our dog was in our ceremony). The cheapest quote I got from a professional was $75 per makeup service so I'd pay her $50 per person. Then I'd tip her if she is on time & does a great job.

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  • Savvy April 2020
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    Good idea! I like the idea of paying her per person rather than by the hour. That's how the pros do it as well, and would keep it closer to a professional MUA than to a babysitter.
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  • Katie
    Savvy October 2020
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    Hi! I used to free lance a ton and have done Several weddings. I used to charge around 35$ a person depending on what sorts of supplies I would have to provide and I always thought that was a fair price because a professional would be around 75+ per person. The only reason I would suggest paying differently is if she is doing a low number of faces. I would also ask her if she is going to have setting spray, lipstick (I always give my bride a lipstick, no matter what))) and lashes. I find those are some of the most important things as well as making sure the bride has a great foundation with no spf because you don’t want any backflash from the pictures. So I would ask her about those things and see what she will be able to provide and then adjust my pay with that! Smiley smile
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  • Savvy April 2020
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    I hadn't really thought about material costs and the effort she'll go through to find and bring them- good point! I'll be sure to bring that up with her. Thanks for the insider info Smiley smile
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