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How Much Does Wedding Day Make-up Cost?

 
low costLow: around $70average costMedium: around $150high costHigh: $350-$500+
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  Typical costs:
  • On the low end, hair and makeup might cost a total of $70, for a one-time makeup application and an updo or partial updo, at the artist's salon.
  • In the mid-range, it might cost $150 or more for an experienced artist to travel to the wedding.
  • And on the high end, it can cost $350 to $500 or more for a big-name artist to travel to the wedding and stick around for touch-ups during photos.
  • Cost depends heavily on geographic location; large cities can cost double or triple. Makeup artists also charge more if they have to travel to the wedding location and charge an hourly rate of $50 to $125 or more to remain onsite for touch-ups.
  • The average bride spends $183 on hair and makeup, according to the Bridal Association of America[1] .
Related articles: Bridesmaid Dress, Bridal Veil, Wedding Dress Alterations

What should be included:
  • Many wedding makeup artists offer a free consultation and trial run a few months or a few weeks before the wedding. Others charge $100 or more for them.
Additional costs:
  • Some makeup artists will ask that you provide some or all of your own makeup. Buying makeup can add between $50 and $300 or more to your cost.
  • Do not forget to factor in a tip, which would be 15 to 25 percent of the total cost.
Discounts:
  • Some businesses offer package discounts if a certain number of attendants or family members get their hair and makeup done at the same place.
Shopping for wedding day make-up:
  • When you go to a consultation, bring photos of colors and styles you like. Also, bring a photo of your dress. During the consultation, let the stylist experiment, and when you find a look you like, make sure she writes everything down.BestWeddingSites.com[2] gives advice on how to get the wedding hair and makeup you want.
  • Think about the logistics of your wedding day and how long you want your makeup to last. Hand applied makeup can last eight to ten hours, while airbrushed makeup lasts a few hours longer.
  • Be sure to start looking for a makeup artist and hairstylist well in advance of your wedding. Some name artists are booked a year or more in advance. The Knot.com[3] offers a city-by-city guide to vendors.
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Amazing!
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Loved my makeup! in Hamden, CT.Posted: August 19th, 2013 11:08AM
Come on-site?: Yes
Courtney does beautiful makeup! $100 and she provides all of the makeup. A trial run is $50. She will go to your location. Everyone else is only $50. Great deal and so worth it! Her number is (831) 245-8743
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Make-Up
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Kristy in Tulsa, OK in Tulsa, OK.Posted: July 22nd, 2013 05:07PM
Store: Estee Lauder DillardsIncluding trial?: Yes
Come on-site?: Yes
Many of the ladies that work in the cosmetics department have their cosmetology degree and do freelance makeup & hair for weddings. However if you are looking for a economical way to get your makeup done you could book a appointment at any estee lauder counter, and as long as you purchase something from their counter there is no charge. So with a pre-wedding consultation you are probably looking at close to $80.00 and up depending on the products you purchase plus a tip. In turn you will have the products used to create your look for later touch ups on your special day. Not to mention their foundation creates flawless looking skin in photographs.
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www.abridalbeauty. com
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: candice g in princeton, NJ.Posted: May 27th, 2013 08:05AM
Come on-site?: on site hair and airbrush make up
Noreen and vee are awesome! Noreen answered my texts and emails all the time stayed in touch. Came on site prepared and not only did me and my bridal but also did my out of town guests that needed services. Great experience and worth every cent. My pictures came out great.
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Wedding Makeup artist Gaelle
Amount: $110.00
Posted by: Darly in Bellevue, WA.Posted: December 31st, 2012 01:12AM
Store: www.GtMode.comIncluding trial?: No
Come on-site?: Yes
I had my makeup done by the makeup artist Gaelle. I heard about her from my friend who hired her for her wedding. So i decided to have a trial for only $30. She is amazing! My makeup looks so flawless. She charged me $80 for my makeup and $30 for my up do. Must call her if u are in the area! Her number : 408 634 8726
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Wedding Make up Artist, Dana Point
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: Jacki B in Dana Point, CA.Posted: September 13th, 2012 02:09PM
Store: Salon de la MerIncluding trial?:
I'm having makeup done by Gina and hair with additional hair extensions clips by Tami at Salon de la Mer, Dana Point, California.
Their charge is 1/3 of the cost listed on website. You live in the area, definitely give them call at (949) 248-7700, they'll come to you!
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Make artist & hair stylist noreen
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Megan C in New York, NY.Posted: August 27th, 2012 06:08PM
Store: www.abridalbeauty.comIncluding trial?: Yes
Come on-site?: Yes
Noreen was absolutely worth every penny I spent. I had 3 trials with other artists before I found Noreen. She kept in touch and answered all my calls, Tex's and emails I sent her. She made recommendations on how I should wear my hair and make up. She came with her assistant Vee. Did 12 of us hair and make up in 4 hours. We all looked flawless. It was the hot and muggy out but my make up and hair lasted the entire day. My make up lasted through sweating and tears. She mde me feel lie a princess. Highly reccommend!
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Makeup Artist - Tam Darling
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: Macy Johnson in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: August 15th, 2012 02:08PM
Store: facebook.com/tamdarlingmakeupartistIncluding trial?: YES
Come on-site?: YES
Tam took the time and patience that I needed being a psycho bride from hell! She gave me a 2 hour trial run and then on wedding day stayed all during the photos and did touch ups. She even presented me with a makeup goodie bag with samples of everyhting to do my own touch ups at reception! Who does that? Tam does!!!
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Makeup Artist- Liz W
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Carrie S. in Washington, DC.Posted: July 18th, 2011 09:07AM
Store: Faces by LizIncluding trial?: no
Come on-site?: yes
I went to Liz for a trial and I loved her personality as well as her makeup job. She did a fantastic job! So I hired her on the spot! She came to my location and did my makeup plus 2 moms and 8 bridesmaids. She made all of us beautiful, plus she was so fun, and made me feel so calm and relaxed on my special day. I highly recommend her!
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The best makeup is water based airbrush makeup
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: KimmyKat in Chicago, IL.Posted: April 7th, 2011 09:04AM
Store: City Lights Makeup ArtistryIncluding trial?: no
Come on-site?: yes
The airbrush makeup she used was amazing, I didnt even have to touch up once! My face stayed flawless and my lashes looked amazing.
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Wedding Day Makeup and Trial
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: seanmichaels1fan@aol.com in New York, NY.Posted: April 5th, 2011 11:04AM
Store: Sephora- TiaIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: Yes
I had 4 trials before meeting Tia What a great job she did I will say I looked dam good.At $ 150.I had a full makeup job and she gave me blotting sheets for the rest of the day We started 7am my mom and 3 brides maids good with hygiene prompt and very professional Although she did pay for her cab to Queens,We did send her back in a cab as request.
But I recommend her highly
917 355.6449
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hair and makeup for wedding
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: christy W. in dallas, TX.Posted: January 12th, 2011 09:01PM
Store: hair radiant salonIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
Kristie was very professional and did a beautiful job on my very large wedding.she used MAC products,that look great on my 6 bridemaids,my mother and myself.my hair work beautiful with my veil.she knows her work.It was worth it,to be happy...(214)709-7224
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Wedding Airbrush Makeup and Hair
Amount: $850.00
Posted by: M&M in Santa Fe, TX.Posted: December 13th, 2010 03:12PM
Store: Beauty Works SalonIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
Lindsey came in an an amazing job, she used all MAC products which work well with all skin types and she did flawless work. She did my airbrushing wonderfully, along with my mother and 3 bridesmaids. I got my hair done at Beauty Works also so i got a package deal. Everyone in the Galveston/Houston area should get their hair and makeup done there
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chasity artistry jamaica(great)
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: rae in atlanta, GA.Posted: December 3rd, 2010 06:12AM
Store: makeupartistryatlanta.comIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
I had a destination wedding in Jamaica I got my face airbrushed beautifully plus she did 4 of my bridesmaids
I loved it!
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Makeup Artist
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: skistud679@aol.com in Scottsdale, AZ.Posted: October 19th, 2010 03:10PM
Store: Jessi NagyIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
Jessi Nagy was very Professional and friendly . She was able to accommodate everyones hair and makeup requests, as well as sticking around to make sure everything went perfectly. She is truly an inspiring and talented artist. I felt like it was the prettiest day of my life and Jessi made that happen. I would recommend her services to anyone needing hair and make up assistance.
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I looked AMAZING!
Amount: $75.00
Posted by: DanielleH in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: October 6th, 2010 10:10AM
Store: Makeup by ElizabethIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
Elizabeth was recommended to me by a friend for my wedding in March. She customized my makeup to exactlywhat I wanted and gave me the "glow" I wanted. She used airbrush makeup, false lashes, and gave me a long-wear lipstick for touch-ups. She was also very friendly and professional! Check out her website: www.makeupbyelizabeth.vpweb.com
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A True Artist
Amount: $775.00
Posted by: Marti Fredrick in Wilmington, DE.Posted: August 31st, 2010 11:08AM
Store: Angie Hoffman (Italia)Including trial?: yes
Come on-site?: Yes
On-site professional makeup artist, Angela created beautifully natural looks for each of my bridesmaids, mother of bride and groom and myself, the bride!! Everyone was so pleased with their look, we all kept wishing we could tuck her into our pocket for the day for touchups, but as it turned out, we never needed a touchup all day or night!! Angela is truly a professional artist.
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Wedding Day Makeup & Consultation
Amount: $590.00
Posted by: Lizzie B in Richmond, VA.Posted: August 5th, 2010 04:08PM
Store: Refuge SalonIncluding trial?: Yes
Come on-site?: Yes
I will be having my consultation on Saturday for my bridal party updo hair styles and makeup. The price was reasonable compared to the other salons I compared it to. We drove past and looked online, as well as read their reviews. My party will be going to the consultation, which is included in the price. The price is for one Bride, 3 Attendants, 1 MOB, 1 MOG, and 1 FG. They have many years experience combined and seem to be extremely nice. Will post once we have our consultation to let everyone know how it goes - for the price!!
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AWESOME MAKEUP!!!
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: teilaweila in Hillsboro, OR.Posted: July 23rd, 2010 09:07PM
Store: The Bridal Loft's Bella CosmeticsIncluding trial?: yup!
Come on-site?: they do but i went to them
The gal who did my makeup she did the air brushing foundation, put on my individual eyelashes and everything! She actually contacted my videographer and photographers to ask them what type of lighting they were using etc!!! She used to do makeup for newscasters and photoshoots so i knew i was in good hands. Pictures were flawless and my photographers said they hardly had to do ANY photoshop!!!!
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wedding Makeup
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Vivian Ferrante in York, PA.Posted: July 21st, 2010 04:07PM
Store: Freelance Artist and EstheticianIncluding trial?: Yes
Come on-site?: Yes
It include a trail makeup and wedding makeup day. she will bring also her makeup assistance. who would work on bridesmaids makeup only.There are very professional and passionate about there job. I recommended Rosemary. I will "warn" you... she does have a strong accent like me."Lol" Her web site is mybridalmakeupartist.com
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On Location Makeup
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Priscilla42 in Orlando, FL.Posted: July 19th, 2010 06:07AM
Store: M3 MakeupIncluding trial?: Yes
Come on-site?: Yes
I tried two different freelancers through trials and wasn't happy with the results or their communication. I guess you get what you pay for. Then I called Michele at M3. The difference in service was like night (on the day of the trial I've never had so many compliments on my makeup in my life) and her and her team were amazing. We had 9 people in our bridal party plus two flower girls and M3 showed up with 2 makeup artists and 2 hair stylists. They were professional, friendly, and the work was unbelieavable! Great team of expert girls, highly recommended.
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Wedding Makeup Cost
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: ChristinaMarie in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: July 10th, 2010 09:07AM
Store: Makeup by Lauren in Phoenix AZIncluding trial?: Yes
Come on-site?: Yes
I paid 200, it included the trial, fake lashes, airbrush, and her travel. She also shaped my eyebrows, and gave me a free new MAC lipstick for me to keep so that I could touch up with it later in the reception. I looked amazing! She was so nice and didn't get upset with me when I changed what I wanted last minute
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Wedding Make Up
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Tracy Y in St. Louis, MO.Posted: June 21st, 2010 01:06PM
Store: Beauty On DisplayIncluding trial?: No
Come on-site?: Yes
CeCe did a consultation to pick out all of my colors and even told me what I could do to clear up the acne and sun burn that I had on my face and arms without charging me extra. She traveled to me on my wedding day and did 8 of us in 2 hours including body glitter for the hair as well, and offered perfume service. She came to my reception and touched up all of our faces and stayed and hung out with us for a while! Who does that?!?! She is great! You can call her at 314-486-4522
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Wedding Makeup
Amount: $650.00
Posted by: Stacy81 in Lexington, KY.Posted: March 31st, 2010 10:03AM
Store: Freelance artiseIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
I used lena in lexington,ky. She does freelance work but also works for MAC. She was awesome! we did a trial run, makeup for my bridal portraits and day-of application. She came onsite and also did my bridesmaids, mother and even my flower girl. This girl is great and truely loves her job!!!
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Wedding Makeup
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Kandis in Toronto, Other.Posted: March 12th, 2010 06:03PM
Store: Free-Lance ArtistIncluding trial?: YES
Come on-site?: YES
My make-up artist was awsome, it cost us a lot but was worth every penny, she did 10 girls on the morning of my wedding, she was fast, and very good. Our make-up lasted all day!!! She provided me with an excellent consultation before the wedding, she was only supposed to do 6 of us, but once everyone had an opportunity to see her work they all jumped in. Her price also include false eyelashes. She was honest and you could tell she loved her work!
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The Bustle bridal boutique and beauty salon
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Superstar1 in Del Mar, CA.Posted: February 19th, 2010 04:02PM
Store: The BustleIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
The Bustle in Del Mar California sells beautiful gowns AND provides hair and makeup trials and day-of service. This place is great - I found my gown there then booked a 2 hour hair and makeup trial for 60 bucks. They will come to me on my wedding day too. I'm so glad I found The Bustle.
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make-up
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: cierra in Stamford, CT.Posted: February 8th, 2010 10:02PM
Store: Stamford, CTIncluding trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
I went to Airbrush Beauty at Your Door , Donna was so easy to work with.the trial was 50 and 100 for the day... she listened to what I wanted. My brides maids only paid 50 per person, she gave us a discount!!!
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make-up
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: Valerie in westport, CT.Posted: February 2nd, 2010 08:02PM
Store: Including trial?: yes
Come on-site?: yes
I went to Donna at Beauty at Your Door for airbrush make-up .. she worked with me I looked amazing!!! She really cares about her clients.. It was one less thing to stress about that day.

Thanks so much your the best
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my hair and makeup experience
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Victoria in brooklyn, NY.Posted: October 9th, 2009 08:10PM
Store: pvt personIncluding trial?: no
Come on-site?: no
I went to someone that has experience on hair and makeup. I paid 500 and she did not do a trial, I had to pay for the hair and be at her house at 6am. She went to the church to powder my nose and that was it. What a ripp off!!!
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