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Wedding Day Make-up Cost

How Much Does Wedding Day Make-up Cost?

low costLow: around $70average costMedium: around $150high costHigh: $350-$500+
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.
  • 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[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[3] offers a city-by-city guide to vendors.
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Amazing Artist
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: BrittanyCarter in Charleston, SC.Posted: August 27th, 2018 05:08PM
Come on-site?: Yes
Hailee is amazing. She charged me $175.00 for hair and makeup. She travels onsite. Does not charge for travel until over 30 miles. She charged my bridesmaids $110 each for hair and makeup. She was a blast to work with. Timely. Detailed. And listened to everything I had to say! Follow her on facebook Rustic Beauty or text her 843-499-4514
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Makeup and hair
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: a user in Riverside, CA.Posted: September 29th, 2016 01:09PM
Come on-site?: Corona ca
She do very good Job , is not expensive . We paid 120 for me an mom , for the bride 150. Makeup an hair. I recommended 100% . This is her phone (562 )2055462.
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Bridal hair and makeup
Amount: $175.00
Posted by: Mariam in Woodland hills, CA.Posted: May 22nd, 2014 01:05PM
Come on-site?: Yes
I found this amazing gal on Craiglist by the name of Jicel. She runs a company called Glamour on the go out of Los Angeles. I originally had a consultation with Monique Powers but when I told my girlfriend about paying 500$ for hair and makeup she Spit her drink out. She then told me about Glamour on the go and I googled the company , got in contact with Jicel and it was the best experience from then on. We corresponded through email and texts. She took my wedding date a month prior and even offered complimentary surprise for my bridal party (there were 6 of us total) the day of my wedding was so fun and just all around a day made so meaningful by her. She's so sweet and very assertive. She also saved me 300$. I paid her 185$ for my hair and makeup (she included beautiful mink lashes) and each of my bridesmaids paid 95$ and even her travel rate was affordable (50$ to woodland hills) I will forever refer her for the rest of my days and will definitely be using her services again
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Amount: $180.00
Posted by: gigi in Tarzana, CA.Posted: April 17th, 2014 03:04PM
Store: TWO B BRIDALIncluding trial?: $100.00
Come on-site?: MAKE-UP AND HAIR
Had my makeup and hair do by TWO B BRIDAL FOR ONLY $180.00 PLUS $100.00 travel fee AMAZING WORK!! LOVE THEM CALL THEM @818 345-6700
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wedding hair & makeup
Amount: $280.00
Posted by: patty vargas in Tarzana, CA.Posted: April 17th, 2014 03:04PM
Store: Two B BridalIncluding trial?: 100.00
Come on-site?:
I love this places had my hair and makeup done by TWO B BRIDAL for my wedding they did an amazing job on my updo and makeup there prices are the best $100.00 for trial and $180.00 for the day of my wedding.
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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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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: 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: [email protected] 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 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: [email protected] 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:
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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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