How much do you charge for makeup and hair?!

Article are from C. Eden Di Bianco at and the other author is Nikita Pere Makeup Artist, the article is a mash up of articles from both of them.
Are you in shock by the quotes you are receiving from makeup artists for your wedding day? I understand that it can be bewildering and baffling. I can hear you say, “WHY?! It’s only makeup!”

If you’ve never had to inquire about having your makeup professionally done, you may find these makeup prices to be somewhat steep. And you are probably thinking this makeup artist has got to be trying to rip you off, and you are determined to find someone with lower pricing.

And you begin to wonder why vendors charge so much as soon as you mention the word “wedding”. Well, the fact of the matter is, it is NOT just any other day. You’re planning your wedding. This, to most people, is a bigger deal than just any other day. And I can only imagine that you would expect a far better and more personalized service on your wedding day than if it was just any other event.


When considering the rates of the services, you must recognize that these factors contribute to the cost of beauty services, including but not limited to the following:

1) Luxury: On location beauty services are considered a luxury service. I will be packing up and transporting bags of equipment and supplies directly to you in the comfort of your home, bridal suite or hotel, on demand at the hour you specify. Yes, I bring my service to you.

 2) Experience & Professionalism:  What made you want to contact me for services?  Maybe the look of my website or perhaps the quality of my images brought you here. Beauty is my full time job.  As a professional, my expertise is broad and extensive, and I bring this knowledge to each consultation.  The training I have received and put myself through, as well as experience makes my time as a professional valuable.

 3) Products & Tools: All of my products and tools are professional grade and kept in sanitary conditions. This means not only a constant need to buy new products for testing and to replace ones that are depleted, but also maintaining stock of sanitation materials and disposables such as tissues, Q tips, makeup sponges and puffs, mascara wands, false lashes, as well as hair pins.  I am also required to have makeup for every skin type, and shade in addition to different hair styling products and thermal tools appropriate for every hair type & texture.  

4) Other costs: Travelling to and from location requires time and money. As much as I wish to have the superpower to teleport myself and my almost 20kg makeup set bag to get to you, it is not possible. Whether I reach you by car or commute by public transport, the cost of transportation must be calculated and included. Advertising and website maintenance are also some of the miscellaneous costs being factored into pricing.

5) Time:  Aside from providing services on the day of, I will be providing skincare/makeup advice, taking your emails, sms/whatsapp/LINE and calls to answer questions. Your schedule becomes mine; if you have an early start in the morning, I have an even earlier start!  All of the time spent reviewing your Pinterest boards, discussing styling options, providing skin care suggestions, going over scheduling, coordinating, is time “on the clock” where I am devoting my attention to you.  You are receiving a customized service!

Believe me, it is all TIME, and not just the time that you’re sitting in the chair having your makeup and hair done. Ultimately, it is my job. Everyone deserves to get paid for their job, right? Makeup artists have bills and living expenses, the same as anyone else.

I do understand that not everyone can see the art in makeup artistry, but trust me; the quality of work varies significantly! The quality of makeup artists will be reflected in their pricing. You have people who are just beginning, more experienced artists, and the people who are the very best in the industry, who will obviously charge at a higher rate. Basically, you get what you pay for.

Well, if the makeup side of your wedding (or any other event) really is not important to you, and you really cannot determine the difference between a regular makeup artist and an AWESOME makeup artist, or the quality of makeup, then yes, definitely go for your budget end makeup artists! It gets to me when I get someone respond with “But ‘x person’ is so much cheaper”.  If that is the case, and that fits a bit better within your budget, then definitely go with ‘x person’.

Definitely, most brides will want to look the absolute best on their wedding day, just remember the makeup artist plays an important role in how you will look on your big day (and the years later as documented in ALL your photographs). If you are very particular, and only want to look the very best for your event AND in your photos, then please do remember that good quality makeup artists, come at a price – they’re not just “trying to rip you off”, but see it as getting yourself a high end service (and a piece of mind).

I know everyone has a completely different budget when it comes to their wedding, so remember to consider this when planning your day, and make sure to spend the money in the areas that matters to you.

Once you are set on whom to engage for your wedding, contact them at the initial stages of planning, and get them to do a personalized quote for you, so you are aware of the costs you need to incorporate into your budget. Don’t contact them after you’ve blown your entire budget on a Paris Pre Wedding Photo shoot, a fancy $8000 MTM wedding gown and luxurious banquet at W Hotel, and expect they will cater to you at the cheapest amount possible.

Please do not expect your makeup artist (photographer, videographer, wedding coordinator or anyone for that matter) to cost match or greatly reduce their service price because you don’t want to spend the extra money. To put it simply, you can’t expect a service, if you aren’t willing to pay for it.

Planning a wedding is never an inexpensive venture!  Sure, you can cut corners and do without, but when you are looking to hire a professional, keep in mind you must pay appropriately for these services.

I sure hope I made some sense and provided some insights on the charges behind beauty services.

Makeup artistry is my business. And I set a fair pricing for my expertise and prefer not to waiver from these amounts. It’s difficult to drop the rate for one client and have it get around, and I may end up having to offer lower rates for everyone.  Charging below the standard also kills the industry. Therefore, my rates are set at a reasonable price that is impartial and honest for every client.

The bottom line – it’s an investment, and some things that are worth the investment!

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  1. genu January 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

    i agree

  2. Tanya January 27, 2014 at 6:11 AM #

    Hi there, i was wondering how much it costs for both hair and makeup for an engagement party? I am based in london. Please feel free to contact me on 07984871019.

    Thank u…
    Plz do say hi to jahanara for me :)

    • admin February 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

      Hello Tanya,

      I am based in Singapore (Asia).
      Its logical if you can find makeup artist based in London for your Engagement Makeup and Hairdo.
      An advance congrats to you for your upcoming engagement.

  3. Marietta January 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM #

    Thank you for this beautiful, informative and very well written article. I am continuously appalled that our professional services are constantly looked down upon during such a memorable occasion, a time when brides should be focusing on the permanent nature of this event; instead of choosing this time to be the most frugal, with one of the most important services of that day.

    I am sure the true professionals in our business respect and appreciate this article.

    With your permission, I am sharing this with my workshop classes.

    Again, thank you for stating our mission so beautifully.

    Have a blessed day!

    Marietta Carter-Narcisse
    Your Sista-in-Spirit with a brush

    • admin February 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

      Yes, Sis Marietta. You may share this article.

  4. iPad激安 February 18, 2014 at 4:41 AM #

    Simply wish to say your article is as astounding. The clarity to your put up is just cool and that i could assume you’re a professional in this subject. Well along with your permission let me to seize your feed to keep up to date with approaching post. Thank you 1,000,000 and please continue the gratifying work.

  5. admin March 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM #

    My pleasure. Yes you may, Nic.

  6. sana April 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

    Well said. couldn’t agree more!

  7. Elaine Yow April 28, 2014 at 3:09 AM #

    You are right!
    charging lower than the value rate is killing the industry and educated everyone wrongly.I’m so inspired by you, can I get a permission of you to share some of your articles here in my page ?

    • Juls Abdullah April 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM #

      Hi Elaine Yow,
      Thank you for your comments.
      Please add in the article’s original writer at your sharing as shown at my blog. Thanks.

  8. emotional eating June 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM #

    What’s up, for all time i used to check blog posts here in the early hours in the morning, as i enjoy to find out more and more.

  9. Nelly August 24, 2014 at 1:04 AM #

    Hi Juls , I was wondering how much do you charge for just a make up for a engagement day ? Look forwrd to hear from u soon thks!

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