How much does a bride’s wedding makeup cost?

When it comes to your wedding day, your makeup has to be on point and flawless! Unless you are a makeup artist, you should definitely hire a pro to handle this crucial job.

The average wedding makeup cost is around $85 to $1000. This of course depends on the skill set and experience of the artiste you hire, your location and the type of makeup (traditional or air brush) helps to determine your invoice.

How much does bridesmaid makeup cost?

It is always a good idea to have your bridesmaids’ makeup professionally done—they’ll feel more confident and look even better in photos! The average wedding makeup cost for bridesmaids is $75 to $300 per service. Just like the bride’s makeup cost, the type of makeup (traditional or air brush) helps to determine your invoice.

What is traditional makeup?

Traditional makeup refers to the use of liquid, cream, or powdered foundations that are applied with a range of makeup tools including:

∙          Fiber brushes

∙          Sponges

∙          Foundation brushes

When traditional makeup is applied, it has a thicker consistency. Depending on the skill level of your makeup artist, applying makeup can be a time-consuming process.

One of the main reasons why so many women still prefer to use traditional makeup is that the available options are much more varied compared to what’s available for airbrush makeup lineup. With traditional makeup there are a plethora of formulations for all types of skin, offering anything from light to full coverage.

What is air brush makeup?

Air brush makeup on the other hand is a specially formulated makeup that is applied with an airbrush gun and a makeup air compressor.

Air brush foundations can be silicone based while others are water based. Regardless of their bases, the foundations are much thinner than traditional foundations. The airbrush makeup is applied in thin layers to the skin, which allows for an even, smooth finished look when applied properly. Because the spray is very finely misted, it provides you with a flawless finish that helps even out the skin tone without weighing the skin down.

What is the difference between traditional and air brush makeup?

According to the experts, airbrush makeup lasts much longer than traditional makeup, and is supposedly the go-to option for photography which is obviously a big deal for your wedding day!

In essence, the longevity of your makeup (regardless of whether you’re using airbrush or traditional makeup) will depend on your specific skin type and products used.

What is included in the price of a bridal makeup package?

Just like your hair stylist, your wedding makeup cost will include your makeup artist’s time on your wedding day. Unlike the hair stylist, your wedding makeup artist charges per person and not by the hour.

When it comes to makeup, airbrush makeup typically comes with a higher price tag than traditional application. The basic average cost of airbrush makeup is $150 while the traditional makeup is around $85. Some pros include a makeup trial in their bridal makeup prices while some do charge extra.

Should you do a makeup trial? How much do they cost?

Just like your hair trail, a makeup trial allows you to meet with your makeup artiste a few months before your wedding to see how exactly your makeup will look on your wedding day. You can also make any tweaks or adjustments if necessary. If your makeup artist charges extra for a trial, the average cost is $75- &150 per service.

We absolutely recommend doing any trial before your big day. You may like a particular look and at trial you realize it isn’t for you. This way you can explore other looks and have time to decide which is best.

You don’t have to do a trial for your bride tribe, however, if you can afford to, make a day out of it with some mimosas and finger food!

How far in advance should I book my makeup artist?

We recommend booking your wedding makeup artist at least three months before your wedding. Start by reading online reviews of beauty pros near your wedding location, and then reach out to a few to find out availability and pricing; your planner can also provide recommendations. You may want to interview several wedding makeup artists to find someone you’re comfortable with, and whose style and vision matches yours.

Are there any add-on costs for wedding makeup?

Depending on your style, needs, and budget, there are many different possible add-ons to bridal makeup packages. A few examples are:

∙         Extra services: There are certain makeup techniques and styles that might add dollars to your bridal makeup cost. For example, false lashes may cost extra, as does airbrush makeup. When choosing your wedding-day makeup style, be sure to factor in these additional costs.

∙         Travel: If your wedding makeup artist works out of a salon, you may have to pay extra for them to travel to your wedding location. If it’s an especially long distance, you may have to pay even more for mileage.

∙         Additional people: If you’re planning on having your makeup artist also provide services to your bridesmaids, mom, etc., you’ll have to pay more. Your makeup artist may choose to bring an assistant to help speed things along on your wedding day—another add-on to your wedding makeup cost.

∙         Additional hours/touch-ups: Should you want your makeup artist to be on hand at different times throughout your wedding day to provide touch-ups or a different look for the reception is the more you’ll pay for your wedding makeup prices.

∙         Trial: As mentioned, many makeup artists charge extra for a trial run while some include it in their package price.

Do I have to pay for my bridesmaids’ makeup?

Being a bridesmaid can be quite a financial undertaking. If you are requiring that your bridesmaids have their makeup done, you should pay for it. If your bridesmaids are given the option to either have their hair and makeup done by a pro or to DIY, then they can pay for it themselves.

How much are some typical pre-wedding beauty treatments?

There are many different pre-wedding beauty treatments that can help you look and feel your best on your wedding day. We recommend giving yourself ample time to try any new beauty treatments before your wedding in case you’re not a fan of the results or if it doesn’t agree with your skin—and be sure to factor these extras into your budget.

Here are the average costs of pre-wedding beauty treatments, but note that the cost of each service does vary depending on your location and the exact services you’re receiving:

∙         Tanning: If your skin needs that golden glow, tanning costs an average of $50-$250.

∙         Massage therapy: A pre-wedding massage can be a great stress-reliever for a bride. The average cost of pre-wedding massage services is $70-$500.

∙         Facials: Prep and prime your skin for your big day! Bridal facials cost an average of $65.We highly recommend consulting with your makeup artist before booking one close to your wedding day.

∙         Manicures: Your hands and fingers will be on display throughout your wedding day—everyone will want to check out your new bling! The average cost of a manicure is $25-$500.

∙         Pedicures: Your feet deserved to be pampered, too! The average cost of a pre-wedding pedicure is $30-$200.

∙         Body art: For ethnic brides, mehendi/ henna is an important part of the pre-wedding preparations. The average cost of body art like mehendi/henna is $75-$300.

What do I need to ask my hairstylist before hiring?

Here are some questions to ask your prospective makeup artists that you’ll be interviewing:

–     How much is it to book you?

–       What does your price include?

–       Do you charge extra if you come to my venue?

–       Should I send you inspiration pictures?

–       Do you specialize in wedding makeup?

–       Do you have a portfolio of your work that I can view?

–       Do you have a team of assistants or will you be the only stylist on the day?

–       How long does it usually take per person?

–       Do you offer hair extensions?

–       Do you also offer makeup?

–       How long do you usually stay for on the day?

–       Will a tan affect my makeup?

–       What kind of products do you usually use?

–       Do you also do wedding hair?

–       What will happen if you can’t make it on my wedding day?

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About The Owner

Our Owner and Senior Event Planner, Franciene Foster, is a certified wedding consultant with a decade of experience in the business.