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How Much Do Wedding Makeup Artists Charge

Updated on February 28, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

How Much Do Wedding makeup Artists Charge
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With the prices of wedding sky-rocketing, and the budget for wedding quickly shrinking, it is critical to make sure you find wedding makeup artists to work with that you trust. Obviously this may not be a completely comprehensive list of all of the products and services offered and the prices they charge for each one, but it pretty thorough.

In order to spend the least amount of money, like with hair stylists, it will be imperative to 1) find someone who truly seems to want the best for their customers, 2) do not charge for their initial consultations, 3) and will offer suggestions for saving money in this area. It’s completely possible to have professional makeup services without breaking the bank.

Airbrushing vs Traditional Makeup

Makeup application options have changed dramatically over the years. Traditional makeup includes the typical powders and liquids we’ve seen on the scene lately. They come in a variety of colors, and application options. However, airbrushing, previously a technique only used by the professionals in film and theatre, is now available to the public.

Airbrush makeup is a finer product, thinner than a traditional foundation applied using an airbrush connected to an air compressor. Because it comes out as a spray, it very closely mimics the way cameras see your face. Think of it as very small amounts of makeup being very thinly applied as opposed to a big block of color being wiped onto your skin. Also, it makes blending a breeze! Carrying it down to the neck and décolleté is smooth and seamless. You can guarantee that there will be no more lines of makeup on your face as this is like painting a house with a sprayer rather than a paint brush. The caveat is that because it is so fine, it only works best on skin that is already in pretty great condition. It is not really made for skin with blemishes or serious skin problems, and should never be applied heavily.

Traditional foundation is thicker, and therefore has a richer coverage on skin. It’s perfect for skin that may have inconsistencies and different colorings. Because the finish is hand-blended, the product can be worked into skin that may have some texture issues, filling in all the nooks and crannies. It allows you to be more detailed and more specifically apply it to certain areas. You don’t have to worry about ruining a finish or look, since the finish is contingent upon your skill as an artist rather than depending on a machine. (Amelia-C)

Everyone’s skin is different and the look their going for is very dependent on skin type, face shape, and personal preference. Both are beautiful and can create a perfect look for the big day.

Experienced Makeup Artists vs Amateurs

When researching makeup artists, it’s important to know whether they have any experience in the field or not, as this will seriously affect the quality and the pricing of their services and performance. Do they know what they are doing? Are they confident in their services? Are they going to provide a quality product?

It’s easy to spot an amateur. These makeup artists may not be all that knowledgeable or confident in what they offer or what they can do. They will likely have a limited amount of makeup that they use, being that this is their own store, or they may even use their client’s makeup for each job. Individuals in this group will not have had a great deal of experience, and will probably have had no formal training.

When asked to see their portfolio, they may not have one to show, or may simply have limited pictures of their work. They will also not be able to offer very many references as they have likely not had many jobs. As they are new to the industry, and don’t have much work or experience, their schedules will probably be wide open to any appointments and you’ll find that their prices are much lower. This doesn’t mean that they will always have lower quality work, as they simply may be very talented. But the likelihood of finding a talented amateur is pretty low.

Experienced professionals on the other hand will also be obvious from the get-go. They will carry themselves as professionals, have a great deal of confidence, and be very knowledgeable about what they provide and the products that they use. These individuals will have formal training at prestigious cosmetology school, and will be able to show you their certificate or degree saying so. They will have a full resume of jobs in the makeup industry, and a large reference list.

These individuals will also have a large portfolio of their work, not only online, but also to show you physically in an initial meeting. Each of these people undoubtedly have a sponsor that provides their makeup for them, and therefore they will have a large amount of makeup in various shades with a good deal of different colors for their clients to choose from. They may also sell makeup or be a distributor on the side to extra money. Expect that these professionals will have a tight schedule and will need to be given some notice in order to put you on their schedule. However, this experience comes at a higher cost. Expect them to also have higher prices.

Let’s look at what some of those prices look like for all levels of makeup artists available.

How Much Do Wedding Makeup Artists Charge
How Much Do Wedding Makeup Artists Charge | Source

Packages and Basic Services


  • Basic Bridal Package - $120 to $180
  • Deluxe Bridal Package - $150 to $300
  • Mother and Daughter - $95 to $280
  • Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor - $75 to $105 each
  • Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaids - $10 to $55 each

Basic Services:

  • Pre-wedding day consultation - free to $150
  • Airbrush Makeup Application - $105 to $115
  • Traditional Makeup - $50 to $110
  • Bridal Makeup Trials - $50 to $100
  • Fake Eye Lashes - $10 to $20
  • Bridal VIP Service - $40 to $100 a person (to $35 an hour for the day)

Extra Services

  • Airbrush Spray Tanning Services - Single Tan – @$45, 2 Tans – @$80, 3 Tans – @$115
  • Makeup for Moms and Bridesmaids
    • Airbrush - $65 to $95
    • Traditional Makeup - $50 to $85
  • False Lash Application - $10 to $20
  • Special Occasion Makeup - $65 to $85
  • Photo Shoots - $15 to $125 an hour
  • Facials - $45 to $90
  • Eyebrow Waxing and Styling - $8 to $13
  • Facial Waxing - $5 to $35
  • On-site Makeup Artistry - $50
  • Skin Cleansing and Priming - $29 to $42
  • Gloss and Blush Application - $10 to $15
  • Mini Photo Shoot After Makeover - $50 to $75
  • Expert Makeup Application Using Professional Grade products -$60 to $150
  • Eyes Only -$30 to $40
  • False Lash Application - $10 to $15

How Much Do Wedding Makeup Artists Charge
How Much Do Wedding Makeup Artists Charge | Source
  • Tattoo Coverage and Corrective Makeup - $10 to $50 (depending on coverage needed)
  • Bridal Emergency Touch up Kit - $65
  • Single Tanning Bed Session - $45 to $60 a person
  • 2 Tans - $80 to $100 a person
  • 3 Tans - $115 to $150 a person
  • Touch-up Artistry Services for Half the Wedding - $300 to $400
  • Touch-up Artistry Services Throughout the Event - $25 to $100 per hour
  • Travel Expenses - $25 to $50 per half hour
  • Additional Hours - $75 an hour
  • Makeup Lessons - $50 to $120 an hour
  • Makeup demonstrations - $200 a session
  • Skin Care Lessons - $65 to $130 an hour
  • Girl’s Night Out Package – $50 to $100 per person

Like I say for each and every vendor, the prices of products and services will vary in every area and for each and every professional. In order to determine what the prices are, and what services come with them, you will need to do a little bit of research.

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      2 years ago

      good articles..

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      Anan Rivera 

      2 years ago from Whittier

      Amazing article! Many people have no idea what it really goes into this business and how important makeup is for your big day.

    • Kelsey Farrell profile image

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 

      4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Honestly, after seeing how beautiful my friends makeup looked I regretted not hiring a professiona myself. There's something so nice in a person who knows at they're doing, not only is it relaxing but it really stands out in pictures!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      6 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh, don't get me wrong, I definitely do too! And I've hired them before. But when you are working as a planner for other people's weddings, not only do you have to be careful about the vendors you suggest, but you also get to see a great many mistakes.

      My suggestions should be taken only as that; suggestions for making your day the best it can be. Good luck!

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      6 years ago

      You are unfair. I know many amateur artist who are building their portfolio and clientele who would blow your socks off with their talent!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      6 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! You should check out all of my other articles about wedding vendors!

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      Deonne Anderson 

      6 years ago from Florence, SC

      This article is very well written and packed with useful information. A must have for future brides as well as those who just want a professional make up artist for that special event. Thanks for sharing.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      6 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Great! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! You should check out all of my other articles related to wedding vendors. I would love your thoughts. :)

    • Cordelia Bay profile image

      Cordelia Bay 

      6 years ago

      It is a good article...

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      6 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I am very familiar with them. Thank you for the suggestion! I hope you enjoyed the article. :)

    • Cordelia Bay profile image

      Cordelia Bay 

      6 years ago

      There are a lot of talented people who are learning to be Cosmetologist which includes the application of make-up. Maybe, it would be worth the research to check out some Cosmetology Schools in your area or surrounding areas!


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