What Your Wedding Makeup Should Cost

Search the term “the cost of a wedding,” and what you will find is the results will vary anywhere between $19,000 (£15,500) and $33,000 (£26,900) – a figure that’s a lot for anybody.

While there’s nothing wrong with spending this kind of dough on your big day, you will want to keep in mind that most of this money is spent on the venue and food, while the rest is spent on smaller things such as your wedding makeup.

Wedding makeup, possibly the most important essential for your big day, can be hard to budget since a few factors are involved and the pricing can sometimes be confusing.

To clear things up, let’s make easier for you to figure out what you should budget for your wedding makeup.


  1. Start Consulting Early

The minute you know you’re going to get married, start consulting with a few makeup artists in your area, and see what they charge as well as what they have to offer. Most professionals will either list their prices on their website, or they may be able to offer you a free consultation over the phone.   Since you wouldn’t settle on the first venue you came across, you shouldn’t settle for the first artist you’re referred to. As long as you talk with at least five makeup artists, you can be assured you’re making the right choice.


  1. Don’t Settle for Being Cheap

Don’t focus on getting the best price possible because you may get what you pay for. Think about this one for a second: If you were a makeup artist and you were booked for the next two months, why would you be the cheapest artist on the block? You should be able to demand a hefty price because your work is good – hence – the busy schedule. If the artist is experienced, they should be closer to the higher end, while rookie artists make skimp on the price to gather new clients. Is this a risk you’re willing to take. The point here is to make sure you look at the artist’s work and see what referrals said about this artist.

Think about these questions when choosing someone:

  • Was the artist on time?
  • How fast do they get back with you when you have a question?
  • What kind of product do you use?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Are there any hidden fees?


  1. Don’t be Surprised

When you do get these quotes, don’t be surprised with the prices. You will find that a good makeup artist may spend up to seven hours with the bride on her special day. Not only that, the artist will have to communicate and make careful preparations for that special day, leading to a lot of time invested outside of the actual makeup application process. Since time is money, don’t plan on spending slave wages.


So… What Does it Cost?

Now, here comes the answer to the question you’re looking for. The answer is: it depends.


Since there are so many factors involved, let’s first look at what will affect the cost:


Does the makeup artist have to travel to your location? If they do, plan on paying a mileage surcharge. Since most artists are mobile, you should probably plan on having them coming to you.


Party Size

There’s probably a good chance you won’t be selfish and will share the artist with your bridal party. The larger your party is, the more you’re going to pay.



Oftentimes, the bride will ask for a small touch-up between the wedding ceremony and reception. If you need this done, prepare to add more.


Geographical Location

This is a factor with any service you purchase. A major metropolitan city, such as New York, will be much more than a small town in the middle of Iowa.


Finally – The Cost

According to Howmuchisit.org, a simple preview before your wedding even begins can cost $45 (£36) to $100+ (£80+) This is often recommended to see what the makeup will look like and if you’re happy with the results.

On your wedding day, a bride should be prepared to pay anywhere from as little as $50 (£40) for something simple to more than $250 (£200) for something extravagant.

As for the bridal party, each bridesmaid will generally cost $45 (£36) to $90 (£70) each, so multiply that number by the number of girls in your party.

There you have it. Now that you know which factors are involved, as well as the costs, it can hopefully be a little easier to budget for your makeup on your big day.

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