When it comes to setting a budget for your wedding hair and makeup, the numbers can be confusing. After all, hiring a professional glam squad to tend to you and your closest friends is probably not something you do regularly! It doesn’t help that wedding hair and makeup costs vary hugely. There are options for every budget, and every hairstylist and makeup artist will have a slightly different pricing structure, which makes deciding how much to spend even trickier! But here is where your pals at One Fab Day come in! We’ve put together a handy wedding hair and makeup guide, which will give you a rough idea of what the beauty budget for your wedding should be.
Your wedding day is one occasion on which you want to look your absolute, top-dollar best. Not only are you going to be immortalized in wedding photos for eternity, but since it should be one of the happiest days of your life, you want your external appearance to match the greatness you’re feeling inside. In order to put your face quite literally in the hands of a fabulous wedding hair and makeup artist, you’ll need to budget for hair and wedding makeup costs.
Below are the average prices you can expect to pay for wedding hair and makeup:
Bridal Hair and Makeup Costs: Expect to pay anywhere from $150-$600 for bridal hair and makeup. Typically brides pay around $300 on average for hair and makeup, depending on the type of hairstyle, products, and wedding makeup used.
Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup Costs: Around $150 per bridesmaid in your bridal party. This average cost estimates $75 for makeup and $50-75 for hairstyling.
At Brighton Savoy, we offer a wide list of best wedding hair and makeup artists.
Wedding Beauty Prep Guide
Many of our brides ask us how they can prep their beauty routine for their wedding day. We can keep our brides stress-free with our services but turn to an expert who is sharing her wedding beauty tips for the best results:
On your wedding day, you’ll probably have more photos and videos taken of you than any other day of your life. With all eyes on you, you’ll want to feel and look amazing. In my experience, the best way to ensure that is to take great care of yourself; inside and out.
My name is Nika Ambrozic, and I’m a pro makeup artist and hairstylist in Barcelona. I’m also the owner of Erion Bridal, an on-location wedding makeup and hair provider in Catalonia.
For me, wedding beauty doesn’t start 3 hours before you say “I do!”. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Here’s the best thing, as a bride, you have the unique opportunity of working with a beauty expert. Think of your makeup artist and hairstylist as your beauty coach. Their job is to get you into your best shape.
It’s a great way to learn how to best take care of your skin and hair even beyond the actual wedding day. Here are a few of my favourite wedding beauty prep tips.
Any makeup artist will tell you that healthy skin is essential for perfect wedding makeup. Your skin is the first to show if you feel tired or stressed, which is what a lot of brides feel before their wedding (especially if you’re suffering from jet lag).
Start from the inside: start with a well-balanced diet with fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts, drink enough water, sleep 8 hours a night and get regular exercise.
Your skin will also reflect your overall well-being. Make sure to take time to unwind; get a massage, go to the spa, meditate, do yoga or do whatever that helps you relax (for me that’s a vigorous exercise like boxing).
Skin is the only organ we can also take care of from the outside. A good place to start is to have a regular skincare routine with a moisturizer, a cleanser, and a daily SPF. Keeping your skin clean, hydrated and protected from the sun is already a good starting point.
Remember, all products should be applied from your forehead to your chest. Your neck and décolletage are just as important as your face.
You might be considering getting some esthetic procedures done like laser, peels, facials or botox. I always advise my clients to do at least one test treatment before the one they do for their wedding, allowing enough time for the skin to calm down and heal. If you want to see a list of my recommended beauty timeline, read about it on my blog.
Don’t forget the skin on your body!
If you’re showing skin, make sure you’re taking care of the skin on your body too. Exfoliating regularly and moisturizing is all you need. I love doing a homemade body scrub. This is my favourite formula that I use: a spoonful of honey, some sugar, some olive oil, a pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of medical grade hydrogen peroxide* (used for disinfection).
*The last ingredient may sound scary but you only squeeze in a tiny bit to help soften the sugar crystals from being so scratchy.
I make the scrub fresh every time. Apply it on wet skin from the neck down, massage into the skin and rinse. You’ll feel like a magical goddess. You are welcome. (If you have acne on your body, you might feel more comfortable washing the olive oil off those areas.)
Last but not Least: Hair Care
Haircare is just as important as skincare. You need to take care of your scalp, the actual hair, and the ends.
When it comes to the scalp, try not to overwash your hair, that will dry it out. That means your hair will start overproducing oils or you’ll get a dehydrated and flaky scalp or even dandruff. For most people with straight hair, 2-3 times a week is more than enough, and you can always rinse your hair with water in between washes (after the gym, for example). Coily and curly hair can have longer breaks in between washes.
Each hair type has different needs, so make sure you use a product suited to you. Coily hair needs more moisture and can handle heavier products, while straight, limp hair needs airiness and less oil. Talk to your hairstylist and get some recommendations.
Which brings me to my next point, getting a trim at your salon every 4-6 weeks will keep your hair from splitting. If you can’t get to a hairdresser, buy a silicon serum for your ends to keep them nice and healthy longer.
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15 Questions To Ask Your Makeup Artist
- Do you specialize in wedding makeup?
Wedding makeup artists have different skills to fashion and editorial artists (although a professional can do both) and will know how to make you look spectacular and natural in your wedding photos, no matter the lighting. Some makeup artists specialize in wedding makeup, and they will know what the bride usually wants, and how to make you look stunning on your wedding day.
- Can I see photographs of brides whose makeup you did?
You will want to know if the artist’s style works well with yours and if you can imagine yourself wearing one of their looks on your wedding day. Its always a good idea to do your research before picking the makeup artists that will take care of you, seeing pictures of other brides is a good way to get your doubts out of the way.
- Can I contact them for references?
A wedding makeup artist will be with you on the most exciting morning of your life, and you want a professional who will keep you calm and relaxed. The only way to find out if the artist is a calming presence is by asking previous brides.
Once again, you can take care of this step yourself by checking out the reviews on your favourite makeup artists’ Bridebook profiles!
- What does your price include?
Find out if the overall price includes a makeup trial. Getting a makeup trial is really important since it will help you suss out any don’ts with your makeup artist and relieve some of the “will I look perfect for my wedding” jitters! You can also ask about the prices for Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid makeup – arranging their makeup is a great gift idea for your team!
- Are you able to travel to my location?
The majority of artists will charge you more if they have to travel to your destination, so make sure you know how much you will be required to pay.
- How long will makeup take on the day?
Essential information for you to know exactly what your timings will be on the day, at what time the makeup artist needs to be there etc.
- How long will you be staying for on the day?
This is a good question to ask because you are almost guaranteed to get teary during your ceremony, and it is handy to have someone there to touch up your makeup for the photos or to leave a touch-up kit. Not only that, but if your makeup artist is staying for a good portion of the day, plan to have a meal or a snack made for them!
- How long will the makeup trial take? Do I need to prepare for the trial, and how do I prepare?
The more looks you want to try, the more time the trial will require, but some artists will only have certain time slots available. We also advise you wear a white top for the trial, to give you an idea of how your skin will look next to your dress on W-Day, but your makeup artist will also let you know what to wear!
- Will a fake tan affect my makeup?
You need to communicate if you are planning on bronzing yourself in the run-up to your wedding day so that the artist is prepared with the correct colours and shades! You can also ask them for advice on what fake tan to get and how to make sure it’s the right one for you and for your makeup!
- What brands of makeup do you use?
- The products your artist uses should be allergy tested and of the highest standard for your wedding day. It’s always good to know what kind of products they use, and if you need to bring your own concealer.
- Would you be open to using my own makeup?
For some brides, it is paramount that they use their own makeup, especially if they have sensitive skin. It is also a great idea to ask the artist if he/she has used these products before. Bring them to the trial and decide exactly what you will be using from her and from you, and make sure you don’t forget your makeup (if you have to bring it) on the day!
- Do you have the right makeup/makeup skills for my skin tone?
Your potential artist should have extensive knowledge of skin types and the products that they use, so they should advise you which products would work best with your skin. It’s important that you know this now: some makeup artists are not prepared for all skin tones, so this question is absolutely vital!
- Do you also do wedding hair?
It’s great when you can find a makeup artist that also does hair (or a team of hair and makeup that work together). If not, find out if they would be happy working alongside your hairstylist, or if you haven’t found a stylist yet, ask for some recommendations!
- If you are happy to travel to my home, do you have any specific space requirements for the trial and for the wedding day?
The majority of makeup artists will need an open space and natural light to do the makeup in. Make sure you can provide that during the trial and on the day of the wedding (if the artist is travelling to you). This is also something which you should communicate with your wedding venue, in case they need to provide a space for this on the day.
- What will happen if you can’t make it on my wedding day?
Reputable artists will always have a professional at the ready to make sure you look flawless on your wedding day. Make sure you have a contingency plan, accidents happen!
How Much Do Wedding Hair and Makeup Cost?
The cost for wedding hair and makeup will vary considerably based upon your location, how many people and/or services you’re looking to schedule, and the intricacy of your styles. On the low end, wedding hair and makeup artists might only charge around $60 for a single application, but in large cities, bridal hair and makeup could cost over $1,000. However the average price most couples spend on wedding hair and makeup is around $300, but anywhere within the range of $150-$600 is typical.
If a wedding hair and makeup artist needs to travel to the event (or to your getting-ready location), the cost could go up, as he or she might add a travel fee. If you’d like your stylist to remain on-site for touch-ups, that could also raise your costs: most wedding hair and makeup artists will charge by the hour to remain at your wedding location, ranging anywhere from $30 to $125 per hour.
What’s Included in the Price of Wedding Hair and Makeup?
As mentioned above, you’re primarily paying for your wedding hair and makeup artist’s time. The higher the number of hours that you’ll need to book your stylist, the higher your price tag will be. In general, the tools and materials required to create your wedding hair and makeup look are included in the cost, but certain types of hairstyles, products, and makeup applications will run you more:
Wedding updos tend to cost more than blowout hairstyles, with the average price of an updo costing about $45 more ($51 for a blowout versus $95 for an updo).
Airbrush wedding makeup will cost more than traditional makeup. Expect to pay around $50 more for airbrush application, as the average cost of airbrush makeup is $155 while traditional makeup costs on average $100 per face.
In addition to beauty services on the actual day of your wedding, some artists offer free consultations and/or hair and makeup trials before the wedding—but some artists charge anywhere from $50 to $150 for trials. See below for more information about trials.
How Much Do a Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial Cost?
It just makes good sense to get a hair and makeup trial before your wedding to ensure that you and your stylist(s) are on the same page about what kind of wedding look you want. Yet not all hair and makeup artists offer this service for free (or as part of their consultation appointment). If you’re asked to pay for a wedding beauty trial, you could be looking at the cost of anywhere from $50-$150, with the average price being around $75.
Should I Tip My Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist?
Just like at a regular salon, tipping for wedding beauty services is generally expected. You should prepare to tip your wedding hair and makeup artist(s) anywhere from 15-25% of the total bill for their services if you think they’ve done a great job.
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Are There Any Add-On Costs With Wedding Hair and Makeup?
We’ve already discussed a few of the “hidden” or add-on costs that you might discover when budgeting for your wedding hair and makeup. Here are some of the extra charges you might encounter for fancier styles, more expensive products or applications, or simply more complex logistics:
- False eyelashes, updo hairstyles, or airbrush makeup are usually more expensive.
- Travel fees might occur if your hair and makeup artist(s) are required to travel to your location. Factor in additional costs if mileage (for long distances) or parking fees also come into play.
- Trial runs of your wedding hair, and makeup might cost you an additional $50-100 per trial.
- Extra people beyond just the bride—such as bridesmaids or the mother of the bride—will naturally add to your costs. Your hair and makeup artist might even need to bring an additional stylist or an assistant.
- Extra hours beyond the initial styling (for example, if you want touch-ups later in the evening or a different hairstyle for the reception) will cost you more, as you will be paying your hair and makeup artist by the hour to remain on-site.
- Tipping your wedding hair and makeup artist(s) is generally expected, just like at any salon appointment.