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How Much Does Wedding Makeup Cost?


I know you were probably wondering, so let’s talk about it! Most brides have never planned a wedding before and often wonder how much does wedding hair and makeup cost.


According to Brides, bridal makeup can range from $100-$350+ and that may not include a trial, travel, or your bridal party makeup. As an industry professional, I've seen makeup only packages go for $1000+. And in my 10 years of experience in the industry, here's what I've learned:

  • When hiring a makeup artist for your wedding, most people misunderstand the value in hiring someone who specializes in bridal, because bridal makeup is so much more than just makeup.

  • Most of the time, brides hire someone who is really good at applying makeup but they aren’t an expert in applying makeup that is suitable for photography and video, or have no experience in servicing weddings.

  • What happens if your makeup artist cancels at the last minute and you’re out of your deposit AND your bridal glam? Hiring a professional who has years of experience in bridal and a team is KEY!

  • And most brides overlook the importance of proper sanitation for makeup products and application.

If I’m going to be honest, wedding makeup is so much more than just makeup. Not only does your wedding makeup artist bring your beauty vision to life and create an unforgettable experience as you prepare for your walk down the aisle, but your artist is skilled at: coordination, time management, people management, emergency skills (i.e. hair styling, sewing, tying bows, gathering bustles) and more. And depending on your location and the experience of your makeup artist, you're looking at spending anywhere from $150-$500 for your wedding day makeup application. Whereas bridal party makeup can range from $75-175.


Makeup artists who specialize in bridal have years of experience in color theory to ensure their color choices fit their client's skin tone, eye color, and direction for the makeup look. They can ask investigative questions to translate the bride’s idea into reality and are highly skilled at cosmetic product ingredients; even how certain product ingredients react with others. A bridal makeup artist is also knowledgeable about current and everlasting beauty styles, administrative duties, and effective sanitary practices.


What do you think about these price ranges? Is $500 too much for bridal makeup? Leave a comment below.

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