Elysa Ross is a celebrity makeup artist & paramedical Aesthetician who has been perfecting bridal hairstyling, makeup & skincare for over fifteen years. Check back next week for more beautiful bride tidbits and add anotherlook weddings to your Facebook favorites for more wedding advice!
Just as important as talent and professionalism is price. How much should hair and makeup services cost? There is no absolute way to determine what fees your hairstylist and makeup should charge. Pricing will be higher in certain parts of the country; NYC & Palm Beach will cost more than Spectown & Smallville. The time and date will influence price: Very early, quite late or holiday weddings can incur additional fees. The season will also affect cost: Weddings during high-demand times of the year cost more Getting married in winter in Florida will cost you more than getting married during summer in Florida.
Nationwide, the average price for the bride for in-salon services is $45-$85 plus tip, per service. The average price for services performed at your home/hotel is $150-$300 each. Tipping is at your discretion. Packages and discounted prices are usually available for bridesmaids, moms and large groups.
I started my career over fifteen years ago. Initially, I was charging $35 for hair and $35 for makeup, as I was a novice! As I progressed, I had an apprenticeship with a celebrity makeup artist on Lexington Ave in Manhattan. I was then charging between $75-$100 each. When I launched Another Look (which owned a bridal boutique and two salons), and started working my own celebrity clientele, my fees were $250 hair and $250 makeup for the bride. Anyone else was $75 each. Makeup artist and hairstylists with an A-level celebrity roster (ie-Angelina Jolie or Oprah) will command fees in the thousands.
Regardless of how much you are paying for your hair and makeup artists, make sure to book someone with whom you feel comfortable, has a portfolio and works by contract. If an artist is not returning your calls, nor are they answering your questions or they have an elitist/condescending attitude-find someone else!