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Bridal make up.

Claire Shipman is off-line
30 November 2010 17:24
ClaireShipman
Make-up Artist
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United Kingdom
Nottinghamshire
Nottingham

It gets a little easier as you kinda get used to the crazy ones and know how to calm them down its a little like being a therapist at times lol!

No worries let me know if you need anymore help


Karen Hegarty is off-line
01 December 2010 05:56
simplydivine
Make-up Artist
simplydivine
Location
United Kingdom
Cheshire


Hi Jesi , I totally agree with what Claire is saying.
You are not making any money because you are way too cheap.
As Claire said do a search for what MUA's charge in your area, I know it varies for different areas, for example brides will pay £100 + depending on quality and experience in say London, up north where I am the costs are generally less.
I have been doing bridal make up for over 14 years now, I charge £55 for the bride and £35 for others on the day. I am not the most expensive but also not the cheapest, I think I price myself for quality but not to price myself out of the market.
I also charge for my consultation/ trial, (£35) this is where I discuss the needs and vision of the bride, and obviously do the complete make up as it will be on the day so that the bride knows how she will look , making any tweeks and changes where neccessary.
As you rightly say you are using fuel, it is your time and expertise and cost of products, therefore you need to charge for this and I don't know of any MUA's that don't charge for this. Beauty therapists in salons cost less, as Claire rightly says, brides/ clients have to go to them so the therapist don't have travel costs. With no disrespect they also have minimal training on make-up, generally not doing specialist bridal make-up.
I used to do between 50-60 weddings a year initially when I did solely bridal make-up. However I do less now as I do more photgraphic shoots,etc so probably around 20-30 now which is a nice balance for me.
I hope this is of help and if you want to pm ne or chat on phone I'm happy to help.
best wishes Karen xx


Jeff Langhorne is off-lineSilver Member
01 December 2010 06:21
Jeff_Langhorne
Photographer
Jeff_Langhorne
Location
United Kingdom
Cheshire
Between Liverpool & Manchester

Having shot a lot of weddings first things first you're way too cheap. This will please some people because they don't want to pay much but as you've found you make nothing. I have people say I'm too expensive and others who think I'm quite cheap, so don't worry about charging a higher figure just because they can get cheaper elsewhere. It all depends on what you NEED to charge. Work out your costs for the equipment and then work out an hourly rate.

Get a price list and a good looking portfolio together and promote yourself as a quality, necessary investment for the bride and you should find that you will get booked. If you can show you'll make her look great, they'll pay for you.

Listen to Claire and Karen.


Jesfish is off-line
01 December 2010 13:46
jes
Model
jes
Location
United Kingdom
Suffolk
Lowestoft

Thanks all of you!  Your advice has been taken on board x


pinkybaz is off-line
28 February 2011 11:14
pinkybaz
Make-up Artist

Location
United Kingdom
West Yorkshire


Hi,

I charge £50 for a trial and £50 for wedding day make up, plus extra for travel and also if wants airbrushing I charge more. I find that any make up artist who charges £25 is actually a beautician and not a make up artist and there is a big difference. I live in the North of Yorkshire so people are very tight with money but will not reduce my prices as they are paying for a professional service and get top branded products. Infact I will be putting my prices up in April as not making enough. Like the lady said before foundation is a costly product.

I know brides are happy to pay the going rate if they want a professional service- the old saying' you pay for what you get' x


Simon Young is off-lineSilver Member
28 February 2011 11:47
Allinthemind
Photographer
Allinthemind
Location
United Kingdom
Gloucestershire


Quote from Jeff_Langhorne
Having shot a lot of weddings first things first you're way too cheap. This will please some people because they don't want to pay much but as you've found you make nothing. I have people say I'm too expensive and others who think I'm quite cheap, so don't worry about charging a higher figure just because they can get cheaper elsewhere. It all depends on what you NEED to charge. Work out your costs for the equipment and then work out an hourly rate.

Get a price list and a good looking portfolio together and promote yourself as a quality, necessary investment for the bride and you should find that you will get booked. If you can show you'll make her look great, they'll pay for you.

Listen to Claire and Karen.


Good advice. Near me, £75 for the bride including trial would be about right plus £25 for bridesmaids. Often the bridesmaids are only part made up, if you can do hair as well, that's a big bonus.

Si
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28 February 2011 11:51
Student
Photographer


As above. £100+ for sure.
I actually thought in the region of £250 wasn't uncommon.
Just imo.



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