How much do you guys cost?

How much do you guys cost?

34 posts
17 March 2011
Hi, I'm thinking about booking an MUA for a special TF shoot, but I've realised I have no idea how much you charge. Don't want to post a casting and get people to waste their time giving me four figure quotes.

So, how much? Are you rates hourly, daily, dependent on job etc? Assuming just standard make up and no bodypaint or anything very elaborate, how much?
Posted 17 March 2011
a few of mine are like 10ph plus travel i dont have any in london in contacts yet sorry
some take offers for the whole shoot but be serious with the offer dont under value them they may get offended just like us x
Posted 17 March 2011
Edited by tasmintaylor 17 March 2011
Iconic
Photographer
Iconic
the few ive contacted that are fully insured have been from 30 - 50 per hour, if you want one on tf try local colege they gor reeems of mua's looking to build on there port

Posted 17 March 2011
http://purestorm.com/view-casting-call.aspx?id=47404 or just offer to cover her travel or go halfs or somthing
Posted 17 March 2011
frankpht
Photographer
frankpht
You takes your chances, I had a shoot once and the MUA turned up with a bag full of make-up the size of a purse. Not very good considering the first MUA I worked with had a metal pulley case pack to the nines and she was good. You could post for TFP as has been suggested. You are getting a good reputation as a model and would certainly add to an MUAs port. Though MUAs do have quite considerable costs to cover so something to think about.

Posted 17 March 2011
Yes I would always offer an MUA something because make up's expensive - that's potentially £20 of product on my face. If she chooses to decline then fair enough, but I have huge respect for MUAs and their skill and time. Particularly as I know that most of them could be making good money in salons or doing bridal instead of faffing around on photoshoots. Anyway...thanks for the info, that's really helpful.
Posted 17 March 2011
ChrisConway
Photographer
ChrisConway
Tansy_Blue

that's potentially £20 of product on my face.


They tend not to apply it with a trowel emoticon

I pay my regular MUA £20-£30 per makeup look. Most I've paid is £45 for the first look, least was £10.

You get what you pay for generally.

Some will TF, apparently its frowned upon to ask, but its not like a makeup kit costs anything more than a photography kit so I'm not sure why. I'm sure that's a whole big can of worms to open...
Posted 17 March 2011
All the make-up artists I have worked with (including the ones booked by the photographer and not myself) have charged £40 and then £10 for any change in 'look' thereafter... Although most are pretty good and start off with a natural look and don't charge for building up
Posted 17 March 2011
BaileyK
Model
BaileyK
PLEASE make sure you book someone who is trained.
The last thing you want is some idiot with her own make up turning up and giving you an eye infection or worse.

Posted 17 March 2011
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
ChrisConway

They tend not to apply it with a trowel emoticon

That's right Chris we don't apply it with a trowel, we apply it with a brush kit which is anywhere between £150 upwards, then for professional make-up you moisturise the skin, then use a primer before any make -up . then its foundation , concealer, powder, blushers ( usually 2/3 for contouring and shading) highlighter possibly, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadows ( again 2-3 ) eyebrow definition either powder or pencil. eyeliners, mascara ( with disposable wand) possibly fake lashes. lip liner and lipsticl or gloss,  on top is things like tissues wet wipes brush cleaner, if you are styling hair, hairstyling products like a heat defense spray, styling spray, hair spray to finish. you need things like hair straighteners or curling tongs usually or grips hair bands etc.
So Tansy is correct with her assumption with or without a trowel. It is good that she is taking the trouble to find out the costs and not assuming an MUA will work for free.
As you rightly say a photographers kit IS expensive there is no denying that, but an MUA's kit is depleted every time she/he does a shoot, and products have to be replaced. So we really don't want that can of worms opening do we lol
Posted 17 March 2011
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
As to answering the op. Most MUA will offer you a half day or full day rate which will be more cost effective, and is the standard way of working, however there are a growing number of people that are working on a 1 look rate or an hourly rate, however it is usually more expensive as travel needs to paid for also. Prices also are higher in London than else where so I would suggest you maybe post a casting offering your budget and see who replies then make your decision. Hope this helps
Posted 17 March 2011
Couldn't have said it better myself simplydivine. The main difference is that an MUA's kit is depleted. And make up is EXPENSIVE, foundations can cost more than a hundred pounds and an MUA needs to have multiple shades in her kit. I know a good lens can be tens of thousands, but you can get a fairly good cost per use out of a lens, whereas every ml of make up you use can represent a couple of quid.

I know Bailey I know. I worked with an MUA recently who bodypainted me, including over the genitalia, and kept dipping the brush directly in the product. Certain she's done the same with other models - that's really serious, I don't want to catch herpes off someone I haven't even had sex with. I mean srsly, if you're gonna get an STD you may as well have a good night first. Same with mascara. And she ruined the beauty shots we did by making my face look orange. I really should've said something but didn't because the photographer and the MUA had a longterm working relationship and I didn't want to screw up the shoot with my petty health concerns.

Urgh never again will I suffer in silence.

Posted 17 March 2011
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
omg you should always say something if you think contra indications are not adhered to!! thats terrible, i always use disposable wands for mascara and all brushes are steralised between uses of people. If I'm body painting then I decant product into another pot that i use just for that person and after, brushes and pots are steralised or thown away. Most professional MUA's will always use correct sanitary precautions. shame I am not closer we could work together sometime I hope you get someone for your shoot, you could always speak to the photographer and see if you could offer part paid shoot, money for expenses and images for time might be of interest to an MUA in your area. You would need to make sure the tog is happy to offer that tho
Posted 17 March 2011
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
omg you should always say something if you think contra indications are not adhered to!! thats terrible, i always use disposable wands for mascara and all brushes are steralised between uses of people. If I'm body painting then I decant product into another pot that i use just for that person and after, brushes and pots are steralised or thown away. Most professional MUA's will always use correct sanitary precautions. shame I am not closer we could work together sometime I hope you get someone for your shoot, you could always speak to the photographer and see if you could offer part paid shoot, money for expenses and images for time might be of interest to an MUA in your area. You would need to make sure the tog is happy to offer that tho
Posted 17 March 2011
simplydivine
Make Up Artist
simplydivine
god damn dont know why that went twice lol

Posted 17 March 2011
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