Todays blog is all about the cost of Wedding Makeup. Lets be honest, Weddings can be expensive. There's no denying that the list of things required for weddings add up quickly. I want to break down Wedding Makeup costs (p.s its going to be a long blog).
So what are you paying for when you hire a Professional Makeup Artist for your wedding? Let me start with a breakdown of the products I use in my kit. I will use Saturday's beautiful bride at GGS Yard for an example of what is used.
Skin Prep: Embryollise Micellar Water £8, Nuxe Lip Balm £10, Bioderma Eye Cream £10, Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer, £34, Sonia Roselli Waterbalm £37 (exc shipping & custom fees), Mac Prep & Prime £19, Mac Lip Primer £14. A total of £132
Face: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £42, Nars Radiant Booster £25, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder £34, Genius Magic Powder £33, Filmstar Bronze and Glow £49, Magic Away Concealer £24, Becca Cosmetics Skin Perfector £30, Hourglass Ambient Light Blush (travel size) £20, Urban Decay Setting Spray £24. A total of £281
Eyes: Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette £39, Tarte Cosmetics In Bloom Palette £38, Beauty Pie Gel Liner £4, Eylure Fleur De Force Lashes £5.25, Nars Climax Mascara (mini) £9.50. A total of £95.75
Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick £24, Nars Lip Glide £23. A total of £47.
This all adds up to a total of £555.75. Not cheap, and I know that you would get more than one use out of the products but this just gives an idea of costs. This doesn't include brushes, disposable mascara wands and lip gloss wands, eyelash glue, cotton wool, cotton buds, anti bacterial brush cleaner and IPA spray.
My kit is all high end, I only stock good quality makeup that I believe is long lasting and effective. When charging for Wedding Makekup I believe you need to have the best quality kit possible.
Now onto my Training. I trained at the prestigious Academy of Makeup Scotland with the best in the industry. I regularly attend courses to keep up to date and to ensure I can cater for all different types of skin tones and types. I have done courses in Asian Bridal Makeup, Mature Skin and Black Skin Masterclasses. I also attend training with some of the very best Makeup Artists out there, last year I travelled to London and Dublin to attend classes and this year I will be going to Manchester for more.
These are the biggest expenses, but the little ones all add up too. My monthly expenses consist of Website (which I manage and created myself), Insurance (very important), Accountant (sadly I am not good with numbers myself), Business Bank Charges, Advertising, Wedding Fayres, Petrol, Public Liability Insurance, Car Maintenance.
It's amazing how all these things add up. It's not just the makeup you are paying for when you book in for your Wedding Makeup, I offer all my brides a document with hints and tips for skin prep in the run up to their special day and I am always available to answer any questions and concerns a Bride may have about wedding makeup or skincare. I provide contracts to give Brides peace of mind.
I just wanted to point out all the extras that we don't always think about. This doesn't apply to only wedding makeup, this applies to all wedding professionals. I have heard people have conversations about Weddings and how people charge extra when you mention weddings and in all honesty before I was in this industry I would agree, but now I can see how much more you get when you are paying a Professional. We put 110% into ensuring your day goes smoothly and that it's the best day ever. We all want a Happily Ever After.