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How much does Wedding Makeup cost?

Average Price
$500-$785

What is the price of Wedding Makeup?

In search of a wedding makeup expert to get you ready for your big day, but unsure of the cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much your makeup artist will charge for their services.

Benefits of getting a Makeup Artist on your wedding day

Applying your wedding makeup isn’t as easy as it looks. Not only does your makeup need to look good in person and last all day, but it must photograph beautifully too. Plus it needs to suit the style of your hair and dress. That’s why most brides hire a professional makeup artist instead. As well as applying your makeup, they are there to calm and reassure you, and their presence will set the tone for the rest of the day. 

What does a professional Wedding Makeup service involve?

Wedding makeup usually includes a trial, which will give the makeup artist the chance to select the right products, and ensure you are happy with the finished look. This includes matching products to your skin tone, as well as creating the kind of look you had in mind such as natural, soft glam, or even a vintage makeup look. 

On the day, the makeup artist will travel to your location and apply the makeup while you are getting ready. The service may also include makeup application for the wider bridal party too, including the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids. 

How much does Wedding Makeup cost? 

The cost of wedding makeup application in Australia ranges between $500 and $785 on average. As you might expect, prices do vary significantly across the country.

Average cost of Wedding Makeup
Average cost$650
Minimum cost$500
Maximum cost$785

Though these are the average costs, wedding makeup artists are free to command any rate they choose. Expect to pay more for in-demand makeup artists, especially those who are the most experienced. 

What changes the price of Wedding Makeup? 

The cost of wedding makeup varies depending on several factors, including: 

  • Experience of makeup artist

  • Number of people

  • Makeup style

  • Touch-ups

  • Your wedding date

  • Brand of makeup used

  • Location

Experience of makeup artist

The experience of the makeup artist will determine the cost, probably more so than any other factor. 

Newly graduated makeup artists may charge as little as $180 for wedding makeup, though won’t have as much experience in product application or the running order of the day. 

It’s important that if you do opt for a lesser experienced makeup artist, that they can deliver exactly what you had in mind. Meeting your makeup artist in person and checking out their portfolio is always a good idea - regardless of their experience. 

Average cost of a Makeup Artist based on the level of experience
Level of experienceHighest average priceLowest average price
Newly graduated$300$180
Standard$650$400
Highly experienced$800$600

On the other end of the scale, expert wedding makeup artists can charge anywhere up to $800 and above. Such professionals will have an extremely impressive portfolio, with potentially hundreds of weddings under their belt. 

Beyond this, makeup artists with celebrity experience or even a large social media following may charge thousands of dollars to apply your wedding makeup. So there is flexibility across the board depending on what you have in mind. 

Number of people

Wedding makeup can be applied to the bride only, or the wider bridal party. Most makeup artists will offer a package deal to cover the different options which will help manage the costs. For larger bridal parties, your makeup artist may require an assistant, or you may have to hire additional makeup artists which will bump up the cost.

Makeup style

Some brides prefer a natural makeup look on their big day, and others want full-on glam. The makeup style may affect the cost, as some makeup looks require far fewer products than others. Plus, some looks take much more time to complete, especially if you’re opting for something dramatic. 

Also, aspects such as individual lashes will take far longer to apply than just a regular coat of mascara or even strip lashes. That’s another reason why paying for a trial is so important, so that you can be sure of the timing, not to mention the cost of your chosen makeup look.

Touch-ups

Your makeup artist may offer touch-ups as part of their service at an extra cost.  

Even with the best primer and setting spray in the world, your wedding makeup may require touch-ups throughout the day, especially as you move into the evening reception. 

Plus, there’s no getting away from that Australian weather either, which can be particularly hot and humid or even cool and rainy depending on where you’re based. All of which can affect the longevity of your makeup. 

Brides who have more than one wedding dress may also choose a different makeup look for each outfit. In which case, you’ll need to hire your makeup artist for the full day, rather than just a couple of hours. 

Your wedding date

Similar to other wedding providers such as venues, there are certain times of the year when makeup artists are busier than others. This even applies to the days of the week, with Fridays and Saturdays being the most common days when people get married. 

If you are looking to save money, then choosing an off-peak season or day of the week is the way to go. On the flip side, your makeup artist may charge a premium if you book them during their busiest period. 

Brand of makeup used

Makeup varies significantly in quality from regular drugstore makeup to designer brands. Makeup artists have to purchase a lot of products and tools for their kit. If their kit is completely high end, their services are likely to cost more than someone who only uses basic products. 

Some makeup artists may also be affiliated with certain brands, including having been trained by them. Such courses can cost thousands of dollars to attend, which will likely make their services more expensive. 

On rare occasions, you may also require or request products that aren’t part of your makeup artist’s standard kit. If so, the purchase cost will be passed onto you. 

Location

The location will impact the cost of any service you wish to hire, and makeup artists are no exception.

Areas in Western Australia such as Perth typically have the cheapest prices, averaging at $500 for a makeup trial and wedding day makeup.

Sydney is the most expensive area, averaging $785 for bridal makeup. Makeup artists in bigger cities will usually command a higher rate, though you’ll also have more choice over the professionals that are available too. 

Average cost of a Wedding Makeup artist based on the location
LocationAverage wedding makeup cost
Melbourne$700
Sydney$785
Adelaide$550
Brisbane$675
Perth$500

However, when you consider all the other factors, it’s possible to find wedding makeup artists that charge above or below the average costs for their location. 

It does depend on the type of bridal look you require, the time of year it is and the experience of the professional. 

Is it worth hiring a makeup artist for your wedding?

Given you will look back on your wedding photographs for the rest of your life, it’s essential that you’re happy with how your makeup has been applied. Few of us are confident makeup artists, especially when it comes to bridal makeup which needs to photograph well and last all day. Plus on your wedding day, you want everything to go to plan. Having someone take care of your makeup will relieve a lot of stress, and will ensure you get exactly what you had in mind. 

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