How Much to Tip Your Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

Like all wedding ceremony distributors, your hair and make-up artists work exhausting in your wedding ceremony day. Early begin instances, lengthy hours on their ft, the stress to get issues good for images—it’s not precisely a stroll within the park. Showing how grateful you might be for his or her effort will go a great distance and that gratitude begins with, properly, gratuity. 

“A tip helps assure your individuals present up to the very best of their skill,” says wedding ceremony hair and make-up professional Mia Hendrickson. “It energizes and conjures up hair and make-up artists to [do things] larger, brighter, and higher.”

Meet the Expert

Mia Hendrickson is the proprietor of Mia Farah Beautique, a Philadelphia-based onsite hair and make-up outfit that additionally providers purchasers in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. She has been working with brides since 2004. 

Gratuity additionally helps your distributors offset any cash misplaced from not spending the day in a salon. Think about it: Most weddings happen on the weekend, which is when hair execs will possible see probably the most purchasers of their chairs. If they’re devoting a complete Saturday to journey to you and your bridesmaids as an alternative, they may probably be dropping out on enterprise. So, you’ll positively need to provide somewhat additional for his or her time, however it may be tough to work out the suitable quantity. Not certain how a lot to tip your hair stylist and make-up artist in your wedding ceremony day? Read on for Hendrickson’s knowledgeable steerage. 

How Much to Tip Your Hair and Makeup Artist

Per Hendrickson, a normal gratuity quantity ought to fall between 15 and 20 p.c of your whole service payment. That service payment wouldn’t embrace the price of add-ons offered by the artist, corresponding to mink lashes, hair extensions, or hair equipment, nor would it not embrace any prices related to journey, corresponding to mileage or an in a single day resort keep. That mentioned, in case your artist has traveled far outdoors of their typical geographic space to work with you, they might be lacking out on different jobs or time with their household to be at your wedding ceremony. In these cases, somewhat additional money is all the time appreciated. 

Before you begin tipping, test your contract—your vendor might have already constructed a service payment into your whole quantity, or they might have a particular methodology for distributing suggestions amongst workers. If no pointers are stipulated, every artist needs to be tipped individually primarily based on the providers they carry out. For instance, if one artist does make-up for 3 bridesmaids at a price of $150 per particular person, she needs to be tipped 15 to 20 p.c of $450. Rates for every service needs to be mentioned forward of time, however in case you are charged one lump sum for the work of a number of artists, it is best to break up the overall tip quantity evenly amongst all the artists current.

For straightforward distribution that doesn’t really feel too impersonal, place money and a fast thanks card in an envelope. No want to pen a novel—a pre-written “Thanks for making us look and really feel our greatest!” works nice.

Tipping and Etiquette FAQs 
My artist can also be the proprietor of the corporate. Should I tip them? 

Yes! Gratuity exhibits your appreciation for providers rendered. If a enterprise proprietor can also be functioning as an artist, they deserve that appreciation.

My bridesmaids are paying for their very own hair and make-up. Should additionally they cowl their suggestions?  

Yes. It’s best for all events concerned if the particular person protecting the price of a service additionally covers the tip.

Should I tip extra if I’m the bride? 

Some artists cost greater service charges for VIPs such because the bride or mom of the bride as a result of their providers might take longer or contain extras corresponding to airbrush make-up. If your service prices extra, you’ll find yourself tipping extra, however you don’t want to transfer past the 15 to 20 p.c vary in case your artist is engaged on a number of individuals in your wedding ceremony day. If, nonetheless, the artist got here out particularly for you, Hendrickson suggests tipping extra to assist account for some other enterprise alternatives they might have missed out on that day.  

I had separate hair and make-up artists, however each are from the identical firm. Should I tip them equally? 

Each artist’s tip needs to be calculated primarily based on the price of their service. If a hair service prices greater than a make-up service, then your hair stylist’s tip will probably be bigger.

How can I assist guarantee I’m happy with the service? 

“Satisfaction with our service actually is related to you allotting us sufficient time,” says Hendrickson. So whereas 7 a.m. would possibly seem to be a painfully early name time, know that your vendor has plotted out a schedule that may guarantee nobody is rushed right into a too-quick updo or an uneven contour. In the identical vein, you additionally need to heed their steerage when it comes to reserving the suitable quantity of artists for the day. “The candy spot is 4 providers in a five-hour block,” says Hendrickson. A bride plus seven bridesmaids equates to 16 hair and make-up providers whole, which might require 4 artists.

Should I present meals for my hair and make-up artists? 

Yes! Hair and make-up artistry requires a ton of psychological and bodily power, so carry on the bagels and the caffeine. If you’re ordering breakfast in your bridesmaid group, issue within the headcount in your artists as properly. And if an artist is staying late for touch-ups after the ceremony, you might also need to get them organized a vendor dinner. 

In what circumstances ought to I tip above 20 p.c? 

“When somebody performs an obligation that’s out of the scope of the contract, it is best to enhance their gratuity,” says Hendrickson. If your artist squeezes in additional appointments last-minute or stays via the reception for a hair change or make-up touch-ups and that wasn’t beforehand mentioned, contemplate including on to their tip. 

How else can I present my appreciation? 

Reviews are good, however for Hendrickson, referrals are the place it is at. So if you happen to actually liked an artist’s providers, sing their praises at any time when somebody asks for a suggestion. “I get excited once I get a referral as a result of they’re possible going to be from the identical like-minded pool of individuals,” Hendrickson says. “I can let my guard down and be somewhat extra relaxed.”

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