So I've always been asked about my prices & rates by clients as well as other MUAs/Hair Stylists/Nail Artists etc. about why I charge the way I do. I've lost count of the times I've been asked why I do charge so much, since apparently it's just makeup! I wish it really was that easy but unfortunately it's not that simple & here's why...
What you are paying for when you book a Professional Working Artist:
Expertise - Yes, some artists are self taught and have worked their way up on their own skills & knowledge so it is not necessary to be trained. However a lot have worked hard on earning QUALIFICATIONS as well as attending master classes & workshops so that they can truly build up their skills & have a wide knowledge of all skins as well as learn different techniques to suit the various skin types. These courses, workshops, classes etc. aren't cheap & add up over time as new techniques, products & skills come up.
Also the longer you have worked as an artist, the more EXPERIENCE you attain. A new makeup artist is hardly going to charge the same as established artists - Lisa Eldridge, Charlotte Tilbury, Tamanna Roashan (DressYourFace) because they still have to gain experience on working on the different skin types, shapes & tones which only can happen with time.
Products - Good quality, professional products are a major point in a Artists kit - If your MUA is using cheap drugstore brands in their entire kit than their prices would reflect that. However if you want luxury brands like CHANEL, DIOR, ILLAMASQUA and Keyvn Aucoin - products that will really work, whatever it may be, shoots, your wedding day, the red carpet, fashion shows etc. then you have to be willing to pay that too. Higher quality products perform much better, last longer on the skin & therefore cost much more. Not to forget that these products need to be consistently replaced due to expiry dates, breakages, loss etc. Then add in the specialty items i.e. those with sensitive, oily, dry, combo skin - The cost of individual makeovers really does start to build up!
Also the tools themselves cost a lot - Makeup Cases, Brushes, Tweezers, Spatulas, Airbrush Kit - Again this does vary from artist to artist but the pro products really make a huge difference between luxury & everyday. Remember these also have to be cleaned, sanitised, disinfected in between clients & again replaced every so often due to damage, loss & even theft!
This is the main reason why some salon prices vary a great deal in their prices compared to freelancers because the cost of everything is already taken in by the other services provided by the salon & frankly some of the brands they use are very generic & not always of pro quality. I know, I have seen them used in action!! Also you have to travel to the salon to get yourself glammed up as opposed to someone coming out to you especially.
Don't forget Website, Business cards, Professional Wardrobe, Disposables & Pro Card Fees, Taxes, Social Networking, Advertising all count as well.
A well rounded makeup kit catered to clients with any skin tone & type etc. can range upwards of 12k!
Travel - Most Makeup Artists I know, travel to their clients to give them make-overs in the luxury of their own homes or at their chosen venue so that they have more peace of mind and more of a tailor made luxury service, that means carting our heavy kits up & down stairs. Keep in mind the cost of fuel, parking, vehicle maintenance and even extra equipment like additional lighting & stools.
If you want to go to the salon to get yourself glammed up as opposed to someone coming out to you especially obviously travel costs won't factor into the price.
Time & Service - I am a high end Make up Artist and I make sure I give a tailor - made, personal service to each & every one of my clients. This is reflected in my work and my prices. I've always made sure that I've left my clients happy & satisfied and if not then I always spend extra time making certain that they achieve the look they want. It's one of the reasons why I am selective in what I book & why I never take on too many bookings especially bridals in one day. This includes me being in constant touch with my clients via phone, text & email so that we can come up with an appropriate look, specifically for them. It also means I've gone out of my way to pick up products that I know will benefit my clients specifically.
The amount of artists who tell me how many clients unload on them, just needing someone to listen to them, no longer surprises me. I have had brides, breakdown & cry. I've also had to be strict & tell off intrusive bride maids & aunts who carelessly throw their opinions around, hurting the bride's feelings on her special day.
Insurance - All artists should have Kit & Liability Insurance - This isn't usually a problem in salons - but freelance artists have to make sure they have the right coverage to protect themselves and you, the clients. This means an annual fee which gives everyone the peace of mind so that everything is covered.
I really hope that this was helpful & interesting for some. Do let me know if you have any questions or queries, I'll be happy to answer them!
Hi Lovelies, I'm Fox...
And I'm a 26 Year old Human Biologist with over 6 years experience in the Beauty Industry.
Olive Skin with a Yellow undertone. Skin Type - Oily to Oily/Dehydrated.
My Foundation Shades in the following brands -
Star - 031
Forever - Sand 031
Velvet - 30 Beige
Matte - 30 Beige
Le Teint Ultra Tenue - 40 Beige
Total Control Drop Foundation - 08
Sheer Matte - Punjab/Stromboli
Sheer Glow - Punjab/Stromboli
All Day Luminous - Punjab
Velvet Matte Skin Tint - St Moritz
Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX06
Skin Base - SB8/9
Tinted Oil Free Moisturiser - Bisque
Big Easy Complexion Perfector - Beige
Teint Idole Ultra Wear - 049
MUFE HD - 127
MUFE ULTRA HD -
MUFE ULTRA HD Invisible Cover Stick -
Double Wear SIP - Rattan/Tawny
Double Wear Light - 3.0
Double Wear Maximum Cover - Rattan/Tawny
DayWear BB - Light Medium
Studio Fix Fluid - NC30
Studio Skin - 2.3
Traceless Perfecting - Bare Beige/Bisque 04
Traceless Stick - Bisque
Perfect Matte Touch - AMBER
Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick - BUFF
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