May 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm #170601
I am just starting out as a makeup artist and I’m not sure what my pricing should be. Any help would be great! ThnaksMay 22, 2012 at 11:28 am #172026
I just started out too and have had only one paid job so far. I charged $50. In my experience with other MUAs , the more experienced ones charge anywhere from $65-$100. So I felt $50 was fair for MUA just starting out and the client agreed. Hope that helps and good luck:) It’s such a fun job!May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm #172046
A couple things to remember when setting your prices:
a) nobody knows you’re new at this. There’s really no reason to tell them. If you have the skill to be a MUA, that’s all they need to know. How would you feel if you went in to surgery and your doctor said “I’m new, you’re my first patient!” There’s no reason to take that confidence away from yourself or your client.
b) you’re setting an expectation with your prices. Go too far below your competition and people may assume you’re inferior. Also, you may have a tough time raising your prices once you set that expectation, so thinking that you’ll raise your prices once you’re experienced could be a trap (heard about the Inglot scandal?)
c) don’t undersell your competition. You want business, but unless you’re working in a salon (which I’m guessing you’re not) MOST of your business is going to be word of mouth. And believe it or not, some of that word of mouth will come from other artists. I get calls quite often from other makeup artists who, for whatever reason, can’t take a job (and occasionally, need someone to share a large gig with). They’re not going to refer a future potential client to someone they know charges significantly less than they do. In essence, you want to make contacts, not alienate them.
I personally charge $100 for bridal work, which includes lashes if they’d like and also includes travel w/in a 20 mile radius. I came to that price by basically checking out what the people around me were charging for similar services. Keep in mind, you will find that salon “makeup artists” (generally the same chick that does hair/nails) charge less- this is because they are not using their own product and the client comes to them. Just one more consideration to make
Good luck!May 23, 2012 at 10:41 am #172202
Thank you both so much for all the help! Jessica you have some very good points that I will definitely put into consideration. I really can’t wait til this takes off! Doing make up is my passion I love making people feel amazing about themselves and bringing out all the potential that they didn’t know they had! Anyway I won’t sit here and ramble!!! Thank you both again!!!!
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