People think skills come by accident forgeting you pay a lot to get that skill and after that, you had to get more knowledge on the skill over years to make you a professional and experienced.
We suffer a lot offering services to our society, they want the best yet they refused to pay for it. I can’t count how many times i’ve heard “what? You Makeup Artists are ripping us off! The truth is, they might probably not call us if we have only MaryKay products in our box, most probably because they want our boxes snapped by their photographer so they want us to flaunt blackup, makeup forever, mac etc. The least of these products is 8k for one foundation, not to talk about the powder, primer, shadows etc.
Now, the calculation they’ll probably give will be is it once you’ll use it? Yes, you’re right, it’s an investment, so this is where expertise comes in, you are paying us for our experience and being good at what we do. “Someone will do it for 15k for me”. Trust me, you are just either a practice doll, they just finished makeup school and needs a portfolio badly or they are the ones ready with wine eyebrow pencil for you.
Another point is the phrase “what is the big deal? Youtube is there”. Yes, you are also right, youtube is there, so why bother us at all? Afterall the makeup done on youtube can be found here in Nigeria, abi? Why not also grab your degree alongside. Youtube is just a guide not a professional evidence of our artistic talent or should I simply tell you to get your certificate from youtube. So next time I give price, dont conpare me with youtube, i am physical not digital. And please, stop trying to cajole We Makeup Artist by saying “Don’t worry, I will give you more jobs”, we are not illiterates and we know more jobs means you’ll still pay peanuts. You will not tell lawyers how to do their jobs so please refrain from telling us how to do ours.
Another phrase is “Makeup Artists are Proud”. Yes, We are! You are not in our shoes and haven’t faced half of what we face in our field, to cap it all, we are quite learned! We have lawyers, doctors, engineers amongst us! This means we have every reason to be proud. Also don’t judge us by one person’s character. Most of our charges are based on expertise, experience, location, and how many makeup needs to be done. Don’t expect us to take 50k from you, and you want us to do your makeup, hair, nails, and you are changing thrice, your mom’s makeup and 5 bridal train, most of all, you live in an outskirt! Have a heart! It ain’t gonna happen! We also have bills to pay more than you probably do.
Now, lets quickly do a simple analysis of why 50k wont work for outskirts, lets pick Lambe as an example, a cab wont take us to Lambe for less than 3k5, that’s 3k5x4 (to n fro), that’s 14k, as we have to fix the bridal hair n nails a day to the wedding! We mostly work with assistants preferably professionals and we pay let’s say 15k, we don’t do our work alone, so we have bridal hair specialists and nail specialists who we pay either based on contracts sum of 20k and that’s because they are our crew! Because if we try doing everything ourselves, we might be tired by the time we start doing the makeup and might not give the bride best of service. 20k+15k+14k=49k.
As you can see, this will not work well at all! I have not even calculated my own expertise and experience plus my products! I dud not even calculate the stress of going to such distance! Now the above analysis is based on my location, so pricing differs as we have bridal hair specialists charging as much as 50k or more, that’s experience and expertise. It is simple, you want the best, Pay For It. Everything listed are analysis only as it most times more!
Despite the fact that i used an outskirt as an example for the pricing if services won’t change even within town as the difference in transportation but expertise and experience charges wont change. So i won’t still do 50k for your hair, nails and makeup within town! Hehehehehehe! Sneaky right?
So stop complaining on how much we charge but look at the beautiful memories we will create, with good makeup you will still be happy 20 years later looking at the pictures.