Help/Frequently Asked Questions
Re: Miscellaneous Makeup and Hair Services
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Make up Artist and Hair Stylist Services, Wedding Makeup Las Vegas Events, Commercial and Private, Hair and Makeup for Photography, Video, TV and All Media
Cost for Wedding Makeup and Hairstyling
The total cost for makeup and hair can vary. The total cost is dependent on several things:
- how many makeups and hair stylings are needed?
- what type of services are needed?
- the dates and time of requested service?
- Hotel parking fees associated with the location where the work is to be done.
Christine’s normal Wedding Service Costs
BRIDE’S Makeup and Hair
Christine’s minimum fee for in-your-hotel-room, on-location makeup and hair for the primary person is $225 plus any hotel parking fees.
Additional makeups and hair stylings done at the same location are normally charged at a “group rate”.
Group Rates for Additional Services.
If you would like to add a mother or another party member Christine has group rates where the per service rates are discounted
— the more services she does in one appointment, up to 3 total makeup and hairs, all in the same room, the lower the average per service cost for everyone.
For additional bridal party members, or to cut the time required, Christine may be able to organize an additional top artist at an additional cost. (Some Elaborate and Specialty Bridal Party Hair Styles may also be an additional cost)
— Bride Makeup and Hair and 1 Bridal Party member makeup or hair only is $295 total and require approx. 2 1/2 – 3 hours).
— Bride Makeup and Hair and 1 Bridal Party member with both makeup and hair is $360 total and require approx. 3 – 3 1/2 hours).
— Bride Makeup and Hair and 2 Bridal Party members makeup and hair is $485 total and require approx. 4 1/2 – 5 hours).
— Bride Makeup and Hair and 3 Bridal Party members makeup and hair is $610 total and require approx. 5 1/2 – 6 hours).
__NOTE: Christine is also available at 8 hour, 10 hour and 12 hour day rates. Please request a quote if this is of interest to you.
All Makeup is done as requested and Hair Styling is done as desired (and what is possible with client’s hair and haircut). Some extremely complicated hair styles will require additional time and may be an additional fee.
Bride’s session includes lashes and integrating client-supplied clip-in extensions if desired, as well as placement of client supplied hairpiece, tiara, flowers, veil etc.
Full 2 Hours is scheduled for Portrait Photo-quality Bridal Makeup and Hair.
Good, clean work takes time, and 2 hours should be sufficient in case of last minute changes or delays. (Christine will usually arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the appointment time to set up and need 5 to 10 minutes after finishing to pack up.)
Christine brings a variety of high quality strip lashes in different sizes for all who want them and there is never a charge for lashes.
Rates Fees Costs – What is the cost for Makeup and Hair in Las Vegas with Christiné?
Christine’s rates are very competitive. Christiné has been working in Las Vegas since 1994 and prior to that in Los Angeles and Munich. She has worked every type of production, and event. The actual cost for makeup and hair can vary depending on how many and what type of services are needed where and when the work is to be done and date(s) and time(s) of requested service(s).
If you would like a price quote, please send us the information on what exactly you need – Who, What, When and Where, – and we will get back to you ASAP with an all-inclusive, firm quote for what you request. Once we give you a quote for the services you request there will be no additional “extra cost items” added in at the end.
Events, Parties and Group Rates –
Single booking are charged a normal per-person rate. When 2 to 3 persons, events or parties, are needing services, they are booked at a group rate. The more services Christine is able to do herself, the lower the average, per-person cost.
The discounted costs for additional persons, events or parties depends on the total number of services needed, and If there is sufficient time for Christine to do everyone herself.
Travel distance, hotel parking fees, or any special services needed, will be considered and calculated into the total service costs.
Most Commercial Events are booked as 4, 8, 10 and 12 hour rates. In those cases, performing hair and makeup services are as-needed, for the entirety of the time booked. Therefore, bridal party members, groups, 4, 8, 10 and 12 hour rates receive a discounted average fee over single person service rates.
Group Rates and Pricing information for Wedding and Bridal Makeup and Hair services
4, 8, 10 and 12 hour Rates and Pricing information for TV Photo, Film, Video and Events
Makeup or Hair Only – Pricing
Single Makeup Only Pricing is available. However, our normal out-call “in-your-room” or “at-your-location” booking rate is for a minimum of 2 services: makeup and hair-styling, or 2 makeups only, or 2 hair-stylings.
The two service minimum is however, not absolute. Depending on the date, day of the week, time, location and the type and style, the single Makeup Only service may be available. Same-day or next-day requests may also be available. The best value, price-wise, is always with 2 or more services.
If you are familiar with Las Vegas you know that just traveling to and from hotels and other venues in Las Vegas takes some time. It can require as much as 1 hour (20 to 30 minutes each way) depending on which hotel or venue and the time of the day.
Once at the hotel or venue, parking, unloading and getting to the room or event location is at a minimum, another 10 – 15 minutes in each direction. It can be a very long walk through the labyrinth of the hotel concourse, hallways, and elevators.
We calculate in a minimum of 45 minutes just to get to a booking and another 45 minutes to get back or to the next booking. It usually takes about an hour to do a single makeup, getting set-up, doing the service, and packing up to leave. That adds up to a total of 2 1/2 hours.
If you are local, have the time and transportation and want to come to Christine (4 miles west of the Strip just off of Sahara) her fee is comparable to most quality salon based makeup artists.
Pricing information for Wedding and Bridal Makeup and Hair services
Pricing information for TV Photo, Film, Video and Events
What is the cost of a makeup trial?
The cost for makeup trial will vary. Do you want a makeup trial only? or makeup and hair? or maybe hair only? For the best rate a Trial should be booked with the wedding or event session. Mention that you want a trial in your Quote Request and we will include that in your quote. If you know what you want and can bring or send Christiné photos and are sure that your haircut will work with the style you want, there may be no need for a trial.
However, the day of the wedding is not the day to be indecisive, and there is almost never time to try different styles. If you are unsure about how you want your makeup done and what hairstyle you want, we then recommend a trial.
A trial almost always takes longer than the actual makeup and hair service. For a trial Christiné will discuss the styles you are wanting, make recommendations, go over colors and possible hair styles, and go from there. It will usually take a minimum of 2 hours.
Can you stay for touch ups, photos, makeup and hair changes?
In the case of weddings and photoshoots, Christiné’ or an associate can stay after the initial makeup and hair is finished for as long as needed. This service is priced at $50 – $100 per hour in addition to the initial service rate. She will stay and do touch ups as needed or desired. She can also change the hairstyle and glamorize the makeup to give the client a different look for the different setups or for the reception party.
Christine is also available at a day rate. Please ask for a quote if that is something you would like.
Get Pricing information for Wedding and Bridal Makeup and Hair services
Cancellation Policies and Refunds
Cancellation Policies: Refunds on retainer deposits depend on how far in advance the booking is cancelled. Cancellation refunds and rescheduling is covered in our Booking Agreement:
A Deposit of 50% applied towards the total fee is required for all hair and makeup bookings.
Most weddings are booked months in advance. Your deposit is your guarantee that Christine will do the agreed upon services at the times and dates as listed in your Booking Agreement.
This means a cancellation will prevent Christiné and any other artists who might be booked with her, from taking any jobs that might interfere with them being able to perform the agreed upon services in the booking agreement.
A cancellation may have cost them bookings for other events or commercial jobs that had later been requested for that same date.
Refunds of deposits
We have a sliding scale for refunds. Refunds take into consideration how far in advance the booking is cancelled or rescheduled and the credit card or Paypal fees encountered for processing the original sale and the refund. In making payment of your deposit you acknowledge the following:
- On a cancellation with more than 45 days notice, we will refund your deposit in full less a 15% service and bankcard fee.
- If cancelled 30 – 44 days prior you will be charged a 15% service and bankcard fee + a $50 cancel fee.
- If cancelled within 15- 29 days prior you will be charged a 15% service and bankcard fee + a $100 cancel fee.
- When cancelled within 3 – 14 days of your booking date, the entire deposit is not refundable.
- a cancellation within 48 hours of your booking date, the deposit is not refundable and a cancellation fee equal to the unpaid balance of the full quoted rate will be due.
In the case of postponements or rescheduling,
We will, when possible, move your new date or time, at no cost, for the same services, to your new date or time. If however we are already booked or not available for that date or time, rescheduling may not be possible. We will also assist in helping you find an available artist. In such a case when other options do not exist, this will be considered a cancellation and the normal cancellation policies and refunds of deposits fees will apply.
Becoming a working Makeup Artist
“How can I become a Working Makeup Artist?!” I don’t get as many request for this as I used to get. Youtube has made everyone feel they are a “makeup artist”. Youtube is great and it should be a part of your learning curriculum, but it is just a part.
Makeup Artist Basic Training
I believe basic training is important. I studied cosmetology in Munich Germany beginning at age 17. I learned all aspects After graduating, I apprenticed and interned and learned the practical business of skin care and beauty. I did hundreds of facials, waxings, nails, and eyelash extensions, but very little makeup at my job.
Learn by Doing. Do it , do it, do it!
I started doing makeup and hair styling for photography when I was 25 years old. I was lucky having a client who owned a photography studio who I was able to work with and learn from.
You must have the hand / eye coordination and the artist must be in you. If you have that, and the desire, all I can suggest is — learn it… live it… love it… obsess with it… study it… and most importantly do it…do it… and do it!…. on yourself, every girlfriend, relative, neighbor whatever.
You need good products and makeup is expensive, so the sooner you can get paid work the better. It’s a bit of a catch 22 — you need good work to get good work — so you have to create your first portfolio as if they are actual real jobs, they need to look professional and you need to be able to see what does — and what does not — look professional. If it doesn’t .. don’t show it. If you can’t see it — then you are in the wrong business.
Your Makeup Kit
I have — at every job — over 100 pounds of makeup and hair care products and implements, as well as a auxillary lighting setup for when I must work in those dark “closets” or corners that I often must work in — and invariably I will still find something new that I want to bring with me the next time…
You need to build your makeup and hair kits so you can be prepared for every possible situation that might happen on a shoot or at an event. You need to have, on hand at all times, endless types and shades of foundations, blushes, shadows, concealers, puffs, sponges, powders and more….
You need to have a variety of eyelashes, different curling irons, blow dryers, hot rollers, clip in hair in a wide variety of colors and lengths, and your own salon worth of hair styling products and tools.
A Working Makeup Artist needs to work
Once you feel you have the skills and your tools in order, you need to find talented photographers who are willing to take a risk using you. If you are going for “beauty work” try and get work on pretty people and get lots of good photos of your work. Build a portfolio of quality photos where your make up and hair look great! You will most likely work for free or for very low rates until you have a portfolio of high quality work to show. The work needs to at least look like it is from real jobs. (but don’t make phony VOGUE covers!)
Remember though… a true working makeup artist mudy work on all ages and all genders. Everyone can apply makeup nicely on fresh young faces. Doing makeup on older women is different. Makeup on men is also very important. Practice on everyone and every gender.
There are a lot of people calling themselves makeup artists. They put on crazy colors, and feathers, and do all kinds of “creative” things… I think that is great, however in my entire career I have only had a handful of jobs where the clients wanted crazy “creative” makeup.
I don’t do Cirque de Soleil or science fiction films. For me, the most important is knowing how to make people look their best. Make them look beautiful, in a natural way – subtle to dramatic — but always working to bring out their best features while minimizing problem areas.
Once you have developed your skills, and have some work and references, you need to make people aware of you. I suggest you build a professional website to show your work and tell people about yourself and show and tell them why they should hire you. Print up your business cards and promotional pieces… send out letters of introduction to all of your local potential employers and clients, call them, meet them, and then do it all over again.
You will also need to promote your business website in every way possible so that you come up well in the search engines, and buy additional advertising in markets that your potential clients will be looking to. You can figure that you need to spend around 20% of what you want to make every month on marketing and advertising. You can be the best artist in the world and if no one knows, you will not be successful. You have to get the word out.
In time, people will learn of you, and the jobs will start to come. Good photographers and producers know how important good makeup and hair is to a shoot.
Responsibilities of a Working Makeup Artist
Getting your foot in the door is very important, and once you do, you better not fail and you better be on time, work hard and be professional. You are often the first person, and often one of the last, that the client or talent sees before they go on stage, in front of the camera or down the aisle. Your job is to not only make them look beautiful but to “feel” beautiful and relaxed and confident. A future bride wants to be beautiful and confident. Being a makeup artist carries huge responsibilities. Your work can make or break a project, session or event.
You need to be prepared to work in tight quarters, back rooms, public restrooms, in the back of vans, cars, wading in water, climbing up (down) rocks in 110 degreee or 28 degree weather as the case may be. But it is still a great job!
Remember, “patience is a virtue” — 20 yr old celebrity stylists are the exception and not the rule — Passion and love for the art is wonderful, but experience and knowledge is very important, and it takes time and a lot of practice to get it. —
How to prepare for your makeup and hair services
How to prepare for makeup and hair services depends on the service required.
Normally, the most important, is to make sure you and any others in your group who are getting makeup, come with clean, dry hair, and “clean recently moisturized skin”.
Moisturize, Moisturize, moisturize! Las Vegas is in the desert, and the dry air sucks all the moisture from your skin. Please be aware and over-moisturize in the days leading up to your service and while you are in Las Vegas. to keep your skin as fresh as
Left-over makeup from the night before is a no-no. If we have to remove old makeup it takes additional time and can also stress the skin.
We also do not recommend facials within 3 days of your service.
Hair Styling For best results, hair that is to be curled should not have been “straightened” since its last washing and vice-versa.
Makeup and Hair for Business Photos
If you are doing a business headshot some prefer to just get a “clean-up” on their normal day to day makeup. In that case you can come with your normal makeup and Christine will maintain the integrity of your look and style.
However if you want to take advantage of Christine’s skills, here is your opportunity to see what an experienced artist would. In this case to prepare for makeup and hair services the rule of clean recently moisturized skin and dry hair will apply.
We will send you an email with any additional tip to prepare for makeup and hair services with your booking confirmation.
Can you recommend a manicurist or nail salon in Las Vegas?
We do not recommend any particular manicurist or nail studio in the Las Vegas Strip Hotel corridor.
If you are not a resident, you might find it the most price effective to get your manicures, pedicures, and nails done just before you come to Las Vegas.
Most locals use nail salons located off the Strip, however you will certainly find excellent manicurists in the Las Vegas hotel’s salons and spas.