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How much does prom makeup cost?

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The average cost for a makeup artist is $80. You are likely to spend between $50 and $135 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Prom generally takes place between March and early June. Professional makeup artists can apply event makeup prior to the dance. Common styles requested for prom makeup include bold and glamorous, natural and clean, soft and romantic, smokey eyes, bold lips, or gentle glow. Several factors affect the cost of prom makeup.


Makeup artists may have one standard rate for prom makeup application, or they may vary their rate depending on the style requested. A prom look typically includes application of foundation and makeup for eyes, cheeks, lips and finishing touches. Lashes may or may not have an extra charge. Here are some examples of standard rates:


False eyelashes are available as part of prom makeup. Some makeup artists include the cost and application of the lashes in their base rate, while others charge an additional fee. Rates typically cover strip lashes, application and trimming. Ashley Sedmak Hair & Makeup and Amanda Gleason Makeup Artist both charge $10 for event lashes.


A popular trend in prom makeup is airbrushing and contouring. This technique requires special equipment and technical skills so the overall cost of service will likely be higher. Some makeup artists do include airbrushing in their base rate, however. Amanda Gleason Makeup Artist charges an additional $10 fee for airbrushing, for a total of $75 for event makeup and airbrush application.


Many makeup artists also offer prom hair services. By bundling hair and makeup together, customers can save on the per service cost than if paying for each service individually.

Trial makeup

Many makeup artists offer a trial application for event makeup. Some pros include this service in their total fee, while others charge an additional cost for the service, especially if it includes travel. Because prom makeup is generally less expensive than other services, such as wedding makeup, a trial application will likely be equal to or slightly less than the standard event makeup rate.


Clients may request that a makeup artist travel to their home or location, in which case transportation costs may be billed to the client to account for the makeup artist’s time and transportation expenses.


Makeup artists in larger cities with higher costs of living typically will charge higher rates for prom makeup services than those living in more rural areas and other places with lower costs of living.

Pro tip:

  • To secure your favored makeup artist—especially for in-demand evenings like prom—you’ll typically have to pay deposit. Raven Reed Bridal & Event Makeup Artist requires a 50 percent deposit that is nonrefundable.

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Recent reviews

Amaly Beauty

Amaly did an amazing job on my prom makeup! She was attentive, followed an inspiration picture that I had, and made sure that I liked every part of it. The pictures came out great and I could not have asked for better. I will definitely be using her services again.

Bella Glam Esthetic Svcs, LLC

Bertha did an amazing job! She exceeded my expectations in every way and went far and beyond imaginable. We were all extremely pleased with the results. We absolutely loved her makeup application! She was very professional and a lot of fun, which eased my nerves. Her price was very reasonable and her products were high end products. I will definitely be using her in the future.

Beauty by Jaime

She did a great job on the makeup! However, the time that it took to do it was longer than expected. I was unable to take official pictures for my prom and many preliminary prom things had to be cancelled. It was frustrating, but I was satisfied with the makeup.