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What is a bridal makeup contract?

A bridal makeup contract is an agreement signed by a beautician and the wedding party before the big day that outlines what services have been requested and agreed upon.

Not only does it help avoid confusion about what services the beautician is being paid for, it also acts as a record in case there are any disputes or misunderstandings. Usually, the contract will stipulate how long the makeup artist will work for, what materials they will provide, and include a clear, agreed upon fee.

Why you need a wedding makeup agreement

A wedding makeup agreement is important for both parties as it clearly explains what the terms and conditions of the service provided will include.

Without a bridal contract, beauticians may be open to scope creep. If you don't lay out the terms and conditions of your service and what's included, you may end up travelling to a location outside of your radius or providing makeup to other members of the bridal party without additional compensation.

It's better to have all of the details (no matter how small) worked out so neither party is asking for more than what's been agreed.

So, what are the most important elements for a wedding makeup contract to keep both parties (legally) safe?

What should be included in a bridal makeup contract?

Detailed descriptions of the work

The first thing you should make sure any bridal makeup contract has is in-depth descriptions of what services will be provided.

The price for the service, how many sessions (do you want to include a trial run? bridal hair?), tax obligations, and if the beautician will provide makeup for any other members of the wedding party should all be included here.

This section will also outline if the artist requires a table so they can set up their station or the bride to prepare their skin (i.e., cleansing or moisturizing) before they arrive to make the process smoother.

Schedule and appointments

Being particular about schedules is key—the makeup artist needs to know what time they need to be at the venue and when the bride will be ready for them.

Including the exact appointment time for when the makeup artist is expected to be on site can save the bride a lot of anxiety on the day. And since bridal makeup can vary from client to client depending on what they've asked for, artists should always give an estimate of how long they think it'll take them to create a look.

Payment details

Is the service being charged as a unit, or is the bridal makeup artist charging by the hour?

It's important to be crystal clear about the artist's fees. If the bride asks for some extra work on the day of the wedding but the makeup artist is working on an hourly rate, the contract will state that the added work will cost more.

This section should also outline whether the bride needs to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure the makeup artist's services for their wedding. Some artists collect 20-50% of the total invoice up-front to book an appointment and then collect the rest after the wedding. Or, they simply ask for a fee before the day:

Include payment details on your wedding makeup contract

Booking and travel expenses

If a makeup artist has to travel to a venue that isn't near them—who is liable to pay for travel and booking expenses?

The bridal makeup contract should have clauses that state who needs to pay for any expenses as well as if the artist charges for travel fees for travelling a certain distance. It's also important to clarify whether or not the makeup artist needs to get expenses approved by the client.

Don't forget to add the expenses clause when creating a bridal makeup contract

Requirement and delays

Include any specific requirements of both parties.

The makeup artist may need to arrive 30 minutes early to prepare and be ready. This section will also cover what happens if there is a delay—if the bride is running an hour late, they must agree to financially compensate the makeup artist for lost time.

Liabilities and social media rights

This section outlines the health and safety requirements of the makeup artist (ensuring all products are clean and sanitized appropriately before use) as well as any medical conditions the bride has.

If the bride has allergies to specific products or pre-existing skin conditions, they must declare it. This releases the makeup artist from liability for any skin complications that may occur as a result.

If the makeup artist wishes to use photographs of the bride on their social media page to show future customers, they must also get permission from the bride before posting.

Cancellation clause

A cancellation clause is important because it covers both parties if the wedding is postponed or cancelled.

The clause outlines how much notice either party needs to give. If the wedding is being postponed, there may be an opportunity for the bride to reschedule the artist for a fee. In the event that the wedding is cancelled or the makeup artist can no longer provide the service, the clause should outline the steps either party must take to terminate the agreement.

Other factors

Other important elements of a bridal makeup contract include clauses like confidentiality agreements, competitive engagements, and indemnity.

These sections cover the obligation of both parties for losses, damages, expenses, and how information must be handled once the contract is signed.

Simple bridal makeup contract template

Making sure your bridal makeup contract is legally watertight is important. While you can draft one yourself, using a template that's been checked by legal teams and includes all the clauses and details we've talked about will save you a ton of time.

What's the benefit of using Bonsai, instead of editing a template yourself?

Bonsai hasn't just created a bridal makeup contract—it's been checked over by lawyers to make sure it's legally sound.

Any party that signs the contract can feel safe that if something goes wrong before, during, or after the wedding—they'll be covered. And because no two weddings are the same, Bonsai's bridal makeup contract template is fully customizable, allowing the artist to change pricing details, dates, and cancellation clauses.

Want to try? Sign-up now to start creating your free bridal makeup contract template. It has all the basic elements both parties need to get started, and it’s been written and reviewed by top lawyers.

How to create a bridal makeup contract agreement with Bonsai

There are two ways you can use Bonsai to create a bridal makeup contract agreement—downloading a standard PDF template, or using our contract generator to customize your own.

Because Bonsai's templates are totally customizable, the contract generator allows you to tweak details like the cost of the bridal makeup, travel expense, and social media rights depending on what both parties agree to.

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Wedding makeup agreement FAQs

What does bridal makeup include?

Bridal makeup usually includes a personalized consultation, trial run, and all materials like foundation and mascara.

Some bridal makeup artists will also include skin preparation, mother-of-the-bride makeup, or even touch ups throughout the day in their packages.

What is a fair hourly compensation for a bridal makeup artist?

Hourly rates for a freelance makeup artist depends on their location as well as expenses like travel. Some bridal makeup artists in the United Kingdom charge around £25/hour. But it varies wildly in the United States—the national average is about $31/hour, swinging between $7.25 and $94.45/hour depending on location.

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Wedding Makeup Contract Template

This Contract is between Sample Client (the "Client") and John Doe (the "").

The Contract is dated [the date both parties sign].


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the to do the following: The Contractor will assist the Client with wedding makeup services.

1.2 Schedule. The will begin work on August 22, 2020 and the work is ongoing. This Contract can be ended by either Client or at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 6, Term and Termination.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the a rate of $55.00 (USD) per hour. Of this, the Client will pay the $250.00 (USD) before work begins.

1.4 Expenses. The Client will reimburse the 's expenses. Expenses do not need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The will invoice the Client weekly. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within 15 days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of 5.0% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The will not provide support for any deliverable once the Client accepts it, unless otherwise agreed in writing.


2.1 Client Owns All Work Product. As part of this job, the is creating “work product” for the Client. To avoid confusion, work product is the finished product, as well as drafts, notes, materials, mockups, hardware, designs, inventions, patents, code, and anything else that the works on—that is, conceives, creates, designs, develops, invents, works on, or reduces to practice—as part of this project, whether before the date of this Contract or after. The hereby gives the Client this work product once the Client pays for it in full. This means the is giving the Client all of its rights, titles, and interests in and to the work product (including intellectual property rights), and the Client will be the sole owner of it. The Client can use the work product however it wants or it can decide not to use the work product at all. The Client, for example, can modify, destroy, or sell it, as it sees fit.

2.2 's Use Of Work Product. Once the gives the work product to the Client, the does not have any rights to it, except those that the Client explicitly gives the here. The Client gives the Contractor permission to use the work product as part of the Contractor's portfolio and websites, in galleries, and in other media, so long as it is to showcase the Contractor's work and not for any other purpose. The Contractor is not allowed to sell or otherwise use the work product to make money or for any other commercial use. The Client is not allowed to take back this license, even after the Contract ends.

2.3 's Help Securing Ownership. In the future, the Client may need the 's help to show that the Client owns the work product or to complete the transfer. The agrees to help with that. For example, the may have to sign a patent application. The Client will pay any required expenses for this. If the Client can’t find the , the agrees that the Client can act on the 's behalf to accomplish the same thing. The following language gives the Client that right: if the Client can’t find the after spending reasonable effort trying to do so, the hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Client as the 's agent and attorney-in-fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest, to act for the and on the 's behalf to execute, verify, and file the required documents and to take any other legal action to accomplish the purposes of paragraph 2.1 (Client Owns All Work Product).

2.4 's IP That Is Not Work Product. During the course of this project, the might use intellectual property that the owns or has licensed from a third party, but that does not qualify as “work product.” This is called “background IP.” Possible examples of background IP are pre-existing code, type fonts, properly-licensed stock photos, and web application tools. The is not giving the Client this background IP. But, as part of the Contract, the is giving the Client a right to use and license (with the right to sublicense) the background IP to develop, market, sell, and support the Client’s products and services. The Client may use this background IP worldwide and free of charge, but it cannot transfer its rights to the background IP (except as allowed in Section 11.1 (Assignment)). The Client cannot sell or license the background IP separately from its products or services. The cannot take back this grant, and this grant does not end when the Contract is over.

2.5 's Right To Use Client IP. The may need to use the Client’s intellectual property to do its job. For example, if the Client is hiring the to build a website, the may have to use the Client’s logo. The Client agrees to let the use the Client’s intellectual property and other intellectual property that the Client controls to the extent reasonably necessary to do the 's job. Beyond that, the Client is not giving the any intellectual property rights, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Contract.

3. COMPETITIVE ENGAGEMENTS. The won’t work for a competitor of the Client until this Contract ends. To avoid confusion, a competitor is any third party that develops, manufactures, promotes, sells, licenses, distributes, or provides products or services that are substantially similar to the Client’s products or services. A competitor is also a third party that plans to do any of those things. The one exception to this restriction is if the asks for permission beforehand and the Client agrees to it in writing. If the uses employees or subcontractors, the must make sure they follow the obligations in this paragraph, as well.

4. NON-SOLICITATION. Until this Contract ends, the won’t: (a) encourage Client employees or service providers to stop working for the Client; (b) encourage Client customers or clients to stop doing business with the Client; or (c) hire anyone who worked for the Client over the 12-month period before the Contract ended. The one exception is if the puts out a general ad and someone who happened to work for the Client responds. In that case, the may hire that candidate. The promises that it won’t do anything in this paragraph on behalf of itself or a third party.


5.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

5.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

5.3 Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The promises that it owns the work product, that the is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the uses employees or subcontractors, the also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the giving the any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the 's background IP and work product.

5.4 Will Comply With Laws. The promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

5.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights, that the has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

5.6 Client Will Review Work. The Client promises to review the work product, to be reasonably available to the if the has questions regarding this project, and to provide timely feedback and decisions.

5.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights.

6. TERM AND TERMINATION. This Contract is ongoing, until ended by the Client or the . Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 11.4. The must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice, unless the notice says otherwise. The Client will pay the for the work done up until when the Contract ends and will reimburse the for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses. The following sections don’t end even after the Contract ends: 2 (Ownership and Licenses); 3 (Competitive Engagements); 4 (Non-Solicitation); 5 (Representations); 8 (Confidential Information); 9 (Limitation of Liability); 10 (Indemnity); and 11 (General).

7. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR. The Client is hiring the as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

- The will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.- The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.- The Client will not provide the with any training.- The Client and the do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.- The cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.- The is not entitled to the Client’s benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).- The is responsible for its own taxes.- The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the or any of the 's employees or subcontractors.


8.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

8.2 The Client’s Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The promises to treat this information as if it is the 's own confidential information. The may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the written permission to use the information for another purpose, the may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the written permission first. The must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The 's responsibilities only stop if the can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the came across it; (ii) the information became public after the came across it, but not because of anything the did or didn’t do; (iii) the already knew the information when the came across it and the didn’t have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the with the information without requiring that the keep it a secret; or (v) the created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

8.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It’s possible the Client and the each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.


10.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the did, then the may promise to come to the Client’s defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

10.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and its and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the of the promises it is making in Section 5 (Representations).

10.3 Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the (and its affiliates and its and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.


11.1 Assignment. This Contract applies only to the Client and the . The cannot assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the Client’s written permission. In contrast, the Client may assign its rights and delegate its obligations under this Contract without the 's permission. This is necessary in case, for example, another Client buys out the Client or if the Client decides to sell the work product that results from this Contract.

11.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

11.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

11.4 Notices.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party’s address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

11.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that’s the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

11.6 Signatures. The Client and the must sign this document using Bonsai’s e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

11.7 Governing Law. The laws of the state of New Hampshire govern the rights and obligations of the Client and the under this Contract, without regard to conflict of law principles of that state.

11.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties’ final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.


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