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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:

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Detail the services to be performed, client info, your business information, terms of service, cancellation clause, payment terms/price and add your contact information. Try Bonsai's free templates to kick start a makeup contract.

It is best practice to do your hair first before you do your make up. However, in reality, it isn't that big of a deal which order is first. Don't overthink it!

It is best practice to do your hair first before you do your make up. However, in reality, it isn't that big of a deal which order is first. Don't overthink it!

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Free Bridal Makeup Contract Template

Bridal Makeup Contract

Makeup Artist
First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

THIS WEDDING MAKEUP CONTRACT (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into on [ENTER EFFECTIVE DATE] (the “Effective Date”) between [ENTER MAKEUP ARTIST NAME] (the “Makeup Artist”), located at [ENTER MAKEUP ARTIST ADDRESS] and [ENTER CLIENT NAME] (the “Client”), located at [ENTER CLIENT ADDRESS] (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties” and individually as a “Party”).


Makeup Artist shall provide the Services as outlined below:

1.1 Scheduled Services Date: [ENTER APPLICABLE DATE].

1.2 Scheduled Services Start Time: [ENTER APPLICABLE START TIME].

1.3 Scheduled Services End Time: [ENTER APPLICABLE END TIME].

1.4 Scheduled Services Location: [ENTER APPLICABLE LOCATION].

1.5 Makeup Artistry Services


1.6 Working environment.

Client agrees to undertake its best efforts to ensure that Makeup Artist is provided with a safe working environment. Makeup Artist retains the right to cancel the remainder of any Services in the event Client, guests and/or attendees at any scheduled services location commit any instances of sexual harassment, violence, threats or other similar behavior that would lead a reasonable person to feel unsafe in such an environment. If the event of such cancellation, Client shall not be entitled any refund.

1.7 Image rights.

Client hereby assigns Makeup Artist the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and distribute video and/or picture materials of Client or in which Client may be included, for editorial, trade, advertising, educational and/or any other purpose and in any manner and medium. Client releases any and all claims to profits that may arise from the use of video and/or images used by Makeup Artist.


The Parties agree that Makeup Artist shall be paid as outlined below:

2.1 Total Fee for the Makeup Artistry Services:

[ENTER APPLICABLE TOTAL SERVICES FEE]. Client shall pay the total services fee on [ENTER APPLICABLE PAYMENT DUE DATE]. Should Makeup Artist be requested by Client to perform services past the scheduled services end time, any such services shall be billed by Makeup Artist at an hourly rate of [ENTER APPLICABLE HOURLY RATE]. Should Makeup Artist be required to work over [ENTER APPLICABLE NUMBER OF HOURS] on any given day, Makeup Artist shall charge the Client an increased hourly rate of [ENTER APPLICABLE HOURLY RATE] for any such service hours.

2.2 Fee Revision.

Makeup Artist may revise the fees provided in this Agreement if (a) Client requirements or any Client-provided information is inaccurate or incomplete; if (b) Client revises Makeup Artist’s responsibilities or the work requirements; or (3) for such other reasons as determined by Makeup Artist and agreed to by Client at the time of determination.

2.3 Invoices:

Makeup Artist shall submit an invoice to Client within [ENTER APPLICABLE NUMBER OF DAYS] of rendering such additional services (beyond the scheduled services end time defined herein) and/or Client incurring any fees hereunder, and Client shall pay such invoice within [ENTER APPLICABLE NUMBER OF DAYS] of receipt.

2.4 Cancellation & Cancellation Fee:

Should Client cancel this Agreement within [ENTER APPLICABLE TIME] of the Scheduled Services Date and Start Time listed above, Makeup Artist shall be entitled to a cancellation fee of [ENTER APPLICABLE CANCELLATION FEE] (the “Cancellation Fee”). All cancellations must be made in writing to the Makeup Artist.

2.5 Rescheduling & Rescheduling Fee:

If, for any reason, Client reschedules the Scheduled Services Date and/or Start Time at least [ENTER APPLICABLE TIME] prior to the Scheduled Services Date and/or Start Time, and such rescheduling is confirmed in writing with Makeup Artist, Client shall not incur a rescheduling fee. If Client reschedules the Scheduled Services Date and/or Start Time within [ENTER APPLICABLE TIME] of the Scheduled Services Date and/or Start Time listed above, Makeup Artist shall be entitled to a rescheduling fee of [ENTER APPLICABLE RESCHEDULING FEE] (the “Rescheduling Fee”).

2.6 Travel Fees.

There is no travel fee for services locations within forty (40) miles of [ENTER APPLICABLE CITY]. Services locations requiring over forty (40) miles of travel will be charged a mileage fee of [ENTER APPLICABLE FEE] Per Mile for each trip, both directions, for the total amount of miles. For services locations over sixty (60) miles, the charge is [ENTER APPLICABLE FEE] Per Mile. For services locations over eighty (80) miles, the charge is [ENTER APPLICABLE FEE] Per Mile. For services locations over one hundred (100) miles, the charge is [ENTER APPLICABLE FEE] Per Mile. Services locations over one hundred and fifty (150) miles will require a custom estimate.

2.7 Authorized Expenses:

Client will reimburse Makeup Artist for all reasonable expenses incurred by Makeup Artist in performing the Services pursuant to this Agreement only if Makeup Artist receives written consent from Client prior to incurring any such expenses. Such authorized expenses shall be paid within seven (7) days of Makeup Artist submitting an invoice for such expenses to Client.


The term of this Agreement will begin on the Effective Date of this Agreement and will continue until the earlier of (a) final completion of the Services and fully payment by Client of Makeup Artist’s service fees or (b) termination of this Agreement by a Party as provided in Paragraph 3.1 or 3.2, below.

3.1 Services.

Termination of this Agreement will occur if the terms of this Agreement are violated by the Client, and Makeup Artist shall be entitled to retain all service fees paid by Client through the effective date of termination in addition to invoicing Client for any Services rendered but unpaid prior to the effective date of termination.

3.2 Cancellation terms.

Either Party hereto may terminate this Agreement prior to the scheduled date for services, however, should Client cancel the Services, the terms of Paragraph 2.3 shall apply.

3.3 Survival.

All provisions of this Agreement that would reasonably be expected to survive the termination of this Agreement will do so.

3.4 Rescheduling of Scheduled Date for Services.

The terms which govern the Client’s rescheduling or cancellation of the Services is provided for in Paragraph 2.3 and 2.3.1.


Client agrees to hold Makeup Artist harmless against any and all claims for loss, liability, damages, judgments and/or civil charges arising out of or in connection with or arising out of the acts or negligent omissions of Client. Makeup Artist shall not be liable to Client for any special, indirect, incidental, punitive, reputational damages or consequential damages arising from or related to this Agreement, including loss of revenue, or profits or other benefits, and claims by any third-party. The foregoing limitation applies to all causes of action in the aggregate, including, without limitation, to breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence, strict liability, and other torts. The Parties agree that Makeup Artist’s total liability hereunder for any and all claims related to the Services provided by Makeup Artist for Client shall be limited to the amount of actual fees paid by Client to Makeup Artist.

4.1 Prior Conditions.

Client agrees to report any skin conditions to Makeup Artist prior to use of any makeup products by Makeup Artist. Client hereby releases Makeup Artist from any and all liability related to any allergic reactions of Client to any makeup products used by Makeup Artist on Client.

4.2 Illness Waiver of Liability & Indemnity.

Client acknowledges the contagious nature of virus and/or certain illnesses, including, but not limited to, COVID-19, and voluntarily assumes the risk that Client may be exposed to or infected by a virus and/or illness, including, but not limited to, COVID-19, by taking part in the Services rendered by Makeup Artist. As such, Client releases and holds harmless Makeup Artist of and from all liabilities, claims (including third-party claims), actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. Client understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Makeup Artist, whether a virus and/or illness, including, but not limited to, a COVID-19 infection, occurs during and/or after Makeup Artist renders the Services.


This Agreement replaces and supersedes all prior agreements, and any other agreements relating to the subject matter hereof, between the Parties to this Agreement. No alteration, modification, amendment or other change of this Agreement shall be binding on the Parties unless in writing, approved and executed by Makeup Artist and an authorized representative of Client whether by operation of law or otherwise.


This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the geographic location applicable where the Makeup Artist renders the Services to Client (the “Jurisdiction”). The Parties consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such Jurisdiction. In any controversy regarding this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs.


This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties hereto and supersedes all existing contracts or agreements, written or oral, between the Parties hereto.


Makeup Artist
First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.