I’m not sure if any of you have or have had the same dilemma about this subject but when I was younger I was always confused on when to tip and how much. Don’t get me wrong I knew the basics but there were times when I wondered what proper gratuity etiquette was. After years of experience and some research I’d like to share my findings with you. Just in case you were or are in the same boat as me we will get over our doubts together.
When doing makeup for weddings some clients tip really well and others don’t. Is it 10% or 20%? When you are paying between $75.00 and $350.00 for makeup it sounds pretty crazy to tip 10-20% on top of that. But what I found is that tips are a token of appreciation for the service you just received. In my case as a makeup artist, what I charge for makeup includes my time and products. The tip should reflect how happy you are with your look and the convenience of the makeup artist traveling to your location. But again, what do I know, I feel happy and satisfied when my client tells me how much she loves her look and feels beautiful.
With that, here’s a gratuity guide for the services we receive daily and those that are rarely on our menu.
Hair Stylist, Colorist, Assistant – 20 percent of the cost of the service. Depending on the salon you go to sometimes there are 3 different hands working on you during your visit, if so, the salon will break down the tip amongst them.
Manicurist, Pedicurist – 10 to 20 percent
Makeup Artist – 15 to 20 percent
Waxing/Threading services 20 percent
Servers – 18 to 20 percent of the bill. This one is personal for me because my father raised my sisters and me working in the restaurant industry until his retirement. He’s so particular about tipping servers because he can relate to the hard work that goes into waiting tables. Sometimes during family dinners once everyone has paid their portion of the bill and tip he takes the sleeve and throws in an additional $10.00 – $20.00 for the server especially if the service was excellent.
Bartender – $1.00 per drink served. I recently discovered you tip per drink served instead of the usual 20% of the drink’s cost. Of course, if we are at a crowded bar and the bartender is taking care of us by not making us wait, I will make sure to tip him/her really well. We need to make sure to have that service all night. LOL!
Valet Parking – $2.00 to $5.00 Food Delivery – $2.00 to $4.00
Take Out – Tipping for takeout is debatable. I only tip if during the short time I am in the restaurant I get exceptional service. If I do, I will tip just a few dollars. If I get normal service I just pay for my food and kindly thank them for their time.
Airport Porter – $1.00 to $3.00 per bag
Bellhop – $1.00 to $2.00 per bag delivered to your room
Hotel Housekeeping – $2.00 to $5.00 per night depending on the rating of the hotel
Room Service – 15 to 20 percent of the meal’s cost
Taxi/Car Service – 10 to 15 percent
Uber/Lyft – Not necessary. Although Lyft encourages to tip their drivers, Uber doesn’t give you the option. If you are going to tip a Lyft driver use the customary 10 to 15 percent.
Dog Groomer – 15 to 20 percent
Car Wash – $2.00 to $5.00 per car depending on size
Movers – $20.00 to $50.00 each depending on the difficulty of the move
Appliance or Furniture Delivery – $10.00 – $20.00
SPECIAL OCCASIONS (Weddings, Quinceañeras, Bat Mitzvah’s, etc.)
Catering Manager – $200.00
Bartenders – 10 percent of the final bill
Waiters – $20.00 each Entertainment – $15.00 to $50.00 each
Photographer / Videographer – $100.00
Planner – 15 percent Limo Driver – $20.00 – $50.00
Officiant – $75.00 to $300.00
I hope this guide helps bring answers to some of your tipping doubts. These gratuity quantities and percentages are based on the current trends. Of course, excellent service always deserves a little bit more. Use your best judgment and tip what you’d like.
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