Explore the best bridal hair and make-up artists in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Here is our selection of the top wedding hair and make-up Companies, recommended by wedding professionals and real couples.
HELGABRIDAL Hair and Make-up Team is owned by Helga Strydom. Helga is the wedding beauty Editor of Bloss Magazine, a master makeup artist and a beauty expert, with 25 years experience in all things beauty. She manages a team of expert hairstylists & Make-up artists, that have been handpicked by her and together with her team, they have beautified more than 2500 brides over the years, including many South African celebrities.
HELGABRIDAL has been featured on Tv lifestyle show, Top Billing numerous times, travelled to Namibia and Mauritius for wedding jobs and featured in 60 national and international wedding magazines. Their work has also been featured on several magazine front pages. Their approach is one of serving the bride, professionalism, punctuality, keeping a peaceful presence on the wedding day and going the extra mile. They are absolutely passionate about getting the bride ready for the groom!
Helga Bridal provided make-up for myself, my bridesmaids and my mom. I couldn’t have been happier with the results and I know everyone else was equally thrilled. She is a true professional and has a passion for her work. She has a wonderful eye for colour, respectfully listens to your requests and moves throughout the getting ready period of the day with a calm, collected, stress-free attitude. I was so relaxed all morning. – Lindy Hibbard (celebrity radio presenter SMILE 90.4FM)
I love what I do, this is not my job, this is my life and passion… nothing beats the excitement that makeup gives me. Meeting my new bride for the first time is a very special moment for me, seeing the beauty that already exists and giving someone confidence in their own skin is the best feeling in the world for me. I handle each person in my chair with love and respect, giving my full attention and making them feel absolutely like the most beautiful person in the world. I take so much pride in my work and I strive for perfection every time.
I also won the the Best Wedding Make-up Artist for 2015, 2016 & 2017 in the Elite Category at the Top Vendor Wedding Awards. My work has been featured on various wedding blogs, locally and internationally, as well as printed media in South Africa, like Wedding Inspirations, Sarie & Sarie Bruid to name a few. The most important thing for me is to ensure that you feel and look like yourself, just the most beautiful version!
Corle and her team were professional, efficient and friendly from beginning to end. I used Corle for hair and make-up on my wedding day which included 11 bridesmaids, moms, grandmothers, aunties- approximately 16 people, and it went off smoothly and beautifully. From my trial make-up and hair run to the actual day the whole experience was fun and exciting and the work exactly what I wanted. I highly recommend Corle and her team for any occasion. – Sheri-Lee Winik
Ciao Bella, My Name is Angelique and I am in love with what I do. Yes, I am one of those that you can’t take anywhere close to make up and expect me to move swiftly pass it. I fell in love with makeup from a very young age, I remember watching my mom every morning how she applied her makeup and not only did it enhance her natural beauty I was taken by how it could change her whole mindset. Before doing Makeup I was a flight attendant for just over 6 years, and this was a true experience, from odd hours, multi-cultural interactions, to seeing the world. My love for makeup always had me pulling for more and wanting more out of life. So finally deciding to come home in May 2018, I started my dream by studying through Cecilia Fourie Makeup Academy and had the privilege to work alongside her and many established artists, each day learning new tricks , tips and ideas. I have also had the opportunity to work on movie sets, AFI Fashion Week, and give Lectures at AFDA (Film University). Every client that sits in my chair is like a new unread book, the stories I get to hear , the laughter we share and of course the fun part of helping them create the ultimate look just for them.
Working with Angelique was a dream! She is so incredibly talented and her makeup is of the highest quality. She is also super professional and friendly. I would definitely recommend her for all occasions! – Kendra Friend
Nicole Amory is a South African Makeup Artist, Hairstylist and Lash Artist. She helps women feel their most beautiful on the occasions that matter the most to them. She showcases their inner beauty and makes their best features shine. Every Woman deserves to feel beautiful every day. She started out as a professional makeup artist 12 years ago, allowing her clients to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding day, but as she has grown, she has realized that women want to feel beautiful every day and so she decided to add lash extensions and hair styling to her list of services.
“I am motivated, dedicated and professional and my passion for beauty goes far beyond just makeup. I have chased my dreams of being a professional makeup artist, hair stylist, lash artist and skin care expert and have undergone extensive training to get where I am today. I provide you with unique, authentic and exclusive beauty services, which cater for all your needs. I am totally addicted to my job and I love making the world a more beautiful place. I am always researching makeup and hairstyling, experimenting and advancing my skills. I find myself daydreaming about all the possibilities beauty has to offer. Making people feel beautiful on their most important day has never just been a profession for me, I am genuinely in love with my job and it has always been my passion.”
Nicole was such a vital part of my beautiful wedding day. She exudes calm efficiency and not only made me look the best I’ve ever looked in my life before (true story) but also managed to win over everyone she worked on. My bridesmaids, mom and mom in law and flower girl all looked like a million bucks! Thanks so much, I will be using Nicole’s services for every special event in the future, you rock! – Odette Fourie
My name is Adri Hugo and I have been in the bridal industry for 2 decades. As a professional wedding hair and makeup specialist, it is my art and passion to capture a bride’s essence and tastefully accentuate their best features.
It’s funny to think that I have been doing this for 20 years now, and I just keep falling more deeply in love with the industry. What this experience has taught me is that the devil is in the detail. I am quite a driven person and I’m always determined to get the job done right. To achieve this I strike a fine balance between creativity and practicality. There is no greater feeling than seeing looks of amazement when a bride sees herself in the mirror. Being a qualified hairdresser has given me a well-rounded knowledge of colouring, styling and the art of make-up. Weddings are where my passion lies and there is nothing more satisfying than transforming a bride and her retinue on her big day.
Adri was the perfect makeup artist and hair stylist for my wedding. She was quick and efficient and incredibly talented. She highlighted the natural beauty of each and everyone of us. She’s also lovely company to have around. – Kim Anderson
LA Makeup Artistry is known for bridal makeup and hairstyling. Created by South African owner and artist Lesley-Ann Solomons, she has taken the bridal industry by storm.
Her bridal style is based on timeless looks. Having been in the industry since 2010, she has the experience and skills to enhance your best features and make sure you photograph beautifully. She has featured weddings on Top Billing, Married In A Flash, Cosmopolitan SA and many more.
What she loves most about her career is having to be a part of so many special moments and feeling rewarded after a happy client. She believes that all women are beautiful and makeup has the ability to enhance their best features. She is a perfectionist and will always make her clients not only look great but feel great too. She only uses professional brands and constantly stays updated with makeup trends by reading books, attending seminars and workshops.
Lesley-Ann you are amazing!! So professional, you made me feel so comfortable and stress free. I knew you had everything covered. Doing makeup and hair for two ceremonies on one day is no joke, but you exceeded all expectations. Thank you for making me feel and look so beautiful on the most important day. – Jenny Reddy
I am so blessed, to be able to do what I love every day. My core personal and business values are inspired by real-life, that goes on to celebrate beauty in every sense of the word. With over 20 years of working as a professional make-up artist and hairstylist, I have had extensive experience working with all skin tones and types, facial features, hair textures and personal styles
My bridal style is understated, natural and elegant – I believe that you should be a true reflection of who you are on your wedding day. I am a great believer in marriage and the decision one makes to choose to share your life with one special person. To combine my passion for make-up and hair with this beautiful reality of marriage is a dream come true for me. With over 20 years of working as a professional make-up artist and hairstylist, I have had extensive experience working with all skin tones and types, facial features, hair textures and personal styles.
My bridal style is understated, natural and elegant – I believe that you should be a true reflection of who you are on your wedding day. I am a great believer in marriage and the decision one makes to choose to share your life with one special person. To combine my passion for make-up and hair with this beautiful reality of marriage is a dream come true.
Much of the decision making was down to magnificent people like you. Hardworking, creative and elegant you are, friendly and supportive and I need not speak of your amazing transformation of me! Caring and patient with us all in the flurry of getting ready. You even left your mirror behind which I have here and shall use as a great excuse to visit you and have some coffee when I return in a few months’ time. Jenni has captured the dream, YOU created the dream and we were lost in a cloud of those who wanted only the best for me and my children on the wedding day. – Karen
I have always believed that make-up should only enhance women’s features; it must never dominate or cover the inner beauty or personality of a woman.
It is a big privilege to be responsible for the make-up and hair of a bride on her wedding day. Special moments like these only happens once, yet will leave memories of a lifetime. That is why I see every wedding as a new opportunity and approach each one with the utmost respect and care. I am very grateful that I was blessed with the opportunity to fulfil my passion and do what I love every day. That is why I am happy to go the extra mile to make sure each bride looks and feels more special and beautiful then she had wished for.
You are phenomenal! Thank you so much for the gorgeous work you did on our wedding day. You were so patient and wonderful to work with. I Will highly recommend Evelyn Francis. She is not just brilliant, but also such a lovely person. Guaranteed to meet your expectations. – Francelle Pfeffer
I am a professional Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist and Stylist. A well-travelled, easy-going, driven and big-dreaming cat-lover with an eye for beautiful simplicity. I have adored beautiful things and flawless faces since I was a tiny girl in a tutu her mom made. This passion of mine eventually took me to London where I studied at the inspiring London College of Fashion.
I then stepped straight into the industry, where I worked for big cosmetic brands in Central London and in trendy Soho, where I worked at the Pro MAC store. With my return to South Africa, I gained 4 years experience at MAC Cosmetics and delved back into my studies and received a diploma in Design & Photography. Today, I am the proud owner of my very own International Makeup Artist & Hairstyling Academy. A dream cultivated by my drive and passion to teach others.
I could not be more pleased with Lisa Brown International and your team, you exceeded my wildest dreams. Thank you so much for all you did to make me feel and look so beautiful on my wedding day, you are such a caring soul and truly the best example of a makeup-artist, not only in your work, but as a stunning women inside and out. You are highly professional and I will definitely recommend you to every Bride to Be! – Chante Clarke
In 2010, I qualified as a makeup artist after I finished my studies at Head to Toe Academy. And since then I have made it my mission to share my love for beauty with aspiring makeup artists by offering accredited courses and practical workshops at Cecilia Fourie Academy. You might occasionally see my work featured in a few magazines too! I’ve also had the absolute pleasure to meet some amazing people, work on some incredible projects, including on set at Top Billing, Expresso and SABC 3.
As a Professional Makeup Artist & Hairstylist my aim is to showcase my clients inner magnificence through the careful application of make up ensuring she looks as amazing as she feels for her special occasion! I strongly believe each and every person should look natural, yet radiantly beautiful, this is accomplished by enhancing each clients natural features. Makeup & Hairstyling in my eyes are not tools to change who they are, it’s techniques that is meant to magnify the beauty within that already exists.
From the moment I enquired about hair and make up for my wedding Cecilia was fantastic. She did my hair and make up exactly how I wanted it and her customer service was world class. She went out her way and responded to all my emails promptly that’s what a bride wants when things can get quite stressful leading up to the big day. If I had to do it all over again I would definitely have her do my hair and make up again. Thank you for being outstanding. – Bride: Kelly
Our tips: Book your hair and make up artist
Meet the top 10 bridal hair and make up artists in Cape Town. Click on the REQUEST A QUOTE button to send an enquiry email to all 10 artists or click on their image to send a single enquiry.
For most brides-to-be this is a very personal decision – to pick just the right artist who understands you, your vision and your style. Someone who will spend a few intimate hours with you and your bridal party on your wedding day.
This is why you should take care to book your hair and make-up trial as soon as you know what you will be wearing. This will be the moment you get a real glimpse into how beautiful you will look and feel on your big day. Go armed with photos of what you’d like, a picture of your dress and if you can take your veil along. Turn it into a photoshoot, not only will it be fun but it will prove to be helpful to have a visual indicator.
If you are having a destination wedding arrange a trial in advance for soon after you arrive at your destination before your wedding day. Even if it’s a week or a couple of days before the wedding this is important to get done to ensure that your artist and you have made all the important decisions, discussed timelines and all other arrangements before the big day.
If a trial is not possible have your “home” stylist document step by step instructions and photos for your look down to every last hairpin to make sure your destination stylist gets it right on the day. Visit our Instagram page for inspiration.