Hair and Make Up Artists in Cape Town

Bridal Hair and Make Up Artists in Cape Town

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. Click on the Request Quotes button below to request a quote from all listed here, or contact them individually. 

Sarah’s enchanting journey into the world of beauty began at the tender age of 4, igniting her lifelong passion for makeup. Her innate talent and unwavering determination led her to master the art of makeup application independently. In 2005, Sarah elevated her passion to the next level by enrolling at TUT (Tshwane University of Technology), embarking on a transformative educational journey that culminated in her earning an Honours degree in Performing Arts Technology, specializing in Makeup & Hairstyling, and graduating with Cum Laude honours.

During these formative years, the concept of Swoon Makeup was conceived, marking the genesis of a career-defining passion. With an impressive 18 years of experience, Sarah has earned a well-deserved reputation as a trusted name in the industry, serving a diverse clientele with varying skin types and tones.

Sarah’s exceptional talents have graced the faces of numerous gifted actors and performers, including esteemed celebrities such as Lupita, Terry Pheto, Bonang, Randy Fenoli, Leandie DuRandt, and many more. In 2014, she was lucky to be chosen to work on the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, shot in Johannesburg CBD.

What sets Sarah apart isn’t just her remarkable skills but also her infectious and bubbly personality, which makes her an absolute joy to work with. Her positivity adds an extra layer of warmth and comfort to any occasion or production set.

Above all, Sarah harbours a profound love for her craft, particularly when it comes to working with brides. Her dedication to ensuring that every bride looks and feels absolutely stunning on their special day is unmatched. Click here to read more.

I just want to express my gratitude for having you do our makeup on Sunday. I never imagined I could look that great and it’s all thanks to you. My hair and makeup was beyond perfect. Thank you thank you thank you… and thank you!! I will recommend your service to anyone and everyone. Keep well and stay the loving warm person you are. – Jennifer

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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, Espresso 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

Bridal Hair Boutique is a bridal hair accessory online store based Cape Town, South Africa that offers a beautiful selection of bridal and wedding hair accessories suitable for the entire bridal party including the bride, maid of honor, bridesmaids, and moms. Our hair accessories can also be worn for special events such as galas, farewells and parties.
Bridal Hair boutique’s collection includes a large variety of bridal veils and veil capes, including short blusher veils, elbow-length veils, fingertip veils, and cathedral-length veils. The hair accessories include hair vines and wreaths, slide-in combs, clips and pins, tiaras, and high-quality cubic zirconia headpieces. All designs are sourced or handmade according to the latest trends and are carefully crafted from quality materials and textures, perfect for the most elegant weddings and events. All orders are delivered within 3 business days and can be exchanged quickly and easily if not 100% satisfied.
Bridal Hair Boutique was founded in 2020 by Bridal Hair and Makeup Stylist Bianca Grobler (The Makeup Alchemist) with the inspiration to source beautiful and unforgettable wedding hair pieces for her brides that were not easily accessible within South Africa. This passion grew into a small business that serviced Johannesburg and then shortly expanded nationally into South Africa. Bridal Hair Boutique is now becoming well known for its unique and beautiful designs in the wedding industry! Click here to see more.

The Bridal Hair Boutique has the most exquisite hair pieces to add to any hairstyle, specifically bridal. Her veils are also breathtaking! – Tami James

Simply put, I adore my profession. I love the diversity of individual jobs and people I get to meet from all over the word but weddings lie particularly close to my heart – being a part of your celebration in some small way makes my work so much more rewarding. I don’t consider myself as just your makeup artist, but also a support system for what can also be an intense day for you, the bride. Literally, I’ve got you covered. I love using airbrushing and am happy to say that I am known for specializing in airbrushing; often combining traditional brush techniques with airbrushing to get the best effect for my clients.

I studied Health and Skincare with an extensive makeup course because I wanted to do more than ‘just a makeup course’ – this comes in handy with clients who suffer with problematic skin, sensitivity and allergies. Along with that I have also trained in hair styling which means I can make your hair pretty in a flowing curl or posh in a sleek chignon!

Throughout the years, my work has been featured on several local and international blogs (Junebug, Green Wedding Shoes, The Pretty Blog) and publications (Wedding Inspirations, Sarie Bride, Hochzeitsguide); I’ve had the privilege to work with a few local celebs and amazing artists, but a definite highlight for me would be having a wedding booked in Paris in 2018. I want you to feel amazing, look like a goddess, and just have a ball! Click here to see more.

Marnél truly listened to what my vision was for my wedding make up. I changed my look after the trial yet she still pulled through and my face looked amazing all due to her artistic and accurate skill. I loved my look and I would rate Marnél to anyone looking for a beautiful face for their wedding day. Thanks, hun! – Nuriyah Gallow

Professional wedding Makeup artist and Hair stylist based in Cape Town. Offers luxury tailored on location makeup and hair for weddings, elopements, engagement, bridal shower, gala dinners, graduation day and business meetings in South Africa or abroad.

Entrusting your makeup and hairstylist on the most important day of your life to me, a professional makeup artist, hair stylist and bridal look creator. It is of utmost importance that you do get along with your wedding suppliers as they will spend an incredible amount of time with you for the build up to the wedding but also on the wedding day.

The most beautiful day in every woman’s life should be absolutely perfect because it will be a lasting memory to those who personally live through it and those who take part in it with you. Photos, social media and videos will pause that moment for you forever. You, as the bride, will be the highlight of the event and you should look and feel exquisite! Months of planning will harmoniously meld with the dress, accessories, makeup and hairstyle. Click here to see more.


I fell into makeup, well not literally – actually come to think of it, I’ve done that too. What I meant to say was makeup completely took me by surprise on my own wedding day. You can say that it was love at first sight.

I started my working life as a professional dancer and then as an Executive PA, you can say that I’ve always loved everything arty, but learned a lot about how to conduct business from my PA days. Little did I know what started out as just a hobby in 2005, soon after became my full-time career. Fast forward 5 years and I now find myself with a resume of which I am very proud.

I have approximately 500 weddings to my name as a makeup artist and twice have been nominated by my brides through SABIA (Now known as ABIA) as one of the top bridal makeup artists in Gauteng.

My work has been featured in some of South Africa’s top magazines like Cosmo, Savage Magazine, 1st Edition of the S.A Playboy (worked with the International model Maria Eriksson), Get It Magazine Jhb West, Premier, Kuier, Keur, Due East, Huisgenoot, You, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, Idees to name but a few, in total 13 Magazine covers. For TV I’ve done TV commercials, talk shows etc which can be seen on MNET, Kruiskyk and the Home Channel on DSTV. Click here to see more.

Madeleine hit the nail right on the head with my bridal hair and make-up. At my request, we didn’t do a trial, but she gave me the exact look I wanted on my wedding day. Natural and beachy, perfectly fitting for a trimmed lockdown wedding. Madeleine is incredibly professional, and her warm and relaxed personality is exactly what any bride needs when the nerves kick in. Highly recommend her! – Nienke Pannekoek

I consider myself very fortunate for the invaluable experiences and exposure that I had in the earlier years of my career. Growing up, I loved everything creative and beautiful, so it made perfect sense that I was drawn to the beauty industry. After qualifying as a hairdresser, I decided to add make-up to my repertoire. Make-up artistry is a natural extension of my creative skills and my love for fashion keeps me effortlessly up to date with the latest trends. I only use the best products from my favourite brands, including Armani, Chanel, MAC, Bobby Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, KKW and Kylie Cosmetics.

After working on several television shows, as well as local and international commercials, I found that my real passion lay in the wedding market. I love being part of this special day in a woman’s life, at home or at an exotic destination abroad. This involves planning every detail of the look, experimenting at the trial and ensuring that she feels like the most beautiful woman on earth on her wedding day. If you would like to work with someone who is as excited about your wedding as you are and who strives for perfection, I would love to be a part of your special day. Click here to see more.

Danielle is a super talented individual and just a wonderful human being! She did my bridal parties hair and makeup on 26 April 2022 and I could not have been more happy with the results! Danielle is a true professional, we did a pre-wedding makeup and hair trial, on the day she arrived early, set up and stuck to the schedule like clockwork! And we had huge fun whilst getting ready thanks to her calm demeanour and sheer brilliance! I would recommend using Danielle for your special day without a moments hesitation! She is a super star! – Amber

I’m Pamella Nongila, a professional freelance make-up artist, at your service. I have always been passionate about art and one of the most exquisite expressions of art makeup. I’ve also worked with one of the high end brands Bobbi Brown as a Make Up Artist for seven years. I’m ready and waiting to pass my wisdom on to you! .I’m available for various on-site make-up needs, including bridal and wedding parties, vintage styling, special occasions and photo shoots. Click here to read more.

 

I have loved the art of makeup ever since I can remember and enjoyed doing hair and makeup for my friends from a very young age, thus it was only natural for me to study makeup artistry after school. I completed my course in Makeup and Hairstyling in 2006 and thus have been in the industry for 16 years! It is still to this day my biggest passion! To me, every bride is special and unique in their own way and I love the whole journey I walk with my brides, from the very first enquiry to spending time with them on their wedding day and ensuring they feel comfortable, relaxed and beautiful. Many of my brides have become very good friends and I treasure the memories I have with them even years after!

I am based in Somerset West, however, I offer a mobile service to my clients and do weddings all over Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Candice… Thank you so much for turning me into a beautiful bride. I had endless comments about how amazing my make-up was and I definitely agree! You obviously enjoy what you do and should be very proud of your work. Besides the make up, I also just want to say how much I enjoyed you being there at Grand Dedale. You added to a lovely, relaxed atmosphere on the morning of my wedding. – Jessica Thompson

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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 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

Renowned make-up artist Monique has made her name in the wedding and beauty industry as one of Cape Town’s top bridal make-up artists. Her passion and determination have landed her local and international opportunities in the wedding industry. Providing her brides with the utmost respect and the highest standard of luxury. Her dedication and positivity are the reasons why so many women cannot wait to get their appointment with Monique. Monique believes in only using the best products in her kit from her favourite brands, including Armani beauty, Chanel, MAC cosmetics, Bobby Brown, Charlotte Tilbury and Marc Jacobs to name a few. Click here to see more.

 

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My name is
Adri Hugo and I have been in the bridal industry for two 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. Click here to see more.

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

Top 10 Make-Up Artists in Cape Town

  • Adri Hugo
  • Cecilia Fourie
  • Make Up By Almari
  • Marnel Toerien
  • Corle Barnard
  • Mobile Make Up Artist Candice Harker
  • Madeleine Botha
  • Danielle Jacobs Hair
  • Make Up Alchemist
  • Monique Make up artist
  • Swoon

Our tips: Book your hair and make up artist

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.

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