21 Philadelphia-Area Bridal Hair and Makeup Pros You Need to Know
Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect Philly wedding.
We all want to put our freshest faces (and most stylish locks) forward on our wedding days, right? These Philadelphia-area bridal hair and makeup pros will help you do just that, whether they’re in studio or on site for your celebration. There are options for the statement-makers, the minimalists and everyone in between. And, of course, many have taken appropriate steps to meet COVID-19 health standards in the industry and their states, ensuring your Big Day is beautiful inside and out. Here, we did the prep work, so all you have to do is apply.
Hair & Makeup
Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup and Hair
Center City; serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties, Delaware, New Jersey and destination
When Taylor Swift’s best friend got married, Aleksandra Ambrozy was at the helm of the bridal-beauty prep. Even before that, Ambrozy and her stylist team were well-known within the tri-state area for their accessibility, versatility and talent. So expect her to deliver for your Big Day, too: While she has a studio in Center City, the pro offers on-location wedding services, and will work with you to achieve a look — well — beyond your wildest dreams. (Thanks, T. Swift.) All packages include false eyelashes and the option of traditional or airbrush makeup, in addition to any pre-wedding email or phone consultations. Ambrozy continues to book weddings for this year and is growing her team to accommodate rescheduled weddings. The staff wears face masks, and disinfects tools and products between each client; in studio, she is planning to limit the number of clients served at a time to accommodate COVID-19 guidance. Bridal makeup and hair from $275 each, including trial and day-of services; wedding party from $100 per service per person; 1118 Pine Street, Center City.
Bona Fide Beauty Co.
Serving Lancaster County, surrounding areas and destination
Stefani Burket (whose company was previously known as The Bonafide Ginger) is a professional licensed cosmetologist specializing in on-location editorial, and bridal hair and makeup styling. (She comes equipped with a palette perfect for your preference, from au naturel to bold.) But she’s also known for her boho-chic bridal styles and braided updos. We love her preference for using vegan and cruelty-free products, as well as her work to spread positivity through her career: She recently began hosting weekly Instagram live makeup challenges with one of her colleagues. In the wake of COVID-19, she and her team are providing guided makeup application and hair styles via FaceTime for those still holding socially distant micro-weddings. “Even though we’re not physically able to be with our bride [right now], we’re able to give her our support virtually and play a special role in such an important day,” she says. Additionally, she and her team continue to take the latest sanitation certification courses; they’ve expanded their calendar to book 2021 beyond their normal capacity to accommodate postponed brides. Services a la carte and price upon request; packages include both hair and makeup.
Capelli & Trucco
Capelli & Trucco is headed by Jacqueline Ryan and Marbree Burris. Both have worked backstage at New York Fashion Week, and they bring that same glamour and expertise to your wedding preparations. The team’s portfolio includes an emphasis on effortlessly chic makeup paired with braided updos and bouncy waves arranged in a half-up, half-down style. In addition to hair and makeup, C&T offers eyelash and hair extensions (via Bellami), blow-outs, microblading and more for those seeking a bit more oomph. The team travels on-site for wedding parties of four or more, and will travel for free for locations within 25 miles of the studio. But for those who visit the salon, perks include unlimited prosecco. Cheers to that. Bridal hair and makeup from $150 per service (including false eyelashes and an updo option); wedding party hair or makeup from $85 per service, per person; travel priced by mileage as needed and per artist on site; 927 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.
House of Clarity
Rittenhouse; serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey, Delaware and destination
It might have an unassuming exterior — above a Pretzel Factory, no less — but inside, House of Clarity is a manse of beauty expertise. The team of artists and stylists offers full hair and makeup services, eyelash and hair extensions, and tanning. Then there’s the bridal and wedding-party options, available in studio or via travel. Regardless, new precautions have been put into place: using PayPal and Venmo for no-touch payments; wearing masks and providing face coverings for clients; and taking daily temps of staff and clients. Bridal hair or makeup from $150 ($300 combined); bridesmaid hair or makeup from $85; travel and on-location fee price upon request as needed; 532 Sansom Street, 2nd floor, Rittenhouse.
Jazmin Rae Makeup
Old City; serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and destination
Housed on the second floor of the Old City Collective, Jazmin Rae Makeup has an idyllic location for in-studio services (by appointment only). But Rae and her team of hair and makeup experts also offer on-location wedding services. The award-winning group takes a less is more mentality, working with the client to highlight his or her natural qualities. Services include bridal airbrush makeup, bride and bridal party makeup and hairstyling, men’s grooming, tattoo cover-ups and wedding-day touchups. False lashes are included for every client receiving makeup (in studio or on location), and travel is free within the Philly area. Rae and her team have been certified by Barbicide for COVID-19 sanitation; she says they continue to practice hygiene through cleaning, separation, timing and product control. Social distancing will be incorporated with wedding parties as well. Bridal hair from $150; bridal makeup from $180; wedding party hair from $50 per person; wedding party makeup from $50 per person; 222B Race Street, Old City.
Clean and timeless wedding looks come courtesy of ONLO creative director Diana DuHaime and her hand-picked staff. Case in point: DuHaime, who was a lead artist for BHLDN at the 2018 New York Bridal Fashion Week and has worked with clients such as Samsung and Target, is a hair stylist, makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist. While ONLO has eliminated on-location services for the remainder of the year, DuHaime hopes to take on single private clients by appointment only in the studio. “This will help us to truly be as cautious and sanitary as possible with restricted variables afforded by a fully controlled environment,” she says. “In-studio appointments will be mapped out specifically with all PPE and sanitation measures laid out in full transparency.” Additionally, all of the artists are state-board licensed, which she notes is even more important now. “We have worked tirelessly to adjust and accommodate throughout and will continue to do so, with health first.” In-studio bridal hair or makeup from $150 per service; address provided upon appointment.
Phoenixville; serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties
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This beloved salon has an on-site bridal services counterpart. Cheekily dubbed Prenup, it can easily accommodate traditional tastes, from the classic blowout to a barely there “is her skin really that good?” makeup look. But if you want something more intricate, the stylists here can also create a braided bun and striking red lip combination that’ll make you feel like a Hollywood starlet. Regardless of your taste, Prenup is committed to providing stress-free beauty preparation. Bridal hair and makeup from $125, including the choice of airbrush makeup and false lashes; 22 Main Street, Phoenixville.
Norristown; serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and destination
Owner Kristyn Kennedy cut her teeth working for Henri Bendel in NYC, then brought her beauty skills back to Pennsylvania. With Shimmer and Spice, which shares a large warehouse studio with wedding heavyweights Clover Event Co., Haley Richter Photography and RAM Floral, the makeup artist and her team take a natural-glam approach to beauty. They work with clients to understand their personal style and wedding-day ambience to achieve a look that accentuates their features. (Kennedy and her crew do their research, too: They might just scope out your Insta.) Kennedy’s custom-blended lipsticks add a unique hue to your kisser; check out her Zoom makeup classes as well. Moving forward, Kennedy and her staff will be setting up 30 minutes early to sanitize the work space (they will also clean between each client). They will wear masks and gloves, are testing face shields, and use a new brush set for each client that day. And they’ll gladly do your makeup alfresco. The salon is by appointment only, and she and her team also travel. On-location makeup packages from $460; 660 Collective, 660 W. Washington Street, Norristown.
The Maverick Bride
Green Lane; serving Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster and surrounding areas
Romantic and tousled hair coupled with dewy, bronzed makeup is a stylist favorite at The Maverick Bride. But these stylists can accommodate much more as well. Owner Alyssa Todorow and her team provide on-site makeup and hair, from the trial session to the final touch; travel is included up to 50 miles from Green Lane. Bridal packages from $125 and include the option of airbrush makeup and false lashes.
True Beauty Marks
Doylestown; serving Bucks County, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia
The on-location True Beauty Marks is run by owner Gina Kay and her chic crew of makeup artists and hair stylists. Kay, who graduated from the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, has worked with artists, photographers and experts around the world, allowing her to gain experience and insight on a global stage. TBM is known for its “undone” style. At the Doylestown studio (formerly in Quakertown), the team now offers exclusive, crystal-infused Aiir products. They are cruelty and paraben-free, and help create beachy waves (perfect for easy-breezy summer ’dos). Bridal services are offered a la carte but split into two packages: The premium offering includes all high-end, cruelty-free products and features Kay. The other is with a lead artist, chosen based on mutual compatibility on your vision and experience. TBM also offers Groomed, an on-location barber service providing cuts and styling, beard trimming and a straight shave. Kay and her team never charge more for the bride, so all pricing is transparent. Kay has put into practice programs designed to make her clients comfortable and assure them of the dedication to sanitation. The team is wearing protective gear and limiting group exposure during wedding-day services. Contracts and digital administration procedures have also been put into place to make communication easy and clear for clients. Bridal hair and makeup price upon request; 20 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown.
Manayunk; serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and destination
Award-winning makeup artist Beke (pronounced like Becky) Beau began her career serving as an assistant to Laura Geller before catapulting to celebrity fame by working on high-profile weddings for the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones. She also took on clients such as actresses Gemma Chan and Karla Souza. The industry pro, who also holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and is the founder of Paint School of Makeup, is an advocate for minimalism, making fewer but smarter purchases by sticking to “workhorse” products over impulse buys. “I do hope that one of the silver linings of the pandemic is a return to simplicity,” she adds. On that note, she says that each of her artists on an on-site job must have a separate room to work in, and only one client can be in that space a time. Beau will keep talking during service to a minimum and ask you to do the same. “Lip masks and calming music will come in handy here,” she says, to achieve a zen-like experience. Sanitization will also remain a high priority. Bridal makeup price upon request; 4100 Main Street, Suite 401, Manayunk.
Exton; serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey and Delaware
Before starting JKo Beauty, Jennifer Kochenour worked as a freelance makeup artists for more than 20 years. She amassed experience in cities like Los Angeles and New York before relocating to Philly and opening her company in 2016. Kochenour, a licensed cosmetologist, has worked with more than 1,000 brides with all different skin types, races, ages and style. While she recommends a classic and timeless, yet modern and stylish look for her clients, she will work with you to achieve your desired aura for your Big Day. (A tip for summer: Soft or brighter shades, along with metallics like bronze or gold, provide a fresh seasonal glow.) Her exclusively on-site bridal packages (she also offers private, in-studio services by appointment only) can be customized with false lashes, airbrush makeup, tattoo coverage, brow shaping, body makeup, skin analysis and facials. She has added special packages for weekday weddings, micro-weddings and elopements. And, in addition to following all COVID-19 precautions from the CDC and state, she has continued her education related to coronavirus and has earned several sanitation and disinfection certifications since March. Bridal packages price upon request; address provided upon appointment.
For major events, fluttery, flirty lashes have long been sought after through a rotating trial of mascaras. But on your wedding day, the sweat, tears and heat can threaten even the most waterproof swipe. That’s where eyelash extensions come in. If you want doe eyes, but not the racoon-eye consequences that come with mascara, then LashBee recommends its hybrid and volume full eyelash sets, both of which will photograph fabulously and also stay on through the ceremony and the honeymoon. The Philly-born and based business offers bridal lash parties, if you and your bridesmaids want a similarly eye-opening experience. And if lashes aren’t necessarily your thing, then LashBee also offers bridal makeup, and will even throw in a pair of strip lashes at no extra charge. Classic eyelash set for $290; Volume eyelash set for $345; bridal makeup packages from $85; travel fees from $25 per stylist for locations within a 3-mile radius of the salon; price upon request for longer mileage; 1126 Walnut Street, Floor 2, Center City.
Makeup by Emily Dimant
Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey, Delaware and destination
Emily Dimant’s ethereal and elegant style may be a testament to her artistic background, which includes a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of the Arts in Philly. But her education in makeup artistry is also bolstered by plenty of practical experience, with former clients that include Tom Ford, People magazine and Anthropologie. Dimant prides herself on an extreme focus on skincare and prep, all of which is pivotal to creating the natural, glowing makeup you see on her clients. The on-location artist is instituting a number of COVID-19 guidelines, which you can find on her website. She is working with those whose weddings have been postponed (she is not adding extra fees, though her retainers are non-refundable and have always have been): She is offering a free transfer of retainer fees to their new dates. And, while she will not be taking clients until she feels comfortable doing so, she is very quickly booking for 2021 due to postponements and new brides, and suggests clients connect as soon as possible to begin the process. Bridal makeup from $225; bridesmaid/attendant makeup from $125 (all packages include false lashes); holiday and travel fees price upon request as needed.
Seth Barton Roberts
Phoenixville; serving Philadelphia and on the Main Line
This is a pro who wants clients to feel beautiful, glamorous and, most importantly, like themselves. It’s a skill he’s honed since beginning his career in 2010, training with brands like Giorgio Armani and working with clients such as the New York City Ballet’s ballerinas. He has an eye for color and texture but ultimately strives for comfort and elegance. Health and safety protocols include sanitizing powder products with a spray-on antibacterial between makeup applications. Brushes are used once per client and cleaned immediately afterward. Masks and face shields will be put into place as well — in addition to, of course, good, old hand washing. Want to look your best for a summer fete? Stick to a tinted SPF instead of foundation and give the three B’s a chance: blush, bronzer and brows. From $120 per bride or groom; $90 for each additional client.
Shades of Jacen
Philly native Jacen Bowman is driven by the idea that makeup is a personality, and inside of it many shades exist. He has worked with a host of notable clients, from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Pascale Armand. He is a beauty contributor for Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, an editor for several online publications and has worked with designers such as Dior. He brings his artistic aesthetic to every client, though he ultimately wants his brides and grooms to look and feel comfortable in their own skin. He provides makeup application packages for everyone involved in the wedding (including the groom). He is booking for the current and 2021 wedding season. He is requiring clients to have their temperatures taken before entering the building or starting service; they will also be required to complete a waiver acknowledging they have no current symptoms and have not traveled or been in contact with infected individuals in the past 20 days. If a wedding has to be postponed due to coronavirus-related challenges, he will work with clients to rebook within a year. Wedding services from $200; 2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 597, Fairmount.
Serving Philadelphia, New Jersey and destination
YMK Designs blends creative directing and makeup artistry under the experienced eye of Yumi Kim, who cites her childhood love of drawing as one of the reasons she went into makeup artistry. The independent artist and esthetician specializes in Asian beauty, but she works with all brides and grooms to achieve their wedding-day vision. In addition to wedding makeup, she also offers keratin lash lifts and tints, eyelash extensions and dermaplaning, and is introducing treatments like BB Glow, LED light therapy, microdermabrasion and facials. Wedding makeup trials are required at least a month in advance. Masks and gloves will be worn during services, and all areas will be double sanitized. Clients will be required to arrive with a mask (and only one client will be allowed in the building at a time); you will also be asked to fill out a COVID-19 information and liability form. Wedding makeup price upon request.
Ariel Katrina Hair
Serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey and Delaware
Ariel Young studied at the Paul Mitchell School and trained with stylist superstars such as Martin Parsons and Heather Chapman. With Ariel Katrina Hair, which she began in 2012, she says she’s able to do what she loves most in her career — connect with her clients and make them feel gorgeous. The on-location hair guru (who lives in South Jersey and provides trial runs in her studio) and her stylists are skilled at everything from intricate braids to retro waves (and have the insider know-how to keep hair in place during the summer heat); Young also has a partnership with Hair Comes the Bride to offer discounted pricing on accessories such as crystal pins and gemstone-studded hair vines. Young and her team practice strict sanitization precautions, are requiring face makes and will be working in more private areas to ensure clean and safe workspaces for the stylists and clients. Up to 50 miles of roundtrip travel is included, with additional fees for every mile over; at least four people must receive services for day of. Bridal hair from $175 based on Young or lead stylist; bridal party hair from $90; studio address provided upon appointment.
Salon Rosa M
Narberth; Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey, Delaware and destination
The first question Rosa Martinez asks her wedding clients is: “What are you most comfortable with?” From there, she works with you to figure out what hairstyle will preserve that sense of ease, while also complementing your makeup, dress and accessories — not to mention your wedding decor and vibe. As a former student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Moore College of Art, Martinez took her passion for painting and transitioned it into hair artistry, which is why helping brides tell the story of their wedding is a cornerstone of her artistry. She and her team work together to help bring your vision to life, immersing themselves in all the little details of the day, from curl length to hairspray brand. Wedding packages are offered at the salon, though Martinez and her stylists will also travel on-site on a case-by-case basis. For in-studio services, plexiglass will be positioned between stations, and temperatures will be taken prior to entry. Stylists will wear masks, face shields, gloves and aprons. Staff will be split-shifted to accommodate clients. For off-site affairs, Martinez and her crew will have a drape and rope surrounding each person getting styled to avoid cross-contamination; pins for up-styling will be sorted per individual. Services will need to be provided in a designated space with appropriate social distance. Pricing for the bride or groom will also be required ahead of time via Venmo or card to avoid contact. In-studio and on-location bridal hair styling price upon request; 948 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth.
Top Knots by Aimee
Yardley; serving Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey and Delaware
Aimee Beam and her stylist team offer exclusive on-site bridal hair artistry for the greater Philadelphia area. They are well-versed in the latest looks for your day-of ’do, whether it is whimsical waterfall braids, romantic half-up, half-down looks or curly and cute. Trials are provided in the Yardley studio or various locations throughout New Jersey. For those planning to move forward with small ceremonies in 2020, Beam has introduced elopement and micro-wedding packages (prior to COVID-19, the business maintained a bride plus three-person minimum); she is also offering virtual wedding-hair coaching till salons can reopen. But her biggest advice right now: “If you are a 2021 bride, don’t wait to book us,” says Beam, a state board-licensed cosmetologist (along with the rest of her crew). “We’re booking up 2021 at a crazy rate.” The Top Knots talents will be Barbicide COVID-19 certified; stylists and wedding clients will be required to wear face masks. (Stylists may also wear goggles or face shields.) Separate rooms for hair services will be required, and there will be longer timelines between clients to ensure in-depth cleaning, among other new practices. “Weddings may look different in 2020, but our goal is to not make them feel different,” says Bream. “We love being a part of the buzz that makes a wedding morning one of the most memorable days of their lives.” Temporary virtual bridal styling from $75; bridal hair by Beam for $250; bridal hair by lead stylist team $200; wedding party hair from $95 per person; trials for $150; separate travel fee and assistant fees price upon request as needed; 2020 elopement packages from $275 (including travel).
Up Your Do by Jill Kozar
Jenkintown; Philadelphia and surrounding counties, New Jersey and Delaware
Jill Kozar covers all things hair: updos, curls, braids, extensions or any other style imaginable, whether it be in the salon or on-site at the event location. Online reviews rave about Kozar and her team’s efficiency and creativity, and her portfolio shows hairstyles ranging from beautiful bouffants to cascading curls. She even makes her own hair extensions to ensure the most natural look for all clients. True to its name, Up Your Do provides the perfect level of glam to enhance your bridal updo without overshadowing the rest of wedding look. Bridal hair price upon request and dependent on services and travel; 807 Greenwood Ave, Jenkintown.