13 Sought-After Wedding Hair and Makeup San Diego Pros to Stalk Now
Whether you're a destination bride or a local, finding a great glam squad you really mesh with is so important. For your big day you want to look nothing short of perfection (duh), and these wedding hair and makeup San Diego pros can definitely take your beauty look to the next level. From ultra glamorous to boho beachy vibes and everything in between, there's someone for everyone—and every type of wedding—on this list.
When narrowing down your options, take into account things like your budget of course, as well as bridal party size, personal style and whether you want little upgrades like long-lasting airbrush makeup or someone who can handle a pre-wedding spray tan too—or maybe even make over your groom. Be sure to peep their professional websites and Instagram handles to get a good feel for their work and to ensure your overall styles are aligned.
Ready to start stalking? Here are the San Diego wedding hair and makeup artists you need to know now.
Blush By M.Marie
With a focus on boosting clients' confidence and making you feel fabulous for the big day, this award-winning team of SoCal bridal beauty professionals is absolutely worth checking out. Owner Melissa Marie has more than 15 years of industry experience and, in addition to weddings, has worked behind the scenes on some of TV's biggest networks—from Bravo and TLC to MTV. Choose from one of the packages available on their website or create a custom one based on your own unique wants and needs. The team will travel to you for an added fee and are available to transform your entire bridal party. We love that they offer the option to snag a VIP complete touch-up kit so you can freshen up throughout the night as needed.
Review Spotlight: "Melissa did my hair and makeup for my wedding and it was more than I ever could have asked for! She went above and beyond for me and made my day even more special! She achieved the perfect look for me and was exactly what I wanted. I would HIGHLY recommend her or any of her ladies. She's amazing!!!!"
Beauty by Elizabeth Root
The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is your makeup. For a completely seamless and stress-free experience, Elizabeth is the mobile bridal makeup San Diego pro to hire. She specializes in a more natural beauty look that plays up all your best features and has won The Knot Best Of Weddings Award for nine years running—so you know she's top notch. She has more than 17 years experience working on brides of all ages and skin types too. For an extra wow factor, customized individual lashes for your specific eye shape are included in all services. She does have a group minimum of five people for Fridays and Sundays and six for Saturdays, so that's something to consider.
Review Spotlight: "Elizabeth is AMAZING! I was too excited to sleep a wink the night before our wedding and woke up crying because I was afraid that I was going to look like a zombie. However, after Elizabeth had finished with me, I felt more beautiful and radiant than I ever had before. My mom, who had just finished chemo and didn't have much in the way of eyelashes or eyebrows, was also very pleased! After Elizabeth had finished her makeup, my mom told me, 'Elizabeth is a miracle worker!' Not only were we happy with our makeup, but Elizabeth was very pleasant to work with and we enjoyed her company the morning of the wedding!"
BeLoved Hair & Makeup
You'll become fast friends with Lizbeth and her bubbly team of beauty mavens on your big day. In addition to nailing the super-coveted soft glam look, brides and their besties rave about how comfortable and at ease the BeLoved team made them feel as they got ready. Not convinced yet? Just go take a look at this in-demand, bridal hair and makeup San Diego glam squad's Instagram page for inspiration and photos of real brides. If you're a local getting married elsewhere, the BeLoved team is willing to travel out of the state and country too—just ask!
Review Spotlight: "Liz is incredible! She has the hands of a goddess! My sister, mom and I go to Liz for all our hair needs. She did my hair & makeup for my wedding, and she did an amazing job. My hair/makeup looked so good all day. Even when I cried my makeup still slayed. Liz always provides the best experience! Not only does she create perfection but she is awesome to talk to."
Refined Beauty Inc.
You'll have to get in early if you want this award-winning, on-site San Diego wedding hair and makeup team to handle your big day beauty needs, as they typically book up 8 to 12 months in advance. Yes, Refined Beauty is THAT good! You can choose the Ultimate Bridal Package, which includes hair and makeup (plus three sets of false lashes) for your engagement photos, trial and wedding day beauty. Or you have the option to go a la carte and pick and choose the services that suit you and your bridal party. There's also the option to have them place your hair extensions, cover up tattoos, glam up your guy or even stay for touch-ups throughout the evening. To save a little dough, go with a super experienced lead stylist, or book a principal stylist for the best of the best.
Review Spotlight: "I am forever grateful for Refined Beauty and their talented Hair & MUAs! I was so ecstatic after my Bride Trial but on my wedding day, I was completely floored and obsessed with my look! Vicky was so great to work with, so professional and prompt with communication and truly makes you feel comfortable for someone who doesn't use a whole lot of makeup. I had a last-minute change of heart with my hair and Wendy knew exactly the hair look I was going for and was so patient and thoughtful! My hair 100% complemented my makeup look!"
Shade and Strand
You know how sometimes you look back at old photos of yourself and cringe? Well Shade and Strand's ultimate goal is to ensure you don't do that with your wedding pictures. This 5-star wedding hair and makeup San Diego team is all about enhancing your natural beauty so you look and feel like the bombshell you are on your big day. They offer makeup and hair trials beforehand to give you that extra boost of confidence you need—and to wash any worries away—prior to the wedding. Tons of reviewers praise the team's overall fun vibe and personalities too, which is important because getting ready to walk down the aisle should be a blast.
Review Spotlight: "Absolutely in LOVE with my bridal hair! Heather and Kelly quickly and flawlessly did my hair (bride), 7 of my bridesmaids' hair & my 2 moms' hair quicker than we had even planned for them to. I got so many compliments and everyone was so happy with the outcome. My hair stayed perfect the ENTIRE night and even the next day. Both Heather and Kelly were so, so sweet and helpful and just all around great vibes. Would HIGHLY recommend."
For a luxury experience that will leave your face looking flawless, book BeautyAsDesired stat! Led by owner and lead bridal makeup San Diego artist Chantal Wilson-Rosenfield, who has over 19 years of experience working on all different shades and types of skin, this team of beauty pros specializes in what she calls "Iconic Sculpted Glam"—incorporating high-end products by Pat McGrath, Danessa Myricks, Chanel and Tom Ford into your wedding day look. While they don't do hair, they can provide some amazing local stylists they've previously worked with to glam up brides. In addition to long-lasting airbrush makeup application, Chantal and her team can cover up any tattoos you may want to hide on your special day.
Review Spotlight: "I have never looked more beautiful! I'm not a big makeup wearer. Chantal made sure I had a natural glow and the makeup was photo ready but never felt heavy. I just saw my wedding photos and wanted to cry at how stunning the entire bridal party looked. Everyone at the reception couldn't stop talking about how flawless we looked. Her and Julie were amazing at color matching all of the girls (all different races/skin tones). And they brought the wedding day party vibes, which made the wedding morning light and fun. I couldn't have asked for a better MUA team."
Beautiful Day by Beka's Glam Team
If you're going for that soft, romantic and utterly timeless look, then Beautiful by Beka's Glam Team is a vibe. They specialize in all things marriage-related, from engagement photo shoots to glamming brides (and their family and friends) up for the wedding. They're also skilled at matching the perfect pros to bring your beauty vision to life so you won't be disappointed. The team is happy to travel to wherever you are and can upgrade your experience with luxe hair extensions, individual lashes and airbrush makeup. The basic bridal hair and makeup package starts at $380 (including lashes) and glam for your bridal party begins at $230 per person.
Review Spotlight: "Beautiful Day Brides has such talented hair and makeup artists. They were great at listening to what each person wanted and enhanced everyone's natural beauty. I was so impressed with Angelic making my hair dreams come true! It was such a statement and all that I ever wanted. Donna did exactly what I asked for with my makeup and it lasted the whole day/night through the heat wave and lots of dancing. I could not recommend Beautiful Day Brides enough."
Secret Salon | Bridal Hair & Beauty
This mobile beauty team is truly the full package when it comes to the best wedding hair and makeup San Diego has to offer. They do updos, hair styling and airbrush makeup that's 100% sweat-proof, water-resistant and long-lasting. They're also experts at working on all different skin types, including dry, oily, sensitive and acne prone. Interested in adding a little extra volume or length to your wedding day 'do? Secret Salon has you covered with clip-in Remy Human Hair Extensions extensions they'll match expertly to your color. And if you really want to make your eyes pop, they offer lash extensions or a lash lift and tint for the big day.
Review Spotlight: "In a world of over-charging for bridal hair and beauty, Secret Salon is the best quality for a reasonable price that you will find. We hired Alice and the Secret Salon team for our wedding on 4/30/22. My bridesmaids and the mothers loved them. They were organized, on time and professional. We all looked gorgeous for hours on end and had so many compliments. Please book them for your wedding!"
Hair by Kayti
Calling all boho brides! Kayti is the wedding hair San Diego pro to know if you're obsessed with beachy waves and braids that are anything but basic. One look at all the dreamy whimsical styles on her Instagram page will have you hooked and wanting to book for your entire bridal party ASAP. Her website is super clear and upfront on pricing with hair for 2024 brides coming in at $350 and bridesmaids, moms and other guests $165. She also offers clip-in hair extension installation. For Friday through Sunday weddings, there's a minimum of 5 services required, not including flower girls. We promise you though, she's SO worth it.
Review Spotlight: "Kayti is a hair WIZARD. Seriously, she worked pure magic on me and my bridal party. There were 10 of us and she kept us on schedule, without an assistant, and everyone looked phenomenal all day/night. And some of the girls had seriously long, thick mermaid hair, but she still nailed their looks in no time at all. I'm still blown away by her talent and so, so glad that I booked her for our wedding day."
Makeup, Hair & Dance By Meleah
Perhaps the most unique vendor on our list, Meleah and her on-location glam squad can handle it all, including choreographing your first dance! What really sets her apart from other wedding makeup San Diego artists on our list though is the fact that she combines techniques of both daytime and photography makeup to ensure you and your crew not only look great in real life but on camera too. She has her own line of cosmetics and gives brides the choice between airbrush or traditional makeup, and natural, moderate or full coverage foundations. Her and her team can take care of all your hair needs too so your day is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Big bridal parties are no problem.
Review Spotlight: "I cannot recommend Meleah enough. She is nothing short of a hair genius! My husband had a special request for her to create a 'punk rock mermaid' look for me and boy did Meleah deliver! She created a beautiful look with just the right amount of edge to satisfy my husband's request, fit my personality AND still make it look feminine, soft and bridal. She also had the added challenge of creating something that would withstand the elements (we got married on the beach) AND remain in tack for 16 hours. It did all that and even survived a midday nap! To say she went above and beyond to ensure I looked and felt stunning on my wedding day would be an understatement. Brides, book Meleah now!! You'll be so happy you did!"
Led by Christine Tran, this dream team of stylists and artists is famous for giving brides a gorgeous, glowing complexion and nailing that natural, subtle glam look so you still feel like you (just the very best version!) on your wedding day. They do airbrush makeup that photographs beautifully and will last all day so you don't have to stress about touch ups. Lashes are included with your makeup and you can even rent hair extensions to give your locks that extra oomph.
Review Spotlight: "As an Asian American girly, I can't recommend Christine more! She is so familiar with how to accentuate Asian facial features, seamlessly combining western and eastern beauty trends. I came to her asking for a softer glam look, and Christine delivered 110%! It's very simple to trust the process with her. The makeup photographed beautifully and gave me the confidence and ease of stress to know the aesthetics I wanted would come to fruition on my wedding day. She is also just an extremely sweet, kind, hard-working woman! I would 100% come back for my next glam event."
Chelsea Rose Beauty
Brides deserve all the pampering and relaxation on their big day and when it comes to making you feel like a Queen, Chelsea Rose delivers. She specializes in romantic and personalized hairstyles that are secure, long-lasting and will still look good after a long night of dancing. As for makeup, you can expect to start your morning with a mimosa in hand and rejuvenating skin care prep before applying breathable and lightweight airbrush makeup that will make your face flawless. While lashes are included, you can also add on a touch-up kit, hair accessories and an extra bridal artist to transform your friends and family.
Review Spotlight: "I am so glad I chose Chelsea to do my hair and makeup for my wedding!! Chelsea is beyond talented and just amazing! She makes you feel beautiful and pampered. She is so easy to work with, knows exactly what you want and delivers. My HMU lasted all day through multiple outfit changes and different locations, including hours at the beach, and stayed put throughout dinner."
Irresistible Mess Bridal Hair & Makeup
For effortlessly cool SoCal beauty looks, this San Diego stylist is your girl. Tara, the founder, and her boho beauty squad will make your skin look seriously sun-kissed and your hair straight out of a Pinterest-board. Her Instagram page is a treasure trove of inspiration, and you can plan a hair and makeup trial beforehand to perfect your look for the big day. The team will travel to you and are available to makeover your entire bridal party. Complimentary clip-in hair extension placement and veil/accessory placement is included with your wedding hair and makeup. Many brides report how much fun they are to hang out with on the day-of too!
Review Spotlight: "Without a doubt, book Tara (and Jamie) for your hair and makeup for your wedding day. Tara and her team did my hair and makeup along with 8 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls and two mothers and we were all so blown away by their talent, professionalism and timing of everything. Literally everyone in my bridal party was overly pleased with their hair and makeup and their pricing is incredibly reasonable. 5 stars doesn't even do them justice."