wedding hair & makeup artist

I’m dedicated to having brides and their bridal party look and feel their ultimate best. If you would like to be your own beauty icon with a customised bridal makeup look for your special day please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

Welcome to MELS BRIDES: Bridal Beauty Specialists

Thanks so much for considering me as your makeup artist for your special day. I’m Mel, and I’m the Founder and Director of Mels Brides and I really can’t wait to work with you on your wedding!

I work with a dedicated team of makeup artists and hairstylists who are all professionals from the world of fashion. We work with you and your bridal party to add that extra special touch to your day. 
You can find out more about me and my background here.

I want to elevate your beauty with your bridal look and specialise in creating a natural look. I’ll highlight your natural features and use tones that really compliment your skin. You’ll see that I ask to have a trial in advance of any bridal makeup booking, where we will work together to create your perfect bridal look. I even ask you to wear a top or blouse on the day that’s the same colour as your dress so that we can make sure that everything balances perfectly. 

As I came from the world of fashion, having worked in editorial and fashion shows, I know how to create bridal makeup that will photograph well and has staying power. Weddings are long days and I want to help you feel beautiful from start to finish. 

I don’t expect any bride to be an expert in makeup, hair and beauty, or to always have the clearest vision of what they want which is why I see the entire process as a collaboration. I want me and my team to feel like familiar faces when we turn up bright and early on your wedding day! Prior to your wedding, and either side of your trial, we will have a conversation over email where we share pictures and ideas, working together to find the perfect match on Instagram, Pinterest, and in bridal magazines. I’ve found that this is a great way to find something that makes you feel amazing and creates a timeless beauty that will live forever in your photographs. 
If you’d like to find out more about the process, then my Frequently Asked Questions page should cover off most things you’d like to know.

I’m based in Kent and have team members in London, Hertfordshire, and Surrey so we work across the South East, as well as working with brides who are arranging destination weddings. 

All of the imagery on this site highlights my previous work, of both real brides and photoshoots for bridal magazines and bridal brands. I’ve been lucky enough to have my work featured in Boho Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, Love My Dress, Festival Brides, and Your Kent Wedding.

I work with you to tailor my service to fit perfectly with your vision for your special day

Adding a touch of luxury

Bride wearing wedding dress by Bon Bride in London

On your wedding day, you deserve to feel like a million dollars which is why I only use luxury skin and makeup products to achieve a flawless bridal look. I work with products from the likes of Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, and MAC, Lancôme, YSL and Marc Jacobs, and I can also provide cruelty-free, vegan, and hypoallergenic products on request.

Everything I use will look as amazing in real life as it will look on camera, and are all designed to last the whole day. 

Because I’m working on photoshoots for fashion and editorial clients when I’m not working weddings and events, my kit is kept really up to date. 

I also hope to add a sense of calm to your day, which is why I make sure everything is planned and scheduled in advance. I’ve worked over 60 London Fashion Week shows so know how to keep calm under pressure and know how to keep everyone calm around me. I’ll always go out of my way to make nervous or anxious brides feel incredible.

We offer bridal services for all skin tones from the deepest to the fairest

Myself and my team have a range of skin tones ourselves, and are highly skilled at makeup for all skin tones. All brides and any member of their bridal parties should be made to feel beautiful and confident on the day. We pride ourselves in creating a completely bespoke bridal MUA experience.

Bride wearing wedding dress holding an umbrella

My previous brides share their love story

Being part of someone’s special day really is an honour and it’s one of the reasons I absolutely love my job. 
I really look forward to getting to know you and your vision for your perfect wedding day so that we can work together to make it happen. If you’re ready to have a conversation then I recommend you get in contact so we can meet each other and start working on your bridal makeup look.

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