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On since 2020

Last update: February 2024

Karen Starr Makeup Artist & Hairstylist are a professional business located in Barnet, Hertfordshire, in southern England. Owner Karen Starr is a fully qualified freelance hair and makeup artist who provides bespoke makeup and hair design service for weddings and special occasions. Her elegant and romantic style is reflected through the exquisite looks that she has created over the past eight years. Karen enjoys spending time getting to know her clients by listening to their love stories and every detail of their vision for the wedding.

Services Offered

From soft natural looks to full-blown glam, Karen Starr Makeup Artist & Hairstylist can create a look that defines you on your wedding day. By using high-quality products and specific techniques, this professional artist can have you camera-ready in no time. Karen is available to travel to her clients’ homes in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas to provide them with trials for their hair and makeup.

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?


What is included in the wedding package?

Dependent on the size of your bridal party. Please contact for package prices

How far in advance should I contact you?

The sooner the better really, to get your wedding day secured

Do you work at homes?


What is the charge for travelling?

0.45p per mile but this is flexible

What is your main business area?

Make up

Could you stay with the bride until the photo shoot?


How many people can you beautify for one wedding?

As many as required. I would bring other artists along on the day to help

Can you provide your beauty services for pre-wedding and post-wedding photography?


What are the forms of payment?

Cash or BACS transfer

Served in

Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire

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100% Recommended by couples
Annalisa H. Sent on 22/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing from start to finish

What can I say … Karen was just fabulous! Super friendly and accommodating, totally put me and my bridesmaids at ease. Before we knew it 4 hours had flown by and it was time for me to put my dress on and leave the room to walk down the aisle. Thanks to Karen I was confident that I looked my absolute best & couldn’t stop smiling the entire day. I will 100% be calling on her for any more hair & makeup needs.
Hannah Sent on 29/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic!

Karen was beyond amazing! I have no hesitation in recommending her for wedding make up. She did a brilliant job on my wedding day for my hair and make up and my bridesmaids too. She listened to exactly what I asked for and made me feel incredible. Thank you so much!
Jemma C. Sent on 17/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing--made me look a million dollars!

Karen is absolutely amazing. I don't know what else to say other than that. I found her on for my wedding hair and makeup and she got back to me very promptly. I was nervous about getting the right look but Karen knew exactly what I wanted after listening to me chat through my ideas and after showing her some styles on pinterest. She had no issues tapering down my look on my trial and on the day she was a saviour (especially after a very stressful week in the lead up to the wedding). I would recommend Karen to anybody getting married or for a big event--she's amazing!
Gabrielle N. Sent on 20/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Brides hair and makeup

I contacted Karen to request a hair and makeup trial. Karen responded quickly and clearly explained her services and costs.
Karen arrived on time and was happy to listen to my needs, as I don’t wear makeup at all and didn’t want to be overdone, but look natural. I have thick curly hair and always worry about how it will be handled. Karen knew how to make the most of my curls.
On the day of the wedding (17 August 2021)
Again Karen arrived on time. Karen had remembered what we genuinely chatted about and we chatted like old friends.
Karen is very friendly, helpful and listens well.
It was a pleasure to have Karen with me on the morning to do my hair and makeup and the proof of her amazing skills are in the compliments I received when people saw our wedding photos. Beautiful, stunning, amazing were words used to describe how I looked.
Brilliant job!! 😀

Inga Z. Sent on 18/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Just awesome

Karen works perfectly under pressure, she can improvise and come up with a perfect hair style on the spot, the make up she did would last for another day or two if I hadn’t washed it off, she matched the products with my skin perfectly, and all this whilst having a really pleasant conversation! 100% recommend
Hannah G. Sent on 01/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Friendly, Relaxed and Perfect

Karen was brilliant and did the most amazing hair and makeup. She was clam, relaxed and really friendly. I was soo pleased with my hair and Make up - it lasted all day and night without needing Andy touch ups 😊 Karen created the exact look I wanted and I still felt like me but better! I would highly recommend.
Emily J. Sent on 08/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing hair stylist

A few weeks ago, Karen did my wedding hair as well as my bridesmaids and two mother of the bride/groom. She was absolutely amazing! Karen completely understood the look I was after and I felt incredible. She was really flexible with the hairstyles when a bridesmaid wanted to change a small aspect of the style. But most importantly, Karen was so lovely and chatty, and put everyone at ease! She was like another member of the bridal party! Thank you so much for doing an amazing job :)
Hannah L. Sent on 23/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great experience for bride with minimal knowledge.

I only started looking after my skin beyond washing it a few years ago, and I have a simple make up repertoire. My hair is always either loose or in a ponytail.

Karen did a wonderful job at making me look wonderful, but still like myself, which was key for me. She slotted seamlessly into my day - it felt like having an extra friend there.

I also had a ceilidh at my wedding. High energy was an understatement, and yet my hair remained perfectly in place and my makeup refused to move despite profuse sweating. High recommend.
Nikki Sent on 26/11/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding make up

Karen was extremely helpful and responsive in the lead up to my wedding (including my cancelled date and my brain frazzle in the lead up to my actual date). On the morning of the wedding it felt like Karen was a friend rather than someone I'd never met prior to that morning. She kept me calm and the morning was relaxed, chatting whilst getting ready. My hair and make up were perfect for the day, as was my sisters bridesmaid make up. Safe to say its cry proof too (happy tears!). Many people have complimented the hair and make up since seeing photos. Thank you Karen xx
Hannah Sent on 25/01/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The cherry on top of a perfect day!

I cannot say enough how thrilled I was with Karen from the first trial to the big day! At first I was a bit nervous as I don't tend to wear too much make up from day to day but I put my faith into her and it paid off! Not only did she make me look and feel so special, her professionalism really helped calming my nerves! I cannot recommend her enough!

Thank you Karen! xXx
Anjalee Sent on 23/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely stunning make up from Karen!

If I had all the money in the world to do my wedding again I would still choose Karen!
She was absolutely fantastic.
She did me, my mum, and my sister and we all loved our looks. Very sophisticated yet glam.
The make up stayed on all day but didn't feel at all heavy or caked on.
My mum doesn't wear that much make up normally but she felt really comfortable with what Karen did.
Our hairstyles were all perfect, she listened to what we wanted and matched it exactly, and again it stayed in place throughout the wedding and the whole reception.
At the end of the night I looked at myself and couldn't believe how good I still looked!
She was also brilliant to have while getting ready - very calming and supportive.
Loved my look - thank you so much Karen!
Sent on 09/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

I would definitely recommend Karen!

Karen took into consideration the styles my mum, my maid of honour and I were all after individually. My hair and make up were even better than I was hoping for and lasted all day and night! Karen is also lovely and friendly and it was a pleasure to have her there to help on the day. Thanks Karen!!
Claire Sent on 02/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent hair and makeup specialist

Karen Starr is a creative artistic genius . She made myself and my friend look a million dollars for my wedding. She is reliable as well as professional yet fun and really knows her stuff for example which products to use to suit each client. Highly recommend her she is worth every penny !
Izzy Sent on 03/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Karen is just perfect!

Karen did my bridal hair for my wedding recently and I couldn’t have asked for a better stylist.
From the trial in which I was able to try as many styles until I was totally happy to Karen calming my nerves on the morning of the wedding, she is just was fantastic.
Also doing hair for some other members of my bridal party and they also were thrilled with their styles.
If you want a calm experience with a very talented hair stylist Karen is who you need and I will be recommending her to all my friends.
Thanks again ??
Ashley Sent on 09/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing hair & makeup!!!!

Karen did such an amazing job with my hair and make up for my wedding, I really cannot thank her enough! She made me feel so comfortable and from start to finish (even in the rehearsal) it was such an enjoyable experience. I love looking back at pictures of my special day and the make up and hair look that Karen created for me was absolutely PERFECT and she made sure every bit of my hair and make up was exactly what I wanted! Thank you so much again Karen
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