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On Hitched.co.uk since 2023

Last update: April 2024

Karen Mason, Luxury Bridal Hair & Makeup is a hair and beauty business based in Edinburgh, Lothian & Borders, offering services to couples for their weddings and other special occasions. Karen boasts over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry and loves working with nearlyweds to give them the look they always dreamed of for their big day. She strives to enhance each client's natural beauty and give them confidence and assurance for their walk down the aisle.

Services Offered

Karen Mason, Luxury Bridal Hair and Make-up design

Following a career spanning over 25 years, Karen moved from London to Edinburgh in 2020. She worked internationally as a hairdresser & makeup artist for many years in the film, celebrity red carpet events and fashion business. She has worked with clients such as Emilia Fox, Cara Delavigne, Dawn French and Kate Moss. Now based in beautiful Scotland, she offers a bespoke and modern hair and makeup service for brides and their bridal parties. Taking the whole bridal theme and colour scheme into account, Karen works collaboratively with clients to develop their dream bridal hair and makeup design. She offers hair and make-up trials at her Leith-based studio, where she and, if required, her team of professionals can cater for wedding parties of larger sizes.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What services do you offer?

Hairdressing
Makeup
Image advice

What is included in the wedding package?

Wedding package is charged at £750. This includes hair & make up for the bride, plus two others. The trial, which is non refundable is £175 in my Leith. Minimum fee is £500

How far in advance should I contact you?

Please contact me at any point, however, I am now taking bookings for 2024 and 2025

Do you work at homes?

Yes

What is the charge for travelling?

I charge 70p per mile if the travel is beyond 20 miles radius of Edinburgh city centre. For international work, all flights or travel are charged to the bride

What is your main business area?

Make up

Could you stay with the bride until the photo shoot?

Yes

How many people can you beautify for one wedding?

There is no real limit to the amount of people that I can work with as if there are more than 3 individuals, with prior knowledge and warning, I can bring in a team of great hair and make up artists

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

Yes

What are the forms of payment?

Unless otherwise discussed, full payment is made directly into my account before the wedding day to secure the booking. I have a hair and make contract with all payment details available upon booking

Served in

Central & Glasgow, Fife & Angus and Lothian & Borders

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Reviews for Karen Mason Bridal Hair & Make-UP

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24 reviews
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Ami
Ami Sent on 31/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Great hair and make up which lasted all day

Karen was great!
She took time to understand what I wanted and we worked out everything we needed to on the trial.
I wanted very natural make up, nothing too heavy. And she achieved that, but I still felt very glamorous.
On the day of the wedding, Karen arrived promptly and worked super efficiently to get everyone ready in time. She was so calm and reassuring and I loved the end result. My hair and make up stayed the same from 10am until 1am.
My mum was nervous about her hair as she has very thick hair which can be frizzy and difficult to work with. Karen worked magic on her, and I've never seen her hair so beautiful. Her curls stayed in for days!
I highly recommend Karen and I'm grateful for all her hard work for us on the day x
Rebeca
Rebeca Sent on 22/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Rebeca Moss

Karen did a fantastic job of my hair and makeup for my two-day wedding celebration. After a trial at Karen’s house, we agreed on two different looks for day and evening events. Karen was very attentive, and great fun to be around. My mum and bridesmaids were all really happy with their hair and makeup too and loved speaking with Karen. Thanks Karen for a wonderful experience - I would highly recommend her to any brides to be!
Nina
Nina C. Sent on 30/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from beginning to end!

I recently got married at Edinburgh castle and booked Karen for my hair and makeup. She was fantastic! She instantly made me feel relaxed and reassured at my trial and I knew I could fully trust her on my special day. Karen is so talented and created a flawless look that lasted the whole day into the evening! Meeting Karen was like meeting a new friend! Nina Carr.
Catherine
Catherine G. Sent on 19/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent!

Karen was incredible! She is such a pleasure to work with and her work is perfection. Myself and my bridesmaids were all incredibly happy with our hair and makeup. Can’t recommend her enough.
Francesca
Francesca T. Sent on 19/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing short of Exceptional - Must Book!

Karens talent and service is nothing short of exceptional. We were lucky enough to come across Karen on hitched, and given her experience and reviews, promptly contacted her in the hope she would be available for our wedding in September 2023. From the first phone call with her I knew we had made the best decision and we were delighted when she said she was available on our date. As there were several of us needing hair and makeup, Karen was kind enough to source two other excellent hair and makeup artists Ava and Heather. Karen and her team were able to excetute perfect, and stunning looks on all of my bridal party members, who were a range of ages, skin tones, hair types, personal needs, with great care and attention, within the alloted time schedule. I cannot write here all the compliments we received on the day, but I can assure you we felt fabulous, and our venue even requested Karens details for future brides. I would like to thank Karen for her endless support and guidence. From the moment I first contacted her, the hair and make up trail at her beuatiful home which followed, to the morning of the wedding, Karen provided endless support and positivity and at no point did I feel unwelcome or unable to contact/meet with her to discuss my preferences or any changes I was thinking of having with regard to hair and make up. Her flexability and willingness to adapt to last minute changes (in my case some bad highlights the day before the wedding - a stupid impulsive decison on my part!) were instrumental in keeping me calm and collected because I knew she had everything in hand and the expertise to manage any situations which arose. Given Karens years of experience in the industry she has many contacts to pull upon and direct you to so do not hesitate to run something by her if your unsure, she'll guide you through! I wish I had done this for my highlights to save the stress! The morning of the wedding I was very stressed and worried about the day, Karen turned my day around and even gave me a mini facial massage to relax me and get me into the pampering spirit - she has the inate ability to know just what you need! By the end of the day, a ceilidh and disco later my hair and make up was still perfect, which many people commented on in disbelief! Removing everything before bed was a breeze, Karen had taken such care that my hair and skin felt just as comfortable and soothed as it did in the morning. (I dont wear make regularly at all so this is a big deal to me as I am not used to hair extensions/eyelash extensions etc). Thank you to Karen and her team, there are not enough words to communicate my appreciation and gratitude for your hardwork and efforts in preparing me and the bridal party for our special day. I hope to only get married once, but should I need a makeup artist again, I would book Karen and her team in a heartbeat!
Alina
Alina Sent on 30/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful day

Really enjoyed working with Karen. We discussed getting me a more natural look for the wedding that felt more me and I got it :)
Nevada
Nevada W. Sent on 18/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect bridal hair and make-up, highly recommend!

I am incredibly happy that I found Karen to do my hair and make-up. She did an impeccable job and made me feel like the best version of myself for our wedding day. Karen brought out my natural beauty with the best make-up products. She also used our selection of flowers that matched my bouquet along with other wild flowers we foraged and she created the most beautiful hairstyle that literally made me feel like a faery princess... I have never seen flowers arranged so beautifully in someones hair before. Karen didn't just make me feel beautiful, she made me feel calm, relaxed and excited for my special day with my love. Another important thing I would like to mention is she really made sure I was happy with my make-up and hair, I never once felt pressured into doing something that didn't feel like me, she listened to all of my suggestions and showed me alternative options... I originally wanted my hair down and I am so happy she showed me how beautiful my hair would look up. I can honestly not thank her enough for everything! There's no other make-up artist or hair stylist that I would recommend as much as her, she is truly an artist and a beautiful person to start your special day with. Thank you, thank you... THANK YOU KAREN
Lesley
Lesley M. Sent on 13/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Would highly recommend!

Working with Karen on my hair and makeup for our wedding was such an incredible experience. I was at ease the whole time and loved her creativity, attention to detail and our chats over cups of tea! Karen is a professional through and through and ensures you are relaxed and comfortable at all times! Couldn't recommend her enough - such a key part of our day and was over the moon with the end results!
Ella
Ella H. Sent on 29/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing natural wedding hair and makeup

Karen offered a very welcoming and professional service for my September wedding. From the rehearsal to the day of my wedding, she was brilliant.
She did my bridesmaids too, who looked absolutely stunning.
As I am of mixed heritage I have naturally type 3c curly hair and was nervous about letting someone new style it, but Karen was super, she handled my hair with care and it looked amazing.
The makeup was just what I was looking for, natural and elegant. I would 100% recommend her.
Lizzie
Lizzie Z. Sent on 04/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Talented, creative, warm and highly recommended


'Karen Mason did my make up for the most important day of my life - my wedding day. Prior to my big event, Karen took her time to go through options so I felt relaxed and comfortable with her. On the day, Karen was calm and really gracious with my mother and all my guests - putting everyone at ease. Her make up is fantastic. I could really see that she has worked with the best - models and celebrities who need to look brilliant for their work. Karen made my skin look fantastic - almost translucent. I loved everything about the way I looked and I felt super confident and happy on the day. I highly recommend Karen. She is at the top of her profession and you would be in good hands. Thanks for making me look and feel so special." Lizzi Zita.
Petra
Petra J. Sent on 02/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent for hair and makeup

I would highly recommend Karen for wedding hair and makeup. Not only was she key to getting my hair and makeup right for the big day, she also did a pre-wedding appointment to trial the hair and makeup to test out some of the ideas and inspiration I had for my wedding look. On the day of the wedding, the hair and makeup stayed intact all through the day and evening reception so I could enjoy the big day with no worries about my hair and makeup. Book Karen for your big day!
Sophie
Sophie E. Sent on 24/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Karen is a joy to work with!

I can't recommend Karen highly enough. Not only did she do an amazing job with my wedding hair and makeup and my bridesmaids, she was a pleasure to be around on the morning of my big day. She’s a joy to be around and made everyone in feel so relaxed and at ease, she uses fabulous products and we also learnt lots of tips from her extensive experience! I’d highly recommend Karen Mason, for weddings events, or refreshing your style, she’s a great find
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Marie D. Sent on 09/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A very natural look for a perfect day

Karen was absolutely fantastic! I was a little apprehensive at first hiring a makeup artist because I never wear any makeup and like a very natural look, but Karen understood straight away what I wanted and did a lovely light makeup on the day. I absolutely loved it! She did both my hair and makeup in less than 2 hours and it was all stress-free and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend her!
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Jane H. Sent on 03/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding service-

Karen recently did my hair and makeup. From start to finish Karen made me feel at ease her professionalism was next level and she was just an all round pleasure to be with friendly, reassuring and so talented!! I would highly recommend Karen for your big day. Once again Thankyou so much Karen.
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Esme P. Sent on 22/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A tailored experience with fantastic ideas!

I was looking for a MUA who would understand that I'm not comfortable with a lot of make up on, and could provide a subtle and tailored service. Karen was recommended to me by a friend and she was just perfect. She was so friendly and really put me at ease. My make up was perfect, it didn't feel caked on or overly contoured, I just looked like my very best self.

Karen was so lovely she ended up doing my hair too. She came up with so many ideas for how to make my hairstyle as beautiful as possible, while still ensuring I felt comfortable with the accessories (we ended up with red ribbons and blooming red roses in my dark brown hair and it looked amazing).

Karen worked so hard to ensure I was happy, relaxed, and looked my very best for the big day. I loved how she does my hair so much she's now agreed to be my regular hair dresser! She also gave me an NHS discount, which was very welcome! I would recommend her to absolutely anyone and everyone.
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