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The Best Hair Stylists and MUAs in the North East of England According to Real Couples

From bohemian updos and natural radiance to sleek updos and the full beat, these hair stylists and makeup artists have the reviews to back up their skills!

a redhead bride with a wavy plaited half up half down wedding hairstyle as she faces her groom smiling

a redhead bride with a wavy plaited half up half down wedding hairstyle as she faces her groom smiling

Find your perfect bridal hair and makeup in the North East of England in this edit - and trust us when we say we have data to back up our picks! Each and every single hair stylist and makeup artist in this roundup has won one of our prestigious Hitched Wedding Awards which are given out based purely on customer reviews. 

Who better to vouch for wedding suppliers than the people who have hired them in the past? Once you start reading their glowing reviews and incredible recommendation rate, choosing your hair and makeup artist in the North East is suddenly going to become a pretty tricky job. But let's be real, it's better to have plenty of options than too few, right?

The 9 Best Wedding Hair & Makeup Artists in the North East of England

When it comes to booking your wedding suppliers, hair and makeup artists can be one of the trickiest to decide on. How do you know someone is going to be able to create a look you love? But who better to convince you that a hairstylist or makeup artist is incredible than the couples who hired them?

Ready to find your dream MUA in the North East of England? We bet you'll struggle to choose between these nine award-winning makeup artists!

1. Julia Jeckell Bridal Makeup Artist - North Yorkshire

A bride and three of her bridesmaids posing at a rustic venue courtyard with gorgeous hair and makeup, beaded dresses and big smiles

Professional makeup artist Julia Jeckell is an award-winning makeup professional who covers the whole of Yorkshire. With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, it's no surprise she's won one of our Hitched Wedding Awards this year. Her mission is to make her clients feel their 'absolute flawless best' and you only have to look at her work to see how she's succeed at this!

Her area of expertise is creating looks with a fresh and modern feel, with a focus on radiant, glowing skin complexions whilst feeling lightweight and being long-lasting. Though, needless to say, each and every look Julia creates is a bespoke makeup look which is completely tailored to her clients' needs, styles and preferences. 

Speaking about her award, Julia told Hitched, “I'm absolutely thrilled to have won the 'Hitched Wedding Awards 2023' for 'Best Bridal Makeup' - what an amazing start to the year! I love my job and for me, it's just really nice to know my clients highly rate and recommend my services. The award also highlights excellence in customer service and professionalism, which I'm extremely proud of.”

Her clients rave about her too, with 39 five-star reviews on Hitched,100% of Julia's clients said they would recommend her services. One said, "I was looking for someone who did the natural-but-done look and she 100% gave me that. My make up was incredible and it stayed on the entire day and through a lot of tears. My bridesmaid, mum and auntie all looked incredible, too.

"Julia is so lovely and worked very closely with the me in order to achieve the best makeup look. Julia is so sweet and professional and helped calm the nerves on the big day. I would highly recommend her and now, wouldn't have my makeup done by anyone else."

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2. Gemma Walling Professional Makeup Artist - South Yorkshire

A bride with very natural pretty wedding makeup posing with her hands holding her veil back in front of a green background

Based in and around Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Gemma Wallin is a professional makeup artist specialising in makeup for weddings, big events and milestone occasions. Dedicated to making her clients feel like the 'best version of themselves', Gemma has years of experience in the industry creating a variety of looks from natural minimalistic makeup to full-glam looks, with something to offer everyone!

And it's not just brides who's wedding makeup Gemma can do - she's also available to work with the wider wedding party to ensure you and your squad have your wedding day looks executed to perfection. Using only top-of-the-range products, Gemma's looks aim to highlight your natural beauty whilst also being made to last a full day and night's worth of celebrations. 

As well as makeup, Gemma is also qualified in a number of pre-wedding treatments such as eyebrow tinting and waxing, gel polish nails and much more, giving her the ability to curate a bespoke beauty package that suits you from head to toe. 

Gemma's clients love her work, with 23 five-star reviews and a 100% recommendation rate, you know you're in very good hands here. One client said, "Gemma did mine and my chief bridesmaid's wedding makeup and it was perfect. The colours we chose were so nice together and complimented my wedding dress perfectly.

"We had our foundation done by air brushing and it was just the right amount, it didn’t feel heavy or cloggy and looked really natural. We received lots of lovely compliments. I would definitely recommend Gemma for wedding make up. She is a really lovely lady and makes you feel at ease. We had a good laugh."

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3. Ebony O Makeup - South Yorkshire

A bride and groom leaving their city wedding ceremony as guests line up either side of them throwing colourful confetti

Ebony O Makeup is a professional makeup artist based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire - though her passion for her job sees her travel across the UK delivering flawless and bespoke makeup looks all over the country. Self-taught with years of experience, Ebony has worked for MAC Cosmetics, making it no surprise that her kit includes some of the most luxurious and well-known makeup brands out there...

With a passion for enhancing her clients' natural beauty, she's experienced in going full-glam or keeping things as natural as you want and also offers a range of other services including eyelash application and makeup lessons. If you love the look she creates on the wedding day, why not ask her for a masterclass so you can recreate it on a milestone wedding anniversary

One of her clients said, "Ebony has done my make up previously and I couldn’t imagine anyone else being there on my special day to look after me and my ladies! I also had a bridal trial and highly recommend this option to be confident on your choices. From the moment Ebony arrived at my venue, she instantly made me feel at ease and had a full plan for who’s makeup should be done first.

"From making my bridal party feel comfortable to making them look exceptional - Ebony was such a huge part of my day. I cannot express how important it is to have such an amazing MUA who you feel comfortable being around. If I could do my wedding all over again I wouldn’t change a thing, especially my MUA. Highly recommended!"

On winning the Hitched Wedding Award and talking about her incredible five-star reviews, Ebony said, “Thank you to all my lovely brides who have chosen me this year to be a part of your big day, your custom and reviews really help my business and I am so grateful for all your amazing feedback."

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4. Saba Hair & Makeup Artist - South Yorkshire

A bride with long brunette hair in loose curls with natural makeup and a darler lip looking out into the view - Saba Hair & Makeup Artist

Hair and Makeup artist Saba, based in South Yorkshire, is an MUA who specialises in wedding hair and makeup, offering her professional services to nearlyweds who want to feel their best on their wedding day. She uses only the highest-quality equipment and brands to create completely bespoke makeup looks and hairstyles that her clients love. 

Though based in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Saba travels across the country to beautify her clients, ensuring you and your loved ones feel amazing and confident on your wedding day. 

Perfect even for those who aren't familiar with makeup, one reviewer explained, "I am someone who does not wear a lot of makeup often and had been looking for someone who could do my hair and makeup for my wedding. Saba really put me at ease and had clearly had many years experience doing hair and makeup.

"Considering I have an East Asian skin tone complexion and straight hair, I gave her a few ideas, and she had no problems getting the look I wanted. I could not have asked for more from Saba, she really went out of her way by fitting in my mother's hair and makeup too, despite the fact that she had a back-to-back morning."

With reviews like that, it's no surprise Saba has a 99% recommendation rate from her past clients.

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5. LL Hair & Beauty - South Yorkshire

A bride to be with obmre brunette and blonde hair smilng as a hair stylish does her hair in a half-up half-down style with a tiara

LL Hair and Makeup is a wedding service based in and around South Yorkshire. Owned by Laura Bower, an experienced aesthetician, the company have helped nearlyweds feel their absolute best on their wedding day for decades. The team are mobile so even if you are based outside of South Yorkshire - why not get in touch and enquire anyway? 

With services that include hair extensions, beauty therapy and more, as well as wedding hair and makeup, LL Hair and Makeup are there to answer your every beauty need. Using high quality top-of-the-range products and determined to help create your vision, the team have had seven five-star reviews on Hitched, all of which coming with a 100% recommendation rate. 

On winning her Hitched Wedding Award, Laura said, "As a small team of girls we are delighted to have won our award. We work hard to ensure that all our clients have an amazing time with us. Our reviews show just how important your wedding is to us and how we are happy to go above and beyond to make everything perfect."

Proving how good the team are at making their clients feel comfortable, one couple said, "Me and my now wife were a bit apprehensive about the hair and makeup side of our wedding day due to us both not being very girly. We arranged a trial beforehand at our home in Leeds and both Kay and Charlotte instantly made us both feel at ease.

"Before the wedding in North Yorkshire, they were in contact with me letting me know what time they would be arriving and what the plan was. On the day they were both amazing and went above and beyond from helping my mum fix her shoes to being on hand for last minute touch ups. They didn't leave until the minute I left. We both had lots of compliments on both our hair and make up.

"Honestly couldn't have asked for anything better!"

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6. Nicole Saville Makeup Artist - West Yorkshire

A bride with loosely curled brunette hair hugging a groom wearing a dark suit

Nicole Saville Makeup Artist is a beauty company based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Owner Nicole is accredited by the London College of Fashion as well as being an experienced wedding makeup artist, giving her the skill to deliver flawless looks, and the eye for trends and styles. 

Though based in West Yorkshire, Nicole is open to working with nearlyweds further afield. All you need is your wedding day vision and Nicole can help you realise it using only the best high-end products as well as the latest techniques. 

Nicole offers a number of packages for her clients to choose from, ranging from the Silver package to the premium Diamond Luxury bundle which includes add-ons such as full skin preparation, luxury mink lashes and relaxing eye masks. 

Nicole has 15 five-star reviews on Hitched, one of which that says, "For my wedding, it was me and five bridesmaids. Nicole was happy to come at 6:30am to do all of our makeup. She was professional, came on time and did an absolutely amazing job. We all felt absolutely beautiful. We couldn’t believe that our makeup lasted a whole day of tears.
"Even after hours of dancing, my make up was still absolutely flawless. Thank you Nicole for making us look and feel beautiful!"

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7. Sass and Bride - West Yorkshire

A makeup artist putting the finishing touches to a bride's lip liner and natrual makeup

Sass and Bride, located in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, is an experienced wedding beauty company led by head makeup artist Sarah Hammond. With years of experience in the wedding makeup industry and having worked with big beauty brands such as Clinique, she's been making nearlyweds feel their best since 2011 and her reviews speak for themselves. 

She specialises in a number of different beauty styles from soft glam to natural looks and, while she doesn't offer wedding hair services, her little black book of contacts is brimming with industry contacts and bridal hair stylists who can create your dream look.

Speaking to Hitched, Sarah said, “I want to say a big thank you to all of my amazing clients. I truly appreciate your business and I’m grateful for your support. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your special day. Sending all my love and heartfelt thanks.”

Speaking of her very special clients, Sarah and her team have had 15 five-star reviews on Hitched, with one bride saying, "I couldn't have asked for more from Sarah! She arrived on time with a huge amount of kit, listened to what I wanted, and even managed to cover a scar and stitches feeling like I was caked in makeup. She's a great personality to have around on the day. I would absolutely recommend!"

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8. Rachel O'Dell Makeup Artist - West Yorkshire

A blonde bride with a curly up-do styled with a tiara, tanned makeup and a pink blush cheek putting her earrings on

Makeup artist Rachel O'Dell runs a wedding beauty company based in Leeds. Owner Rachel worked as a professional makeup artist for more than ten years, with experience in a number of different industries from film and television, to advertising and, of course, weddings. 

Rachel absolutely loves collaborating with nearlyweds to bring their vision to life and make them feel as beautiful and confident as possible on their special day. As well as makeup, Rachel's company also provide hairstyling and cosmetic solutions for wedding parties and can cater to both individuals and groups alike. 

What's more, if you're planning a destination wedding and want some tips and tricks to do your own wedding makeup, Rachel offers exclusive bridal tutorials for this very purpose - we absolutely love that!

Rachel also has an impressive 25 five-star reviews on her Hitched listing and 100% of her clients said they would recommend her. One reviewer said, "Absolutely delighted - Rachel gave me my wedding makeup of dreams, it was perfect! I had recently had a baby when Rachel did my makeup and felt tired, but she made me feel like the best version of myself which made me feel so confident. 

"With so much going on during the day of the wedding, Rachel put us all at ease and made us feel relaxed - it was such an enjoyable experience. She was very responsive to emails and was also very flexible. I'd sent some pictures of the sorts of looks I liked and Rachel captured my dream makeup perfectly. I would recommend Rachel to everyone."

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9. Victoria Taylor Makeup - Tyne & Wear

A bride and groom with red hair smiling as their guests gather around them - Victoria Taylor Makeup

Victoria Taylor Makeup is a wedding makeup and hairstyling service based in Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, as well as the surrounding areas. Owner, Victoria, is a talented makeup artist who specialises in radiant, glowing skin and showcasing her clients' gorgeous features with very natural-looking makeup. 

Before your big day, Victoria Taylor Makeup offers free beauty trials for both you and your wedding party so you can feel confident and comfortable with your on-the-day looks. Here, they use only top-quality brands to ensure all of your makeup looks withstand the dancing, smiling and happy tears on the wedding day. 

An extra service that not many other companies offer, is that, at your trial, you and your entourage can have your makeup looks professionally photographed so you can see exactly how it looks when captured through a professional photographer's lens - how cool is that? 

One of Victoria's reviewers said, "Being someone who wears very little makeup on a day to day basis, the idea of wedding make up scared me a little. Victoria was really understanding and patient as, it turns out my skin was a little reluctant to wearing a full face of makeup. However, she went above and beyond to try and find a solution.

She listened, reassured and gave advice, whilst trying out a few different options. My make up on the day lasted really well and was very natural which was exactly what I wanted. She also did my hair in a low twisty bun which was really secure yet comfortable, and stayed in even after hours on the dance floor!

"My mum and sister had their hair and makeup done on the day too and Vic contributed to a nice relaxed atmosphere whilst getting ready."

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As you prepare to book your dream wedding makeup artist in the North East of England, be sure to check out our round up of the most important questions to ask your makeup artist ahead of the big day!