Welcome To TRB Hair & Makeup

Welcome To TRB Hair & Makeup

Look Your Best At Your Wedding,Reception,Engagement

Our company ethos is unique within bridal styling, in that we use real brides to showcase our work, rather than using models.

About Us

Every girl dreams of her wedding day and I am very proud to be able to play a part in making that dream a reality. When the bride looks in the mirror and I see that uncontrollable smile, I know I have made her day. That moment is priceless

– Raj @ The Real Bride

I am the founding director of The Real Bride, with over 13 years experience in the makeup industry and a background working with the internationally renowned MAC cosmetics brand, I have built around me an outstanding and talented team of fellow makeup artists and hair professionals, who bring a beautiful combination of passion, artistry, and expertise to every Real Bride we work with. We are proud to provide an elite level of Asian Bridal Hair & Makeup artists and services within the UK using the finest products and makeup brushes.. Our aim is to create a peaceful, warm, and relaxing environment, making each and every one of our brides feel their beautiful best on their special day.

Always putting the bride, her happiness, and her peace of mind at the centre of everything we do, our vision is to provide the perfect start to a day that our brides will treasure forever. From the bridal outfit, to the wedding hairstyles and headwear, all the way through to the jewellery and accessories, careful attention is paid to every exquisite detail. Whether the chosen style of hair and makeup is traditional, classic, or more contemporary, our Real Brides are confident and completely ready for every photo and video opportunity, with dazzling eye makeup and elegant wedding hair, safe in the knowledge that they look their very best.

We Are The Best At What We Do

But don’t just take it from us, here’s what our clients have to say.

I just want to say a big thanks to Raj for making me look amazing on my wedding day. I'm not one to wear a lot of make up so I was worried about looking 'caked' but Raj did a brilliant job. She listened to what I wanted and I received so many compliments. My make up didn't need retouching throughout the day and my hair also lasted the whole day. I had two make up looks and I was extremely happy with both. I would definitely recommend Raj to anyone :) x

- Daly Kaur

Raj, once again, a huge thank you for the whole look! It stayed looking flawless all day and I looked like me which is what I wanted!Thank you! Harby xx

- Harby Takhar

Raj is so amazing at what she does. Nothing was too much trouble for her. I requested 3 different looks for my civil, mandap and reception and Raj delivered on each one. I looked beautiful in each one and nobody could understand how I pulled off this in one day. All thanks to Raj! I'm so lucky that I could have her for my big day! I was the happiest girl in the world that day! Raj is a magical and a talented make up artist who deserves recognition for her amazing unique style.

- Anji Heera

Couldn't recommend raj enough - the whole process from making the bookings on the website, trials and the actual wedding day felt so easy and stress free! I'm particular with how I like my make up and hair done and raj did a great job of translating my 'umm..' in to something I loved, which looked amazing but also suited me. Her honesty and willingness to explain why certain styles etc work / won't work made the whole experience straightforward and I had no worries about being in her very capable hands ! She has a gentle, calming presence which is a huge help on your wedding morning and I know it made a big difference to my mood keeping me relaxed and focused. She's also extremely responsive to feedback, listens intently and I felt all my comments and requests for changes after the trial were really well received. Raj did 3 different looks for me and each one - in person and on film - looked perfect so no doubts about her skills! Thank you again, Raj for making this such a wonderful experience !

- Parminder Mann

Raj was amazing throughout my pre trial, pre wedding shoot and on the wedding day. Loved all the looks and got so many compliments. Make up was flawless and didn't need any touch ups throughout the day. No rushing or panicking even though I was running late on the wedding and understood exactly what I wanted. Thank you Raj

- Sharnjit Bains

Raj is a fabulous make up artist. She is so calm and gentle and thats exactly what I needed in my make up artist as I was a ball of nerves. I am not used to wearing too much make up and the thought of dolling up for my big day was nerve-wracking. I was beyond words with my bridal make up, Raj did a phenomenal job, seeing myself that morning gave me the confidence I needed, I felt beautiful. I recommend her to anyone I meet.

- Kajal Fatania

Raj you did an amazing job got my bridal look spot on! I received so many compliments on the day and will definitely be recommending you :)

- Lauren Sidhu

I would like to say a huge thank you to Raj for doing my make up on 10/9/16. You made me feel like a princess on my special day! I wanted a elegant look which you created for me perfectly! Thank you Manjit and Tal xxx

- Manjit Matharoo

Thank you soo much Raj for my perfect hair and make on my wedding day a few weeks ago.. You made me look and feel amazing. Anybody who knows me knows how extremely fussy I am with my make up, but I couldn't have been happier with how you made me look. The most important thing for me was to get the base right and you completely got it! The make up was flawless, yet it didn't look like I was wearing layers of it. Your calm and friendly nature also really helped put me at ease in the morning and I'm really grateful for that. Thanks again and see you soon :) xxx

- Chaz Dheensa

Thank you so much Raj for doing my make up on Saturday for my wedding party. You are truly amazing! I got lots of compliments about the way I looked. I would highly recommend you to anyone!!!

- Inge Dekker Jawanda

Thank you ever so much for making me look and feel amazing on my special day. You are brilliant at what you do. All the best xx P.S. You are now my first port of call for hair and makeup. I would most definitely go to TRB again!

- Aisha Siddiqa

Raj (the real bride) was brilliant for my bridal make up. After the trial I was confident I had picked the right MUA. She doesn't just make you look like every other bride...she makes it personal and really makes you relaxed on the wedding morning. She was great for chunni and jewellery placement advice too. Family, friends and the groom mentioned how natural I looked which I loved. Thank you raj X

- Sunny Bhachu-Mistry

Would like to say a huge thanks to Raj for doing my bridal, reception and civil looks. All 3 looks were spot on, were very different and exceeded my expectations! She totally understood what I wanted from my trial and examples I showed her. Would highly recommend to anyone, cannot fault her work such an amazing artist. Thank you again! (And thank you for your advise on sorting out my yellow nails on the wedding day!) Xx

- Dips Patel

Raj (The Real Bride) is an extremely talented and personable makeup artist and I wouldn't recommend her enough. Raj did my bridal makeup two weeks ago and she did such an amazing job in such a short space of time, I had a hair and makeup changeover. I am very fussy and, unlike other makeup artists, Raj "just got" what I wanted and performed. Thank you Raj for making me look and feel like the bride that I always wanted to be. My makeup was flawless and as my friends said "my makeup was on fleek"! X

- Sonia Ravat

Thank you Raj for making our hair look so stylish. Thank you for carefully listening to us and delivering what we wanted. My mum's hair was elegant and mine was very modern. Can't wait to find a reason to get you back.

- Parveen Baden

The Real Bride is hands down my favourite MUA! A long time ago, I remember coming across makeup by TRB which made me instantly think WOW she represents her profession well. Even way back then I knew I wanted TRB to get me ready for my wedding day! I didn't need a trial with TRB as I trusted her but was excited to see my transformation beforehand and right away she knew I wanted the regal/timeless look for my religious ceremony with a contrasting Hollywood red carpet look for my evening reception. I'm so happy with both looks. TRB definitely understands and knows how to represent her brides personality! Thank you so much xx

- Lovepreet Virk

I recently had the pleasure of having Raj do my hair and makeup for my wedding day. 2 different looks for each of my outfits...loved them both! The makeup gave a flawless look and was not overly "caked"...definitely made me feel confident and comfortable! Her talent is undeniable! Will definitely be booking again and recommending you Raj. Thank you again xx

- Aman Ghir

Thank you so much Raj for my perfect make up on mendhi and Barat! I didn't want to take it off and it didn't budge a bit all day! I would definitely recommend anyone to use the real bride as their MUA!

- Mair Ahmad Usmani

I recently had the pleasure of Raj doing my hair and make up for a work event , I had Raj do my hair and make up on my wedding which was 8 years ago!!!! The make up and hair was flawless and never moved all night. To be completely honest the reason for such a big gap was Raj was not very confident and doing up dos. However for my most recent event Raj did both to perfection. It just goes to show that Raj is dedicated to her profession and has taken all the right measures to ensure she is brilliant at the job, and also professional and friendly which puts you at ease. I have a few events this year and unfortunately for me Raj is booked up. I would highly recommend her services and if you have an event and want the best The Real Bride is your best bet.

- Bubba Bains

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Raj (TRB) for glamming me up for my sons birthday party. I booked Raj as my MUA on my wedding day over 5 years ago and she did an AMAZING job. Never had such a special occasion until now to book her again and I couldn't have been happier with my look. My hair and make up was exquisite and I got so many compliments on the day. I look forward to booking Raj again soon.

- Sandy Bains

One of the most amazing make up artists and trainers I have ever met! Raj you always know what I want without me even telling you and your work is flawless. You always create a look which showers me with compliments every time. You have an amazing talent not only to do make up but also teach it. I think your ability to teach make up technique on a one to one basis is fantastic with you offering so much support throughout. Keep it up! Loving your work!

- Sundeep Sahota

I've known Raj for 5 years now (not personally, just as a Make up artist) and she's done my make up several times. She's the only professional make up artist I know, who is actually Professional and honest. She has always turned up on time, without failure. She doesn't try and squeeze in as many customers as possible, and therefore is able to deliver a personalised service. Her make up is always flawless, and that's because she puts in the time and effort, without rushing. I've had make up done from most of the top make up artist, but find Raj is the only one who manages to do perfect foundation coverage without caking it. She gives the eyes attention to detail. Her make up skills are unique. I would definitely recommend her.

- Nazish Ghulam

We felt very reassured with you, the TRB team knew exactly what to do. Very professional and an amazing artist, we could not have made a better choice. My sister Maryum was a stunning bride, you paid attention to every single detail to make everything absolute perfection.

- Mahum Naeem

I booked Raj very last minute for my engagement after she did a wonderful job on my aunt a few years back. I didn't have time to book a trial, but I'd seen her work and trusted her, she definitely didn't let me down! I used her website to make the booking - therealbride .com. It was very easy to create an account and navigate around the website. After making the booking, there is an area on the website which allows you to upload pictures of the type of look you're after, this is what I relied on since I was not able to have the trial. The website was very useful and meant that I was able to make my booking without having to wait for Raj to inform me of her availability. I definitely recommend that other brides make use of the website, it makes booking hassle free! Raj did a brilliant job with my make up on the actual day, I'll definitely be using her for upcoming events!

- Maha Z Ahmed

Dearest Raj (the real bride!). Just wanted to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me look amazing on my wedding day, you did the hair and makeup so perfect I couldn't believe that was me looking at the mirror. I was finally a real bride and loved the whole experience! I wish I could repeat that day everything flowed so well, everyone had nothing but lovely things to say about my look that day.Honestly best decision I made was booking you, not only did you make me feel and look amazing, I felt calm and less stressed just having your company in the morning and all the banter in between. I definitely sing your praises to anyone looking for a mua <3 best money spent, thank you xxx

- Roah Darwash

It's been 5 years since my wedding and I have to say that having Raj as my makeup artist was the best decision ever. Leading up to the wedding Raj was always there to give me advice on skin care and getting me ready for my big day. She understood the look I wanted and she was extremely calm and relaxed on the day which really helped settle my nerves. Having my makeup done really frightened me as I've never really wore makeup and I didn't wanna end up looking like someone I wasn't. But I was so happy with my look it was exactly what I wanted. Raj is such a lovely person and really makes a effort in getting to know you. I still keep in touch with Raj and she is always so helpful with makeup tips and suggestions. Thank you for everything and can't wait to see what the real bride experience has in store, it's such a unique brand! Xx

- Pinky Aujla

Raj is definitely the best makeup artist around. I booked Raj for my wedding day and from my first consultation right the way up to my big day she was amazing. She made me look and feel amazing. Even 3 years on I get compliments. I have had the pleasure of Raj doing my makeup for two other family functions and again a flawless finish, with endless compliments. Thank you for making me feel a million dollars not just on my wedding day and beyond. You will always my makeup artist of choice.

- Sandip Kaur Kohli

I don't even know wear to start with this review, and I've been meaning to do it for a long time!! I had a trial with Raj more than a year before my actual wedding, and it's the only trial I've ever had. Booked Raj straight away, as her genuine passion and desire for brides to feel amazing without being disguised under layers of make up shone through. Between the trial and the wedding, I got to know Raj a lot better, and therefore I booked her to do my preshoot, day after wedding and other weddings after my own and each look was so unique - really showed me that I don't have to stick to one routine look, different things can work for me. On my wedding day, Raj was so calm, friendly and laid back (the norm for Raj) and I distinctly remember the moment I looked in the mirror and Raj put the chunni on my head, I felt like I was a model in a bridal magazine. This is how I think every bride should feel, especially on the day that is all (mostly) about her. Luckily for me, I had booked Raj for a couple other events, and each look was flawless. Raj played a big part in making me feel so good on my big day, started my day off right - the make up didn't even budge when I bawled my eyes out that evening. I can't recommend real bride services enough, Raj enhances your best features, and doesn't just apply one look for all. I've kept in touch with Raj, and can't wait to book her for the next occasion or event, and work her magic again! X

- Chaz Mann

From the first time I contacted Raj, she was so professional and approachable. I had 100% confidence in her and she made me feel amazing on my wedding day, plus other occasions and it's always a pleasure. She is the best in the business, trustworthy and honest x

- Aman Thiara

It's been 3 years since my civil wedding ceremony and at that time I thought my hair and make up was done as I wanted it...and when I look back now I still think - that's exactly the look I wanted for my registry wedding - timeless! - thank you Raj.x

- Raji Johal

Getting Married? Looking for a MUA? Got a Party? Why would you be looking anywhere else than TRB! Raj is fantastic and so down to earth, she makes you feel relaxed and helps with making your imperfections into your strengths! Booking Raj for all my functions was the best decision I made, she listens to what you want and gives you suggestions to help you! She made me feel like a princess and I was so overwhelmed with all the compliments!! I can not recommend anyone else more highly xxx

- Jemma Patel-Patel

I 100% recommend Raj to anyone who is looking for bridal and/or party hair and make up. She is absolutely professional in her work but such a down to earth person. I had the pleasure of being dolled up on my wedding day by Raj, she understood exactly what I wanted and executed it perfectly!! I felt like a princess and everyone commented on how beautiful I looked!! This was all down to Raj and her brilliant skills ☺️☺️!! Even a year after my wedding day, Raj still messages me and replies to all my queries and questions! You are amazing Raj!!! ️Xxxx

- Raj Rai

Highly recommended ladies!!! Amazing make up artist and friend! Raj has been doing my makeup for around 7 years now. Myself, mom and my sister have all had the pleasure of being glammed up by Raj. Raj is always my first port of call when it comes to getting my makeup and hair done for any events and weddings! Honestly ladies if you struggle with what look to go for, just simply ask Raj to make you look pretty, and she will work her magic! X

- Anu Jalaf

Bridal booking that has turned Into friendship raj is always on speed dial for all my Events and now is a regular artist to my 6 sis in laws!!! I always recommend raj to my Friends and the work is simply Flawless xx

- Sanj Samrai

An amazing makeup artist and Friend who created 3 very different, yet perfect looks for my wedding events xx

- Sharan Kandola

Fab, friend and professional...I'm obsessed with this lady's work so much I wish I could keep her as my daily hair n make artist!!!

- Tasmina Hussain-Khan

The best I've ever looked on my Wedding day! Wish Raj could do my hair and makeup every day!

- Ruby Kaur

The best, beautiful work and Raj is such a lovely person.....thank you xx

- Nin Gill-Gandhi

Frequently Asked Questions

To help you with your bridal preparations, we’ve put together 10 or our most frequently asked questions

Will My Artist Get Any Additional Guests Ready On My Wedding Days?

The bride's chosen artist will only get her ready on the day as we don't believe in compromising on the bride's time. There will be the sufficient number of artists to get any additional guests ready, providing this is booked in advance. All Real Bride artists are experienced within the industry and have received personal training from Raj to ensure they are delivering a high standard of work. Please note that it is at the discretion of the artist if they have to time to secure/set any dupattas or head scarves.

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What Do I Need To Keep In My Handbag On My Wedding Day?

Tissues, cotton buds to soak up any tears before they drop, lipstick and a blotting powder. Lipstick is only dabbed onto the area of the lips where the colour has faded and powder is only ever applied where there is slight shine.

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Is There A Particular Way That The Dupatta Should Be Draped?

As most bride's wear the dupatta on their head for over 10 hours, the dupatta will be secured and draped to not only look good, but to reduce the weight as much as possible without compromising on the way it falls. A lighter dupatta is always recommended as it is much easier to manage and also complements the outfit more stylishly when it flows freely with minimum pinning. A 2 inch border is ideal for most bride's.

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Should I Be Wearing My Full Outfit Before My Stylist Arrives?

Bride's are asked to wear their full outfit before their artist arrives to prevent any situations of broken zips, tops not fitting etc being discovered at the last minute. These are things we cannot take responsibility for, as fixing them would disrupt the process of getting ready. It is the bride's responsibility to check the jewellery is not broken. The dupatta needs to be ironed, with all creases removed from the border, prior to the wedding day.

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Should I Wash My Hair The Night Before, Or On The Actual Wedding Day?

As hair needs time to settle, bride's are requested to wash their hair the night before. This will eliminate any fly away hairs and will reduce any risk of starting late on the day. Hair should only be blow dried or blasted with a hairdryer as straightening with hair straighteners will leave the hair flat.

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How Much Space Is Needed In The Room I Will Be Getting Ready In On My Wedding Day?

There needs to be enough room for the artist to work and for the bride to feel relaxed and not cramped. A chair with a high back is required for the bride to sit on and a long table or bed for the artist to lay their products and tools out. We request that bride's politely ask family members or friends to keep interruptions to a minimum to avoid delays on getting the bride ready on time. Bride's should also ensure that family members or friends store their own items of clothing or jewellery in another room.

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Where Do You Get Me Ready On My Wedding Day?

We will travel out to your preferred location on the day. There may be an additional travel charge if this is outside our base area. We require a parking space outside the home or venue. Please ensure this is available before our arrival. If we have to come to a hotel, car parking will be charged to the room. If we are travelling within a congestion zone/area this would need to be paid for before our arrival.

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Do I Need To Grow My Hair And How Long Does It Need To Be?

Hair needs to be shoulder length or longer (including the fringe) to achieve most styles, however we use the necessary amount of hair pieces/hair extensions and hair padding to create the bride's unique bridal hair style. We recommend the bride keeps her hair well conditioned and books a final trim at the hair salon 6 weeks prior to her big day.

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Does My Makeup Need To Be Heavier To Show Up On Camera?

With our expertise, product knowledge and application techniques the bride's makeup will look flawless on camera without feeling heavy. We spend time researching makeup brands and only use the best products available on the market. The bride's makeup will last the full day with touch ups only needed on the T-Zone and lips.

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Do I Have To Book A Trial?

A trial is an excellent idea, especially when the bride has her chosen outfit and jewellery to bring in, as we create your bespoke look to compliment these. Although not compulsory, as some bride's do book and leave it in our hands on the actual day, once the bride has her wedding date, it adds immensely to her peace of mind to have a trial, as she will then know exactly how she will look. It also gives us a chance to meet up and build on our relationship, so that she feels more relaxed and comfortable. bride's should ideally research some styles and looks to bring in with them, enabling us to see their inspirations.

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Why You Should Choose TRB Hair & Makeup

Our company ethos is unique within bridal styling, in that we use real brides to showcase our work, rather than using models.

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Makeup is an enhancement

We believe makeup should be an enhancement to your natural beauty. We feel with our extensive expertise and knowledge, we are able to use techniques such as contouring and highlighting to bring out the best features in our clients.

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We don’t specialise in one style

We will create the perfect hair and makeup for all ethnicities including Indian, Greek, and Pakistani. At The Real Bride, we like to use a combination of current trends along with classic iconic staples to ensure you look perfect in every single way.

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Broad Range

Whether our brides opt for a traditional, classical or more of a contemporary look. Our Real Brides are confident and excited to be ready for every photo and cinematic opportunity.

Hair & Makeup Services

We offer a range of services that cover all faiths & ethnicities, for any occasion.

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