– 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.
But don’t just take it from us, here’s what our clients have to say.
- Daly Kaur
- Harby Takhar
- Anji Heera
- Parminder Mann
- Sharnjit Bains
- Kajal Fatania
- Lauren Sidhu
- Manjit Matharoo
- Chaz Dheensa
- Inge Dekker Jawanda
- Aisha Siddiqa
- Sunny Bhachu-Mistry
- Dips Patel
- Sonia Ravat
- Parveen Baden
- Lovepreet Virk
- Aman Ghir
- Mair Ahmad Usmani
- Bubba Bains
- Sandy Bains
- Sundeep Sahota
- Nazish Ghulam
- Mahum Naeem
- Maha Z Ahmed
- Roah Darwash
- Pinky Aujla
- Sandip Kaur Kohli
- Chaz Mann
- Aman Thiara
- Raji Johal
- Jemma Patel-Patel
- Raj Rai
- Anu Jalaf
- Sanj Samrai
- Sharan Kandola
- Tasmina Hussain-Khan
- Ruby Kaur
- Nin Gill-Gandhi
Take a look at our Hair & Makeup showcase, we’re proud to use actual images of our brides, we don’t use models.
To help you with your bridal preparations, we’ve put together 10 or our most frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our company ethos is unique within bridal styling, in that we use real brides to showcase our work, rather than using models.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a range of services that cover all faiths & ethnicities, for any occasion.