Favorite Northern Virginia Hair & Makeup Artists

I get asked a lot about recommendations for various wedding vendors, and usually just compile my list into an email or text and share it with whoever was asking.

However, I recently was asked about my favorite hair and makeup artists and figured it would be better to put all my recommendations into a blog post to be shared with everyone!


So, in no particular, here are a few wonderful hair and makeup artists that I have either worked with myself, or just admired on Instagram.

Alison Harper & Company

I feel like I need to highlight Alison Harper & Company first since they were my own wedding day hair and makeup team! Not only did they do my own hair and makeup, but also made me mom, sisters and bridesmaids look amazing too.

Photo Credit: Sam Stroud Photography

I really picked Alison Harper & Company because they had an incredible portfolio, but also because they travel fee to come meet me and my girls at our hotel was the best I had seen from my research.

While they are a little higher in the price side, I definitely think that you get what you may for when it comes to these sorts of things, and Alison Harper & Company won’t let you down.

Photo Credit: Sam Stroud Photography

I was able to go to their salon in Maryland and have a hair and makeup trial done before the big day, but it was $100 – which I am honestly ok with paying that rather than paying twice as much on my actually wedding day and hating how my hair and makeup turned out. Also, since there was an issue with my original stylist, they actually gave me a second hair trial for free with the new stylist, which I thought was incredible customer service.

I really can’t say enough great things about Alison Harper & Company! My hair and makeup was beautiful and last all night and well into the morning too. All my bridesmaids looked incredible, and our stylists were so fun to have around while we all got ready in the morning.

Website: alisonharperandcompany.com
Instagram: @alisonharperco

Hair & Makeup Artistry by Claudine

I heard about Claudine Fay from a friend and ended up having her do my makeup for our engagement photos. I’ll first say that she does incredible work and I absolutely loved how my makeup turned our for our photo session. Even better – my makeup even after a two hour drive and standing in 90 degree heat!

Besides makeup though, Claudine is incredible at hair! I could stare at her Instagram photos all day! Her braids are really a work of art and if you’re looking for someone to help you achieve your own #braidgoals, she’s your girl.


Website: claudinefay.com
Instagram: @hairandmakeupbyclaudine

The Highlight Makeup Artistry

Joanna of The Highlight has done so many of my friends’ hair and makeup for their big days and I would obsessively stalk her Instagram sort of kicking myself for not knowing about her for my own big day. However, I was elated when my friend Brooke told me that she was going with Joanna for her own wedding last November!

Photo Credit: Sam Stroud Photography

Joanna not only knocked out five bridesmaids, one mother of the bride and a mother of the groom in like five hours, but also made us all look AMAZING!

Photo Credit: Sam Stroud Photography

She is truly a professional and knows her stuff. If you’re looking for someone to literally transform you, you must call Joanna!

Website: thehighlightmakeupartistry.com
Instagram: @thehighlight

Heidi Grace of Voila Style

Heidi came to my rescue when I was looking for a single hair stylist to come help me for my sister-in-law’s wedding. My SIL was planning on doing her own hair, which left me up to my own resources. Many hair and makeup artists will come to you for day-of services, but there is usually a minimum required for how many girls must also use the individual.

Photo Credit: Emily Alyssa

Since it was just me looking to get something done, I had to get creative, and thanks to a local Facebook group, someone directed me to Heidi. Since it was a Sunday wedding and nearby, Heidi was able to pop over to the hotel and help me out without any absurd service or travel fees (thank you!!!).

Photo Credit: Emily Alyssa

Heidi does work with other stylists in a local salon so she can certainly accommodate larger wedding parties as well. She also is just the coolest ever and I had so much fun chatting with her while she got me all dolled up!

Photo Credit: Emily Alyssa

Facebook Page: Voila Style

As I find more incredible hair and makeup artists in the area I’ll continue to add them to this post. If you have any recommendations, please share them with me too!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie Stepanian-Bennett says:

    Jacinda at Modern Bridal Studio did my wedding and was a dream to work with!
    950 N Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22302
    ‭(703) 832-7633‬


    1. Thank you for sharing!!!


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