San Diego Wedding Services

Rare Bird Brides will help you find the flawless look that fits your personal style to make you feel like the Rare Beauty that you are. Every Bride should feel stunning on their wedding day and Rare Bird Brides strives to bring you that perfection. From your Consultation to your Wedding Day, we will help you create and find your vision for your Hair & Makeup. The name Rare Bird arose from an appreciation of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To her, these virtues were uniquely represented by the “rarest” of birds: the dove, swan, and sparrow. At Rare Bird Brides, we attempt to emulate the beauty and passion of Aphrodite with each unique bride that we have the privilege to work with. Kristen Jean is the owner of Rare Bird Brides and has been in the beauty industry for over 13 years. In addition to having experience in print and television, Kristen has studied at Graham Webb, Toni&Guy, and with Mike Karg. Kristen is a licensed Cosmetologist and Makeup Artist.

*Please note: All images on and are the Artist's authentic work and artistry. Absolutely no stock images are used. *Contact us to find out about Hair & Makeup pricing for you and your wedding party. *Rare Bird Brides is available to stay with you throughout the day or night for touch-ups or style changes. Inquire within about pricing.

Bridal Hair & Makeup Consultation:

This is a great opportunity to experiment with different looks and decide on the style and colors that work for your face shape, dress, and overall vision of your wedding day. The consultation is meant to put your mind at ease by perfecting your ideal look and deciding on the colors and style that will enhance your natural beauty.

Bridal Makeup: Makeup is a powerful and useful tool that can be used to enhance your natural beauty or it can be used to transform your look dramatically. With Makeup done correctly, you will have the confidence that you are putting your best face forward on your wedding day. Traditional & Airbrush Makeup options are available.

Bridal Hair: The Hairstyle that you choose to compliment your dress and Makeup ties your look together. Whether you decide on beachy bohemian or are inspired by the Great Gatsby, your hair will be styled with creativity and attention to detail.

Trials & Consultations: Scheduling a trial is a great opportunity to experiment with different looks and decide on the style and colors that work for your face shape, dress, and overall vision of your wedding day. The trial is meant to put your mind at ease by perfecting your ideal look and deciding on what will enhance your natural beauty. Communication is key during this process so please feel free to bring any inspiration you may have to your appointment.

Airbrush vs. Traditional: I have a lot of Brides who want to know what the difference is between Traditional & Airbrush Makeup, so let me shed some light on this subject.

Traditional Makeup refers to the technique of applying Makeup with a sponge, brush, etc. Traditional Makeup has a thicker consistency and usually feels a bit heavier on the skin. When applied correctly by a professional Makeup Artist, Traditional Makeup can look beautiful but typically will not last as long as Airbrush Makeup. Your skin type, weather/month of wedding, and age, all factor in to whether Traditional or Airbrush will be right for you.

Airbrush Makeup is the ultimate luxury for flawless skin that will leave you feeling like one of a kind. Airbrush makeup utilizes a small makeup air compressor, an airbrush gun, and special airbrush foundation. Airbrush Makeup is either water based or silicone based and is thinner than regular liquid foundation. When applied correctly, the Airbrush provides long lasting flawless coverage that feels light as air on the skin. I've had many brides tell me that the application process is quite relaxing, which is perfect for those wedding day jitters. Airbrush Makeup is also great for photographs, lasts up to 18 hours, and is water resistant. In addition it works well to camouflage fine lines and combats shine. Eye shadow, blush, contouring, and tattoo coverage can also be applied with the Airbrush gun.

Contact us and let us help you determine which will work best for your big day.

Eyelashes: Depending on your desired look, strip or individual eyelashes are an option for you. Strip eyelashes are typically quicker to apply and can be easily removed at the end of the night. You can choose strip lashes that are natural, dramatic, or anywhere in between.

Individual lashes can be applied to the outer corners, to fill in gaps in your natural lashes, or across the entire lash line. Individual lashes appear very natural and can be the better option for Asian brides, depending on eye shape.

Bridal Party Hair and Makeup: we offer services for everyone on your big day! Mothers, Grandmothers, Junior Bridesmaids, Flowergirls, and everyone in between! 

Grooming the Groom: Don't forget the Groom! Let's face it, weddings can be stressful and women aren't the only ones who can break out before the big day. Give your groom a little help with light corrective makeup to help make those photographs perfection. Hairstyling is also an option for your husband to be.

Vintage Hair & Makeup: There is no denying that Vintage Hair & Makeup is trending these days which I love. There was a certain level of style and class that women were able to achieve in those era's that isn't always translated in today's society. Let us take you back with Vintage fingerwaves from the roaring 20's or perfect pin-up girl style from the 1940's. Whatever era you are inspired by, we are experts at making it come to life through Hair & Makeup.

Bridal Henna & Indian Weddings: I have always loved the tradition behind Indian Bridal Henna and what it symbolizes. Many cultures have a rite of passage but I find the art of applying intricate mehndi patterns to a brides hands and feet, to be a very beautiful and symbolic tradition that I love to do. Let us help you customize the perfect design for your special day.

Military Balls & Special Occasions: Weddings aren't the only special event where you are photographed, so make sure you look and feel stunning. We'll help you put your best face forward for your military ball with flawless Hair & Makeup that will keep you dancing the night away. Military discounts are offered.

Makeup Lessons: Are you intimidated by all of the different products on the market these days? Are you confused what colors are best for your skin tone and how to apply the right product? We are here to help you! Whether you are interested in learning to use neutrals for your everyday routine or how to do a dramatic smoky eye, we will patiently work with you and give you the tools you need to apply Makeup with confidence.

Custom Designed Hair Accessories: If you're having a hard time finding the perfect accessory for your wedding day, we can help. Let us work with you to design the perfect accessory to compliment your hairstyle, dress, and overall look. Have something from your past that you want to incorporate into your wedding day? We can repurpose your heirloom and make something one of a kind for your big day.

Hair and Makeup for Engagement Photos:   

Polish up your everyday look for these once in a lifetime photos.

Hair and Makeup for Boudoir Photos:

Whether you want to look like a vintage beauty, perfect pin-up, or just like yourself-your hair and makeup will be styled with creativity and attention to detail.

Airbrush Tattoo Coverage:

Hide unwanted body art with Airbrush Makeup coverage.


~Rare Bird Brides is available for hair cutting, hair styling, hair coloring, brow shaping, and facial waxing to compliment your wedding day visage.

~Rare Bird Brides does not charge a travel fee unless the distance is greater than 50 miles. There is a 4 person minimum to not incur a travel fee.

~Rare Bird Brides requires a non-refundable deposit to hold the date of your wedding (deposit applied to final balance). A Wedding Day Services Contract is required to be signed by both parties before the date of your wedding is reserved.




What are the benefits of Airbrush Makeup? 

Airbrush Makeup feels light as air on the skin while providing maximum flawless coverage; it lasts 18+ hours, is high-definition for photographs, and is water resistant. In addition, it works well to camouflage fine lines and is ideal for oily skin types to combat shine.

Are Eyelashes included?

Strip Eyelashes are included with every Makeup service. Individual Eyelashes are available upon request for an extra charge.

How long does a Hair & Makeup Trial take?

Hair & Makeup Trials typically last between 1.5-3 hours and is entirely dependent on each individual bride. Hair & Makeup Trials will last up to 3 hours.

On my Wedding Day, what should I make sure that the hotel/venue is equipped with?

An area with natural light is ideal for Makeup applications and Hair services need to be done in front of a mirror.

How many Hair and Makeup looks can I test at the trial run? 

It's best to narrow it down to 2 different hairstyles that you like and 1-2 Makeup looks. Hair & Makeup Trials will last up to 3 hours.

At the trial, should I bring photos of Hair and Makeup looks I like? What about photos of my wedding dress, decor, venue or other inspiration?

Yes, please bring pictures or inspiration of what you are envisioning for your wedding day. Pictures speak a thousand words and help immensely in the consultation process.

If I change my mind about my bridal beauty look, is there a charge for a re-trial? Should I bring my veil/accessories to the trial? What if I don't have them yet?

If you change your mind about your Bridal Hair & Makeup before your wedding day, that is completely fine and you will have to determine whether you need to do a re-trial. The charge for a trial is the same whether you decide to do 1 or 5. Veil's and accessories are typically easy to incorporate on the wedding day but always great to bring to the trial if you have them. The exception to this is if you have an accessory that is larger and that your hairstyle is styled around.

Do you have any other commitments on my wedding day?

When you are ready to sign the Wedding Day Services Contract, you will need to provide the time in which you and your bridal party will need to be finished. Two weddings can be booked in a day if timing and locations allow.

Do you require a minimum number of bridesmaids/mothers services before traveling to a site?

There is a 4 person minimum required for travel and to not incur a travel fee.

Are you able to airbrush other parts of the body?

The neck and décolletage are included with the Makeup service price. There is an extra charge for other areas that are airbrushed.

Do you bring an assistant on the day of my wedding?

The size of your wedding party and the services you are booking for will determine if an assistant is provided.