My dream was to become a qualified makeup artist since the age of 16. After school I first went on to pursue a business degree and fast forward a decade later, I now have my BCom degree in Human Resources Management, as well as qualifications in both Professional Makeup Artistry and Advanced Hairstyling. Coming from a corporate as well as a start-up business background, the skills I gained while working and completing my degree has assisted me in running my makeup business and dealing with my clients in the most professional, strategic and customer-driven manner.

I have been living my dream of working as a makeup artist and hairstylist for 5 years now, and finally quit my day job to pursue this on a full-time basis at the end of 2015. Since then I have never looked back and never been happier!

To do a job that never feels like work, is the greatest blessing to me. I get to be creative every day, meet new people, make new friends, and share in the love and exciting energy that all of my beloved Zar Brides experience. My brides have given me the greatest purpose in life, and I put my heart and soul into every single wedding and every single person I work on.

My brand evolved from "Zar Hair and Makeup" into "Zar Brides" in August of 2016, when the fashion and commercial side of my portfolio (www.instagram.com/zareditorial) became represented by one of Cape Town's best creative agencies, Bird on a Wire. My weekdays are usually filled with photoshoots, campaigns and TV commercials, while my weekends are reserved for brides.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, spending time with my friends, sunsets, sunrises, taking my dog for walks, traveling, studying personal mastery and ticking things off my bucket list.


Our aim is to train you up in everything that is required to start running a full-time or part-time profitable and professional makeup business.

Due to the practical nature of the industry, rather than writing an exam, we focus on building strong makeup skills, a strong portfolio and work experience. For all the creative and practical people out there who don’t particularly enjoy theory, this course is for you!

We focus on areas in the industry where the most work is available i.e. editorial/fashion, special occasion and bridal.

Upon satisfactory completion of the tiers, students go into the agency where they will be placed in jobs in editorial, bridal and special occasion, as and when the jobs are available.
They will also work alongside Razana on jobs and projects, as and when these are available.

As an agency, we will represent our students/graduates and always try to negotiate the best working conditions for them.

A Business, Sales and Customer Service course tailored for Makeup Artists, is included in the intensive full-time and part-time course.

Small classes means a quality learning experience for each student.

Majority of the course will be taught by Razana.

We oversee your business processes, portfolio and ensure that your work is to a certain standard of quality.

Coaching is available to all students and graduates during and after their courses (coaching i.e. advice and guidance.)

Our courses are thorough and industry relevant. We cut out what is not important, and teach our students to be resourceful, so in the event that they are faced with something they did not learn, they will be prepared on how to handle it.

Our school has ample parking, and is on public transport routes.

Our course is tiered, which means you can start working before you finish the course, and come back later on for a refresher course. The tier levels also assist in a more accurate placement of jobs that are suitable for you.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, portfolio and job shadow hours, students will become ‘Zar Brides Certified.’

An advanced, refresher course is available after 6 months+ of work experience, for graduates who would like to brush up on their skills and work on areas that they are struggling with.


I have been working with brides since 2012 and I understand the sensitivity and the pressures that they go through during the stress of wedding planning. For this reason I know how to speak to them with care, and guide them through the bridal makeup process. I put my brides first- it's not about me, it's about my client, their wants and needs. My aim is to put them at ease that their makeup and hairstyling is sorted and give them one less thing to worry about.

Communication is key during the wedding process and from the time that you enquire and book me, up until the wedding day. I am contactable via WhatsApp, email, Instagram, Facebook and telephonically.

After studying wedding pictures over the last 5 years, I can look at a brides skintone, skin type, hair colour, features, and after chatting to them and discovering their personality, style, skin and makeup concerns and wedding colour palette; I am able to assist them in choosing the best look for their big day.

My end goal is that my bride has the best makeup look on her wedding day- timeless, enhancing, long lasting and popping. Also, that she feels the most beautiful on the inside and outside that she has ever felt before. I want her to look back on her wedding photos in 50 years from now and still love her wedding makeup and her experience with me.

Zar Brides also receive discounts when working with certain wedding suppliers; and receive all future makeup applications at special rates.



  • First international Zar Bride, Sana, in London, UK
  • Top Billing Zar Bride, Erin Arendse Jenneker
  • Featured on radio station VOC
  • Zar Bride, Amrisha on Mela TV for her engagement shoot
  • Wedding reality TV "Troustories" with Zar Bride, Juanita
  • Featured in Muslim Bridal Magazine




  • Second international Zar Bride, Anisha, in Arizona, USA
  • Front cover Sunday Times, Zar Bride Aisha Baker Parnell
  • Die Son newspaper, Aisha Baker Parnell




  • Featured on international wedding blog, Grace Ormonde,
  • WeddingStyleMagazine.com with Zar Bride, Anisha
  • First national Zar Bride, Faseeha in Johannesburg
  • Named Elite Wedding Makeup Artist of the Year 2017, by TopVendor Wedding Awards
  • Nomination : Best Bridal Makeup 2017
  • Nomination: Best Styled Makeup 2017
  • Mela TV interview on Zar Brides, Razana Omar
  • Top Billing and Mela TV for Zar Bride, Zakeeya Patel