Summer Brides Wedding Hair and Make Up Inspiration 2018

We’re in the midst of wedding season which means an influx of summer brides wanting the perfect hair and make up for their Big Day and it’s our job, as the experts, to help them make the right choice.

Your bride will want to feel confident, comfortable and beautiful and her hair and makeup will go a long way in achieving that. There are many things to consider when helping her choose the final look and while the style of hair and make up needs to fit the feel of the wedding it also needs to be true to the bride’s natural style. She will want to look like the best version of herself and look great in all the wedding photos too, so you’ve got to create the best of both worlds! Even if she wants a natural style, it has to be defined enough to work on camera.

Experimentation at the trial run is key to finding a look they love and they may even end up opting for a style they would never have considered before! So listen to what they want, try it out, but don’t be afraid to offer your opinion too. It’s important that you find out where they’re getting married, the style of dress, details they want to show off, what they consider their best feature and parts they may want to hide to help you figure out a look they’ll love. Don’t push it though. At the end of the day, remember that they are the star of the show, so don’t overrun their ideas if it’s something they really want. It’s your job to make them feel a million dollars!

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HIGH BUNS & TOP KNOTS

 

The last thing summer brides want to worry about on their wedding day is overheating! So a high bun can work as a fab suggestion for a summer bride that will keep her feeling fresh all day long.

Whether your bride wants an elegant style or a more relaxed vibe – you can style it to suit either. Top knots high on the head are great if your bride has a backless dress or detail she wants exposed. If your bride is on the shorter side, they add height and lengthen the neck – super flattering.

 

RELAXED UP-DO

 

If your bride is having a hazy summer wedding and wants to look beautifully relaxed, this is a lovely style of up-do to suggest, but be aware that these relaxed and ‘effortless’ styles actually take a fair bit of work to get spot on and make stay in place, so be sure you’re well practised.

Allowing a few delicate strands to fall loose, gently framing the face, adds to this soft, romantic look.

Incorporate real flowers as your bride’s accessory (affordable and beautiful! Have them ask their florist to wire the blooms for ease of use) or keep it all-natural.

This look is so versatile and can be kept neat or truly messy whilst still looking stunningly summery. Cleverly placed pins using Pam’s ‘up and over technique’ make this look achievable for all hair types.

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HALF UP/HALF DOWN

 

If your bride wants to keep her hair off her face but still have the hair down look, this is the look to suggest. It can be chilled and relaxed like the up-do or super intricate. If your bride is undecided, give her an up-do that can be un-pinned for a fresh night time look! She can dance the night away with a whole new style.

 

CURLS & WAVES

 

Get to know your bride, if she spends her life with her hair down, she won’t thank you for pulling her hair into an up-do. Curls and waves are the perfect style, she can have beautiful wedding hair whilst feeling like herself. Defined Hollywood waves or loose, natural curls – you can make this style suit any bride.

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BOHO BRAIDS

 

I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times for Boho braids, they really are a true wedding classic. They’re effortlessly chic and on a hot day, they’ll keep the bride looking and feeling cool! The best thing about braids is that they suit all hair types – long, short, straight and curly. You’re unlikely to have to tell a bride that this won’t work for them!

Keep them loose, romantic and soft or give them edge by keeping them structured. Deconstructed plaits are the BIG thing this summer – perfect for adding flowers or other adornments. You can really give your bride an extra something with a expertly placed accessory. Another selling point is the gorgeous waves your bride will be left with once they’re removed so she can go off on her honeymoon looking great with zero effort.

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FLOWER CROWNS

 

Another wedding classic and ideal for a summer wedding. Liaise with your bride and her florist to choose flowers that match her bouquet, to help tie the whole wedding theme together, or pick a few wild flowers for a personal touch. The great thing about flower crowns is that they can completely transform any style and create many different looks. Understated or big and bold, this is the perfect summer brides wedding accessory.

 

CROWN BRAID

 

One of the best styles for keeping hair off the brides face and neck and one that will last all day and night, when done right! As with other styles, your bride’s crown braid can be as neat as you want or completely deconstructed. You can in as many accessories as your bride wants or can be kept beautifully simple. Leave curls cascading and combine it with a crown braid on top for a twist on the half up/half down style. So many options mean you’ll keep any type of bride happy!

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NATURAL RADIANCE

 

Summer brides need a lovely, natural glow but they are often worried that they will need a  heavy face of make up on a hot day to achieve that, if their skin is anything less than perfect.

Fortunately, a buildable, tinted moisturiser offers a light alternative with coverage. If your bride wants to look organic, let those freckles show, a la Meghan Markle! Natural and flawless. With a little skill, it is possible to achieve the same look with a full foundation. Your bride can be reassured that she can look light and effortless while feeling comfortable with a heavier coverage.

 

SUN-KISSED

 

With cleverly and carefully applied bronzer in all the right places, you can make your bride look sun-kissed. Add contour and highlight, but in moderation and blend, blend, blend! Less is more with this look. If your bride has chosen a high bun or top knot, this makeup look will keep her looking elegant and radiant.

 

DEWY

 

Make your summer brides glow for her wedding day. Dewy makeup keeps your bride fresh-faced and looking like the best version of herself. If your bride doesn’t usually wear lots of make up, a dewy face can help her feel comfortable while still looking like a goddess. Select make up that’ll keep her glowing all day so she won’t loose her shine.

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BARELY THERE

 

Another great look for a bride who doesn’t wear much make up or is worried about heaviness. Great for a casual wedding or if your bride is opting for a bold, detailed hairstyle. Make her skin your focus, you want a beautiful base and natural eye colours to compliment her eye colour. Don’t feel you need to avoid fake lashes, individual lashes can look very real whilst still adding that something extra. Make your bride looks like she’s radiating love and happiness.

 

BRIGHT LIP

 

This look really needs your expertise – be sure you help your bride select a shade that flatters her skin. A bright lip can add a pop of colour without having to go overboard with the makeup. With the right choice, it can suit any bride, age doesn’t need to be an issue. A bold lip can be a great look for a mature bride.

 

BOLD EYES

 

The classic smoky eye is a wedding staple but for a summer wedding, add a little twist! If you have a brave bride – go ALL out. If she’s a little more hesitant but still wants to introduce come colour, suggest a coloured eye-liner.

 

ETHEREAL

 

Light pinks, barely-there nudes and rosy cheeks create a beautifully, uncomplicated ethereal look. It is the ultimate summer wedding look. Boho-braids are a perfect match. A dash of highlighter in the inner eye add a real pop while keeping the whole look effortless.

Get The Look: The EXACT products used to create Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Makeup

With all that build up it’s hard to believe that the Royal Wedding has now been and gone! After much anticipation, Meghan Markle made her way down the aisle looking every inch as fabulous as expected and, much to our great delight, wearing pretty much exactly what Pam Wrigley said she would create for her wedding hair and makeup. Nailed it!

Whatever look she showed up sporting, it was always going to be the number one hot trend for brides to be all over the world for the foreseeable future, so just as well that it’s one we love. Her makeup was fresh and dewy, allowing those beautiful freckles to shine through and her hair (despite the complaints about a few stray fly-aways breaking the internet) was a glammed up version of her signature messy low bun.

We know you’ll all be dying to learn how to create Meghan’s Royal Wedding style and it’s just as well, because you’re going to have to be a dab hand at it with all the requests you’re going to receive to copy the look! You can go through it all step-by-step on our online bridal hair course, with loads of invaluable expert tips thrown in (you won’t see any fly-aways on OUR brides!), or come along to one of our 2 day or 4 day courses to really get to grips with it all through intensive hands-on learning.

Until you sign up to our online bridal hair course or book onto one of our 2 or 4 day bridal hair and bridal makeup courses though, we’ve got you covered with the exact makeup products Daniel Martin used and a few top tips on how to recreate the look.

In today’s blog we’re covering Meghan’s makeup. Keep checking back for how to create that gorgeous hairstyle!

Bridal Makeup for 2018: The Create Beautiful Hair Favourites

We all love a royal wedding and with Harry and Meghan’s big day coming up fast we can’t stop thinking about that all-important bridal hair & makeup.

Will she be keeping it relaxed and natural with her signature messy bun and smoky charcoal eyes? Will she follow in Kate’s footsteps and opt for a romantic half up half down do (complete with tiara, of course!)? This gorgeous girl can do no wrong when it comes to hair and makeup, so whatever it ends up being, we know she’ll look incredible.

But that doesn’t stop us dreaming ‘what if Pam Wrigley got to be the royal hair stylist?’…

Whilst we adore Kate Middleton’s chic style, there’s no denying that Meghan does things just a little bit edgier.

Wearing ripped jeans for her first public appearance with Harry and even opting for mis-matched earrings at one royal engagement, she’s certainly shaking things up a bit at Buckingham Palace and we totally dig her for it. This just makes the bridal hair and makeup predictions all the more exciting – will she go traditional like all other royal brides before her or are we going to see something completely new?

She can certainly carry off both beautifully, but here are the looks Pam would LOVE to see Meghan rocking down that aisle:

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Meghan’s Bridal Hair

 

If Pam had the chance, she would embrace Meghan’s cool style, allowing her to really shine through as herself and not just go along with royal trends:

 

“I would love to style a messy low bun for Meghan. Loads of texture, gorgeous root lift and making the most of her natural wave.”

 

Despite becoming a princess, Pam would also choose to steer Meghan away from the more traditional tiara and again, make the added sparkle her own:

 

“I’m crossing my fingers Meghan won’t go for the usual tiara! As a finishing touch, I would pin in some fabulous sparkly diamonds for extra gorgeousness. There are so many beautiful things you can make with diamonds that a tiara just seems so ordinary.”

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Meghan’s Bridal Makeup

 

When it comes to Meghan’s bridal makeup, it would be hard to go wrong. That radiant, dewy glow she’s so well-known for comes naturally (she attributes that to internal mouth massage and Manuka honey with EVERYTHING), so we’re already working with a lovely base.

 

“I’d love to give Meghan fresh, fabulous makeup – dewy and gorgeous with golden highlights on the cheek and a barely-there blush. Perfect for a late spring wedding.”

 

But just as with the hairstyle, Pam would make sure to keep Meghan’s look just a little bit edgy:

 

“For her eyes, I think perhaps a soft golden shimmer on the lid, with a bit of an eyeliner to give the look a bit of an edge. And for the lips: a bold version of nude, if there is such a thing!”

 

The trick, of course, is to bring out her best features and make sure she looks as good on camera as in real life. Pam says:

 

“With all the cameras, she might need a bit more oomph. Smoky charcoal grey would definitely do the trick! I’d also go for individual lashes – nothing too much, just subtle definition and same for the brows: gently does it!”

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Going Pro? Here’s How to Price Your Bridal Hair & Makeup Services…

If you’ve completed one of our courses, you’re now a fully accredited bridal hair and makeup artist – congratulations! The next step, is getting out there and going pro with your services.

You’ve got the talent, you’ve learned the techniques from multi-award winning bridal hair and makeup artist Pam Wrigley so now all you need is to get those clients booked and start working.

The first step is to read our blog ‘Mastered Bridal Hair? Time to Get Paid! Our Top Tips on Going Pro’ where we take you through everything you need to know to get your bridal hair and makeup business up and running. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to go. But hang on – time to get paid? That’s all very well and good, but how on earth do you even begin to figure out how much to charge?!

Valuing your bridal hair and makeup services (or any self-employed service for that matter) is a tricky one: too high and you’ll never get booked, too low and you’ll put clients off as well! And aside from that, there’s the old problem of your own self-worth at play. Are you really good enough to charge that much for your work?

If you’re ready to work but pricing your bridal hair and makeup services is leaving you stumped, read on…

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Once you’ve trained with Create Beautiful Hair & Makeup Training and continued learning at home with our online bridal hair course, you can rest assured that your skills are up to scratch enough to go pro, if you’re willing to take the plunge.

 

It’s a scary prospect going ‘full time’ if you’re new to the industry but through hard work and perseverance you will get there!

 

Knowing how much to charge for your services is a tough call. Looking at comparables only works if you really know who to compare yourself to and more often than not, it’s hard to see your own talent from an outside perspective.

 

So where do you start?

Cost-based Pricing

At the very least, your pricing needs to cover your expenses and then have enough on top so that you’re making a profit too. Putting together a comprehensive makeup kit and buying all the hair products and styling tools you need is expensive, there’s no way around that and it also needs to be maintained. Aside from the kit itself, you also need to take into account the time you might spend working on a look outside of the wedding and trial, your travel costs, your own appearance (which needs to remain professional and well-kept at all time for a good impression) and of course any other business costs such as extra training, setting up a website, paying for your blogs to be written and advertising.

This may be overwhelming to see written out like this, but it’s better to do it now rather than later so that when you do start working, you don’t find yourself at a loss! Take some time to really think through what all of your business costs are and add them up to figure out your monthly needs. When you’ve done that, calculate how much you need to earn on top of that to make good and then divide the total between a realistic number of monthly clients to see how much you should be charging.

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Value-based Pricing 

But of course, pricing yourself doesn’t (and shouldn’t, past a certain point) be only about making ends meet. Your pricing should also reflect the value of your services. The value of you and your time. This is where people start to struggle, as how can you objectively put a price on your own skills?

It’s difficult, but something that you’ll have to get used to as a self-employed bridal hair and makeup artist. Don’t sell yourself short and make clients think that your services aren’t worth much, but at the same time, don’t price yourself out of the market! It’s important to get this as right as you can from the get-go.

It’s in this instance that looking at comparables can be useful, so do your research. Start looking at other, established bridal hair and makeup artists working in your area and if you’re just starting out, price a little lower. It is really important to look at others near your location as where you are in the world will affect the price people are willing to pay. Don’t price your services at London heights if you live in a rural town and likewise, don’t sell yourself short if you live in a big city.

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Don’t Price Too Low

A big mistake that new bridal hair and makeup artists make is pricing themselves too low.

Although it’s great to offer a competitive fee, a price tag that is way lower than the average will put people off. Believe it or not, if you value your services low, then so will your clients. When it comes to hair and makeup for their big day, brides don’t want a bargain – they want affordable and within their budget, but not cheap, as even if you’re incredibly talented it is likely that people who don’t know you will equate low pricing to low skills.

Also, even if you were able to pick up clients with low pricing, would this be feasible for you to work with and live off? As mentioned above, the cost of a hair and makeup kit is quite high so the fee you charge must cover this and your time. If you want to make it as a full-time hair and makeup artist, you’ve got to price your services realistically and it needs to be this way from the word go. You can increase your prices at a later date, but when you’re just starting to make a name for yourself, hopefully a lot of your work will come through word of mouth from happy clients referring their friends to you and the likelihood is that they will be interested in your services because they can afford the price their friend paid.

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Know Your Fees & Be Upfront

Once you’ve figured out how much you want to charge, stick with it and make sure that you know your fees off the top of your head – no client wants to ask you how much something costs only to have you need to think about it. This is very unprofessional, unless it is a special request in which case you would be within your rights to say you will work it out and get back to them.

There’s no need to be secretive about your pricing, so go ahead and have a ‘prices’ page on your website where you lay out exactly how much your services cost, or at the very least a range or ‘prices from’. Most brides have a budget that they need to stick to, so leaving the money conversation to the end is pointless and can be a waste of time for both parties. Find out what the client wants and tell them how much it costs – simples!

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Know What Your Price Includes

Hair and makeup – check. But what else? Does your fee include false lashes? Presumably so. How about hair extensions that you won’t get back? How much is the trial run? That needs to be separate too, but will the cost come off the final price if they book with you?

As a bridal hair and makeup artist, your job extends beyond making a bride look pretty on her big day and so do the costs. The time you spend with the bride is only the beginning – there is also travel time, setting up time and you may even be required to hang around for the reception (for an extra cost). When you take on a wedding, that’s you booked for the full day, even if the hair and makeup itself only takes a couple of hours, so keep that in mind and also remember to consider all the extras.

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It’s OK to Work for Free

Sometimes…

Obviously you’re not going to give your time away for nothing once you’re actually taking bookings, but working for free on projects or events that will further your skills or better your portfolio is worthwhile doing.

Before you take on paying clients, you want to be as confident as possible so offer to do hair and makeup for friends and family as practice. It’s also worth getting in touch with magazines, brands and other hair and makeup artists who inspire you to offer yourself up as an assistant – you never know what might come out of that and if you do well, this can often lead to paid work in the future.

It’s always good to keep your portfolio fresh too, so participate in photo-shoots with great photographers and models purely for the gorgeous images. Beautiful photos on your website and social media is one of the best ways to grab the attention of prospective clients, so every opportunity that comes up to do this, go for it!

Bridal Makeup for 2018: The Create Beautiful Hair Favourites

Now that we’re well into the swing of 2018, it’s time to start really getting to grips with the bridal makeup trends that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of and the looks that you need to know if you want to be that bridal makeup artist that every woman wants to book for their big day!

A small number of your brides will request a ‘natural’ bridal makeup look, but as a bridal makeup artist you’ll have to keep up with current trends.

Smoky eyes are big, full lashes are gorgeous, and beautiful brows essential for all but your more mature brides. Fashion is always changing and although to the un-trained eye it may not appear all that different, it’s the subtle nuances and being on top of the hottest trends that will really set you apart from the rest.

Make sure that you have the very best bridal makeup looks up your sleeve for 2018, with this list of some of our favourite styles for the year ahead

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Go for Grey 

For many brides out there, although they love a striking smoky eye on a night out they don’t really see it as a viable option for their big day. Until now, the answer to that has usually been a lighter version in neutral taupe and beige hues but for 2018, the browns are out and the greys are in.

A soft grey shadow is such a flattering tone on almost any eye colour and skin type and it is undeniably sexy, without being too obvious.

Keep it diffuse with lots of blending and pair it with a pale pink lip and glowing skin to keep it looking fresh.

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Super Dew 

We’re all familiar with glowing skin, but 2018 has just knocked it up a notch! It’s more than just a hint of highlighter now, with this dewy base trend looking less like a subtle shimmer and more like an out-of-the-gym health kick. We’re not talking that sweaty, frazzled style though – think goddess on a hot summer’s day.

Try adding a dab of gold powder or a particularly gold highlighting cream mixed into the foundation. We love the new highlighting powder by Illamasqua ‘Beyond Deity Powder’ for a lightweight, iridescent shine.

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A Bold Lip

Who doesn’t feel like a stronger woman for wearing a powerful red lip?! If your client happens to be one who never wears vibrant lip colours then her wedding day is probably not the time to start, but if she has that bold streak and loves to apply a vibrant lipstick for an important meeting or hot date night, then it’s time to introduce some of that confidence as she walks down the aisle.

As a bridal makeup artist, it’s part of your job to get to know your bride at her trial run and find out what she really wants, not what she thinks she should have. If she’s not averse to giving it a go, try a bright red lip in a hue that suits her skin tone (match the red, blue or neutral undertone of their skin to the lippie).

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Strategic Highlighter

Highlighting and contouring is nothing new, but adding a pop of quite obvious white highlighter to the inner corners of eyes and across the brow bone teamed with otherwise ‘barely there’ bridal makeup is a fresh take on it.

This is a step away from that natural glow that highlighting is often used to achieve and a step towards a deliberately ethereal edge that really makes the eyes stand out.

 

Metallic Eyeliner

Skip the black and brown liners and instead, opt for a metallic sweep along the lash line for a contemporary change.

Keep those lashes looking thick by building up a neutral tone (two shades darker than the skin tone) along the lashes and in the eye socket before finishing off with a gold or silver liner.

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Strong Brows

Noticeable brows have been a thing for a while now, and this is set to continue for 2018 bridal makeup trends.

There are a number of options to go for with this: strong and defined, natural and feathered, or precise and tapered. Whatever you and your bride choose, the key is to keep it deliberate. ‘Natural brows’ does NOT just mean leaving them to do their own thing, just like ‘no makeup makeup’ actually involves…well…a fair amount of makeup.

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Pam Wrigley’s Tips on How to Stay Busy During the Off-Season

It’s part and parcel with being a bridal hair and makeup artist that there will be, more often than not, an off-season at some point during the year. For most of us, and many other businesses out there, this is during that lull after Christmas and New Year when suddenly all of the excitement of Party Season calms down and there’s not an awful lot going on.

For newbies in the business, this can be catastrophic. Having just got off the ground as a bridal hair and makeup artist only to be plunged back into the land of no-work is not something that anyone wants and understandably, this is one of the biggest fears we hear about when our lovely students are thinking of taking the leap and going pro.

Over time, as you become more established within the industry, you’ll find that off season isn’t so terrible (there are weddings and many other events on all year round, after all!) but for those of you a little afraid of what off-season might bring (or rather, might not bring) we’re got some expert tips for you from the Create Beautiful Hair founder, award-winning bridal hair and makeup artist Pam Wrigley…

How to stay busy during Off-Season:

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Manage Your Diary

It might be a little late for this one now, but for 2018 make it a New Years Resolution to plan ahead and manage your diary with the Off-Season in mind.

Although you might not have many brides getting married in the early months of the year, springtime is very popular for weddings so book in loads of trial days for the time you know things are going to be quiet.

By doing this, you’ll not only keep a semi-steady flow of income and stay limber with those hair and makeup skills, but you’ll also be less likely to have a trial day clash with a day that you could be earning bigger bucks for on an actual wedding day or other job which are more likely to come about in summer.

Don’t be shy about suggested dates for the trial to your clients – they need to have it at some time, so why not when it benefits you?

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Shop the Sales

Now here’s something we can ALL enjoy! Make the most of the amazing deals you see popping up post-Christmas and stock up on all the supplies you know you’re going to need for the rest of the year.

Yes, this can be expensive but it’s worth it in the long run if you can make a saving – and usually you can make a BIG saving!

Start coming up with a list now of all the bits and pieces you could do with so you’re ready to pounce as soon as the sales start.

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Take a Course

As a bridal hair and makeup artist, you’re only ever as good as the amount of time and effort you put into honing your skill, so use the quiet time of year to get your techniques up to scratch and learn all of the hottest new looks for the year ahead.

With all of the CBH courses now Habia endorsed, joining us on any of our 1 day, 2 day, 4 day or online courses will gain you invaluable CPD points, making you all the more qualified and desirable to higher end clients and amazing jobs.

Find out more about how earning Continuing Professional Development points can benefit you here.

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Stay in Touch

Don’t allow a lull in work to equal a lull in communication with other suppliers and professionals in the industry. Having great contacts really can make an enormous difference to a burgeoning career, so make an effort to keep in touch with any photographers, wedding venues, other hair and makeup artists, event planners and whoever else you meet on your travels.

If you’re worried about pestering, get in touch with something they’ll want to hear about! A blog can be a great tool, not only for boosting your online presence and reaching your relevant target audience, but also for talking about and linking to other suppliers in the industry and having them do the same in return.

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The Ultimate Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist Christmas Wish-List

You’ve been working so hard all year on becoming a bigger and better Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist that the team here at Create Beautiful Hair think that it’s definitely time to treat yo’self!

 

With Christmas coming up, there’s no better time to start putting together a wish-list of all the things that you’ve been coveting for your hair and makeup kit in the hope that Santa (or maybe someone closer to home!) will have it waiting for you under the tree on Christmas morning. Failing that, you’ll be super organised and ready to get the best deals as soon as the January sales start!

If you’re left with your head spinning when you start trying to think about the stuff you could really do with, then hopefully our Ultimate Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist Christmas Wish-List will help you narrow the options down.

With over 25 years experience working in the wedding industry, our founder and head trainer Pam Wrigley REALLY knows her stuff when it comes to getting the best tools, products and extras and with the opportunity to get them as presents…you might just be lucky enough to get some of the really fancy things too!

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

Don’t forget, we have Create Beautiful Hair gift vouchers available to buy NOW from our online shop. Start dropping some serious hints now and you could be joining us on one of our HABIA certified courses in 2018, with award-winning bridal hair and makeup artist Pam Wrigley.

The Ultimate O set by Cloud 9 (£70 off!)

They’re pricey, yes, but these incredible rollers are hard to beat and this fab kit includes all the extras you need to get going with some really gorgeous big, bouncy curls! We love The Ultimate O Set – even more so now that there’s £70 off!

Heating up to 130 degrees in a near-miraculous FOUR SECONDS (wow!), these innovative and award-winning rollers use ‘cooltouch technology’ which channels the heat directly into your hair, meaning fabulous hot curls and no burnt fingers! A must-have for any bridal hair & makeup artist this Christmas.

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Danielle Dressing Table Mirror

A great bridal hair and makeup artist kit needs more than just fantastic tools and products to create those beautiful wedding looks – you also need all the right extras to make your job easier and your client’s experience as good as it can be.

With Pam Wrigley’s 25 years of experience working as a bridal hair and makeup artist, she’s narrowed her kit down to the best of the best. This Danielle dressing table mirror is something that she never goes on a job without: it’s a great size to help her work, it’s not too heavy, it looks sleek and professional and it’s not crazy expensive either.

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GHD AIR Nocturne Dryer

If you’ve attended our 1 day blowdrying course, you’ll now be on the hunt for the best hairdryer to add to your kit to create those gorgeous blow dry styles you’ve learned!

The GHD is known for excellent quality hair styling tools and the AIR Nocturne Dryer stays in line with this. Drying hair up to 2x faster than your average dryer for a smoother, sleeker finish and less heat damage and a fantastic ergonomic design for maximum control and ease of use, this is a must for all hairstylists.

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Brow Wow by Cosmetics a la Carte

With perfect brows being the frame of the face and the finishing touch to any makeup look, it’s important that you choose the best brow palette to use on your clients.

Pam loves Cosmetics a la Carte and has used this brand for many years in her time as a bridal hair and makeup artist. The ‘Brow Wow’ palette is designed to help you create divine shape and contouring for full, elegant, defined brows. There’s 5 different colourways to choose from too, so you’ll be able to get one for every skin tone and hair colour.

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NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil collection

The ideal bridal hair and makeup artist Christmas gift, coming in a cute gold zip up pouch, these award-winning lip pencils are a favourite amongst many top makeup artists out there.

In the kit, you’ll get two existing red toned pencils and two limited editions, making this a one-time-only kind of deal! We love the ‘Spell Bound’ colour (a shimmering pink beige) which is such a dreamy shade for brides.

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MAC Snowball Lip Kit

Keeping it festive, MAC are offering this fabulous lipstick kit with 4 stunning warm-toned hues suitable for the party season and all year round for your clients wanting a really glamorous pout!

These limited edition, full-sized matte shades are just wonderful and the matching colour caps are a lovely touch too.

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Create Beautiful Bridal Hair Courses – CPD Approved!

Exciting news from the Create Beautiful Hair head office!

We are now a Habia Endorsed Provider.

Habia, the hair & beauty industry authority.

What is CPD?

CPD stands for ‘Continuing Professional Development’ and it’s a huge benefit to anyone looking to do just that. CPD is seen as a benchmark of quality, not only by employers but by potential clients.

 

Invest in yourself

Whether you’re new to Bridal Hair or a seasoned professional we have the right Bridal Hair training course for you. The beauty industry is growing rapidly and predicted figures show that there will be no slow down in the coming years.

 

Keep up to date 

Whether you’re working as a freelance hair and makeup artist or working as part of a team in a hair salon, keeping on top of all the current trends hand in hand with exceptional skill is a sure way to land your dream job. The beauty industry is one of the most competitive out there, so keeping your skill-set current is a must to keep your clients your clients and stop them going elsewhere.

Be the best bridal hair stylist you can be

 

with our Habia CPD approved hair styling courses

“Very good learning materials . . . excellent online teaching and learning support”

Habia Assesor

“Very clear step-by-step demonstrations with very helpful back up support for learners through online community”

Habia Assesor 

Habia

 

New Hair Styles, New Ideas

With trends coming and going and new techniques developing all the time there’s no better way to spend your time and money than on skill development.

Here at Create Beautiful HaIr we will help you be the best bridal hair stylist you can be.

 

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As a freelancer, being the best is the only way to get ahead. For employers, having staff at the top of their game is integral to the success of your company.

The fast-paced, exciting evolution of fashion and beauty is part of why we love our work as hair stylists and makeup artists and equally, the reason why even in a time of the population tightening their belts money is still being spent on hair and beauty.

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Learn Bridal Hair with Pam Wrigley

Having more to offer your clients is never going to be a bad thing. In fact, the more skills you have, the more business you’re going to get!

 

Stay ahead of the curve

Earning CPD points is fast becoming a necessity to show that you or your company is providing services above and beyond your competitors.

 

Create beautiful wedding hair styles

For a Bridal Hair Career that stands the test of time – learn new hair styling techniques and stay ahead of the game with our 5* Bridal Hair Courses

 

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The Best Bridal Hair Courses

CBH Bridal Hair Courses

Our wedding hair courses are packed full of amazing hairstyles and expert techniques.

Now, with Habia CPD Hours included, your skill set will be even more impressive.

Our courses haven’t changed

We still offer loads of hands on practice and all the same great style and techniques.

The only difference is that now the time you spend training with us will be put towards extra qualifications, making you a cut above the rest in a competitive industry.

 

Earn CPD Hours

All students taking any of our Bridal Hair Courses will now enjoy the added benefit of earning valuable CPD hours as you learn.

CBH deserve more than 5 Stars!!!

I completed the 2 day bridal hair course in London. It was worth to come from Switzerland to London to visit this course. I can recommend this course to everyone.

Rosani

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CPD Hours Earned

4 Day Bridal Hair Course

Work with Live Models & Photoshoot

25.5 CPD Hours

2 Day Bridal Hair Course 

Learn how to create any Bridal Hairstyle

13 CPD Hours.

Online Bridal Hair Course

Learn bridal hair styling from home

30 CPD Hours

Beautiful Bridal hairstyles created by CBH students

“Habia is the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails. . .  and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications, including NVQs, SVQs and Apprenticeships as well as Codes of Practice.”

Being a bridal makeup artist is an amazing job, but quite a challenging one too! It’s up to you to create the best makeup look that your bride has ever had, so it’s important to get every single step right, from prep to finish.

For bridal makeup that is flawless and lasts throughout the day and night, the most important thing is thorough prep and skilful application – without the perfect base to work with and all the little tips that make all the difference, you won’t be able to create a perfect overall look.

Usually, discovering the small things that take your makeup skills a step above the rest can only come from experience, trial and error, but award-winning makeup artist Pam Wrigley is happy to share her pro knowledge with you that she has developed with her 20+ years in the industry.

To become an incredible bridal makeup artist, who wows your clients every time, join us on one of our bridal makeup courses for expert training with Pam Wrigley.

 

Until you can come along to our bridal makeup course, try using these expert makeup prep tips used by Create Beautiful Hair’s bridal makeup artist trainer, Pam Wrigley:

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Skin

Primer is a must for makeup artists – it minimises pore, smooths the surface and creates a barrier between the makeup and the skin to avoid oils and sweat allowing makeup to slide off.

Pam says

“I love Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer – it is a lovely moisturising start for dry skin which will leave your client’s face feeling plump, fresh and hydrated.

As we approach the menopause our skin can become dryer and more delicate, so using a primer is even more important on mature skin faces.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer is great for oily skin as it will help to keep the oil at bay and will help to disguise enlarged pores. Cosmetics a la Carte Matte Miracle is another great option for oily skin as it is a beautifully light oil absorbing gel that you can use on the t-zone to prevent getting shiny on camera.

If your bride has very open pores, Porefessional by Benefit really does what it says on the tin! Say goodbye to large pores, fine lines and wrinkles – it literally fills them in and makes them disappear!”

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Eyes

Eyes are the window to the soul and so your clients are going to want these to look absolutely perfect on their wedding day. Smokey eyes, vintage eyeliner or soft and natural – all require an eye primer and amazing eyeshadows.

Pam says

“As we get older, the skin on our eyelids often becomes fine and – lets face it – a bit wrinkly! Eye primers are key to smoothing eyelids out and smoothing out creases, but pick your products carefully – there are lots to choose from!

Inglot Eyeshadow Keeper is, in my opinion, the best eye primer for mature skin. It is light, colourless and doesn’t look at all heavy or crepe-y on the delicate skin of the eyelid.

When it comes to colour, matte eyeshadows and eyeshadows with a gentle shimmer work best, but avoid eyeshadows with a lot of shimmer and glitter as these do not work well in photos.

Mac do a great range of paint pots. Painterly looks great on English Rose complexions, but be sure to build it up gradually as this product can be a bit heavy on the delicate skin around the eye.

Avoid liquid eyeliners and pencil eyeliners. Instead, try applying a dark eyeshadow using a sharp angle brush along the lash line for a soft, sultry yet defined look that stays put. Liquid eyeliners give a harsh line and can highlight wrinkles on the lid and eye pencils can drag the skin on the eye lid.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara is fabulous: clump proof, waterproof, cry proof, sleep proof and 100% smudge proof – it just doesn’t move and is totally perfect! All you need to do is add a couple of individual lashes to finish off the look.

As an added bonus, it also comes off easily with just little bit of warm water without even having to rub.”

Base

Many a bridal makeup artist goes horribly wrong when it comes to foundation and blush – even being slightly off in your colour choices can ruin the whole look.

Pam says

Cosmetics à la carte skin tints are excellent. Super light weight but with good coverage and they come in a wide range of shades to suit all skin tones. Build them up on the skin bit by bit to give extra coverage as and when you need it.

Bobby Brown cream blushes are my favourites – you only need a touch on the apple or along the cheek bone for a lovely, natural hint of colour and dewiness.

 

Accents

The brows, lips and highlighting add the finishing touches to your bride’s makeup look!

Pam says

“Avoid going heavy or dark with brows – keep them

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understated but still there. Forever Makeup do a great brow palette containing three powders, a wax, a highlighter/concealer and a great double sided brush for prefect application. Remember less is more!

Go easy on the highlighter – just a very subtle touch of a la carte shine illuminator on the cheek bone can be beautiful and make all the difference.

Keep lips simple by simply choosing a colour that your client loves, but steer clear of gloss, go for moist instead.”

Beautiful Bridal Makeup: 5 Expert Tips for Contouring on the Wedding Day

Contouring – every bridal makeup artist’s most feared technique, but, with the right training, the potential to be transformed into the favourite!

 

Learn how to apply beautiful bridal makeup and contour like a pro on our 2 day bridal makeup course.

 

There’s something about skilful contouring that can set a bridal makeup look apart from the rest and when done correctly, it can even be utilised for your more, subtle, makeup styles.

The art of contouring isn’t only reserved for very heavy makeup, as Kim Kardashian might have us believe (although this is an option!); when applied with care and expertise and blended perfectly it is possible to achieve sharp, high cheekbones and graceful, angular facial features in a very natural way.

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Follow our pro makeup artist contouring tips for beautiful bridal makeup:

Less is More

When it comes to creating beautiful bridal makeup, it is important to apply slowly and build up layers gradually and this applies even more so when it comes to contouring.

As you’ve probably already realised, it’s very easy to overdo contouring and once the makeup is on, it’s hard to remove it and start again (and not exactly a situation you want to get into with clients!).

To avoid ending up with a bit of a clown look, use only a very small amount of your lighter and darker shades of foundation or contour stick, blend well and then add more if you need to.

 

Map the Face

Contouring is done best when taking the whole face into account from the start, rather than doing it bit by bit, so begin the process by mapping the face.

Take a shade that is about two steps darker than the overall base and trace along the temples, the hollows underneath the cheekbones and down either side of the nose bridge narrowing at the tip to create the illusion of smaller size or up into the brow bone for elegant length.

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Blend, Blend, Blend!

Blending is key to perfect contouring, particularly if you’re aiming for a softer bridal makeup look. Avoid using a brush or sponge that is too small and instead, opt for a broad surface to do your blending such as the larger end of a beauty blender. If you’re aiming for a sharper look for the nose, use a narrower brush or the smaller side of the beauty blender for increased precision.

 

Highlight Darker Skin

When working on a bride with darker skin, focus more on the highlighting to pop out the raised areas rather than shading in the hollows, as you would on fair skin.

Highlight along the cheekbones, the bridge on the nose, chin and centre forehead.

 

Use Matte & Shimmer

Stay away from darker shades that contain any shimmer – matte makeup in the natural hollows of the face will help to create depth, whereas shimmer brings areas out. Because of this, a shimmery highlighter works really nicely for the raised areas that you want to make pop, so mix your products up and use a bit of both!

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Know Your Products

Contouring can be a tricky technique to master, so anything you can do to make your life easier when starting out should be welcomed. One thing you should do is to know which products are best for your skill set.

When first starting out, using powdered products is best as these are really easy to blend; when you’re feeling a little more confident you can move onto cream or cream to powder for a stronger look and finally, stick concealers for thick application.