Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for Autumn Weddings

When getting into the bridal hair and makeup industry, many people assume that summer is the busiest time of year but in fact, it’s the autumn months that are often the most popular with couples and wedding planners – so don’t start winding down just yet!

Autumn is such a magical time of year to get married (and one of the most expensive times of year too!) and there is so much scope to play around with slightly ‘warmer’ bridal hair and makeup looks. Summer always sees a lot of barely there, natural makeup and tousled locks and winter is a popular time for heavier makeup and more structured styles, but autumn offers that wonderful in-between ground which gives the best of both worlds. The sun is still shining, but the weather is getting colder and hair and makeup often reflects this.

In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring some of autumns hottest looks for brides – from the most sought after colour palettes to tapping into autumnal themes.

Why not practice some of the styles we suggest, in preparation for your brides? If you need a helping hand, join our online bridal hair course for expert advice and guidance at the click of a button!

Colour Palettes

Autumn comes with one of nature’s most vibrant colour palettes and an autumn bride might want to include this in her makeup look. Warm, bronzed contours; deep, rich red and berry lips all complete with a flawless base, of course! But as a bridal hair and makeup artist, it’s part of our job to stay on top of all the latest fashions, not just the obvious, and that includes colour schemes.

Pantone is the authority on colour for pretty much everything! Clothes, interiors and of course, makeup. The must-have colours for 2019 have already begun to surface, with collections titled ‘Cravings’ and ‘Classico’ providing a fantastic palette for autumn with lots of tempting reds and timeless neutrals. Stay ahead of the curve with your autumn brides and get playing with these gorgeous shades…

Red Pear

Red pear is an essential colour for autumn. A rich burgundy described by the experts as a ‘Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices’. It’s a bold one, yes, but on the right bride this can make the most incredible lip colour. For those feeling a little less brave, keep the essence of the shade but dial it back a bit by keeping it sheer.

Cayenne

Cayenne is one of the most wearable colours of the season, particularly as a ‘pop’ on the apples of your bride’s cheeks for an instant health kick! The coral undertones and soft pink overtones combine to make the most, dreamy shade for most skin tones. Beautiful!

White Swan

You can probably tell from the name that this is a stunning colour for a bridal look and it’s one that is soon going to take centre stage, with many a wedding dress appearing in this warm off-white shade in 2019. Layer it up with gorgeous autumn floral tones for elegant femininity.

Chilli Pepper

A vibrant, spicy red that is possible the perfect red lip shade. This is bold but super flattering, with a luscious pink undertone. If your bride is after a striking Hollywood style  with a contemporary twist, this is the hue for you!

Caviar

Cat eye flicks are always a wonderful addition to a bridal look, particularly one which nods towards vintage fashion, but black can be a little harsh for day wear and often, brown just doesn’t cut it. Enter caviar – the perfect mid black with just a hint of teal. This will really make blue eyes sparkle.

Apricot Brandy

Contouring plays a key role in autumn bridal makeup, but less is more and colours can be more flesh toned than brown. Pantone’s Apricot Brandy shade is a wonderful choice for sculpting cheekbones on fairer skin or giving a fresh apple on darker skin tones. A multi-tasker for your kit.

Bridal Makeup

Autumn wedding makeup for brides paves way for neutral smoky eyes, lightly bronzed contours, deeply coloured lips and a hint of gold – all of which have that amazing combination of sultry and girlish. Playing ‘seasonally’ with makeup is so much fun and is a great way to spark your creativity!

Lips

Summer brides often opt for natural lip shades or stick to that wonderful nude pink tone that Meghan Markle wore so well on her big day, but colder months always bring those darker shades to the forefront, which us makeup artists love!

A slightly sheer plum is a favourite right now, for A/W 2018, but all those reds on the Pantone colour chart for 2019 means that timeless Hollywood red pout is seriously on the radar. If your client has the right complexion for it (usually red heads and warm brunettes), why not play around with some orange undertones too?

Eyes

2018 has been a year for the new lighter smoky eye, featuring greys instead of neutrals but both are big for autumn and heading into 2019. Eye makeup always depends largely on the rest of the face though, particularly the lip. If you’re making the most of those bold, red shades then you could always try out a more delicate eye – a subtle gloss on the lid, a precise cat eye flick and sky-high lashes (with a bit of help from false individuals set in!).

Cheeks

Whatever the weather, a healthy glow is a must! But this doesn’t mean you have to go without that autumnal contouring. Pale skin can look fabulous kept really clear with a pink flush, just like on a brisk winter’s day but we also love a bit of bronze in cooler months, especially on warm skin tones – but easy does it! We still want this looking quite natural, not overdone.

Brows

Eyebrows should never be forgotten. These are the frame of the face and when they’re not done, the whole look is incomplete. Autumn brides are looking amazing with a strong brow, but it’s important to remember that eyebrows are such a personal thing, so go with what your bride loves. Whatever look you decide on though, well-groomed and defined is essential!Embed from Getty Imageshttps://embed.gettyimages.com/embed?assets=464349052,464349194&et=Xp4YA_ORTsFLeMHcg03B_w&tld=co.uk&sig=-oprm4R7NAfDyiB03QyPW3R_MyBASfLtve8ZXl9jDyY=&caption=true&ver=2

Autumnal Bridal Hair

A bride’s hairstyle comes down to so many things, so going purely by the seasons is not something you can really do, but you can certainly be inspired by what seems to be more popular with autumn brides.

Still relaxed, but with a little more refinement than your typical summer styles. This beautiful style worn by Hailey Baldwin is a great place to start!

Hailey Baldwin Hair How-to

This is a fabulous textured low bun hair style, so first thing’s first: get some texture into the hair with mouse and salt sprayNext, curl – using your tongs or straighteners – using just a little bit of Silhouette prep and prime or Osis soft glam prep prime spray. Spritz each section lightly just before you get any heat on the hair for a lovely shine.Once everything is prepped, loosen the curls softly with your fingers before picking up sections from the front. Using the twist and pull technique, bring each section back and secure using a strong hold bobby pin. These are Pam’s favourites – they don’t move anywhere! You can get them from Salon services.Keep bringing hair back and twisting and securing until you are happy with how it looks at the front then finally, pick up all the hair at the back, create a quick easy braid with all the hair, loosen, twist and secure into a fabulous low bun – e voila!

Trouble Shooting

Avoid flyaways by gently spritzing the hair with the prep and prime spay as you go along  BUT avoid ‘wetting’ the hair – just light mists of product are enough. Try to not be too close to the hair when you spray or you will make the hair wet. . . and wet = hard, crispy hair – not nice!

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Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for Autumn Weddings

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Autumn is such a magical time of year to get married (and one of the most expensive times of year too!) and there is so much scope to play around with slightly ‘warmer’ bridal hair and makeup looks. Summer always sees a lot of barely there, natural makeup and tousled locks and winter is a popular time for heavier makeup and more structured styles, but autumn offers that wonderful in-between ground which gives the best of both worlds. The sun is still shining, but the weather is getting colder and hair and makeup often reflects this.

In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring some of autumns hottest looks for brides – from the most sought after colour palettes to tapping into autumnal themes.

Why not practice some of the styles we suggest, in preparation for your brides? If you need a helping hand, join our online bridal hair course for expert advice and guidance at the click of a button![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”24724″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Colour Palettes

Autumn comes with one of nature’s most vibrant colour palettes and an autumn bride might want to include this in her makeup look. Warm, bronzed contours; deep, rich red and berry lips all complete with a flawless base, of course! But as a bridal hair and makeup artist, it’s part of our job to stay on top of all the latest fashions, not just the obvious, and that includes colour schemes.

Pantone is the authority on colour for pretty much everything! Clothes, interiors and of course, makeup. The must-have colours for 2019 have already begun to surface, with collections titled ‘Cravings’ and ‘Classico’ providing a fantastic palette for autumn with lots of tempting reds and timeless neutrals. Stay ahead of the curve with your autumn brides and get playing with these gorgeous shades…[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Red Pear

Red pear is an essential colour for autumn. A rich burgundy described by the experts as a ‘Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices’. It’s a bold one, yes, but on the right bride this can make the most incredible lip colour. For those feeling a little less brave, keep the essence of the shade but dial it back a bit by keeping it sheer.

 

Cayenne

Cayenne is one of the most wearable colours of the season, particularly as a ‘pop’ on the apples of your bride’s cheeks for an instant health kick! The coral undertones and soft pink overtones combine to make the most, dreamy shade for most skin tones. Beautiful!

 

White Swan

You can probably tell from the name that this is a stunning colour for a bridal look and it’s one that is soon going to take centre stage, with many a wedding dress appearing in this warm off-white shade in 2019. Layer it up with gorgeous autumn floral tones for elegant femininity.

 

Chilli Pepper

A vibrant, spicy red that is possible the perfect red lip shade. This is bold but super flattering, with a luscious pink undertone. If your bride is after a striking Hollywood style  with a contemporary twist, this is the hue for you!

 

Caviar

Cat eye flicks are always a wonderful addition to a bridal look, particularly one which nods towards vintage fashion, but black can be a little harsh for day wear and often, brown just doesn’t cut it. Enter caviar – the perfect mid black with just a hint of teal. This will really make blue eyes sparkle.

 

Apricot Brandy

Contouring plays a key role in autumn bridal makeup, but less is more and colours can be more flesh toned than brown. Pantone’s Apricot Brandy shade is a wonderful choice for sculpting cheekbones on fairer skin or giving a fresh apple on darker skin tones. A multi-tasker for your kit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”22629″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Bridal Makeup

Autumn wedding makeup for brides paves way for neutral smoky eyes, lightly bronzed contours, deeply coloured lips and a hint of gold – all of which have that amazing combination of sultry and girlish. Playing ‘seasonally’ with makeup is so much fun and is a great way to spark your creativity![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”24725″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]

Lips

Summer brides often opt for natural lip shades or stick to that wonderful nude pink tone that Meghan Markle wore so well on her big day, but colder months always bring those darker shades to the forefront, which us makeup artists love!

A slightly sheer plum is a favourite right now, for A/W 2018, but all those reds on the Pantone colour chart for 2019 means that timeless Hollywood red pout is seriously on the radar. If your client has the right complexion for it (usually red heads and warm brunettes), why not play around with some orange undertones too?

 

Eyes

2018 has been a year for the new lighter smoky eye, featuring greys instead of neutrals but both are big for autumn and heading into 2019. Eye makeup always depends largely on the rest of the face though, particularly the lip. If you’re making the most of those bold, red shades then you could always try out a more delicate eye – a subtle gloss on the lid, a precise cat eye flick and sky-high lashes (with a bit of help from false individuals set in!).

 

Cheeks

Whatever the weather, a healthy glow is a must! But this doesn’t mean you have to go without that autumnal contouring. Pale skin can look fabulous kept really clear with a pink flush, just like on a brisk winter’s day but we also love a bit of bronze in cooler months, especially on warm skin tones – but easy does it! We still want this looking quite natural, not overdone.

 

Brows

Eyebrows should never be forgotten. These are the frame of the face and when they’re not done, the whole look is incomplete. Autumn brides are looking amazing with a strong brow, but it’s important to remember that eyebrows are such a personal thing, so go with what your bride loves. Whatever look you decide on though, well-groomed and defined is essential![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Embed from Getty Images[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Autumnal Bridal Hair

A bride’s hairstyle comes down to so many things, so going purely by the seasons is not something you can really do, but you can certainly be inspired by what seems to be more popular with autumn brides.

Still relaxed, but with a little more refinement than your typical summer styles. This beautiful style worn by Hailey Baldwin is a great place to start![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Hailey Baldwin Hair How-to

This is a fabulous textured low bun hair style, so first thing’s first: get some texture into the hair with mouse and salt spray
Next, curl – using your tongs or straighteners – using just a little bit of Silhouette prep and prime or Osis soft glam prep prime spray. Spritz each section lightly just before you get any heat on the hair for a lovely shine.
Once everything is prepped, loosen the curls softly with your fingers before picking up sections from the front. Using the twist and pull technique, bring each section back and secure using a strong hold bobby pin. These are Pam’s favourites – they don’t move anywhere! You can get them from Salon services.
Keep bringing hair back and twisting and securing until you are happy with how it looks at the front then finally, pick up all the hair at the back, create a quick easy braid with all the hair, loosen, twist and secure into a fabulous low bun – e voila!

Trouble Shooting

Avoid flyaways by gently spritzing the hair with the prep and prime spay as you go along  BUT avoid ‘wetting’ the hair – just light mists of product are enough. Try to not be too close to the hair when you spray or you will make the hair wet. . . and wet = hard, crispy hair – not nice![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][et_bloom_inline optin_id=optin_3][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How To Create Meghan Markle’s Bridal Hair Style

Meghan and Harry may be settling in to their life together as a married couple, but we’re still thinking about that gorgeous wedding day look and we’re willing to bet that many brides-to-be all over the world will be too, for a very long time.

When a wedding a huge as this one hits our media, it’s up to us as bridal hairstylists and bridal makeup artists to be on the ball and have that look figured out to a tee, so when a bride asks you for something just like it (and at least one bride will ask you for something just like it, at some point!) you’ll be confident and raring to go.

We covered Meghan’s beautiful, barely-there makeup in a previous blog and today, we’re looking at that effortless hairdo. Soft, face-framing and ‘very girl next door’ with all the grace and sophistication expected of a Duchess – this is one style that we’re absolutely loving! As demonstrated, despite its casual air, it fits like a dream into a regal, cathedral setting but it would look equally appropriate at a laid back barn or back garden affair too.

The trick to achieving a look like this is not so much it getting the hair to look the way you want it, but rather, getting it to stay that way! Deliberately falling tendrils and a loose appearance takes some serious skill to style in way that keeps it looking just as fabulous by the end of the night as it does when the bride walks down the aisle.

The trick to achieving a look like this is not so much it getting the hair to look the way you want it, but rather, getting it to stay that way! Deliberately falling tendrils and a loose appearance takes some serious skill to style in way that keeps it looking just as fabulous by the end of the night as it does when the bride walks down the aisle.

On our 2 Day Bridal Hair Course, we make sure to take our students through everything they need to know on proper securing and more often than not, even those who have been in the industry for years come away having learned need-to-know tips on creating the perfect foundations for a style, which Pam has developed during her 30 years as an award-winning bridal hairstylist.

Can’t make it to a course? Don’t worry! Pam has also put together in-depth tutorials as part of her online course taking you through these essential points step-by-step.

 

To discover how to create the look faultlessly, with all the little expert tricks and tips you need to make your style really stand out from the crowd, sign up to our online course or book onto one of our 2 day or 4 day bridal hair courses today!

 

To get you started though, here are the basics:

  1. To begin the style, you need to prep the base. For this you have two options: a glossy, bouncy blow dry (this is what Meghans hairstylist went for) or set the hair in heated rollers for lift and volume.
  2. Part the hair in the centre using your tail comb and pull back to the crown.
  3. Next, you want to add some loose waves through the hair using large barrel tongs (32mm). Make sure to wrap the hair loosely and alternate the direction to keep the curls looking natural and relaxed.
  4. Once you’ve achieved the desired movement and texture, pull the hair back into a tight, low ponytail at the nape of the head. Fix with hairspray.
  5. Twist sections of the hair around the ponytail to create the low bun. Loosely wrap these sections around the ponytail to create the voluminous undone bun.
  6. Finish by loosening up sections around the face for a really soft effect. Finish with your Elnett Professional hairspray.

Bridal Hair for 2018: The Create Beautiful Hair Favourites

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Whatever the weather, whatever the season; a bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and it’s up to you as her chosen bridal hair stylist to know how to create a bridal hairstyle that leaves her looking flawless…

Some bridal hairstylists see themselves as specialising in more contemporary looks, others in classic bridal styles but if you want to be a really successful hairstylist who stays fully booked all year round and is loved by all clients of all ages, it’s important to know your stuff about a wide variety of techniques.

From beautiful braids to vintage and retro styling, it’s all worth knowing, even if it’s not to your own taste. Sometimes a bride has her heart set on a certain look, but as her hairstylist you might know that what she wants is not always the best option.

Don’t be pushy, always work with her and listen to her wants and needs, but don’t be shy in offering your opinion or alternative solutions. Your expertise might just help her to discover that dream look she didn’t even know was out there! But to get it right, you need to be aware of and skilled in a broad selection of up-dos, down dos, plaits and braids and blowdrying techniques to handle any look.

Find 100s of Styles & Techniques at the Click of a Button…

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When you train with Create Beautiful Hair, you can rest assured that staying on top of all the hottest trends is something we know is key and it is our goal to train you up to be able to create any style.

Our Bridal Hair Online Course is regularly updated with full length, HD tutorials demonstrating new styles and techniques and we’re always hosting webinars too, for a classroom environment where you can get your questions answered LIVE by Pam Wrigley, wherever you are in the world.

On our face-to-face courses, you’ll be amazed what you can learn in just two or four days. We don’t just teach you how to create a certain number of set styles; we teach you the techniques so that you are able to create any style you can dream up! No matter what your experience, beginner or pro, you’ll walk away ready to take on the bridal hair world.

Our up-to-date knowledge of all the best looks is something that comes from our head trainer, Pam Wrigley, being one of the biggest movers and shakers in the bridal hair and makeup world, with high profile clients filling up her books all year round.

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To help you get clued up on all the best bridal styles for the year ahead, we wanted to give you a run-down of some of our favourite looks that we know we’ll be seeing a lot of it 2018.

Side partings, loose wavy blow-driesbraids and bold up-dos are just a few of our predicted bridal hair trends for 2018. Here are our top picks…

Faux ‘Air-Dryed AND Effortless

2018 is predicted to see a huge rise in trend for the ‘wholesome wedding’: Outdoorsy, woodland themes; “naked” cakes and minimal décor. It seems only fitting for the bride to match the theme!

If you have a bride seeking a more natural look for her Big Day, then faux ‘air-dried’ hair is going to be the ‘do for her. Looking effortless yet stylish, unpolished and cool. With minimal products and tools needed, this hair-down look is all about enhancing the hairs own texture. The idea is to keep it looking naturally gorgeous, like it’s just air-dried that way….

Blow-Dry to Perfection!

Master the art of a gorgeous wavy blow-dry on our 1 day Blow-drying Course

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  • Start with damp hair (not wet!) and lightly comb through if needed, although try to do this as little as possible, as you want don’t want to change the hairs natural texture.

  • A little product is vital to make this look work and stop the hair looking fluffy – You want deliberate effortlessness, not genuinely natural hair!

  • Blow dry with a diffuser and lift at the roots. Whether your bride’s hair has a wave or not, a little dab of curl or wave cream like ‘Redken No Blow Dry NBD Airy Cream’ can work wonders.

  • If your bride has fine hair, try adding a little oil to the ends after towel drying to ‘dress’ and then lift and loosen at the roots around the crown to give the appearances of more volume.

  • For extra lift, use those trusty Babyliss heated rollers! If your client would prefer a little extra texture then try ‘Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It‘.

Braided Beauty

One trend we will be bringing with us from 2017, all the way through 2018 is the ever-popular plaits and braids. This is one bridal trend that is here to stay. Whether it’s a classic blow out with a baby hair line braid, a pancaked Dutch braid or a beautifully classic French plait; it’s clear to see that 2018 will showcase some of our well loved looks from the last few years.

Why not give your bride a jaw dropping ‘Wow’, with a beautifully slicked-back ‘do and a trio of braids fastened together at the back to give and soft and romantic feel?

Get to Grips with Plaits & Braids

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  • Set the hair in rollers or blow dry for that essential root-lift.

  • Once the foundation is laid, part the hair into a deep side parting, and spritz with a Sea Salt Spray to add in some texture. We love ‘Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

  • Add a 3 strand braid just beneath the ear on the left side and wrap it across to the right side and secure.

  • Repeat on the right side, securing just under the braid on the left.

  • Using the ends of both braids fold backwards and secure them together with Bobby pins to give the illusion of 3 braids.

  • If you want to add another dimension to this look you can curl the ends of your bride’s hair.

Captivating Curls

Talking of styles that never seem to go out of fashion, let’s talk curls…

2018 bridal hair is all about those waves and curls, natural or not. Loose curls and wavy hair are perfect for all types of bridal looks; whether your client is after an up-do, an all down or somewhere in between. Loose curls and waves are an easy way to achieve that dreamy look that will be seeing so much of in the coming year.

Romantic and sexy, we love this fab texture, even if it is one that makes many bridal hair stylists nervous! Pair bouncy tendrils with woven in flowers in a faux braid, or add in some rope twists for a bohemian half up half down do.

If your bride has natural curls, don’t freak out! We know that this is a challenge many bridal hair stylists out there are afraid of, but with the right techniques you’ll have no problem at all. If your bride is happy to embrace her natural curl, then help her really go for it! Define those ringlets with an excellent curl creme (we love TIGI Curlesque and Boots Essentials Curl Creme) and amp up the volume. If your bride would like to soften her curl, setting rollers in can help to do that in a really gorgeous way, loosening them up and making larger curls rather than tight ones which is often much easier for us to work with if you then want to style an up-do.

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Go BIG or Go BOLD

Top knots and long “Rapunzel” plaits are some of the bolder up-dos predicted to be a huge hit for brides in 2018.

The Top knot may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to bridal hair, but your more alternative bride may like the idea of something bold.

The Top Knot has the potential to be both edgy and elegany, so it’s a great choice for a variety of brides. It will also suit brides who have chosen a backless dress, perfectly, as this fantastic hairstyle will accentuate all those smaller details of the gown and allow the back of the dress to be on show in all it’s timeless beauty, for a real statement.

Why not incorporate both in to a more daring statement piece?

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  • Make 2 French plaits using the front section of hair

  • Pull back the rest of the hair in to a high ponytail.

  • Plait the pony tail using a fishtail braid and wrap it in to a bun to make the top knot.

  • Wrap the two French plaits around the top knot and secure in to place with bobby pins.

  • Spray a light coating of hairspray to keep in place.

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.

Want a blog but don’t have time to write it? Get help from an SEO blogger who’s an expert in the wedding industry!

Party Season ‘How To’: Looped Braids Boho Updo

Party season is well and truly underway, so it’s time to get yourself well acquainted with some of the hottest looks out there for the coming months. Whether your clients are Halloween party goers; wanting to look their very best for Christmas or New Year or winter brides, having great hair is a must across the board, whatever the celebration.

To get you going with your party season styles, we’ve put together a step-by-step ‘how to’ guide for creating one of the most popular looks of the moment: Looped Braids Boho Updo!

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Prep the hair and set in rollers for beautiful movement throughout the style and elegant root lift. Read all about the hair prepping techniques you can learn with us online, here.

Follow our step-by-step ‘How-To’ guide…

Step 1 / Part the hair in the centre and draw out a few pieces to frame the face for a soft look.

Step 2 / Gather a small section (about 2 inches) to the left of the parting and begin a regular Dutch braid.

Step 3 / Continue the braid but when you cross the right over the middle strand pick up a new, small section of hair along the and cross it into the braid.

Step 4 / Cross the left over the middle as usual and then again, bring the right strand across and bring in a new section of hair.

Step 5 / Repeat this two more times until you have four new pieces brought into your braid.

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Step 6 / ‘Seal’ this waterfall braid (which is what you’ve now created!) with a single ‘stich’ of your regular Dutch braid again.

Step 7 / Continue the braid, crossing the left over the middle and this time pick up a new section on the left side but underneath the braid rather than on top as before and bring it into the braid to create your first loop.

Step 8 / Repeat this process twice, bringing in a new section of hair to the left of the first looped piece, again the the second and then finally to the third.

Step 9 / Finish the braid out in a Dutch braid and then gently back-comb the end of the braid to hold it closed, or if you prefer, tie with a clear elastic.

Step 10 / Create an identical braid on the other side of the parting and then bring your finished braids around the head to the back, pull open a small gap in the end stitch and move the left braid through the right braid. Secure with grips using Pam’s ‘up and over technique for a style that won’t budge!

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Want bigger braids for this party season style? Now’s the time to loosen them out! Gently pull at the sections to open the braid up and make them more noticeable.

If you love this style as a half up, half down do – stop here. If you want to carry on and create an amazing updo…keep going!

Step 11 / Bring the loose hair that has been left down into a ponytail and tie with a clear elastic at the point where you would like to create your messy bun.

Step 12 / On the last loop of tying the ponytail, pull the hair halfway through to create a bun.

Step 13 / Take small sections from the top of the bun shape you have created, bring them up towards the head and secure into place with Kirby grips.

Step 14 / Finally, use the fanned ends of the hair that have been left out of the bun by tucking them into the hair band underneath each of the pinned sections.

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Got a style that you’d love to learn for party season? Sign up as an online student today and if we don’t already have a tutorial for it, contact us and Pam will make you your very own ‘how to’!

Naturally curly hair is awesome, not scary and don’t you forget it! If you feel more than a little daunted at the prospect of having to work with a client’s naturally curly hair, you’re not alone. Most bridal hair stylists live in fear of having to adapt their styling skills to suit a full head of curls, but with the right tricks and techniques you need not be afraid.

Curly hair is gorgeous and your clients who have been blessed with it should always be encouraged to embrace those curls, rather than shy away from them, so it’s time to get to grips with your curly hair styling skills!

Here at Create Beautiful Hair, we know that facing those hairstyling fears can be a challenge, but if you tackle it head on you’ll soon forget why you were so worried about it in the first place.

We always make sure to cover how to style curly hair on our 2 day and 4 day bridal hair styling courses and Pam has created a number of fantastic online tutorials on this subject for you to work with in your own time too.

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If you’re a Create Beautiful Hair Online student wanting to know more about how to work with natural curls, be sure to check out Pam’s recorded webinar ‘Working with Natural Curls’ for all of her expert curly hair dos and don’ts.

To help you on your way to styling curly hair like a pro, here are a few of Pam’s top tips:

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Choose the Right Products

Selecting the perfect products to work with curly hair is a must – there’s no winging it in this department. You want a product that will help to create definition, hold and shine without being crunchy, frizzy or weighing down but without a lot of trial and error, this is easier said than done.

Fortunately for you, with Pam’s 25+ years of experience working as a bridal hair stylist for many a curly haired bride, she’s done that trial and error for you!

You’ll be pleased to hear that the best products aren’t always the most expensive ones – Pam loves Boots Essentials curl crème for creating smooth, beautiful curls with great hold and at only £1.99 a tub, you can’t go wrong! Another favourite of Pam’s is Tigi Curlesque – a must for any hairstyling kit.

 

Use the Right Tools

Having the right tools to work with naturally curly hair is imperative if you want great results – you can’t make do when it comes to this tricky hair type.

Just because hair is curly, don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t need your tongs, because for flawless curls these are invaluable. If your client’s curls are looking a little too wild and frizzy a small sized curling tong can save the day – even just a handful of neatened up sections throughout can work wonders.

You should always avoid using a hairbrush on curly hair and instead, try a wide tooth comb or tangle teaser, if you’ve got some nasty knots to deal with.

Embrace Volume

If you get the pleasure of working with a head of natural curls in 2017, embrace the volume because it’s very in! Often people with curly hair are desperate to flatten it down and neaten it up, but more often than not, they will look so much better if you try the ‘go big or go home’ attitude.

You’ll have seen from our recent blog ‘Oscars Red Carpet Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017’ that Halle Berry has been rocking the natural look with her big, volumised curls and looks amazing!

Hydrate!

One of the most common problems when it comes to curly hair is lack of moisture in those locks. Your curly haired client might need a little help in this department, so make sure that the products your use are moisturising and if you need a bit of a shine boost, don’t be afraid to use a touch of serum or curl oil once you’re done styling. Be careful not to overdo it though – start with a tiny amount and build up as necessary.

Wedding Makeup Tips: 6 Steps to Beautiful Bridal Contouring

Highlighting and contouring can be a fantastic bridal makeup technique to slim the face, give a healthy glow and really make those features pop, or it can be an utter disaster. It all comes down to whether or not you know your stuff!

Sky high cheekbones and a makeup transformation isn’t for everyone, but for your brides who are after a real ‘photo shoot finish’, amazing contouring and highlighting is a must; however, the way that we teach contouring on our bridal makeup courses will help you to see this skill in a new light. It’s not all about piling it on Kardashian style for a very ‘done’ look: if applied correctly, highlighting and contouring can actually be used in a much more subtle way, for a more natural looking bone structure boost.

Become a contouring pro on our 2 day bridal makeup course, London! Only 5 places left on our upcoming March course. Book now!

Want to know more about how to master the art of contouring? Here are our top tips:

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Start with a great base

 

For contouring that really works, you absolutely have to start with a flawless, even base. Before you even attempt to start applying any light or shade, make sure that you have worked on your client’s skin to achieve beautiful, even skin tone with products that match their colouring just right. From this starting point, you’ll find achieving the look you want much easier.

 

Blend!

 

You want to avoid harsh lines when it comes to bridal contouring as this won’t well work at all! Instead, what you want to aim for is a very natural looking shadow. To achieve this, the key is to blend, blend, blend! Choose your favourite blending tool, whether that’s a sponge or a brush and gently work each contoured area until you’re happy. Don’t rush this – take your time for real perfection.

Know where to work

 

It’s no good just winging it when you contour and highlight – you’ve really got to be applying your products with strict direction for best results. Getting it even slightly off can change the overall appearance and that’s why we’ll take you through it, step by step, on our bridal makeup courses.

What you want to aim for is an oval face shape with certain features emphasized or receded, so discuss with your client what features they want to play up and which they want to play down, don’t just make the decision for them.

For the contour, focus on the cheekbones building up around the centre of your ear and blending out gradually until you reach mid-cheek. If you’re hoping to slim your client’s face down a bit, blend the contour shade in around the forehead almost in the hairline and on either side of the bridge of the nose. Highlight the tops of the cheekbones, the chin, the centre of the forehead, bridge of the nose, arch of the eyebrow and for extra pouty lips, the cupids bow.

Less is more

 

Don’t go crazy with product! Add it little by little until you reach the ideal amount. Going overboard with highlighting and contouring will leave your client looking a bit clown-like, which is probably not the look you’re going for! Build it up rather than going overboard and be sure to have your client sitting in natural light so that you can see exactly how it’s going.

 

Choose the right shades

 

To get the contrast just right, you’ve got to use the shades that are perfect for your client. Ideally what you want is to go two shades darker than their skin tone with the contour and two shades lighter with the highlight, for a really natural look that brings everything out just the way you want it too, without looking too obvious. We’ll help you figure out how to select the right shades for your clients on our bridal makeup courses!

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Use great products

 

As with all makeup, the quality really does count. Invest in excellent palettes for ease of use, longevity and for a look that is more gorgeous than scary!

Avoid making do with a bronzer for contouring as the warm tones and often shimmery finish won’t help achieve a natural look – you’re trying to mimic light and shade and that generally won’t contain glitter! You can opt for a slightly pearlescent highlighter though, for a ‘radiant’ look, but go easy.

Game of Thrones hair inspiration

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for years, you’re probably well aware that Game of Thrones hair inspiration is a pretty big deal – the fantastical, medieval toned dos have been consistently incredible for years.

 

If you haven’t noticed this, now is the time to! Lots of brides to be find wedding hair inspiration in their favourite TV shows and GoT is one of the hottest series out there. You’ll want to prepare yourself for the inevitability of being asked to create a ‘Khaleesi’ hairstyle at a trial at least once (and probably lots more than that!), or get yourself ready for next time you’re asked, if you’ve already had this posed to you and you weren’t sure what to do.

 

One of the most popular Game of Thrones hair inspiration looks is the Mother of Dragons multi-tiered braid style; so in today’s blog we are going to give you a quick ‘how-to’ on creating that look.

 

If you’re still stuck, sign up to our online bridal hair course so you can ‘Ask Pam’ and follow our detailed video tutorials! Better yet, learn all about braids on our 1 day intensive braiding course to really master this style.

Game of Thrones Hair Inspiration – Khaleesi Braids

Begin your style by creating the right foundation. This is the key to all great hairstyles and is something that we talk about a lot on our courses!

 

For Khaleesi braids, you’ll want to give the hair a bit of root lift and volume which can be pulled back in later; you’ll also want to have the hair looking as sleek and smooth as possible. Set the hair in rollers. Once these are done, you can begin your hairstyling.

  • Grab hold of about a two-inch section of hair on the front left of the head to create your first your Dutch lace braid. Not sure how to Dutch braid? Split this section into three, cross the right piece under the middle, then the left under the right adding small amounts of hair from the top of the head to each section as you go. Continue this until you reach the crown.
  • At this point, switch from Dutch braid to a traditional braid and plait right the way down to the end of the hair length. Secure with a small (preferably clear) elastic.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the right hand side, making sure to keep those braids as symmetrical as possible.
  • Now it’s time to move down a bit and create the second tier of this hairstyle. Repeat steps 1 and 2 again, but this time leaving a small section out on the right hand side for wrapping later and taking the main section of hair from just in front of the ear and switching to the traditional braid at the nape of the neck. Do this on both sides. You should now be left with four hanging braids over loose hair.
  • Once you have completed these braids, it’s time to go onto the final stage of this Game of Thrones hair inspiration style. Twist the top two braids together, making a single section and secure at the crown with a small, clear elastic.
  • Take that now single section made up of the first two braids and combine with the remaining two braids to create an extra large traditional braid. Leave the loose hair loose and plait the braids down the the end and secure.
  • To finish, gather up that remaining loose section of hair at the nape of the neck, drench in hairspray and then wrap around the new large traditional braid, at the top elastic, to neatly hold in place. Secure with a pin using the up and over technique.

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For the premiere of Man Men series 7 January Jones rocked a twisted French braid and a unique makeup look – blue eyeliner on the top lashes and gold on the bottom. This pretty summer style is actually three braids in one using a trio of techniques to create an undone, twisted look.

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How to

Step one: Begin with freshly washed hair and while it is still damp apply some mousse which will help to make styling easier.

Step two: While you are blow dying, back comb the hair and mist over with some finishing spray to tame flyaways.

Step three: Now that the hair is dry apply a small amount of oil through the mid lengths to the ends as this will make the hair much easier to braid.

Step four: Now you can begin braiding. Split the hair into three sections, left, right, and bottom, allowing the parting to fall naturally. Start with the section on the right and form a French braid. It should begin right at the very top of the head and finish at the lower neck. Secure with a clear hair elastic.

Step five: Next, take hold of the section on the left hand side. This should be used to make a rope braid right along this side. When you have finished you can connect this braid with the one on the right, using a clear hair elastic.

Step six: You should have one section of unbraided hair left. Use this to create a regular braid, braiding tightly from the top to the bottom. Fix with and elastic when you get to the end.

Step seven: Take hold of the three separate braids and plait together to make one finished braid. Secure it with another clear elastic. If there are strands which naturally frame the face then gently bend these with hair straighteners. Once you are happy you can spray all over the hair with finishing spray.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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