One of our favourite Oscars hairstyles has to be from Julia Roberts who wore vintage Valentino to the 73rd Academy Awards back in 2001. She selected a gown from Valentino’s 1992 collection, looking the epitome of old Hollywood glamour when she collected the award for Best Actress in Erin Brockovich. Julia Roberts wore this vintage Valentino gown to the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001 where she won best Actress for Erin Brockovich. The black velvet gown with white piping was paired with subtle jewellery and make up and the most beautiful updo. Take a look at how to create our take on it.

Step one: Start with freshly washed and thoroughly dried hair. Apply a hair mousse that will lift the roots and evenly cover the hair from the roots to the tips. With the hair dryer and a large flat brush create extra body and shine.

Step two: Next create a side parting on the left side of the head. Then create a section from the parting to the top of the ear on both sides, and a final section from ear to ear at the back. Clip the bottom section out of the way.

Step three: With the back section you need to backcomb it to build in more volume. Smooth over the top of the section and create a loose ponytail. You can mist over the section with hairspray to tame any flyaways. Unclip the bottom section and then pin the ponytail into the base.

Step four: Now take all of the loose hair and roll it up into the base of the ponytail allowing it to spread out. Take hold of a large bobbypin and pin it right into the base.

Step five: Take the front section on the right hand side that you left out at the start, pulling it over to the left and wrap it around and under the roll. Pin in place and then do the same with the section on the left, pulling it over to the right wrapping it around and under the roll. Again pin it in place.

For the premiere of ‘The Last Man on Earth’ last month January Jones sported a rather unique look which is perfect for turning heads on a night out. The left side had soft waves cascading to her shoulder where as the right was tied back out of the way in a slicked back style which gave a clean, modern, asymmetric feel.

 

Here’s how to get the look

Step one:

Wash and condition your hair as normal and then leave it to air dry naturally. Take your volumising spray and mist it at the roots, on the top, and at the sides of your hair. Use a boar bristle brush and your hair dryer to smooth along the hairline and add in some extra volume at the roots.

Step two:

Now you can create a deep side parting on the right side of your head. You can also part from just behind your left ear, over to the deep side parting. Clip up the section that you have just created at the top left side of your head.

Step three:

With the rest of your hair gather it all up into a sleek bun just under the crown. When you are happy with the position of the bun you can use hairpins to secure it in place. Use a small amount of glossing cream to smooth over any flyaways for a clean look.

Step four:

Unclip the section of hair at the top left side of your head. Use a ¾ inch curling tong and take hold of one inch sections of hair creating pin curls. Leave your hair to completely cool so that the curls are set. Gently brush the hair downwards towards your face so that you create a deep wave effect that is soft and smooth.

Step five:

Finish off by spritzing over your hair with hairspray to keep everything in place.

By Gemma

Freida Pinto is another celeb to give the bob a try and we have to say that she is absolutely rocking it. She had her hair cut at the end of last year and showed off her new look at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where she looked stunning. Her cute bob was styled to give a modern twist to a retro favourite.

 

Here is how to get the look

Step 1:

Wash and condition your hair with moisturising shampoo and conditioner before towel drying a lot of the wetness off. Next, apply some smoothing cream throughout the hair.

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Now you can blow dry your hair using a small round brush. After you have completely dried a section you can then pin curl it before moving on to the next section. If parts of your bob are too short you can curl these under rather than pin them up.

Step 3:

Leave your hair to cool before touching it as you don’t want the curls to drop out. Then spray over your head lightly with some extra strong hold hairspray.

Step 4:

Next, unpin all of the curls and gently brush your hair using a paddle brush.

Step 5:

Take a one inch curling tong and wrap a section of hair towards your face so that you will create a retro Hollywood wave. Freida has a slight side parting so the front of her hair was curled away from her face and then pinned so that it would create an ‘s’ shape once released.

Step 6:

Allow the curls to cool and gently brush through again. Mist over with extra strong hold hairspray.

Step 7:

If you would like to create extra shine then you can spray all over with some serum spray.

By Gemma

Crimped hair has become uber trendy again this season thanks to its appearance on the catwalks. To create the iconic ‘waffle’ texture you either need to use a hair crimper or if you are looking for a more natural approach you can tightly braid your hair before running over it several times with straighteners. The benefit of a hair crimper is that it is faster and gives sharper, cleaner bends to each strand of hair.

 

Try the trend

Before beginning you will need: • A crimping iron • A tail comb to smooth and create sections • Hairspray • Clips for sectioning

Step one:

Start with clean, dry hair and mist over it with heat protection spray.

Step two:

Separate your hair into sections, clipping up each section out of the way until you need it. Each section should be narrower than the plates of the crimper as this will make working through the sections more easily.

Step three:

Begin at the back of your head at the base of your neck. Spray the chosen section with the hairspray and then allow this to dry before combing through with your tailcomb.

Step four:

With the section that you are working on, take small slices from the bottom of the section and work your way upwards crimping each slice. When you have crimped the whole section you can then move on to the next section.

Step five:

You should crimp all of the lower sections first before moving on to crimp the top sections, and finally the crown.

Step six:

Allow hair to completely cool before touching it. You can then mist over the style with some light hold hairspray. This will provide you with hold but will not make your hair crispy. You will also be able to keep movement through your hair.

By Gemma

Creating the perfect cat eye with eyeliner is something that most of us are always striving for as it is one of the most versatile make up looks that there is.

Wear with sheer lips for lunch with the girls or with a deep berry lipstick and lashings of mascara for a night on the town. Long gone are the days of uneven liner as we have put together a step by step guide to help you to master one of our favourite makeup looks.

 

Step one:

Begin with clean eyelids and then apply some eyeshadow primer over the lids. This will help to make sure that the eyeliner will not smudge.

Step two:

Now, take your ring finger and place it at your temple to stretch your eyelid straight out. With your eyelid mostly closed you can now draw a straight line from the middle of your lash line outwards. When you stop stretching your eyelid you should be left with a line that will be slightly lifted.

Step three:

Next, take your liner and trace a thin line from the inner corner of your eye until you meet the line you just created. The aim is to have a line that looks thin on the inner corner and then wings outward.

Step four:

Finally, draw a line from your lower lash line and connect it with the outer wing and then fill this little section in. Now you just need to make sure that everything is blended together nicely and looks crisp and sleek.

Step five:

This cat eye style would not be complete without a healthy coat of mascara. Take your favourite volumizing mascara and wiggle it at the base of your lashes before dragging it upwards to emphasize the look.

By Gemma

This is definitely a trend that will never go out of fashion. Classic, elegant, and perfect for the party season. Just look to The Great Gatsby for your inspiration. We have put together all you need to think about, from your make up to your hair, so that you can recreate this style with ease.

The Hair

Pin curls were a huge trend in the 20s. You can achieve the look by tonging small sections of hair, clipping them up and then leaving them. Once they have completely cooled release them and spray with hairspray before pinning up again to frame your face. If you don’t have enough time you can wear a pretty bejewelled or feathery headband. Accessories were all the rage so go for it.

The Lips

 

To achieve the 1920s cupid bow, start by applying foundation all over your lips to guarantee that you have a smooth, even base to work on. The popular shades at the time were deep reds, plums, and browns so use a lip pencil of your chosen shade and use light strokes to line and then colour in your lips. Take your lip brush and apply a similar shade lipstick to finish off the look.

The Skin

No need to bother with fake tan for this look, the 20s were all about a flawless creamy complexion. Scrap the bronzer and just use a sheer powder and pale pink blusher to highlight your features.

The Eyes

Super smokey eyes were all the rage so just think smudgy eye liner and big lashes. Curl your lashes and apply two coats of jet black mascara or invest in some false lashes. Either purchase strip lashes or get individual lashes and apply them at the outer corners of your eyes.

By Gemma

Our autumn makeup inspiration has come from Lily Collins, who is known for her edgy style and ‘out there’ eyebrows! She is currently making her way around Europe on the promo tour for her latest movie ‘Love Rosie’. One of our favourite looks from the tour has to be the floor length Elie Saab gown that looked stunning with her side sweeping waves and flawless autumnal makeup. Her big lashes and dark berry lips made the perfect combination. 

 

With the change of the seasons it is time to ditch those bright summer shades and instead adopt much darker, richer colours. Try out bold reds and berry hues combined with bambi lashes for a look with added impact:

 

The inspiration for her look was taken from 1950s Hollywood stars. Just think Elizabeth Taylor for a super glamorous look. Here is how you can create this sophisticated look yourself in only five very easy steps.

Step one: Apply your base as normal, remembering to blend foundation well for a flawless look.

Step two: On the eyelids apply a wash of violet for a tint of colour. Add a small amount of shimmer to the inner corners of your eyes to highlight the area before defining the eyes with black eyeliner.

Step three: Brush on two layers of jet black mascara to your lashes to finish the eyes off.2

Step four: Create a flush of colour on the cheeks by subtly applying a hint of blusher.

Step five: Finally, for the lips go for a strong berry shade which suits your skin tone. Making sure that you use a matching lip liner first so that the colour doesn’t bleed.

We are sure that with your Christmas party rapidly approaching, this look will guarantee that you stand out from the crowd as you ooze old school Hollywood glamour with an edgy twist.

By Gemma

Cropped dos, Pixie Cuts and Lobs have been taking the world by storm on the high-street and red carpets alike for some time now, but more often than not, when the other half pops the Big Question and wedding planning mode sets in, one of the main things on the bride-to-be’s mind is often “Must. Grow. Hair. Long!”

True, there are some amazing styles out there for those with long hair, but the need for cascading locks as you walk down the aisle has actually started to become a bit of an old notion in bridal styling – and quite right too! There are many, really fantastic looks that you can achieve with a chopped mane, so I say let your client stand out from the crowd and rock that feature skimming style.

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Vintage styles and contemporary variations of them work beautifully with shorter hair (in fact, the optimum length for creating a real pin-up retro feel is shoulder length and above), so this is a really fun one to play with. The options are endless, from pin curls and finger waves for the pixie cuts to side-swept waved bobs, there’s no escaping that enduring glamour.

 

 

Milla Jovovich wore a superb example of a jaw length, Hollywood crop at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, which was a perfect combination of a sleek, silver-screen classic with a slightly rough edged, modern finish to give the whole thing a slightly more relaxed look (perfect for the ever popular beach, field or woodland event!). And don’t those gorgeous, drop earrings just set it off a treat?!

Accessories play a huge part in turning even the most simple of short styles into a bridal ‘do to rival any other. A delicate tiara perfectly placed on an elegant Audrey Hepburn-esque crop (or should I now say Anne Hathaway?!) is one of my favourites for a sleek, fairy tale finish or this could look stunning teamed with a little back combing for a sexy Marie Antoinette root boost a la Scarlett Johansson at the Marvel Studios ‘Avengers’ premiere.

 

Osis ‘Dust It’ is one of my top products for creating this look (or any other look with volume on the crown for that matter!) as it’s lightweight texture leaves your hair free to move naturally whilst still giving great hold. Not only that, but the Silica in this product gives a wonderful matte finish and extra lift.

 

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If you’re after something a little softer, a tousled side bun accented with either a string of wired flowers or a single bloom never fails to impress. This is one of my most requested looks, unsurprisingly, as it always looks beautiful and is comfortable to wear all day and night! This up do can be worked to look gentle and relaxed, or pulled tighter with a high shine finish for a more formal edge. Make sure to try out a few different options, as if you haven’t experimented much with your client before, the final choice might surprise you!

 

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For those of you with a little more length to play with, my signature French Pleat with cross over detailing at the back is perfect for shoulder length, slightly layered hair or even a short bob cut with the right expertise! This timeless style is unbeatable on refinement.

Hollywood Vintage Waves: the epitome of old school glamour and understated sex kitten in the hair world! Inspired by the likes of Veronica Lake and championed ever since by a list of celebrities as long as a wartime sweetheart’s perfect pins, this has been the one trend that never gets old. If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at this all time classic but never quite know where to start, then Bridal Hair Academy is here to help! Follow our step by step ‘how to’ guide, created just for you by award winning stylist Pam Wrigley, and watch that perfect style fall into place as easy as key lime pie.

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Step 1: For best results start with day old hair and prepare with a fab setting lotion. Twist and clip the hair into individual sections about an inch and a half wide. Starting at the nape of the neck, carefully wrap each bit around your pre-heated small/medium tongs and hold for around 20 seconds – make sure that you hold the hair gently in place, rather than clamping, and try not to burn your fingers!

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Step 2: Bring the hair together on the curling tongs towards the end of the 20 second hold to ensure a soft line.

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Step 3: Once you have curled a section, wind it up and pin it securely into place to hold the shape and keep it out of your way. Continue steps 1 and 2 on all back sections.

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Step 4: Pulling the front sections forward and away from the temples, create your final ringlets and secure them neatly in front of the ears.

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Step 5: Once you have curled and pinned all of your sections, spray a generous amount of medium hold hairspray all over. Pam’s favourite for this is Elnett, but feel free to use your preferred brand. Leave to set for around 20 minutes.

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Step 5: Once you are happy that the hair has been held in place for long enough, un-clip each section and allow to fall into what should be quite tight ringlets. Don’t worry if it comes out looking a bit 80s perm to start with – believe it or not, this is what we want to see!

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Step 6: Using a wide paddle brush (in a perfect world, a Mason Pearson boar bristle and nylon one!), gently brush through the ringlets wrapping the curls around your hand or the brush itself and pulling through in the direction of the curls, bringing each part together.

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Step 6: After brushing out, you should be left with smooth waves throughout, rather than separate strands. At this stage, you can either leave it here if you prefer this style with extra volume, or continue on to step 7…

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Step 6: To finish the hair in the ‘swept over one shoulder’ fashion that is utilised so much by celeb hair stylists, keep brushing the curls out until you are happy with the amount of wave left in. Bring the front of the hair down in front of the face with a very deep, side parting for the extra ‘wow’ factor and push one side over the shoulder and one behind. Finish with a small amount of high gloss serum on the ends for complete perfection!

Et voila! For further assistance directly from Pam Wrigley or to view latest HD video tutorials, be sure to sign up for a Bridal Hair Academy annual membership. x