Oscars Red Carpet Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017

The Oscars has got to be one of the best places for bridal hair and makeup artists to stay on top of all the latest red carpet hair and makeup looks that are set to be hot to trot for special events and wedding alike for the year ahead.

We’ve picked out our top four looks from The Oscars this year for you to take a look at and have a go on your training heads or clients! Don’t forget, if you’re an online bridal hair student and you’d love some help getting these styles just right, you can always send Pam a message using the Ask Pam tab and she’ll take you right through it, with her expert advice.

Beautiful Blow Dry – Emma Roberts

Who doesn’t want to look like Jessica Rabbit in real life? Emma Roberts introduced us to a whole new world of glam at this year’s Oscars, with her classic, deep side-parted Hollywood do, lush lashes and killer red pout all set off by that amazing rose gold hair colour, which we’re set to see a lot more of in 2017.

If there’s one look that you should get down as a bridal hair and makeup artist, this is it – Hollywood glamour never goes out of fashion!

We’ll show you how to create gorgeous, soft curls and waves on our 2 day4 day and online bridal hair courses so that you can perfect this look on your clients, or find out how to blow-dry hair into this bouncy style on our 1 day blowdrying course, with Create Beautiful Hair expert Jacquie Gee.

Join us our one of our bridal makeup courses to discover how to apply flawless makeup, like these light smokey eyes with a gilded edge, that is the must-have eye makeup for 2017.

Natural Curls – Halle Berry

From way back when, Halle Berry has always shown us how to work with natural beauty and her look at The Oscars this year was no different.

Demonstrating that BIG curls are pretty awesome, we’re hoping that we’ll now be seeing more clients wanting to embrace their natural curls rather than reaching for the straighteners.

We’re all guilty of wanting what we don’t have, but if you have a bride on her trial day with fabulous curls, don’t be afraid to nudge her in the direction of having a go at bringing them out. As a bridal hairstylist, it can be daunting to attempt to work with what is often seen as unruly hair, but if you can get the technique down on one of our bridal hair courses, you’ll have nothing to fear and your curly haired clients will love you for it!

Remember, the most expensive products aren’t always the best: Pam loves Boots Essentials Curl Creme (priced at a bargain £1.99 for 250ml!) for creating smooth, crunch free curls.

Fabulous Short Hair – Scarlett Johansson

More and more brides are starting to realise that they don’t have to have really long hair to look amazing on their wedding day. With the right skills, short crops can be very versatile.

Scarlett Johansson ditched her long blonde locks a while back for a short, androgynous style but as you can see from her winning look at The Oscars, with just a few tweaks her do has been totally transformed.

With a gentle curl and some great root lift, showing off those uber-trendy grown out roots, Scarlett’s short tresses look cool, contemporary and undeniably feminine.

Paired with shimmering gold eyes with well defined lashes and a rose pink pout, this makes the ideal look for a funky summer bride.

Sleek Low Bun – Sofia Carson

Move over Dita Von Teese, there’s a new raven haired beauty in town! Whilst the natural Boho look is still very much a big deal, it’s not for everyone and you will find that you encounter lots of clients who very definitely want a very sleek and structured look.

When you’re attempting a classic bridal look like this, it is absolutely essential that just like Sofia Carson, there isn’t a hair out of place! Mirror-shine and a flyaway-free finish is something that a look like this can’t be without. Sofia’s strong, striking brows also play a big part in this style, framing the face beautifully with a neat edge.

We love Sofia’s choice of hair accessory which wouldn’t look out of place at all on a bride saying her ‘I dos’, so if you’re thinking of trying out a style like this on one of your brides why not use this as inspiration as have fun adding in some gorgeous combs. Gillian Million is one of out favourite Ateliers and has a wide range of bridal hair accessories that you’ll love!

Awards season is a pretty great time for all of us hair and makeup artists – the inspiration just keeps on coming!

If you’re keen to stay on top on all the latest hair and makeup trends set to light up red carpets and church aisles alike for 2017, celeb events is where it’s at. Here are some of our favourite hair and makeup styles from this year’s Grammys.

Don’t forget: If you’re an online Create Beautiful Hair student or you’re booked to join us for a face to face course, you can always get in touch with Pam or brings images along of any styles you’ve seen that you would love to learn how to create.

If it’s not already covered on the course, Pam will be more than happy to show you how it’s done!

Adele

 

Looking for some retro inspired hair and makeup inspiration to work with on your clients this year? We always love looking towards Adele to see what she’s up to with her styling these days, as there’s no denying that she’s really come into her own over the years.

 

From her enormous gold earring days and questionable hair, makeup and fashion choices, Adele has come a long way and has really honed her style into something quite enviable. Still with a nod towards her original, 60s inspired looks, championing gorgeous winged eyeliner and a slight hint of beehive at the crown of all of her dos, Adele now rarely fails to impress and her appearance at this year’s Grammys was no different.

 

With her trademark eye liner, strong brows and beautiful done up hair with the all-important crown volume, this is a great look for both red carpet events and weddings.

Camila Cabello

 

Moving on from 60s style but still staying retro, Camila Cabello was one of many celebs on the red carpet at the Grammys who showed us that 70s inspired hair and makeup is still very much ‘in’ for 2017.

Demonstrating exactly how to wear beautiful, beachy waves teamed with a ballgown style dress, Camila Cabello’s Grammys hair and makeup choices are definitely something to think about replicating on your clients.

Mixing and matching formal attire with looser, more relaxed hair and makeup styling is a big win for summer brides!

Take a look at our online bridal hairstyling webinars for great tips on how to create styles like this.

Rita Ora

 

Rita Ora isn’t one for staying tame with her hair and makeup choices but she does tend to be on top of all the latest trends. At this year’s Grammys, Rita was spotted wearing one of this seasons hottest new looks – red toned eyeshadow!

Not one for your more traditional brides, but perhaps something to try with your braver clients, red/orange-toned eyeshadow can actually be really flattering on warm skin tones. We’re also going to see a lot of this about on cool skintones too, but this leans towards a more eye-catching, gothic style.

Rita had her hair styled poker straight – something that we haven’t seen for a while, but along with various other 90s/00s trends, super straight hair is hot to trot! Worn tied back into a simple, low ponytail this is the perfect accompaniment to such daring makeup.

Kristin Cavallari

 

There’s that beach bum gone red carpet look again! 2017 styling is all about bringing laid back, sun-kissed hair and makeup to formal events.

Whilst we’ve got straight sleek locks making a comeback on one side, messy waves with a flyaway finish is also coming up strong! This lazy-days look is ideal for a summer bride and looks great with both traditional and untraditional dress choices.

This style is a particularly laid back one, so if you are styling something similar for a wedding or red carpet event, it’s a good idea to go with classic, well defined makeup as Kristin is seen wearing here, to avoid the whole thing looking a bit too thrown together.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1466852397755{margin-top: 32px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]With our 1 day braiding course now being available nationwide (in London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham), we just can’t stop obsessing over all the gorgeous braided hairstyles we keep seeing all over the red carpet events!

With so many plaits and braids to learn, and so many ways to use them to create unique and beautiful styles suitable for both big events and walking down the aisle, knowing all the hottest braiding techniques is an absolute must for all hairstylists.

We’ve seen so many inspirational styles on celebs recently that we just know our create beautiful hair students and blog readers will love, so here are four of our favourite braided red carpet looks for you to have a go at. Not sure where to begin with how to create these styles? We’re here to help!

Book onto our 1 day braiding course for an intensive training day with our expert braider, or sign up online for loads of great, in-depth braiding video tutorials.

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Amber Heard, Looped Braid Style

 

If you’re a fan of the messy boho look with added intricacy, then this is the style for you!

Amber Heard is a big fan of braided styles and is regularly seen sporting some incredible plaited creation that manages to look completely fabulous whilst retaining that super sexy relaxed finish.

Amber’s style is designed using Herringbone plaits pinned up into a looped, flyaway style which is actually fairly simple to do if you know the right techniques (which can be learned on our braiding course!). Paired with an edgy and almost futuristic looking cat-eye, this completed look is a real show-stopper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1466850719384{margin-top: 32px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

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Amanda Seyfried, Tight Dutch Braids

 

Ditching her usual ‘natural girly-girl’ look for a hair and makeup style that can only be described as fierce and fabulous at the ‘While We Were Young’ premiere. Amanda Seyfried’s tight dutch braided style is an excellent example of the contemporary rock chic fashion we keep seeing pop up, with just a gentle nod towards nineties styling.

This style isn’t for everyone, but it is absolutely perfect for someone who loves making a statement with their hair choices and wants to flaunt their beautiful, strong bone structure and we love trying out statement styles on our braiding course!

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Elle Fanning, Floral Crown Braid

 

Elle Fanning was spotted with a gloriously girly floral crown braid for the premiere of ‘The Neon Demon’ and we are loving it for bridal, bridesmaid and even flower girl hairstyle inspiration.

This is the perfect style for a summer wedding, keeping the hair away from the face and neck and embracing an utterly feminine feel. We just adore the combo of neat but chunky braids, studded with big bright blooms for a real Boheme, flower child vibe.

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Kate Bosworth, Slicked Back Braids

 

Kate Bosworth wore a similar style to Elle Fanning’s at ‘The Big Sur’ premiere, but instead of leaning towards the laid back boho side of things, her hair stylist decided to give her more of a slick, modern finish making this look a bit more catwalk.

This style would work beautifully with a number of different braids that you could learn on our braiding course to make it look even more sleek. Paired with just a little bit of volume at the top and front of the style to give it that fashion feel, this is definitely a braided style to try for 2016.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1466851872313{margin-top: 32px !important;margin-bottom: 32px !important;}”]

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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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Smokey eyes are a go to look for many of us but what do we do for clients that want that sexy look, but a little lighter for warmer weather or daytime wear? Smokey eyes is a very popular look with clients, both bridal and special occasion, so it’s an important one to learn! We go through this look thoroughly on our 2 & 4 day makeup courses, so if you’re struggling, why not join us on one of our courses for Pam’s expert guidance? Here are some top tips and tricks to help you achieve a softer smokey eye:

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Shimmer bronzer is your friend when it comes to the summer smokey eye and it is a great product to warm up your eyes. It is also perfect for giving a look that can be worn both day and night.

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For a look that won’t melt down your face in the heat, first apply a shadow primer followed by your shimmering and smokey eye shadows. A dot of Vaseline in the centre of the lid will help to highlight it. Long wearing and waterproof products are also a must during the summer months.

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Begin by using a matte skin coloured shadow applying it from the lash line to the brow. With a medium to dark smokey shadow define the crease in a windscreen wiper motion. Blend this downwards towards your lashes making sure that you avoid the inner third of your eyelid. Take a darker shade and create a ‘V’ shape from your outer eye line right to the outer crease and blend towards the centre of your eyelid. Finish the look with gel eye liner along your lash line and then smudge.

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Don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can repair this with some makeup remover on a cotton bud to clean up and then reapply your makeup after. Just stay calm, and continue!

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Metallic shades look great this season whatever colour you go for. Just remember that if the eye makeup is bold then choose a sheer lip colour.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Looking for that perfect hairstyle for a big night? We love Katherine Heigl’s chic up do that she wore to the ‘One for the Money’ premiere. This style is perfect for a prom or smart occasion like a wedding and is the ideal mix of stylish yet undone.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][vc_custom_heading text=”How To:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Step one: Ideally the hair should be washed the night before as this will actually make it easier to style. Failing that wash and condition as normal and then apply a touch of oil.

Step two: Rough dry the hair which will help to maintain the volume giving it an almost fluffy look. You do not want to be creating a smooth and sleek finish. Make sure that while you are blow drying the hair that you pull it all backwards just using your fingers as you do not want there to be a parting.

Step three: Now that the hair is completely dry take a clampless curling iron and select random sections of hair, wrapping them around the iron. Gradually make your way round from one side of the face to the other. The idea with the waves is to create some soft texture so just keep randomly adding them in throughout the hair.

Step four: Next use bobby pins and begin pinning the hair back into a collection of messy buns. With Katherine’s hair the stylist created an almost French twist/ bun look in an oblong shape. You can pull the hair back in whatever direction that it sits best, following the shape of the head. Pin as you go to hold everything in place, it doesn’t matter if the bobby pins are visible as this adds to the style. Mist over with hairspray so the look lasts all night.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Cannes Film Festival this year had so many A listers hitting the red carpet dressed up to the nines. Cannes always sets the fashion stakes high and we were not disappointed! Here is a roundup of our favourite looks from the first week, and there is still more to come in this glamorous 12 day event.

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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o looked a picture as she stood swirling on the red carpet in her mint green Gucci dress. Lupita is always one to embrace a bright shade and her plunging gown with flower detail was no different. Her simple hairdo consisted of a big bun which ensured all eyes were on her dress.

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We absolutely love Cate’s Giles gown, and may even go as far to say this is our favourite creation of week one. She chose to wear this complex strapless dress with its hypnotic print to the premiere of her latest film, Carol.

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This year Sienna Miller is a Cannes jury member, flying the flag for the Brits. She looked stunning in a simple, understated one shouldered Lanvin dress which was given a contemporary edge with the addition of an exposed zip. We love how the design sweeps behind her arm and forms a fancy knot.

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Another Brit favourite is Rachel Weisz who looked a lot younger than her 45 years in a flattering black Narciso Rodriguez jumpsuit. Rachel is one step ahead of a trend as jumpsuits are set to be big news this season. She also followed the trend of simple hair and barely there makeup which most of the stars seemed to adopted, after all less is more.

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Naomi Watts looked picture perfect as she walked the red carpet in a grey, featured number designed by celeb favourite Elie Saab. You can’t fail to notice her sparkling accessories and in particular that beautiful diamond necklace.

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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.

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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Today, we’re taking a look back for one of our favourite up dos which came from Nicole Kidman back in 2013. We have put together a quick ‘how to’ of our own version of this pretty curved lace braid for you to try your hand at…

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Step 2: Set the hair in hot rollers and leave them in for five minutes, or alternatively curl with tongs and once cool comb through with your fingers to separate up the ringlets.

Step 3: Take hold of a section of hair just above the left ear and create a lace braid from the left to the right adding in pieces of hair as you go. Once you have braided across the middle of the head you can begin to curve the braid down until you reach the right ear. Finish the braid off as a regular plait and secure with a clear hair band.

Step 4: Start at the left side again and create a second lace braid just under the first. Braid in exactly the same way again curving once you reach the middle of the head; make sure that you add in hair from the hairline as you curve round pulling in all of the hair. Finish with a regular plait and secure with another hair band.

Step 5: Roll up the second braid to make a spiral and fix in place with bobby pins.

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We showed you our favourite Coachella beauty looks and of course Kate Bosworth got a mention. We will definitely be rocking her look for the festival season so we have put together a step by step guide so you too can recreate it. Inspiration for the ‘do came from the 90s, where a half up half down look was all the rage, with a grunge chic/ bed head look and detailing provided by the braid.

 

Step one:

This style works best on two day old, dry hair. Your hair also needs to be parted in the centre. Take a small section of hair, no wider than a finger tip width, along the centre parting. It should start at the hair line and end at the crown of your head.

Step two:

Now that you have this separate section you can create a cornrow at the crown of your head, braiding until you reach your hairline. Fix the braid in place using a small bobby pin, pushing it up the centre of the braid keeping it as flat to the braid as possible. Split the end of the braid into two sections by dividing the third section of the braid in two and use these to frame the face.

Step three:

Give the lengths of your hair a touch of added texture with some texturising spray, or wax if you prefer. Gather up your hair beginning at the top of your ears so that you are holding the top half of your hair. Rather than putting this into a ponytail, Kate has hers in a knot. Fix this in place using a clear hair band. Any pieces of hair that are framing your face can be tucked back behind your ears.

Step four:

Finish off the look by misting over with some flexible hold hairspray.