Timeless Braided Styles: Elegant Plaits & Braids for Mature Brides

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Plaits & Braids – Timeless, always in fashion and great for all ages! Knowing how to create gorgeous plaits & braids and styles that incorporate them is a must for every Bridal Hair Stylist out there.

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It is a common misconception to think that plaits and braids are only for the younger generations but this couldn’t be more wrong! Whilst it’s true that you can create some really contemporary braided styles that would suit a young, edgy bride down the ground and messy Boho glamour looks that are usually requested by younger clients, braids aren’t just for fashion looks – you can also create extremely elegant styles or period dos using classic braiding techniques that your more mature brides are going to absolutely love.

 

As a Bridal Hair Stylist, it’s your job to be able to point your clients in the right direction when it comes to designing a style that works perfectly for them, but many stylists find themselves a bit ‘stuck in a rut’ when it comes to styling older brides, offering them the same traditional looks time and again. If this sounds like you, it’s time to break that habit! Change things up a bit for your mature brides and have some nifty braiding tricks up your sleeve that you can really ‘wow’ them with.

Braided Style Inspiration for Mature Brides

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The Braided Bun

 

A favourite among all brides, both young and old, and one of the first looks we’ll teach you how to create and play with on our Bridal Hair Course. The Braided Bun is one of those incredibly versatile hair styles that can be the perfect choice for a traditional bride getting married in a cathedral or very formal setting or just slightly tweaked to look the part at a festival themed wedding or in a beautiful, rustic barn.

Not only is this ‘do fantastic for all ages and backdrops, but it’s also a really easy one for you to put together.

Make it your own by toying with the plait positioning, type and and perhaps even amounts. A single, chunky Dutch braid wrapped over the top of the bun base looks fab, as does something more intricate such as a bun with fishtail braids woven throughout. Have fun with it!

Watch & Learn:

Want to create a really big bun? Here’s how to get the look you want…

Grecian Style

 

Plaits are a gorgeous addition to Grecian styles, whether tumbling or secured into an up-do. This is a really elegant style that works beautifully for mature brides wanting a style that is feminine and graceful without being too ‘girlish’.

Wear it down with plenty of volume at the crown and tumbling curls beneath a waterfall braid, or style it up with a fishtail plait and loose strands softening the frame of the face.

Watch & Learn:

Take a look at our short video tutorial ‘Backcombing Made Easy’ to learn how to create amazing root life and volume for your styles.

Braided Chignon

 

The Chignon is a style that every bridal hair stylist out there should be familiar with as it works so well for all ages, hair types, hair lengths and face shapes.

Traditionally kept sleek and then often adorned with hair accessories, you can easily add to this look by including a French Braid or two to the side of the parting, reaching right back to the nape of the neck. Your mature brides will love it!

Watch & Learn:

Is your client’s style secure? Here’s how to check…

Dual Textured Side-Braid

 

A side-swept braid is a glamourous style that many mature brides with lovely long locks will adore. It is super-sexy whilst still feeling ‘age-appropriate’ – something that lots of older brides covet but think is out of the question.

By setting the hair in rollers first to create plenty of root lift and texture throughout the hair, you’ll be off to a good start with extra grip for that braid and the result will be a finished style that is full of life and thickness.

Pull the hair over to the desired side and then begin your plait with a French Braid on each side to pull the hair back away from the face. Once you reach the nape of the neck, clip the hair to avoid in unravelling and transition into the braid of your choice.

Working with Mature Brides: Professional Bridal Hairstylist Tips

A great hairstylist will always tailor their techniques to suit their client and that doesn’t just apply to different hair types, it’s about age too.

Working with mature brides can present a bit of a challenge if you’re used to creating your hair and makeup looks on younger models, but all it takes is a little tweaking to what you already know, for great results.

As we get older, our hair has a tendency to get finer and more coarse, whatever the hair type and when working with older clients it makes a big difference to take this into account when thinking about products and hairstyling methods. But this doesn’t mean that your style choices are restricted – anything goes! You shouldn’t be afraid of offering your mature brides a great selection of looks, just as you would for their younger counterparts.

All of the styles and techniques that we teach on our 2 Day Bridal Hair Course, 4 Day Bridal Hair Course and Online Bridal Hair Course are suitable for all ages, mature brides included!

Regardless of how hair changes as we age, it is always possible to create beautiful hair. You might be surprised at what even very fine hair can do, when in the right hands.

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Although you will be taken through, step by step, how to put together some gorgeous styles on our bridal hair courses, our aim is not just to teach you a few great looks – instead, we aim to equip you with the skills and confidence to be able to go out and create any hairstyle, perfectly.

Need some help with applying stunning makeup on your mature brides? Join us on our 2 Day Bridal Makeup Course or check out our blog ‘Bridal Makeup: Working with Mature Brides’ for all of Pam’s top tips and favourite products!

Bridal Hairstyles for Mature Brides

When working with mature brides, the journey should start by asking lots of key questions!

 

  • Would they like their hair up or down? Finding out your clients preferences is a great place to start!

 

  • What is their venue? Is it a posh hotel or village hall? The setting will have a big impact of your style choices.

 

  • What style of dress will your client be wearing? Off the shoulder, low back or high neck? You’ll need to choose a hairstyle that creates balance.

 

  • What is the height of the groom? Some couples don’t differ much in height and usually, the bride wants to avoid towering over her other half. if this is that case, you’ll want to steer clear of tall updo’s like ballerina buns.

Choosing the right Bridal Hair Style

The hairstyle and makeup that your bride ends up choosing will naturally come down to what she wants, but it’s your job to help her find that and to give her options that really work.

 

When working with mature brides, there’s no need to be nervous and stick to a traditional French pleat – unless your bride wants that, of course!

Age is just a number and shouldn’t dictate style. Anything goes!

Try some low, soft buns for delicate face framing; tumbling Grecian styles for something sexy or half up half down (with or without extensions) for a soft, elegant, gorgeous look.

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Watch Pam’s bridal hair tutorials live online and find out how to secure hair properly so you can create any bridal hair style.

Bridal Makeup – Working With Mature Brides

When you’re a bridal makeup artist, it is so important that you are equipped with the skills to create gorgeous bridal makeup looks for all ages and skin types.

Many bridal makeup artists have only ever had the opportunity to practice on younger models but you must remember that not everyone getting married is in their 20s! A lot of women are getting married later in life these days, and as such, knowing how to apply bridal makeup for mature brides is essential for success.

As we age, our skin and hair texture starts to change, and applying bridal makeup on mature skin very different to what you may already know.

Learn all about makeup for mature brides and MOB on our 2 day bridal makeup course,

To keep you going before you can join us there, here are some top tips on applying with wedding makeup for mature brides from award-winning makeup artist Pam Wrigley:

Bridal Makeup –  Mature Skin

When starting with your base on a mature bride, remember that her skin may have a tendency to be quite a bit more dry than what you’re used to.

 

To combat this and ensure a flawless finish, be sure to start with a lovely hydrating primer to prepare the skin. Do not skip this step, whatever you do!!

Using a primer such as Laura Merier hydrating primer on your mature brides will help to create an even and supple base to work with. If your client has open pores you may find a matifying primer will work best, again Laura Mercier do a fabulous oil free primer, but you can also try Benefit Porefessional to help to minimise pores and fine lines.

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Pam’s favourite primer for this instance is the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer.

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Go light on the foundation if you can – thick makeup will only lend to deeper creases and lines on a mature bride! To better your chances of getting good coverage with as little product as possible, make sure you’re using really high quality foundation or tinted moisturiser, with high pigment content  – we love cosmetics a la carte skin tints – they have a fabulously high pigment content, for smooth, even, gorgeous coverage and what’s more they come in practically any shade imaginable .

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Pam’s favourite foundation when working with a mature bride is Cosmetics A La Carte – Skin Tint.

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Wedding Makeup – Beautiful Eyes

Be very careful when working on the eye area on a mature bride – the skin here, both on the eye lid and under the eye, can be very delicate and sometimes very creased.

Eyelids:

As far as eye primers go – we recommend Inglot eyeshadow keeper  a fabulous light primer perfect for delicate skin around the eye area.

Pam often uses MAC paintpots as an eye primer when working on younger skins – but they really are far to heavy for mature skin. If the eyes are a all hooded – the paintpots make the skin look weighed down and puffy, not a good look. And if there are any fine lines the paintpots will make them look like deep creases, definitely not the look we’re going for.

Under eye area

Pam loves By Terry touch expert under eye and of course – the old favourite YSL Touche Eclat

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Pam’s favourite under-eye coverage for mature brides is YSL Touche Eclat or By Terry Touch Expert

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For lining under the eye, avoid using eye pencils as these do tend to get into the creases and smudge. Instead, opt for an angled brush and a dark eye-shadow to create the required ‘oomph’!

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Pam’s favourite brush for this is the Screenface Angled Brow Brush

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Wedding Day Eyeshadow & Eyeliner

Once you’ve applied a light primer on the eyes it’s time to start applying the eyeshadow. One size does not fit all! some brides may want a natural makeup an others will want full on glamour – ask lots of questions and if they’re not sure find out what wedding makeup looks they don’t like before you begin.

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Pam’s favourite light primer for a mature bride is Ingot Eyeshadow Keeper.

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When working with a mature bride, always use powder eyeshadow rather than cream, as they last longer and won’t settle into the creases. Gentle shimmer and matte shadows can work well for bridal makeup, but avoid too much glitter as this will just emphasise lines.

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Pam says “Sometimes I start with a matte eyeshadow to get the shading and highlights just right and then I add a touch of colour with a slight shimmer on top (just in the inner and centre eye lid and a touch below the brow) – this gives a bit of freshness to the finished look!”

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When applying eyeliner, avoid harsh clean lines – keep them looking soft and subtle instead. By all means, use a liquid or gel liner for precision, but not too thick! Once applied, soften it by applying a smudge of a dark eyeshadow on top and blend out with a soft angled brow brush.

Beautiful Bridal Lips & Lashes

When it come to doing the lips, it’s always personal choice whatever your bride’s age! However, for mature brides try to avoid glosses they can bleed in to fine lines around the lip, or anything too dark – lips tend to be less plump as we age and dark colours can make the lips look thinner. Don’t be afraid to offer your expert advice on bridal makeup – you are a professional after all!
Ideally, you want a soft moist look to the lip, but nothing too over the top.
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To keep the lip colour precise, make sure you use a great liner. Cosmetics a la Carte do a lovely waterproof invisible lipliner.

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Lashes also get thinner as we age, however, using a thickening mascara to beat this will only end up looking clumpy. Use a fine mascara and build it up in layers for that gorgeous, fluttering volume.

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False lashes are always a winner when it comes to adding those finishing touches, however, avoid strip lashes as they look far too fake! When you’re going for fabulous, effortless looking glamour that looks like we haven’t tried too hard(!) try using individual lashes – You can use different lengths for a really natural look but do try this out on the trial day first!

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Pam likes to use the Salon System Individual Lashes, as they come in a great variety of lengths to enable you to create the perfect look for each bride. Try combining Ultra medium, short and ultra short along the eye for full on gorgeousness or if your bride has shorter lashes, just try the short and ultra short for a natural look.

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Brow Shaping for the Mature Bride

When creating beautiful brows you may find powders easier to control than pencils, to get just the right amount of colour without going too heavy.
With mature brides, brows should only be gently defined and not too dark – just enough to frame the face. We love Makeup Forever Brow kits but go carefully – a little goes a long way.
You might find that your client has thin brows and she loves them! Strong brows haven’t always been the fashion, so if she has plucked her brows away over the years, don’t pressure her into changing for her wedding day – this is about what is right for her after all, so let her keep them that way and just add a bit of definition.
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Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit comes in a couple of different shades with some great little brushes. It also comes with a set of mini tweezers – ideal for getting the perfectly framed face effect!

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Bridal Blush & Natural Contouring

Cream blushers are lovely to use on mature skin – they look fresh, dewy and fabulous!

Pink tones on the cheekbones and apples looks stunning on most complexions. However, if your bride has a ruddy complexion, avoid pink tones and opt for nude tones on the outer edges of the cheek bones instead, avoiding the apple, as the natural redness might start peeping through after she’s had a glass of champagne!!

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Bobby Brown do some lovely, textured, cream blushes in fabulous natural looking shades.

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If you’re after some definition and want to try your hand at a bit of contouring wit your mature bride, easy does it!

It is very easy to over-do this technique, so take it slow and build up gradually.

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Illamasqua do some lovely contouring gels that are easy to use and work well on mature skin, but use with caution!

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2 Day Bridal Makeup Course

Learn all about makeup for mature brides and MOB on our 2 day bridal makeup course,

With just 2 students on each course you’ll get lots of help and 1-2-1 advice.

To keep you going before you can join us there, here are some top tips on applying with wedding makeup for mature brides from award-winning makeup artist Pam Wrigley: