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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Less is More

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

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

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


Map the Face

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

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

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Blend, Blend, Blend!

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


Highlight Darker Skin

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

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


Use Matte & Shimmer

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

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Know Your Products

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

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

Makeup Masterclass! Get the Look: Joan Smalls ‘Denim’ Smokey Eye

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We thought that we had seen every type of smokey eye variation there is until Joan Smalls rocked up at the CFDA Awards with a full on ‘Denim’ smokey eye. Her simple style halter neck dress guaranteed you could spot her eyes from a mile away.

We have some top tips to help you achieve this look:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Eye makeup first

Remember when creating your look that any eye shadow can fall onto your cheeks which could ruin your finished look. Working on your base after your eye makeup means that it isn’t the end of the world if you mess up. Craft your lids and then sharpen the edges with tinted moisturiser and concealer before perfecting the rest of your face.

Begin small

When you want to create an exaggerated shape it is important that you start close to your lashes and then use the excess product on your brush to work the shape outwards.

Use more than one shade

By using more than one shade you will achieve a look that is more dimensional. Having created your shape with liner, select two or three navy jewel tones. Take a deep navy, a jewel navy, and a silver toned navy. Press each one onto the lid making sure you keep the crease and above clean for a modern finish.

Add some contrast

Having worked in the navy you can now define the inner eye with an azure shade. Follow this with navy mascara which will actually look black in some lights.

The perfect hair

To really make your makeup stand out slick all of your hair back into a ponytail, really making your face the sole focus.Learn how to create this beautiful, sleek, high pony tail – finished to perfection – on our Online Hair Up Course[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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How To Create Lighter, Smokey Eyes

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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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Trend Watch: Gilded Gold Eyes. Create Beautiful Makeup!

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Glittery gold gilded eyes were all over the ss15 catwalks and we have seen them popping up all over the place recently. The look is great for adding a touch of sparkle on a night out and is perfect for rocking at a festival. All skin tones can get away with wearing gold toned shades as they will warm up your complexion. Just remember that if you have dark, olive skin you should choose a dark pigmented shadow that is almost bronze. For those of you with fair skin a light yellow gold looks amazing.


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  • Shimmery brown shadow
  • Metallic shadow
  • Gold glitter pieces (preferably fine)
  • Loose gold glitter
  • Black mascara

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Begin by prepping your eyelids with primer to give you a nice smooth surface and make sure that your makeup lasts.

Step two:

Wash over your lids with the shimmery brown shadow really focusing on the crease. Then blend the shadow up towards your brow bone.

Step three:

Take the metallic shadow and press it into the centre of your eyelids.

Step four:

With your fingertips apply the fine gold glitter pieces where you have just pressed on the metallic shadow as well as along the bottom lash line.

Step five:

With the loose gold glitter use a thin eyeliner brush to line your eyes with it. The brush will guarantee that your precision is spot on.

Step six:

To finish the look coat your lashes with two coats of black mascara. For even distribution zigzag the wand from left to right as you brush from the root to the tip of your lashes.



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January Jones Hair & Makeup Summer Style Tutorial

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We spotted January Jones at the FOX Programming Presentation and she was rocking our favourite summer look so far. Look no further if you would like to add a pop of colour to your makeup as January’s lip colour is perfect. Follow our step by step guide on how to recreate this fun summer style.

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  • Step one: Begin by prepping your skin by moisturising your face and neck and then apply a primer.
  • Step two: Apply your foundation, which should closely match your skin tone, followed by concealer for any dark circles and blemishes.
  • Step three: Now you can move on to your eyes. Fill in your eyebrows using a similar shade of eye brow pencil or eye shadow. Well defined brows will help to give you a more polished finish. Select a nude coloured eye shadow and apply this as a base all over your eyelids up to the brow bone. Dramatic eyeliner is next so take a black gel liner and line your upper lashes creating a flick at the end. You can then work on thickening the line gradually to get the desired effect. This is much easier than trying to thin a too thick line. Curl your lashes and then take jet black volume mascara and brush on two coats.
  • Step four: For your cheeks go for a pale pink blusher and highlight the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow before sweeping it up to your hair line.
  • Step five: Finish off the summer make up look with a bright pink long lasting lipstick or a lip gloss. If you prefer you can use a matte lipstick just make sure that you exfoliate and moisturise your lips first to get a good base.


2 & 4 Day Bridal Makeup Courses: Available in London & Manchester

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2015 has been a hugely exciting year so far for all of us here at Create Beautiful Hair & Makeup Training, with new courses (including a long awaited collaboration with Fashion Makeup Gurus, and new locations things just keep getting bigger and better.

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January saw the start of our brand new Bridal Makeup Courses, taught by our founder and head trainer, Pam Wrigley (who some of you may already know from our 2 & 4 day Bridal Hair Courses!). This is fantastic news for any of you hair & makeup fanatics out there who want to take their makeup skills to the next level – whether you’re a hair stylist looking to span out into the world of makeup, a makeup artist wanting to improve their knowledge and techniques by keeping bang up to date, or a complete beginner who just loves doing makeup: our makeup courses are designed to suit just about anyone. And it’s not just Bridal looks we cover on these 2 & 4 day courses, we stay on top of all the latest Red Carpet looks too!

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Enjoy the exclusivity of our small groups (just 10 students maximum on our 2 day courses and 6 on our 4 day courses), which we have kept this way, and always will, to provide our students with the best experience possible and make sure that you get all the help and guidance you need.

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Learn how to create beautiful makeup styles, for all ages and skin-types, in a multitude of popular styles – from vintage to smoky eyes. Pam Wrigley’s style of teaching is warm and personal, meaning that all of our students leave as friends, armed with makeup skills and techniques to go out and create any look.

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Skin Types
Kit Essentials
Foundation Matching
Natural & Vintage Makeup
Cream Contouring & Blush Application
The Perfect Eye Line
Advice on makeup artist discount schemes

Day 2

Smoky, Sultry, Sexy Eyes
Powder Contouring & Blush Application
Trial Runs made easy
Beautiful Brows
The Perfect Lip
Individual & Strip Lash Application
Advice on makeup artist discount
Kit & Business Advice


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Runway Fashion Makeup Trends: The Anti Cat Eye

Creating the perfect cat eye is always a bit of a struggle and a lot of practice is needed to make sure that both eyes are even. Luckily this year is all about the minimalist approach and the cat eye has a more subtle, paired down style. The anti cat eye is also a great way to introduce yourself to the typical cat eye style as it is a reverse of the look. The main differences are that you begin in the middle of the eye on the top eyelid and lower water line but you do not extend the line out past your eye like you do with the traditional cat eye. This look has gradually been developing over the last few seasons with variations ranging from soft, full lines to striking, defined lines. Read on to find out how to rock this trend in four easy to follow steps.


Try the trend

Step one:

Begin by moisturising and then apply your foundation and concealer as normal. You want to create a flawless looking, dewy base. Make sure that you have blended everything well, particularly your foundation around your jaw line. If you want to you can also apply a nude coloured eye shadow. Lightly pencil in your eyebrows if required but remember this look is supposed to be quite minimal.

Step two:

Take your black eye pencil or liquid eyeliner if you prefer, and draw a line from the centre of your upper eyelid towards the outer corner of your eye. Do the same on your lower lash line. You should have just created a V shape.

Step three:

Now you can fill in your waterline with eyeliner. If you are going for a more smokey effect then you can gently smudge the lines with a cotton bud.

Step four:

Finish off by curling your eyelashes with a curler and then sweep on two coats of volumising mascara.

By Gemma

Trend Watch: Beautiful Makeup Looks for 2015

Having been through seasons of au naturale looks when it comes to beauty, AW15 will come as a relief for many as make up takes a more grown up style. Here are our top five trends you should embrace next season – Take advantage of out £100 OFF our 2 day and £200 off our 4 day  makeup courses to learn how to perfect the look.

Luxe Beauty


At Herve Leger beauty took on a sophisticated finish with a flawless complexion and glowing cheeks to create a highly groomed look rather than making just one feature the focal point.

Amped up Lashes


For a while now models have walked the runway with clean, bare lashes but that all changed at Giambattista Valli where the makeup was all about creating doll like lashes. Easy to recreate yourself: just apply several coats of mascara to get the look that’s ideal for both day and evening wear.

Lip Gloss Makes a Comeback


Matte lips take a back seat as it’s all about the gloss next season. It didn’t just stay on the lips either as we also spotted it making its way onto cheeks and even eyebrows.

Blacken the Waterline


Black eyeliner will never go out of fashion and AW15 is the season we will be applying it to the waterline. For those that don’t know, this is the area next to your eye just above your lower lashes. You can either line the waterline and carry on the eye liner around the eye or as we saw at Victoria Beckham, smudge it downwards all the way through the lower lashes to give you a cool smokey eye look.

Berry Lips


Bright red lips have been replaced by rich berry shades and pale pinks. Wear these tones on cheeks and as eye shadows to pull the whole look together, rather than using the hue as a statement to highlight just the one feature.

By Gemma

How to wear baby blue eyeshadow: Red Carpet Makeup Looks

Blue eye shadow is set to be one of the biggest make up trends this spring and as usual we are keen to give any beauty trend a try, so it is time that we forget all about the 80s association.

Jennifer Lopez ditched her usual bronze eye makeup in favour of an icy baby blue shadow for the American idol series 14 finalist party. The 45 year old chose to wear a short collared white mini dress with gold floral embellishment paired with a white clutch and nude court shoes, but it was definitely her makeup which stole the show.


To rock this trend try lining the top and bottom lashes with your eye shadow of choice like JLo for a youthful look. To really bring out the ice queen in you make sure that you thinly line your upper lid with liquid eyeliner and apply a touch of mascara. The blue shadow should speak for itself. Your base should be flawless with just a hint of sparkly pink blusher to highlight your cheekbones.

If you want to try a look that is a bit more subtle then go for an eye shadow that is quite translucent. Blend it well along your lash line and only apply the one layer.

Really open up your eyes and make them pop by mixing a bit of white eye shadow with the blue. Don’t forget to dot a touch of the white in the inner corners of your eye. It is important that you do use the eyeliner and mascara as without them you run the risk of them getting lost in the blue, and potentially looking smaller.

If you just want to introduce a hint of the trend then why not give blue mascara a go? Just keep your eye makeup neutral.

By Gemma

Try the Trend: Smudged Eyeliner – Learn How To Create Beautiful Makeup Looks

We recently featured floating eyeliner in our try the trend series and our eyeliner looks would not be complete without covering smudged eyeliner. We have always been led to believe that eye liner should always be used to create a clean line, but you can create some great smokey effects if you embrace smudged eye liner. You are left with a lovely soft effect which can easily be worn during the day or amped up slightly for a night out.

You will need:

* Nude coloured eye shadow

* A black eye pencil

* Smudge brush or a cotton bud

* Mascara

Try the trend

Step one:

Start by creating your base with foundation or tinted moisturiser, the aim is to produce a flawless finish. Add a touch of pale pink blusher for a light flush of colour which will warm your complexion.

Step two:

Take your nude coloured eye shadow and sweep it all over your eyelid.

Step two:

With your black eye pencil line along your upper lash line. You do not have to worry about creating a perfect line as smudging will mask any mistakes.

Step three:

Select your smudge brush or cotton bud and begin at the inner corner of your eye. It is better to use short strokes as you gradually make your way across to the outer corner of your eye.

Step four:

Next, go back the other way working from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye. When you come to the end take a look and repeat the process if necessary.

Step five:

Now you can work on the lower lash line. Take your eye pencil and line the entire lash line or ¾ of the way across if you prefer.

Step six:

Smudge this line in the same way that you worked across the upper lash line.

By Gemma