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The Create Beautiful Hair Review: Our Favourite Looks from the Golden Globes 2018

The Create Beautiful Hair Review: Our Favourite Looks from the Golden Globes 2018

We all love a good red carpet event and the year is always kicked off to a supremely glamourous start with the Golden Globes, with 2018 marking the 75th year.

This year, as with all the rest, the hair and makeup offerings were absolutely gorgeous and not to mention inspirational for us hair and makeup artists getting to grips with the latest trends for the year ahead.

The 2018 Golden Globes selection has presented us with some new looks, differing from the boho hair styles that we’ve seen so much of at previous events. This time round, the focus was definitely more on the sleek and chic side of things, with poker straight glossy locks, high and tight ballerina buns and dead-centre partings. That old Hollywood glamour still has its place though, with some vintage styles and the old favourite, Hollywood Waves still going strong.

A fabulous blow-dry always looks the part at a red carpet event! Discover how to create the perfect blow-dry style, from big and bouncy to smooth and sleek, with Pam’s expert tips on our Online Bridal Hair Course

Here are some of our favourite Golden Globes hair and makeup looks of the night:

Alison Brie

Staying true to her Madmen roots, Alison Brie looked stunning on the Golden Globes red carpet with an exquisite Audrey Hepburn up-do (a bridal hair favourite!).

This is one of the first styles you’ll learn on our Create Beautiful Hair courses as it really is a timeless and incredibly versatile style. Ideal for all hair lengths (yes, even short hair) and a fantastic look for a bride who’s after something soft and feminine with a classic edge.

Alison’s accompanying makeup is exactly what’s needed alongside this lovely look. Big wide eye with lengthy lashes and a retro eyeliner flick, slightly flushed cheeks for a healthy glow and of course, a pop of red on those lips. The diamonds don’t go amiss either!!

Try This Style

Watch a short clip from our Online Bridal Hair Course on how to create an Audrey Hepburn up-do

Millie Bobby Brown

As a Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist, it’s your job to have beautiful styles up your sleeve not only for the grown-ups, but for the kids in the bridal party too!

It’s easy to find yourself falling back on a few quick curls or a pretty braid for flower girls and young bridesmaids, but for those who want something a little more cutting edge, looking to Millie Bobby Brown for inspiration.

We love this super-cool, kid-friendly up do that looks cute and quirky whilst still retaining some serious attitude. A sleek high bun would work too, but the addition of the Dutch braid at the back turns this style into something really contemporary. The little details make all the difference!

A fabulous blow-dry always looks the part at a red carpet event! Discover how to create the perfect blow-dry style, from big and bouncy to smooth and sleek, with Pam’s expert tips on our Online Bridal Hair Course…

Sarah Jessica Parker

The queen of curls! Always has been, always will be. SJP never fails to wow with her tumbling, spiral locks, 100% frizz-free and effortless.

These loose waves are sexy and carefree, but still look the part on a more mature subject. Try this on during your trial runs for some of your older, summer brides and if they love it, maybe direct them to have some face framing highlights put in, as seen here, as these really make the style pop.

Madeline Brewer

Hollywood waves have taken on a new look. Here, Madeline Brewer wears that classic over-the-shoulder style but a little more rough ‘n ready than what we’re used to – and we love it!

Kind of like a cross between Hollywood siren and 90s cool girl, it’s the perfect blend for a funky and naturally gorgeous look.

Oscars Red Carpet Bridal Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017

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!

Grammys Red Carpet Hair & Makeup Inspiration for 2017

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!



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.

Best Dressed: Cannes Film Festival 2015 Week 1

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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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Glamourous Up Do Tutorial: Julia Roberts Oscars Hairstyle

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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]



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.


Hairstylist’s How To: Julianne Hough Fauxhawk

We love Julianne Hough who always provides us with short hair inspiration. She is never afraid to try something new, this time sporting a textured faux hawk to the Golden Globes. The style actually looked amazing with the art deco inspired Monique Lhuiller dress and gave it an edgy yet sophisticated twist.


Step one:

Shampoo and condition hair, adding an extra dose of conditioner to remove any tangles and ensure that it is lovely and glossy. Remember to rinse it out well.

Step two:

Spritz over with volumising spray about an inch from the roots to give it some extra lift. Blow dry hair well using a round brush until it is completely dry.

Step three:

Start from the back of the head and backcomb small one to two inch horizontal sections until you have worked your way right to the front. Take hold of the backcombed Mohawk section and clip it up so it is out of the way.

Step four:

Gently tease the sides to give them extra texture and volume and then part the hair on each side of the temple. Take one of the sides and divide it into a top and bottom section. Twist these back to the nape of the neck, creating little ponytail which then need to be pinned in place. Do exactly the same on the other side.

Step five:

With the top section take three inches of hair from the front, twist the hair to the left hand side and pin it in place. Then take the following three inches, twist to the right and again pin in place. Keep doing this until you reach the back of the head and you have made a twisted style Mohawk.

Step six:

To finish off you can use a touch of volumising spray or dry shampoo to add extra texture and volume where needed, followed by some strong hold hairspray to ensure the style stays in place.

By Gemma

CBH 4 Day Courses – Find Out More & Book Today!

For those of you signing up for our bridal & red carpet hair courses, it can be tough to choose between our 2 and 4 day courses! Our 4 day courses, complete with a professional photoshoot on the final day, are becoming increasingly popular with our students and as such, we thought that you might like to know a bit more about why that is…

4 day hair course
“I can honestly say I really really enjoyed every moment of the 4 day course and I feel I have learnt so much. I would highly recommend to anyone! If anyone is in 2 minds about doing this course I can honestly tell you it was amazing and I would 100% do it again!!” Emma – 5* Hotcourses review

As with all of our courses, the 4 day course is suitable for ALL experience levels: from absolute beginner to a trained professional – there is something for everyone.

The way that we are able to work in this way is that our 4 day course only ever has a maximum of 6 students at a time, meaning that everyone can get as much or as little help as they need from Pam and her trusty assistants. Unlike our 2 day courses, on which Pam trains using a mix of live model demonstrations and hands on practice for the students using the highest quality training heads (and a live model for braiding practice!), students attending our 4 day course will get the chance to work on live models of their own.

Over the 4 days, you will work with models who have short, medium and long hair so that you get a chance to play with a variety of styles. Whilst of course, there are set styles that Pam will demonstrate on our 2 and 4 day courses (with step by step instructions), you will have the freedom to play around with these and make them your own.

It is important that you know the idea behind Pam’s teaching method is not that you come away having learned how to create a set number of styles, but that you learn the prepping, securing and finishing techniques to equip you with the knowledge to be able to create any style.

Our courses are designed to train people to feel happy and confident to produce all styles once they leave. As with all of our courses, if there are any particular styles that you would like to cover, you are more than welcome to bring in some images and Pam will teach you how to do that as well.

How does the course pan out?

Day One
Using Heated Rollers
Working with Short Hair
Soft and relaxed Grecian Styles
Low buns (no donut)
Finger Waves
Day Two
Short and Sleek styles – Audrey Hepburn
Over shoulder style ideas
Red Carpet Styles
Plaits, twists and quick plaited buns
Day Three
Working with Long Hair
Creating different curls & waves
High buns for long hair
½ up ½ down styles
2-in-1 styles
Time trial
Day four
Low buns for long, heavy Hair
Photo Shoot
Business Advice Session
Watch our courses live in action, on our latest trailer here! To Book onto our next 4 day course in June, go here.
“Pam is the most lovely lady and wonderful teacher. After doing this course I feel like I have the foundations to do anything. Would highly recommend!” Kimberley – 5* Hotcourses review

If you’re interested in booking onto our 4 day course or would like any further information on what Create Beautiful Hair has to offer, don’t hesitate – get in touch, today.

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: Floating eyeliner – Learn How To Create Beautiful Makeup Looks

This trend first surfaced back in 2012 when we saw it on the runways of Erdem and Mary Katrantzou. It is back again this summer with thanks to Giambattista Valli who has his models make their way down the runway sporting the unique makeup look. Celebs have been keen to get in on the act with Pixie Lott uploading a shot of herself to her Instagram account rocking a thick black line above the crease of her eyelid.


Try the trend

Step one:

This look requires flawless make up with a good base than matches your natural skin tone. Use foundation or tinted moisturiser to give a porcelain look. You can fill in your brows if necessary to make them nice and even. The aim is to have your eyes as the focal point of the face.

Step two:

Now you can draw your line. You will find it easier to do this if you tilt your chin up and look downwards into your mirror. Doing this will help you to see your eye lids properly.

Step three:

Take hold of your eye pencil if you are after a bold look and trace a line once or twice across the centre of each eye lid. Make sure that you follow the shape of the crease while doing this. Try to keep the line as thin as possible; too wide a line will look like you have made a mistake. If you are after a more subtle approach then you can use a powder and blend it slightly with an eye shadow brush, this will give a more smokey effect.

Step four:

Sweep mascara over your lashes, giving one to two coats.

Step five:

Keep lips looking chic with either a nude or pale pink lipstick for a healthy glow.

By Gemma