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Summer Brides Wedding Hair and Make Up Inspiration 2018

Summer Brides Wedding Hair and Make Up Inspiration 2018

We’re in the midst of wedding season which means an influx of summer brides wanting the perfect hair and make up for their Big Day and it’s our job, as the experts, to help them make the right choice.

Your bride will want to feel confident, comfortable and beautiful and her hair and makeup will go a long way in achieving that. There are many things to consider when helping her choose the final look and while the style of hair and make up needs to fit the feel of the wedding it also needs to be true to the bride’s natural style. She will want to look like the best version of herself and look great in all the wedding photos too, so you’ve got to create the best of both worlds! Even if she wants a natural style, it has to be defined enough to work on camera.

Experimentation at the trial run is key to finding a look they love and they may even end up opting for a style they would never have considered before! So listen to what they want, try it out, but don’t be afraid to offer your opinion too. It’s important that you find out where they’re getting married, the style of dress, details they want to show off, what they consider their best feature and parts they may want to hide to help you figure out a look they’ll love. Don’t push it though. At the end of the day, remember that they are the star of the show, so don’t overrun their ideas if it’s something they really want. It’s your job to make them feel a million dollars!




The last thing summer brides want to worry about on their wedding day is overheating! So a high bun can work as a fab suggestion for a summer bride that will keep her feeling fresh all day long.

Whether your bride wants an elegant style or a more relaxed vibe – you can style it to suit either. Top knots high on the head are great if your bride has a backless dress or detail she wants exposed. If your bride is on the shorter side, they add height and lengthen the neck – super flattering.




If your bride is having a hazy summer wedding and wants to look beautifully relaxed, this is a lovely style of up-do to suggest, but be aware that these relaxed and ‘effortless’ styles actually take a fair bit of work to get spot on and make stay in place, so be sure you’re well practised.

Allowing a few delicate strands to fall loose, gently framing the face, adds to this soft, romantic look.

Incorporate real flowers as your bride’s accessory (affordable and beautiful! Have them ask their florist to wire the blooms for ease of use) or keep it all-natural.

This look is so versatile and can be kept neat or truly messy whilst still looking stunningly summery. Cleverly placed pins using Pam’s ‘up and over technique’ make this look achievable for all hair types.

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If your bride wants to keep her hair off her face but still have the hair down look, this is the look to suggest. It can be chilled and relaxed like the up-do or super intricate. If your bride is undecided, give her an up-do that can be un-pinned for a fresh night time look! She can dance the night away with a whole new style.




Get to know your bride, if she spends her life with her hair down, she won’t thank you for pulling her hair into an up-do. Curls and waves are the perfect style, she can have beautiful wedding hair whilst feeling like herself. Defined Hollywood waves or loose, natural curls – you can make this style suit any bride.

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I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times for Boho braids, they really are a true wedding classic. They’re effortlessly chic and on a hot day, they’ll keep the bride looking and feeling cool! The best thing about braids is that they suit all hair types – long, short, straight and curly. You’re unlikely to have to tell a bride that this won’t work for them!

Keep them loose, romantic and soft or give them edge by keeping them structured. Deconstructed plaits are the BIG thing this summer – perfect for adding flowers or other adornments. You can really give your bride an extra something with a expertly placed accessory. Another selling point is the gorgeous waves your bride will be left with once they’re removed so she can go off on her honeymoon looking great with zero effort.

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Another wedding classic and ideal for a summer wedding. Liaise with your bride and her florist to choose flowers that match her bouquet, to help tie the whole wedding theme together, or pick a few wild flowers for a personal touch. The great thing about flower crowns is that they can completely transform any style and create many different looks. Understated or big and bold, this is the perfect summer brides wedding accessory.




One of the best styles for keeping hair off the brides face and neck and one that will last all day and night, when done right! As with other styles, your bride’s crown braid can be as neat as you want or completely deconstructed. You can in as many accessories as your bride wants or can be kept beautifully simple. Leave curls cascading and combine it with a crown braid on top for a twist on the half up/half down style. So many options mean you’ll keep any type of bride happy!

Beautiful Makeup for Summer Brides…

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Summer brides need a lovely, natural glow but they are often worried that they will need a  heavy face of make up on a hot day to achieve that, if their skin is anything less than perfect.

Fortunately, a buildable, tinted moisturiser offers a light alternative with coverage. If your bride wants to look organic, let those freckles show, a la Meghan Markle! Natural and flawless. With a little skill, it is possible to achieve the same look with a full foundation. Your bride can be reassured that she can look light and effortless while feeling comfortable with a heavier coverage.




With cleverly and carefully applied bronzer in all the right places, you can make your bride look sun-kissed. Add contour and highlight, but in moderation and blend, blend, blend! Less is more with this look. If your bride has chosen a high bun or top knot, this makeup look will keep her looking elegant and radiant.




Make your summer brides glow for her wedding day. Dewy makeup keeps your bride fresh-faced and looking like the best version of herself. If your bride doesn’t usually wear lots of make up, a dewy face can help her feel comfortable while still looking like a goddess. Select make up that’ll keep her glowing all day so she won’t loose her shine.

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Another great look for a bride who doesn’t wear much make up or is worried about heaviness. Great for a casual wedding or if your bride is opting for a bold, detailed hairstyle. Make her skin your focus, you want a beautiful base and natural eye colours to compliment her eye colour. Don’t feel you need to avoid fake lashes, individual lashes can look very real whilst still adding that something extra. Make your bride looks like she’s radiating love and happiness.




This look really needs your expertise – be sure you help your bride select a shade that flatters her skin. A bright lip can add a pop of colour without having to go overboard with the makeup. With the right choice, it can suit any bride, age doesn’t need to be an issue. A bold lip can be a great look for a mature bride.




The classic smoky eye is a wedding staple but for a summer wedding, add a little twist! If you have a brave bride – go ALL out. If she’s a little more hesitant but still wants to introduce come colour, suggest a coloured eye-liner.




Light pinks, barely-there nudes and rosy cheeks create a beautifully, uncomplicated ethereal look. It is the ultimate summer wedding look. Boho-braids are a perfect match. A dash of highlighter in the inner eye add a real pop while keeping the whole look effortless.

The EXACT products used to create Meghan Markle’s Wedding Makeup

Get The Look: The EXACT products used to create Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Makeup

With all that build up it’s hard to believe that the Royal Wedding has now been and gone! After much anticipation, Meghan Markle made her way down the aisle looking every inch as fabulous as expected and, much to our great delight, wearing pretty much exactly what Pam Wrigley said she would create for her wedding hair and makeup. Nailed it!

Whatever look she showed up sporting, it was always going to be the number one hot trend for brides to be all over the world for the foreseeable future, so just as well that it’s one we love. Her makeup was fresh and dewy, allowing those beautiful freckles to shine through and her hair (despite the complaints about a few stray fly-aways breaking the internet) was a glammed up version of her signature messy low bun.

We know you’ll all be dying to learn how to create Meghan’s Royal Wedding style and it’s just as well, because you’re going to have to be a dab hand at it with all the requests you’re going to receive to copy the look! You can go through it all step-by-step on our online bridal hair course, with loads of invaluable expert tips thrown in (you won’t see any fly-aways on OUR brides!), or come along to one of our 2 day or 4 day courses to really get to grips with it all through intensive hands-on learning.

Until you sign up to our online bridal hair course or book onto one of our 2 or 4 day bridal hair and bridal makeup courses though, we’ve got you covered with the exact makeup products Daniel Martin used and a few top tips on how to recreate the look.

In today’s blog we’re covering Meghan’s makeup. Keep checking back for how to create that gorgeous hairstyle!

Bridal Makeup for 2018: The Create Beautiful Hair Favourites

Bridal Makeup for 2018: The Create Beautiful Hair Favourites

Now that we’re well into the swing of 2018, it’s time to start really getting to grips with the bridal makeup trends that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of and the looks that you need to know if you want to be that bridal makeup artist that every woman wants to book for their big day!

A small number of your brides will request a ‘natural’ bridal makeup look, but as a bridal makeup artist you’ll have to keep up with current trends.

Smoky eyes are big, full lashes are gorgeous, and beautiful brows essential for all but your more mature brides. Fashion is always changing and although to the un-trained eye it may not appear all that different, it’s the subtle nuances and being on top of the hottest trends that will really set you apart from the rest.

Make sure that you have the very best bridal makeup looks up your sleeve for 2018, with this list of some of our favourite styles for the year ahead

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Go for Grey 

For many brides out there, although they love a striking smoky eye on a night out they don’t really see it as a viable option for their big day. Until now, the answer to that has usually been a lighter version in neutral taupe and beige hues but for 2018, the browns are out and the greys are in.

A soft grey shadow is such a flattering tone on almost any eye colour and skin type and it is undeniably sexy, without being too obvious.

Keep it diffuse with lots of blending and pair it with a pale pink lip and glowing skin to keep it looking fresh.

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Super Dew 

We’re all familiar with glowing skin, but 2018 has just knocked it up a notch! It’s more than just a hint of highlighter now, with this dewy base trend looking less like a subtle shimmer and more like an out-of-the-gym health kick. We’re not talking that sweaty, frazzled style though – think goddess on a hot summer’s day.

Try adding a dab of gold powder or a particularly gold highlighting cream mixed into the foundation. We love the new highlighting powder by Illamasqua ‘Beyond Deity Powder’ for a lightweight, iridescent shine.

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A Bold Lip

Who doesn’t feel like a stronger woman for wearing a powerful red lip?! If your client happens to be one who never wears vibrant lip colours then her wedding day is probably not the time to start, but if she has that bold streak and loves to apply a vibrant lipstick for an important meeting or hot date night, then it’s time to introduce some of that confidence as she walks down the aisle.

As a bridal makeup artist, it’s part of your job to get to know your bride at her trial run and find out what she really wants, not what she thinks she should have. If she’s not averse to giving it a go, try a bright red lip in a hue that suits her skin tone (match the red, blue or neutral undertone of their skin to the lippie).

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Strategic Highlighter

Highlighting and contouring is nothing new, but adding a pop of quite obvious white highlighter to the inner corners of eyes and across the brow bone teamed with otherwise ‘barely there’ bridal makeup is a fresh take on it.

This is a step away from that natural glow that highlighting is often used to achieve and a step towards a deliberately ethereal edge that really makes the eyes stand out.


Metallic Eyeliner

Skip the black and brown liners and instead, opt for a metallic sweep along the lash line for a contemporary change.

Keep those lashes looking thick by building up a neutral tone (two shades darker than the skin tone) along the lashes and in the eye socket before finishing off with a gold or silver liner.

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Strong Brows

Noticeable brows have been a thing for a while now, and this is set to continue for 2018 bridal makeup trends.

There are a number of options to go for with this: strong and defined, natural and feathered, or precise and tapered. Whatever you and your bride choose, the key is to keep it deliberate. ‘Natural brows’ does NOT just mean leaving them to do their own thing, just like ‘no makeup makeup’ actually involves…well…a fair amount of makeup.

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Pam Wrigley is the Winner of ‘Makeup Specialist of the Year Award’ 2017!

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Pam Wrigley is the Winner of ‘Makeup Specialist of the Year Award’ 2017!

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When you’re figuring out who to train with to really give your wedding hair and makeup career the kickstart or boost that it needs, finding someone who’s own bridal work is celebrated across the industry is a sure sign that you’re learning from the best.

Our head trained and founder of Create Beautiful Hair, Pam Wrigley, has scooped multiple industry awards for her exceptional hair and makeup talents over the years and now she’s done it again! Winning ‘Makeup Specialist of the Year 2017’ at the Hair and Makeup Awards, London.

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“When they announced my name, I just couldn’t believe it! I was surrounded by the hair and makeup industry’s top talent, so I never expected to win. It was so exciting and such an honour!” Pam Wrigley

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Pam attended the event with her lovely son on her arm for moral support. The night was all glitz and glamour, held in the Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge with all of London’s best and brightest hair and makeup artists and lots of champagne!

Pam Wrigley secured her spot after bring nominated by one of her brides, who was so thrilled with their hair and makeup on their big day that they felt she deserved an award for it! Pam made it to the finals with 8 other fantastic makeup artists for the Makeup Specialist of the Year award and was also a finalist for other prestigious hair and makeup categories.

“It really is the highest of all compliments (not to mention achievements!) to have made such an impact to a bride on her big day that she felt I ought to win the Wedding Makeup Specialist of the Year award” Pam Wrigley

There is so much that Pam has learned during her 25+ years creating beautiful hair and makeup for brides all over the world, so when you attend our courses, you’ll be learning tricks of the trade, skills and techniques and insider business tips that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere!

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Here are some beautiful wedding makeup looks created by Pam Wrigley

Bridal Makeup Artist Expert Prep Tips from Pam Wrigley

Being a bridal makeup artist is an amazing job, but quite a challenging one too! It’s up to you to create the best makeup look that your bride has ever had, so it’s important to get every single step right, from prep to finish.

For bridal makeup that is flawless and lasts throughout the day and night, the most important thing is thorough prep and skilful application – without the perfect base to work with and all the little tips that make all the difference, you won’t be able to create a perfect overall look.

Usually, discovering the small things that take your makeup skills a step above the rest can only come from experience, trial and error, but award-winning makeup artist Pam Wrigley is happy to share her pro knowledge with you that she has developed with her 20+ years in the industry.

To become an incredible bridal makeup artist, who wows your clients every time, join us on one of our bridal makeup courses for expert training with Pam Wrigley.


Until you can come along to our bridal makeup course, try using these expert makeup prep tips used by Create Beautiful Hair’s bridal makeup artist trainer, Pam Wrigley:

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Primer is a must for makeup artists – it minimises pore, smooths the surface and creates a barrier between the makeup and the skin to avoid oils and sweat allowing makeup to slide off.

Pam says

“I love Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer – it is a lovely moisturising start for dry skin which will leave your client’s face feeling plump, fresh and hydrated.

As we approach the menopause our skin can become dryer and more delicate, so using a primer is even more important on mature skin faces.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer is great for oily skin as it will help to keep the oil at bay and will help to disguise enlarged pores. Cosmetics a la Carte Matte Miracle is another great option for oily skin as it is a beautifully light oil absorbing gel that you can use on the t-zone to prevent getting shiny on camera.

If your bride has very open pores, Porefessional by Benefit really does what it says on the tin! Say goodbye to large pores, fine lines and wrinkles – it literally fills them in and makes them disappear!”

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Eyes are the window to the soul and so your clients are going to want these to look absolutely perfect on their wedding day. Smokey eyes, vintage eyeliner or soft and natural – all require an eye primer and amazing eyeshadows.

Pam says

“As we get older, the skin on our eyelids often becomes fine and – lets face it – a bit wrinkly! Eye primers are key to smoothing eyelids out and smoothing out creases, but pick your products carefully – there are lots to choose from!

Inglot Eyeshadow Keeper is, in my opinion, the best eye primer for mature skin. It is light, colourless and doesn’t look at all heavy or crepe-y on the delicate skin of the eyelid.

When it comes to colour, matte eyeshadows and eyeshadows with a gentle shimmer work best, but avoid eyeshadows with a lot of shimmer and glitter as these do not work well in photos.

Mac do a great range of paint pots. Painterly looks great on English Rose complexions, but be sure to build it up gradually as this product can be a bit heavy on the delicate skin around the eye.

Avoid liquid eyeliners and pencil eyeliners. Instead, try applying a dark eyeshadow using a sharp angle brush along the lash line for a soft, sultry yet defined look that stays put. Liquid eyeliners give a harsh line and can highlight wrinkles on the lid and eye pencils can drag the skin on the eye lid.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara is fabulous: clump proof, waterproof, cry proof, sleep proof and 100% smudge proof – it just doesn’t move and is totally perfect! All you need to do is add a couple of individual lashes to finish off the look.

As an added bonus, it also comes off easily with just little bit of warm water without even having to rub.”


Many a bridal makeup artist goes horribly wrong when it comes to foundation and blush – even being slightly off in your colour choices can ruin the whole look.

Pam says

Cosmetics à la carte skin tints are excellent. Super light weight but with good coverage and they come in a wide range of shades to suit all skin tones. Build them up on the skin bit by bit to give extra coverage as and when you need it.

Bobby Brown cream blushes are my favourites – you only need a touch on the apple or along the cheek bone for a lovely, natural hint of colour and dewiness.



The brows, lips and highlighting add the finishing touches to your bride’s makeup look!

Pam says

“Avoid going heavy or dark with brows – keep them

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understated but still there. Forever Makeup do a great brow palette containing three powders, a wax, a highlighter/concealer and a great double sided brush for prefect application. Remember less is more!

Go easy on the highlighter – just a very subtle touch of a la carte shine illuminator on the cheek bone can be beautiful and make all the difference.

Keep lips simple by simply choosing a colour that your client loves, but steer clear of gloss, go for moist instead.”

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.

Wedding Makeup Tips: 6 Steps to Beautiful Bridal Contouring

Wedding Makeup Tips: 6 Steps to Beautiful Bridal Contouring

Highlighting and contouring can be a fantastic bridal makeup technique to slim the face, give a healthy glow and really make those features pop, or it can be an utter disaster. It all comes down to whether or not you know your stuff!

Sky high cheekbones and a makeup transformation isn’t for everyone, but for your brides who are after a real ‘photo shoot finish’, amazing contouring and highlighting is a must; however, the way that we teach contouring on our bridal makeup courses will help you to see this skill in a new light. It’s not all about piling it on Kardashian style for a very ‘done’ look: if applied correctly, highlighting and contouring can actually be used in a much more subtle way, for a more natural looking bone structure boost.

Become a contouring pro on our 2 day bridal makeup course, London! Only 5 places left on our upcoming March course. Book now!

Want to know more about how to master the art of contouring? Here are our top tips:


Start with a great base


For contouring that really works, you absolutely have to start with a flawless, even base. Before you even attempt to start applying any light or shade, make sure that you have worked on your client’s skin to achieve beautiful, even skin tone with products that match their colouring just right. From this starting point, you’ll find achieving the look you want much easier.




You want to avoid harsh lines when it comes to bridal contouring as this won’t well work at all! Instead, what you want to aim for is a very natural looking shadow. To achieve this, the key is to blend, blend, blend! Choose your favourite blending tool, whether that’s a sponge or a brush and gently work each contoured area until you’re happy. Don’t rush this – take your time for real perfection.

Know where to work


It’s no good just winging it when you contour and highlight – you’ve really got to be applying your products with strict direction for best results. Getting it even slightly off can change the overall appearance and that’s why we’ll take you through it, step by step, on our bridal makeup courses.

What you want to aim for is an oval face shape with certain features emphasized or receded, so discuss with your client what features they want to play up and which they want to play down, don’t just make the decision for them.

For the contour, focus on the cheekbones building up around the centre of your ear and blending out gradually until you reach mid-cheek. If you’re hoping to slim your client’s face down a bit, blend the contour shade in around the forehead almost in the hairline and on either side of the bridge of the nose. Highlight the tops of the cheekbones, the chin, the centre of the forehead, bridge of the nose, arch of the eyebrow and for extra pouty lips, the cupids bow.

Less is more


Don’t go crazy with product! Add it little by little until you reach the ideal amount. Going overboard with highlighting and contouring will leave your client looking a bit clown-like, which is probably not the look you’re going for! Build it up rather than going overboard and be sure to have your client sitting in natural light so that you can see exactly how it’s going.


Choose the right shades


To get the contrast just right, you’ve got to use the shades that are perfect for your client. Ideally what you want is to go two shades darker than their skin tone with the contour and two shades lighter with the highlight, for a really natural look that brings everything out just the way you want it too, without looking too obvious. We’ll help you figure out how to select the right shades for your clients on our bridal makeup courses!


Use great products


As with all makeup, the quality really does count. Invest in excellent palettes for ease of use, longevity and for a look that is more gorgeous than scary!

Avoid making do with a bronzer for contouring as the warm tones and often shimmery finish won’t help achieve a natural look – you’re trying to mimic light and shade and that generally won’t contain glitter! You can opt for a slightly pearlescent highlighter though, for a ‘radiant’ look, but go easy.

Pam’s Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist Guide to Getting The Bride Ready On Time

On the big day all eyes will be on the bride and it’s our job as wedding hair and makeup artists to stay calm and make sure she looks and feels totally fabulous! We all know that it’s not really about the groom and even the wedding dress is just an accessory…


The bride is the main feature of the day – not to put you under too much pressure!


With beautiful wedding hair and makeup either natural, glamorous or somewhere in between, you can help your bride to feel confident and gorgeous.

On the big day she’s going to be excited and a bit nervous, so applying make-up and styling hair is only part of your job. You need to make sure that she is ready on time, whilst helping her stay to relaxed and calm.

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Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Kit

Make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey – factor in time for parking and make sure you have all your kit ready the night before.


Wedding Hair Kit: Always have plenty of hairspray, grips and hair pins, a selection of donuts, snag free elastic bands and a pair of scissors – not for cutting the hair, but to cut labels off dresses.


Bridal Makeup kit: Don’t run out of anything! Make sure you have the right colour lipstick and a good mattifying product such as Cosmetics a la carte Matte Miracle and some mattifying papers. I love the Kleenex shine off papers, so if she has oily skin give her a couple to pop in her bag.


I learned very early not to cut down my hair or makeup kit down on the day of the wedding; If you just take the items you need you might find you come unstuck when an aunty or even the MOB decides she would like her hair or makeup doing after all!

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Record Keeping 

Whatever the size of your bridal party it’s your job to make sure everything runs smoothly on the wedding day. 


Once you’ve done the trial run you can make an action plan. Make things easy for yourself by using one of our wedding hair and makeup planners – essential for every wedding hair stylist!

Make sure you can re-create the hair style just the way she likes it with our detailed records sheets. Taking photos of the hair style only shows you the end result – in order to recreate the style to perfection you need to know how you got there…

  • Take step by step notes
  • Work out the timetable (so that everyone is ready on time!)
  • Keep it all on one handy sheet
  • Each plan has a carbon-less copy sheet below – one copy for you to keep & one for your client.


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Wedding Planner – Makeup 

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First thing’s first – find out the time of the wedding

Once she’s chosen a style for her hair and a look for her makeup you can start the process of working out the timings for the day. Whatever you do, don’t let the bride decide what time she needs to be ready! It is your job to know best.


When you know the time of the wedding, find out how long it is going to take her to get there. Remember, if it’s a long drive and she’s going to be in a vintage car, they tend to take longer to get from A to B.

If she’s having a church wedding brides can usually get away with arriving a few minutes late, but if she is having a civil ceremony she will need to arrive 10-15 minutes before her ceremony for her interview with the registrar.

Next, you need to allow some time for the photographer to take a few photos. I usually allow approximately half and hour for this and then she’ll need an additional 10-15 minutes to get dressed. Factor in a bit of time to pop to the loo, have a glass of champagne and stop to take breather whilst she has a look at her flowers when the florist arrives.

Timings on the big day

For a 2 o’clock wedding with a 15 minute journey time you need to have her ready for 1pm, ready to step into her dress.

With this is as a guideline, your timings for the bride and 2 bridesmaids (with just hair for the bridesmaids) would look something like this:

7.30 arrive and set up

8.00 Curl Brides hair

8.30 Curl BM 2

9.00 Curl BM 1

9.30 style BM 2 hair

10.15 style BM 1 Hair

11.00 bride’s makeup

12.00 style bride’s hair

1.00 ready to get dressed

Once the bridal party has seen the timetable they will understand why we have to start so early and the bridesmaids are more likely to arrive on time!

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Working with the Bridesmaids


It’s always a good idea to ask the bridesmaids to collect a few images of styles they like beforehand – so you can get a bit of an idea of what they are likely to want on the day and it’s worth finding out a little bit about the bridesmaids hair type in advance. For example, does anyone have an incredible amount of thick, heavy hair? If so, you can allow yourself more time to work with it.

If you are just starting out, it would be a good idea to ask them to send you a few images a week or so in advance, so you can practice the styles in advance and build your confidence before the big day.

You probably won’t have had the chance to do a trial for the bridesmaids, so this may be the first time you have been able to work on their hair.

Watch some of our quick style videos on Facebook to get some helpful hints and ideas for quick bridesmaid styles.

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Dealing with Difficult bridesmaids

Stick to your timetable! Don’t allow yourself to be thrown of course by a difficult bridesmaid who doesn’t realise that this is not all about her.

If you feel you are running short of time and you haven’t quite finished her hair and makeup hold your nerve! Just let her know that you have to start the bride now but that you will come back to her when the bride is ready. Reassure her that you will make sure she is happy but let her know that you have to start the bride.

She’ll no doubt spend the next hour in front of the mirror and invariably will be almost sorted by the time you get her back in front of you anyway!

Wedding Makeup: How to Create a Bridal Makeup Look That Lasts

Creating beautiful makeup is one thing, but when you’re applying wedding makeup for a bride about to embark on one of the biggest days of her life you also have to create makeup that lasts.

As a wedding makeup artist, it’s your job to ensure that the bride looks just as gorgeous the moment she walks down the aisle right up until the end of the night, but unless you’re booked to stay on call for the whole day (which is very rare!), you’re going to have to do that without the need for touch-ups.

If you’re new to makeup this may seem like a daunting task, but with the right expert tips and techniques on correct wedding makeup prep, application, finish and products this is more doable than you might think. Join us on our 2 day bridal makeup course to really get to grips with how to do this like a pro…

Knowing how to create a wedding makeup look that stays put through tears, kisses and dancing is just as important as being able to apply makeup beautifully in the first instance – brides want to feel confident that they will look great all day and night, not to mention in there wedding photos! Being able to do this is one key factor to securing further clients via word of mouth.

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Create beautiful wedding makeup that lasts with these top tips:

Perfect Prep


Getting the skin prep right goes a long way to creating a flawless base that doesn’t budge. If you start right, this rest will follow with much more ease.

Firstly, make sure that the skin is clean, dry and well moisturised before you begin. Allow any moisturiser to fully absorb for at least 5 minutes before starting to apply makeup and always use a separate eye cream – this is essential for avoiding under-eye creases.

Next – never skip the primer! Primer is a makeup artist’s best friend and you should never attempt applying makeup without it. Using a good quality face primer will minimise pores and leave the skin looking smooth and supple. When you apply foundation on top of primer, the foundation will cling to the primer, rather than bare skin, so it won’t be absorbed over time and it won’t slide off at the first sign of sweat.

Use an eye primer for eyes, rather than the face primer, for best results and eye makeup that stays put too.

Don’t forget about the lips! They need prepping too. Wedding makeup is all about that flawless finish and the last thing you want is dry looking lips. Apply lots of lip balm and very gently buff the lips with a soft toothbrush or damp cloth.

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Flawless Finish


Once you’ve applied your base, remember to seal it all in with a very light dusting of translucent powder – this will both mattify the skin (shine does not look great in photos!) whilst fixing foundation and concealer. When I say light, I mean light! You don’t want to end up with a dry or cakey effect, so take it easy.

Investing in a setting spray is also well worth it – a light spritz of this will help makeup remain steadfast.

Pick Your Products


Choosing the right products for your client’s wedding makeup is of course a huge part of the task, so do it wisely!

It may seem obvious, but it really does pay to go for makeup that claims to be ‘long-lasting’ and it goes without saying that waterproof mascara is a must.

Try to avoid using ‘illuminating’ makeup, gloss or glitter and anything containing zinc oxide, as all of these things show up badly on camera. Stick to a matte lip whenever possible – gloss will only cause lippie to slide off at the first sip of champagne anyway!

Bridal Makeup Course: What’s It All About?

We’re not all about hair, here at CBH, we also run a 2 day bridal makeup course in London that is perfect for anyone wanting to kickstart their career as a bridal makeup artist – whether that’s refreshing your existing knowledge and qualifications or starting out as a total newbie.

If you’re thinking of attending our bridal makeup course, you’ll be thrilled to hear that you will be taught by award-winning bridal makeup artist Pam Wrigley (been on one of our hair courses with Pam? Don’t forget to get in touch for your multiple course booking discount!), in groups of only up to 10 students at a time, meaning that you’ll always get lots of 1-2-1 attention and be able to go at a pace that suits you.

On our bridal makeup course, we’ll cover everything you need to know to become a really fabulous bridal makeup artist. You’ll cover all the basics, as well as some more complex techniques and business advice for starting or boosting a successful freelance business. Pam has been working in this field for over 20 years, so she has lots of tips you can’t afford to miss!


What’s Included on the Bridal Makeup Course?

Want to know exactly what you’ll be learning? Here’s our timetable breakdown:

bridal makeup course

Day 1

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

We supply everything you need for training.

Upcoming Dates:


10th & 11th October 2016

23rd & 24th March 2017

19th & 20th June 2017


16th & 17th October 2016

15th & 16th May 2017

We know that creating the best makeup that someone has ever had is a pretty tall order, but that’s what’s expected of you on a bride’s big day! There’s no need to freak out about it though, once you’ve attended one of our 2 day makeup courses, you’ll feel happy and confident to create any wedding makeup look and know that you’re doing it beautifully.

But being a bridal makeup artist isn’t all about technique, believe it or not! On our bridal makeup course you’ll also be given tons of invaluable advice on how to be exactly what your client needs, every time. Find out what you can do to be a step above the rest!

Be ready to work on all skin types, handle all sorts of makeup concerns and deal with any last minute issues…

Price: £449

Qualification: AQA UAS Certificate

Suitable for ALL levels


Book both a bridal hair & bridal makeup course and save £100

PLUS  – Get 6 months online bridal hair training absolutely FREE!