I love creating the perfect look for brides on their wedding day, but I also understand that hiring a professional isn’t always ideal for everyone, which is why I’ve created my makeover masterclasses, so you can come along and learn all about DIY wedding hair & makeup!

Whether it’s a budget issue or you just prefer the idea of going it alone, attending my makeover masterclass is a great idea for any bride-to-be thinking of going the DIY hair & makeup route. Even if you’re quite confident in creating the look you want for your big day, it’s not at all unusual for nerves to get the better of many brides before they walk down the aisle, so having some training in how to create a gorgeous look quickly and easily can make a huge difference in boosting your confidence.

My classes are suitable for all experience levels, so don’t worry if you’re a total beginner or feel a bit hopeless when it comes to doing your own hair and makeup – my team and I are here to help!

DIY wedding hair. Smokey makeup for a bride by wedding makeup artist Pam Wrigley. Plus a beautiful brides hair up, high bun hairstyle created on long hair by bridal hairstylist Pam Wrigley, in London

Looking for a unique idea for your hen do, or a lovely way to spend some time with mum or bridesmaids before saying ‘I do’? Then this could be perfect for you! Get in touch about booking in groups for discounts and extras I can offer to make your DIY wedding hair & makeup day really special.

DIY Wedding Hair & Makeup

Regardless of whether or not you choose to attend my makeover masterclass to help you on your way to perfect DIY wedding hair & makeup, here are a few tips and tricks you need to know:

Don’t Skip the Primer

 

A lot of people are a bit suspicious of primer – is it really worth it or is it just an unnecessary expense? My advice is get it and use it! You won’t achieve a flawless finish or makeup that lasts without it.

What’s more, invest in both a face and eye primer – don’t just use one for both jobs. They’re both total must-haves and contrary to popular belief, a regular primer won’t cut it for perfect eye makeup.

Wash Your Hair the Night Before

 

You may like the idea of having freshly washed hair on the morning of your wedding, but the truth is that just washed hair is very difficult to handle, particularly if you use conditioner. Hair washed the night before actually looks better too as it’s usually more settled and less fluffy.

Make your DIY wedding hair styling way easier with this simple trick – you won’t regret it!

DIY wedding hair. Natural bridal makeup and bridal low bun hairstyles for mature brides with medium length hair. Plus makeup by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London.

False Lashes

 

For flirty, fluttery eyes false lashes are an absolute must! Even if you’re going for a very natural look, false lashes make all the difference to the end result, especially in the wedding photos.

Strip lashes can look a bit too big and fake, so go for individuals for a more subtle look. These are quite fiddly to apply, so make sure you practice until you’re really comfortable using them.

Use Natural Daylight

 

A huge mistake many people make when doing DIY wedding hair & makeup is to do it in a place that is too dark. You have to find an area with lots of natural daylight to use as your work station – attempting to go ahead with that can lead to disaster!

Avoid bad colour choices, patchy makeup and obvious hair pins by making sure that you’ve got plenty of light to work in.

Use Heated Rollers

 

Rollers aren’t just for curly hairstyles, they’re also fantastic for creating the perfect foundation, full of natural looking volume, for almost every hairdo.

Learn how to set heated rollers correctly (you’ll find out all about this on my makeover masteclass!) and leave them in for around 20 minutes, or until completely cool, before starting on your DIY wedding hair. The extra bounce, volume and movement will make a world of difference to the end result.

Learn How To Do Your Own Hair & Makeup

 

Discover how to look your best every day and for special occasions! Learn how to blow-dry your hair perfectly for daily glamour, set rollers and create simple but beautiful hairstyles for nights out and apply your own makeup like a pro.

Find out how to apply fresh, natural makeup or heavier evening looks such as smokey eyes and gorgeous lips. Make the most of your brows and lashes with tips from the experts and even learn how to use contouring for perfect bone structure.

 

Spend a fun packed day with our team of pro hair stylists and makeup artists!

We’ll show you & mum how to create simple yet beautiful looks for both hair and makeup…

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  • Discover how to look your best – with lots of quick tips and easy styles suitable for all occasions.

  • We’ll show you how  create quick, easy hair-up styles and learn how to apply your own makeup for everyday and special occasions.

  • We’re not interested in selling you expensive products – you’ll get our unbiased professional opinion on what products would be best for you.

  • The perfect gift – treat mum to a fun day out and a great new look!

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Suitable for all ages

 

If you’re under 25: You probably don’t know it – but you’re gorgeous! We’ll show you how to make the most of what you got, for day to day and nights out.

 

25 – 50: Career, children and home – the demands are endless. Take a little ‘me time’ to discover a new, rejuvenated you.

 

50+: Our skin and hair texture starts to change, it’s inevitable – learn how to stay looking gorgeous and feeling fabulous.

Contact us quoting ‘lovemymum’ for our 12th March Makeover Masterclass, to take advantage of our BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE deal!
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Wedding natural makeup and bridal hair in a soft low bun hairstyle for bride and mother of the bride. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, London.

A lot of women are getting married later in life these days, and some of my favourite bridal makeup looks have been on my more mature brides.

Being a little older doesn’t mean you can’t look just as gorgeous as you did in your 20s, as long you (or your bridal makeup artist) know the subtle adjustments to make in terms of products used and technique.

If you’re 40+ and getting married, it is essential that you go with a makeup artist who know’s their stuff when it comes to creating gorgeous makeup for mature brides, or if you’re thinking of doing your own makeup, make sure you know all the tips and tricks of the pros for a flawless finish!

 

As we age, our skin and hair texture starts to change, and applying makeup to this sort of surface is very different to what you may already know

To learn how to apply your own bridal makeup beautifully, you can always attend our 1 day makeover masterclass, where you can discover fabulous looks that work for you with our team of pro hair and makeup artists, but to keep you going before you can join us there, here are some top tips on working with mature bridal makeup from award-winning Pam Wrigley:

natural makeup for a mature bride and bridal hairstyles for brides with short hair, by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London

Skin

When starting with your bridal makeup base, remember that mature 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 hydrating primer will not only help to create a more even and supple base to work with, but it will also help to minimise pores and fine lines, which no-one wants to see when they get their wedding photos back!

Pam’s favourite primer for mature brides is the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer.

Go light on the foundation if you can – thick bridal makeup will only lend to deeper creases and lines. 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 lots of pigment, for smooth, even coverage.

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

Under The Eye

Be very careful when working on the eye area – the skin here, particularly under the eye, can be very delicate and sometimes quite creased.

 

For coverage, choose something very light (even lighter than the skin tint mentioned above!). You want something that does the job and creates luminosity, without looking caked on.

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

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’!

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

Wedding natural makeup and bridal hair in a smooth sleek hairstyle for mature bride. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, London.
Smoky, vintage makeup for a mature bride, plus bridal hairstyles for older brides by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London

Eyeshadow/Eyeliner

Begin by using a light primer on your eyelids, to help reduce that ‘crepey’ look. Don’t use a regular eye primer for your bridal makeup (such as MAC paintpots, which Pam likes to use on her younger brides), as this can be too heavy and give the eyes a droopy look. Instead go for something nice and light.

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

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

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!”

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.

Lips & Lashes

When it come to doing the lips, it’s always personal choice whatever your age! However, for mature brides try to avoid glosses or anything too matte.
Ideally, you want a soft moist look to the lip, but nothing too over the top.

To keep the lip colour precise, make sure you use a great liner.Cosmetics a la Carte do a lovely waterproof invisible lipliner.

Lashes 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.

Pam uses Clinique Lash Power on her mature brides, or Lance Hypnose Drama for a bit of extra oomph!

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.

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. Try combining Ultra medium, short and ultra short along the eye for full on gorgeousness or if you have shorter lashes, just try the short and ultra short for a natural look.

smoky makeup for a mature bride and bridal hairstyles for brides with short hair, by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist Pam Wrigley in London
Wedding natural makeup for mature and older bride. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, London.

Brows

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.
You might have thin brows that you love, and that’s OK! You bridal makeup is about what is right for you after all, so keep them that way and just add a bit of definition.

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!

Blusher & Contouring

Cream blushers are lovely to use on mature skin – they look fresh, dewy and fabulous! Exactly what you want for great bridal makeup.

Pink tones on the cheekbones and apples looks stunning on most complexions. However, if you have more of 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 you’ve had a glass of champagne!!

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

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

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

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

Wedding natural makeup and bridal hair in a soft low bun hairstyle for mature bride. By Pam Wrigley wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist, London.