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Natural Bridal Makeup

Natural bridal makeup on your wedding day will enhance your features and bring out your natural beauty. So, whether you are a young or mature bride, you’ll be able to blow him away when he sees you walk in the room.

With today’s Instagram images fuelling the trend for strong brows and equally strong contouring you might feel a bit intimidated if you’re a ‘no makeup’ kinda girl.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to makeup, on your wedding day you can have your makeup as strong or as natural as you like.

Your makeup does not have to be heavy for the photographs.

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable, confident and gorgeous on your big day.

Exactly how ‘natural’ you go for your wedding day makeup will depend on a number of different factors, all detailed below.

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Natural makeup on your wedding day

Day time or evening wedding?

You can get away with a bit more makeup for an evening wedding – and you can still look really natural.

Summer or Winter wedding?

The days are so much shorter in the winter, and the light quite cold, even on a sunny winters day, so you’ll need a touch more makeup than you might think – just to look healthy and glowing!

Black tie affair in a Mayfair Hotel or Festval themed wedding in a barn?

You can definitely carry off a natural wedding makeup for either event, but the makeup would need to be tailored to fit you, your dress, the time of day and the lighting in the venue.

There is no need to look or feel like someone else on your big day

Whatever the time of day, type of venue or time of year be the ‘best version of you’ on your wedding day, with a natural, gorgeous makeup.

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Natural Wedding Makeup Fabulous Eyes

Natural makeup depends on the subtle play of colours and tones, applied in just the right balance. The emphasis can be on the lips, but more usually it will be on the eyes.

Wedding makeup isn’t about just looking good on camera.

Your makeup doesn’t have to be heavy to look gorgeous on your wedding day.

On the wedding day the focus will be on you, you’ll be in a lot of photographs on your big day, however, you don’t have to have a heavy makeup to look good in photos.

It’s all about balance, it is important that your makeup looks good when people look at you close up.

Soft browns, neutral greys, even soft greens such as Lichen by cosmetics a la carte can be perfect for contouring and defining the eye.

A touch of shimmer on the eye lid can be pretty, for either a summer or winter wedding.

Lashes can be key when it comes to making a natural eye pop. I love using individual lashes – to give a little bit je ne sais qua.

The impression we want is that your eyes look gorgeous but the onlooker isn’t sure why.

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Bridal makeup: the Base.

Choose your primer to suit your skin type, oily, dry or combination.

Next step is to even out your skin tone, try a lovely light tinted moisturiser e.g. a la carte Radiance Tinted Moisturiser

Cream or powder blush both work equally well, the skill is in the application.

It is important that your natural makeup stays looking good all day, so I would still advise a light dusting of powder such as Mac Prep & Prime.

Brows can be natural, but a touch of definition will help to frame your features. I find brow powders a bit easier to control when applying than brow pencils, best to start off with less definition and build up slowly.

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Natural Bridal makeup, the trial run.

It can take more skill to apply beautiful natural makeup than dark, smokey wedding makeup.

To make sure you are happy with your natural makeup I would recommend organising your trial run during the day rather than in the evening. Artificial light in our homes is usually yellow and combined with the colour of your walls will affect the way your makeup looks. It’s always best to do the trial in natural light, so you can see how your makeup really looks.

The majority of my brides wear white or ivory dresses, not a colour we’re used to wearing every day, so you may need a hint more makeup than you would normally wear, just to make sure that you don’t get lost.

After all, we want the attention to be on you and not just on your dress.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

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Wedding Makeup for Mature Brides

I love creating wedding makeup and bridal hairstyles for my mature brides and older ladies. So whether I’m working with the bride, mother of the bride or mother of the groom, it’s always a pleasure.

It’s undeniable fact that as we get older, our hair and skin changes.

So it is essential that your bridal hairstylist and wedding makeup artist is used to working with mature skin.

They will have to have the right knowledge and techniques to know how to get the best results.

As we approach menopause things definitely start to change.

So even if your hair is thinning or you’re in the midst of hot flushes, don’t worry – I understand!

From selecting the right products to showing you a variety of different hair styles, I know just how to make my mature brides look and feel amazing!

Whether you are a mature bride or mother of the bride or mother of the groom, there is no time limit for the trial run.

This means you’ll be able to try different looks for both wedding hair and bridal makeup.

I normally hate having my photo taken you did my hair and makeup exactly how I had hoped. It made me feel so much more relaxed and confident on the day!!

Philippa

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Whatever your age, you can have a smoky makeup if you want one!

Some of my older brides worry about either having too much makeup or not enough.

There is no right or wrong.

What is important is that your makeup is right for you. I

If you’re not used to wearing makeup don’t be fobbed off with “you need heavy makeup for the photographs’. Because you don’t.

You may need to wear a touch more makeup than usual. However, in the right hands, your makeup should feel natural, not heavy or caked, and you don’t want to end up look like someone you’re not.

Chat to your makeup artist before the trial run so you can get a feel for the way she works.

The right makeup products definitely help and when it comes to makeup for mature skin you can’t beat cosmetics à la carte.

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Wedding makeup & bridal Hair for Older Ladies & Mature Brides

You might want to wear your hair up or down, as we age our hair tends to get thinner and can become a bit coarser.

In the right hands you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved.

Trial Run

It’s probably best to have your hair clean and dry for your trial run, so your stylist can have a proper look at your hair and work out which styling method will be best considering your hair type.

It’s all in the prep

Your wedding hair stylist may opt for a blow dry, curling tongs or even heated rollers. I confess – I do love a heated roller – you’ll get root lift, oomph and a gorgeous sexy va va room to your wedding day hair style.

Don’t be in a Rush

Allow plenty of time for your trial run so you can try different ideas, if you have your hair accessories for the day it can be helpful to take them with you to the trial. Your stylist will there to offer advice and help you find the right style for your wedding day.

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wedding Makeup and Hair for Mother of the Bride

No pressure. . . but you are one of the most important people at the wedding!

Not only do people look at the brides mum to see how the bride will look in the future, but roles have changed, nowadays lots of my MOB’s walk their daughters down the aisle.

So you want to feel confident and look your best.

Beautiful wedding makeup and bridal hair isn’t just for the youngsters getting hitched, it’s for all of you gorgeous mother of the brides too. Wedding hair and bridal makeup for mature brides and older ladies is a specialised skill – one that I am very proud to possess!

Read my blog, created especially with older ladies, mature brides and Mother of the Bride in mind

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It takes two to tango.

A wedding day isn’t just about the bride and her family. . . it is the grooms day as well, and your chance to shine, but without all the pressure!

I’ll help you feel confident and look beautiful on your son’s big day.

You may get an offer to join the bridal party for hair and makeup on the big day, but this if often not the case.

Even so, you might not want to spoil the surprise and break with tradition, by not seeing the bride until she walks down the aisle.

Beautiful wedding day makeup and fabulous hair aren’t just for the bridal party, mother of the grooms can shine as well.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

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Bridal Makeup for Oily Skin

Be confident of long lasting bridal makeup on your wedding day, even if you have oily skin.

It might not seem like it, but oily skin is a blessing. . .once you get past the problems with breakouts and open pores. The one thing to remember is that you’ll stay younger looking for longer!

There are lots of skincare products out there to help you balance your skin. However, I’m not going to go into skincare on this page, as I like to leave that to beauticians and dermatologists.

My job as a wedding makeup artist is to work with your oily skin on the wedding day. I’ll be able to create bridal makeup that won’t look shiny or greasy. Plus I’ll make sure that your wedding makeup will last all day.

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bridal Make up for Oily Skin

On your wedding day, it is important that your makeup lasts all day.

My advice, unless you’re going to have a makeup artist with you all day, is to – avoid the dewy look, full stop.

Oily skin has a tendency to shine, particularly on the T-zone. And sometimes the eyelids, cheek and chin can also become oily over the length of the day.

Your best friend will be either a loose or compact powder to retouch your makeup or blotting sheets. We’ll get onto which powder to use later, but for now, as far as blotting papers are concerned there really is no need to spend a fortune, you can get them from Superdrug or Boots for under £5.

They’ll help to keep any shine at bay without any build-up of product – which you’ll be glad about if you get married on a hot sunny day.

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Bridal makeup – get ready – Get set – go!

Keeping your wedding makeup looking good all day starts at step one.

I usually recommend my brides to cleanse and moisturise as normal on the day of the wedding.

You want your skin to be perfect on the wedding day! So if you don’t have facials regularly – don’t have one the week before wedding – if there are any spots hiding under the skin –  best to leave them there.

Primers should be light and oil-free – your makeup artists will have her favourite product. However, I love Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer, this light, oil-free product will start the mattifying process. Rich, creamy products will make the foundation slip and slide.

Mattifying products – usually light gels, that smooth over the skin and absorb any excess oil. Best applied before you put your makeup on. I love matte miracle by a la carte, it is light and easy to apply and does the job.

Open pores : Benefit Porefessional is amazing, it’s easy to apply and does a great job when it comes to minimising pores and even fine lines. Apply just before the foundation.

Some of my favourite products are manufactured by a London based company, a la carte, they have a fabulous selection of products for oily skin.

  • Light coverage, combination/gently oily skin – Sheer Balancing Foundation
  • Buildable coverage, combination/oily skin – Velvet Tint Flawless Cream Foundation
  • Acne-prone skin/oily skin – Cover Tint Flawless Touch Mineral Foundation

Each of these products can be used in combination.e.g. Sheer Balancing all over, Velvet Tint on  the T zone and Cover Tint as touch up throughout the day.

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Bridal Makeup for oily skin – Finishing Touches

When thinking about foundation – you can choose between light. medium or full cover.

The key is to look for light, oil-free formulations or even mineral powder. Avoid foundations sticks –  as they tend to be oily in their nature – it’s just the way they are made.

One thing to remember about foundation – which ever one you use – is that generally speaking  the more expensive the base – the more pigment it will contain.

This means you will be able to use less product and yet still get a flawless finish.

The key with foundation is to make sure you set it. Don’t get me wrong, the foundation is important, but powder is the key to making your wedding makeup last all day.

I love MAC Prep & Prime, it is colourless and works on all skin tones. Avoid using under the eye – especially if you have mature skin, as fine lines can end up looking like full-on wrinkles.

Try applying with a large powder brush or a powder puff. If you have particularly oily skin apply generously and leave it to sit on the skin for a couple of minutes before brushing away any excess with a brush.

You actually want your bridal makeup to start off looking a bit powdery and possibly a bit too matte .

Don’t worry, it takes around 30 minutes to an hour for the makeup to settle on the skin. So by the time you’re ready to get dressed and have your photos taken your wedding makeup will look natural and flawless.

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Wedding Makeup Quick Fix

Mineral powders are a great option when it comes to creating flawless bridal makeup for oily skin e.g. matte mineral foundation by a la carte.

If you haven’t tried them before I would definitely recommend giving them a try. You can use them on their own or on top of your base if you want an exceptionally flawless finish.

They’re quick and easy to apply, and you can go for a light or full cover just by changing how much product you apply.

When you’re using your mineral powder on its own, just make sure to give your primer time to settle and dry on the face. So ensuring the mineral powder glides on effortlessly and doesn’t stick to the skin.

Alternatively, you can apply the mineral powder over your foundation. With this option you will need to set your foundation first with your translucent powder.

You can then apply the mineral powder with a big clean blush brush, using small, gentle, circular movement to almost ‘push’ the product into the skin.

Help is at hand even if you have any stubborn spots or blemishes that keep creeping through your makeup no matter what you do.

Try applying a touch of mineral powder as a finishing touch once you’ve finished your makeup. Then leave it to settle for a few minutes before brushing off any excess.

This is step is easy to repeat if needed throughout the day.

Avoid mineral powders with shimmer added as they will bring back the shine we’re working hard to get rid of.

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Dewy wedding makeup

Ok, if you want a dewy finish you can have one.

The key is to start matte. So definitely use a setting powder.

There are a couple of options when it comes to achieving a dewy finish when creating your perfect wedding day makeup.

Careful use of highlight. The last thing you want is to look greasy or sweaty in your photos, and this is definitely a risk if you opt for a ‘dewy all over’ finish.

I would advise using a powder highlighter applying it carefully in the areas you want to shine. Apply just above the cheekbone, and a touch below the brow, and that’s it.

Definitely not down the centre of the nose or on your forehead, or you will undo all the good work you’ve put in with your primer, Mattifying products, foundation and powder.

Setting sprays are great, personally I love the NYX product. But avoid the dewy finish setting spray.

You have your own natural dewy glow, as the day turns to night you might find your self using a touch more powder or a couple of the shine-free papers I mentioned earlier, to make sure your makeup takes you effortlessly from day to evening.

If you’re not sure about what to do

with your hair or you’re worried about

what makeup would look best. . .

Just drop me a line – advice comes free!

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

Congratulations! You’re engaged! And your wedding planning is probably well underway. With venues to view, dresses to try, food to taste and parties to plan, you’ve got a busy stretch ahead of you but we all know that one of the things you’re looking forward to the most is deciding on that perfect wedding hair and makeup look.

All of us girls have fantasised about how we’ll look walking down the aisle and the hair and makeup is a huge part of that. It’s got to be your dream look – something that makes you look and feel like the very best version of you, so that you’re brimming with confidence when you say your ‘I dos’ and looking flawless in those wedding photographs.

Finding a wedding hair and makeup look that works for you can take time, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Flick through magazines, create Pinterest boards and get inspired by the pros (check out my wedding hair and makeup gallery here) but most of all, enjoy it! Play around with ideas, but ultimately, try to focus on looks that you know aren’t too far out of your comfort zone – just because it’s a big deal doesn’t mean it needs to be a ‘big’ look. Effortless, glowy and natural is beautiful, if that’s your thing, or equally if you love wearing heavy makeup with smoky eyes and a vibrant lip, go for it! Gather images of styles that work for you – it is YOUR day after all.

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Book Your Trial Run

When you’ve got the big day booked in at your venue and you’ve found a gorgeous dress, it’s time to book in your trial hair and makeup run. Yes, you do get to luxuriate in bridal pampering not once, but twice!

The trial run is an incredibly important part of your wedding planning as it gives you the chance to not only try out all of these looks you’ve been obsessing over, but to also get professional guidance and figure out a style that you absolutely love. But to make sure that you get the most out of your trial run and know with complete certainty by the end of it that you’re over the moon, there are a few things you can do in advance and bear in mind on the day.

I love working with brides on trial runs – it’s always so exciting and it is usually the first opportunity we get to meet face to face and have some fun! Working with your ideas and creating a look that makes you feel amazing is all part of this wonderful job, but if you feel totally clueless as to what you want, don’t worry – together, we’ll work it out. I am an expert, after all!

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What is a wedding hair and makeup trial run like?

Some brides are a little nervous about their trial run and, although understandable given the importance, there is really no need to worry. Your trial run is a day of pampering and you are going to love it!

I’ll come to you and we’ll spend at least a few hours together, getting to know each other and trying out lots of gorgeous styles – but our session won’t be over until you’re 100% happy. If that takes a little longer, that’s fine, there’s no pressure and no time limit.

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I’ll encourage you to share your thoughts – looks you love, looks you hate(!), features you want to show off and maybe certain aspect you’d like to conceal. We’ll discuss all the details of your wedding: your dress, the venue, the theme, the colour scheme and even your husband! All of this will tie in to choosing a hair and makeup style that works exactly right for your big day.

I’ll offer my expert opinion and advice too, suggestion styles I think you would rock and colour palettes that will really flatter your skin tone. I might ask if we can try a style I can imagine you in that you haven’t thought of, just to see what you think, but I’ll never be pushy. Many of my brides end up going for something they hadn’t considered before, once they try it out, but at the end of the day it’s what you want that really matters. If you’re happy, I’m happy.

During the trial, I’ll make notes so that when the day comes around, I know precisely how you want things done, just as we worked out before. This means there won’t be any surprises when it comes to your wedding hair and makeup – just a flawless look and a process that runs like clockwork, meaning you can enjoy every minute without stress.

A wedding hair and makeup trial is an absolutely essential part of getting it right before you walk down the aisle and any bridal hair and makeup artist who doesn’t insist on it is not doing their job properly! Your wedding day itself is not the time to be figuring out how you want to look and working out any kinks – every last detail should be sorted well in advance to ensure you have a fun, relaxed wedding morning.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Run

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Come Prepared

It’s great to be prepared for your trial run, both by having had a look at hair and makeup inspiration to get a feel of what you might like to try and also, by prepping your hair and skin for styling and makeup application.

Lots of brides-to-be think that freshly washed hair is the way to go, but actually, when it comes to styling second day hair allows for the best results. Just washed hair tends to be a little bit fluffy, too soft and too silky if conditioner has been used and this makes it harder to get your hair to stay in place. Of course, if you know that second day hair doesn’t work for you, this is easily remedied with the right texturising products to add grip and securing techniques, but if you are happy to wash your hair the night before rather than in the morning, that is ideal.

It is also important to not use any product or serum in your hair before the trial run (or your wedding day!) as this can lead to product build up and weighed down, oily roots. I want to see you with your natural hair! No products and no styling beforehand – straightened hair does not like to curl, so leave the styling to me.

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Wear White

Wearing white (or whatever the colour of your wedding dress) at your trial run is a great idea, as this will give you a little more insight into how you will look on the day. You’d be amazed at what a difference the colour of your clothes can make to an overall makeup look – it could completely change your perspective on lip, cheek and eye colour.

 

Take Photos

All brides love a selfie and your trial run is not a time to be shy about it. Snap away! You’ll be the centre of attention on your wedding day and you’ll be getting lots of photos taken of you, from all angles, so it’s important that you love how your hair and makeup looks on camera as much as you do in real life.

I’m more than happy to take photos from the back, front and side to give you a 360 degree view!

Be Open Minded

As mentioned earlier, many of my brides end up going for a look they hadn’t originally thought of because of a suggestion I made at their trial run and while it is a good idea to stick to a look that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable or unlike ‘you’, it’s all part of the fun to experiment, so try to be a little bit open minded.

We will try out loads of looks on your trial run until we create ‘the one’, so giving something a bit different a go won’t hurt and in fact, you may find that you love it!

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Relax & Enjoy!

Above all else, I want you to enjoy your trial run. This is a time for you to sit back, relax, get pampered and feel excited about your amazing wedding day! Even if you’re feeling a little nervous, you’ll soon find that I’m friendly and laid back and there to be your friend just as much as your hair and makeup artist.

I consider it to be part of my job to help you stay happy and calm on the wedding day itself and the same applies for your trial run. Expect lots of laughs, girly chat, enthusiasm and excitement. I love what I do and I love all of my brides, so I absolutely cannot wait to meet you and create your dream look!

And the Wedding Makeup Specialist of the Year Award Goes to….Pam Wrigley!

It is such an honour to be able to announce that for the 4th time in my life my wedding makeup and hair services have been recognised by the judges at the prestigious ‘London Hair & Makeup Beauty Awards 2017’.

I have won the Makeup Specialist of the Year award!

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“The awards seek to provide a platform to acknowledge and honour the impeccable and tireless work of the best professionals and businesses in the London hair and beauty industry.” The Voice

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What’s even more wonderful, is the fact that this award didn’t just come out of my hard work and 20+ years in the industry – I was nominated anonymously by one of my beautiful brides, which really is just the icing on the cake. It’s such a delight to know that I have made such a difference to someone on their wedding day that they felt I deserved an award for it.

The event itself was a really exciting affair, held in the the Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge and brimming with the very best and brightest in the hair and makeup industry (oh, and brimming with champagne too!).

 

I was up against 8 of the top wedding hair and makeup artists from all over London, so when I heard “and the award for Best Makeup Specialist of the Year 2017 goes to….Pam Wrigley!”, I just couldn’t believe it!

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I had a fantastic time at the black tie ceremony with my ever-supportive son on my arm to celebrate with me.

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 and I am delighted to be able to continue offering my (officially critically acclaimed) bridal hair and makeup services to many, many more lovely brides in the future.

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The event itself was a really exciting affair, held in the the Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge and brimming with the very best and brightest in the hair and makeup industry (oh, and brimming with champagne too!).

 

I was up against 8 of the top wedding makeup artists from all over London, so when I heard “and the award for Best Makeup Specialist of the Year 2017 goes to….Pam Wrigley!”, I just couldn’t believe it!

If you’d like to hire me to create your perfect hair and makeup look on your Big Day, get in touch! I can’t wait to meet you all.

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My Expert Tips for Achieving the Perfect Wedding Makeup

The last thing you want on your wedding day is wedding makeup that doesn’t make you feel amazing. Whether that’s because it’s not applied as well as it could be or it’s just not the look you were imagining, it’s important that you figure out how to get the wedding makeup of your dreams long before your big day, whether that’s with the help of a professional wedding makeup artist like me or going it alone.

Need Bridal Makeup Inspiration?

The makeup you decide on for your wedding day needs to make you feel like ‘the very best version of you’, but that doesn’t mean that just your every day makeup will suffice!

There are certain things you need to take into account when putting together that perfect wedding makeup, with your makeup artist or on your own, to make sure that you get the look of your dreams on camera and off.

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Why Hire a Pro for Your Wedding Day?

Hiring a bridal hair and makeup artist can help enormously with easing the overall stress on the morning of your wedding day, meaning that you’ll be left feeling happy and confident when it matters most.

Your wedding day can be quite full-on and this is just one of the reasons why even if you’re fairly nifty when it comes to applying your own makeup on a daily basis, getting a helping hand from a pro really takes the pressure off.

A great wedding makeup artist will get your look just right, so that you feel amazing walking down that aisle.

Regardless of whether you’re hiring a pro or going it alone, here are my top tips for achieving the perfect wedding makeup:

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Your Trial Run 

If you choose to hire a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, the trial run is the time when you decide on the all-important look, so it’s key to get the most out of it that you can.

Book your trial run in 3-6 months before your big day (read more about what to expect on your Trial Run here).

Whilst the outcome of the trial will largely come down to the skill of your makeup artist, there are some things that you can do to make the most of it:

  • Wear a white top so that you can see how your makeup will look against your dress (button up, if you’re having your hair done too!)
  • Take photos to see the look on camera, from all angles
  • Stock up on inspiration images and bring them with you
  • If you’re planning on having a fake tan on your wedding day, have it for the trial too.
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Naturally Gorgeous Lashes 

Even if you’re going for a very natural look, false lashes are an absolute must for making those peepers picture perfect.

Strip lashes look a little fake and full on, so I tend to avoid these and instead, I use individual lashes for gorgeous length and volume that looks really natural.

Picture Perfect Products

The type of makeup used can have a big impact, especially when it comes to flash photography.

Any makeup that contains SPF, zinc oxide or are marketed as ‘illuminating’ can have what is known as a ‘masking effect’ in photos, meaning that you’ll might look white as a sheet! You can either avoid these and instead look for makeup that is HD, long-lasting or designed for camera.

Don’t worry if your favourite base contains one of these products – your makeup artist can apply a light dusting of one of Dior’s Nude Air Glow Powders – they are fabulous for adding a touch of warmth and gorgeousness, so your base will look fab in all your photos!

My favourite foundation brand is Cosmetics A La Carte, for their huge range of shades that suit every skin tone, long wear and flawless finish on and off camera.

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Use Bright, Natural Lighting

Always apply your makeup in bright, natural light! Make sure that you have this for the trial (or if you’re practicing your own makeup) and on the day itself too.

If you’re getting ready in a hotel room or similar, think about where you can sit on the day to have your makeup done that has plenty of natural light.

 

Steer Clear of Lip Gloss

Unless you absolutely love it – it might be best to avoid super-shiny lip gloss – it can be super sticky and more likely to come off at the first kiss!

No gloss doesn’t mean that you have to wear a matte lip:  I often use a lipstick with a satin or shimmer finish instead rather than a full-on mirror gleam for a beautiful, longer lasting alternative.

Bridesmaid Must-Haves: From Gorgeous Dresses to Flawless Hair & Makeup

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Being a Bridesmaid is a big honour and a big duty! Whether you’re going to be a Bridesmaid yourself or you’re a Bride looking for all the best ways to make your girls look and feel as confident as possible for the special day there are a number of things that you need to consider. From beautiful Bridesmaid dresses and accessories to the perfect hair and makeup to set off the look, here are all the Bridesmaid must-haves for a dreamy wedding day.

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The Perfect Dresses

 

Gone are the days of Bridesmaids having to live in fear over the terrible outfits they’re going to be forced into! No-one likes a frilly taffeta gown anymore, it’s all about looking sleek, chic and fabulous as you lead the Bride down the aisle.

One thing that is still a cause for concern for many Bridesmaids out there is that the dresses chosen for them, no matter how lovely, might not suit their individual shape or style. The best way around this is to either choose a colour scheme and let your girls choose, or find fabulous multi-way dresses so that Bridesmaids can be matching whilst also making it their own.

For higher budgets, Watters has some incredible choices in a variety of current colours that are well worth looking at. If you’re a little more limited, cost wise, M&S Wedding has some really gorgeous, affordable options including a variety of multi-ways.

Flawless Hair & Makeup

 

Bridesmaids have to look fabulous in those wedding photos too and having flawless hair and makeup really does make all the difference.

Many Bridesmaids are happy to do their own hair and makeup, although there’s no denying that there’s going to be an awful lot going on in the morning before the wedding, so it might be more stressful than they imagine.

If you know that your Bridesmaids are going to want their hair and makeup professionally done, make sure to let your Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist know well in advance so that assistants can be arranged and timings and costs can be taken into account.

The experience of having their hair and makeup beautifully applied is wonderful and makes the day all the more fun and memorable! Bring a button shirt or dressing gown to wear whilst getting your hair and makeup done so that you can get changed after without messing it all up.

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Flat Shoes

 

You’ll probably all be sporting heels for the main event, but bringing a pair of pretty, flat shoes for later in the day is a must if you want to be cutting shapes on the dancefloor without cutting up your feet!

New shoes are the worst for blisters and foot pain, so try to break your shoes in before the big day if possible. Arm yourself with silicone shoe pads and blister plasters too, just in case, but your best bet is to switch to pumps before the pain sets in, if you know it’s coming.

 

Bridesmaid Survival Kit

 

Don’t forget your Bridesmaid survival kit (and a cute handbag to put it all in)! This will be full of bits and pieces that might save the day for you Bridesmaids and the Bride too.

 

  • Paracetamol
  • Tissues
  • Needle & thread
  • Safety Pins
  • Mints
  • Mini deodorant/perfume
  • Chalk/ talcum powder (in case of stains on your dress)
  • Tampons/ sanitary pads
  • Plasters/Gel pads for feet
  • Compact mirror
  • Spare tights
  • Straws (to avoid smudging your lipstick)
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Indigestion tablets

You can’t beat having your hair and makeup done by a pro for your wedding day! Beautiful bridal makeup needs to be flawless, perfectly suited and long-lasting and for all of that, you not only need expert skills but incredible products too.

With over 20 years in the business, award-winning bridal makeup artist and hair stylist Pam Wrigley has discovered the very best makeup products to create totally gorgeous wedding looks.

From the dream mascara that won’t budge (even when the tears are flowing!) to the perfect blusher for a natural, dewy glow, here are Pam’s top bridal makeup products that she cannot live without:

8 Bridal Makeup Products You Can’t Live Without

Bridal Inspiration: Oscars 2017 Red Carpet Hair & Makeup

Emma Roberts

 

Classic Hollywood glamour still stands the test of time – this is one look that will never go out of fashion, both on the red carpet and walking down the aisle.

Emma Roberts demonstrated how to wear this elegant (yet supremely sexy and sassy!) look at this year’s Oscars, with that incredible hair colour that is set to be one of the hottest trends for this summer, for true Jessica Rabbit style.

An easy to wear style that would work beautifully with all sorts of bridal gowns, but if you’re going for that peachy rose gold colour, it is so important that you get the right makeup to match.

Emma’s red lipstick and subtly gilded eye-shadow looks totally fabulous, but if the shades were slightly off, this could have been a clashing disaster!

This is where hiring a professional hair and makeup artist for your big day becomes essential.

Halle Berry

 

Embrace your natural beauty! When it comes to looking absolutely gorgeous for your wedding day, the best thing you can do is to work with the natural shape and style of your hair, rather than fighting against it.

So many brides-to-be with big, beautiful curls are in such a hurry to reach for the straighteners, but as Halle Berry showed on The Oscars red carpet, natural (or an amped up version of it) is totally fab!

If you’re a curly haired bride, count yourself lucky and try out some styles that really shows off those locks. Think perfect, smooth spirals without a hint of frizz and masses of volume!

If you love the idea of going for a look like this one, there’s no need to go overboard with makeup as the hair is without a doubt going to be centre of attention! Halle’s light smoky eye is the ideal addition and one of the top bridal makeup looks for 2017.

Give your curls an extra dimension by getting some multi-tonal highlights added in ahead of the big day.

Scarlett Johansson

 

Many brides go on a mission to grow their hair as long as possible before their wedding day to achieve that dream style, but as Scarlett Johnasson proved at The Oscars, short hair is equally awesome!

Scarlett’s short crop is a surprisingly versatile cut and with a gentle curl and some added oomph at the roots, she’s gone from androgynous to distinctly feminine. This volume lift works particularly well with the visible root trend that we’re now seeing so much of.

The choice of shimmering gold eye-shadow and pink rose lipstick is all you need to create a fresh but undeniably glamorous overall look.

Sofia Carson

 

Sofia Carson has leant firmly away from a natural, relaxed look and instead, gone for a beautifully structured, sleek fishtail bun with flawless makeup. This is a wonderful look for more traditional brides opting for a really decadent wedding dress and venue.

The key to winning at a look like this is perfection is all areas – not a hair can afford to be out of place! High gloss and a perfectly straight parting is a must, as are meticulously groomed brows and well defined lips.

Sofia has chosen a stunning hair accessory to adorn this chic style, which would certainly work a treat for brides too. Top the whole thing off with a tumbling, cathedral veil flowing out of the bottom of the bun.

On the hunt for that perfect bridal inspiration for your big day? You’re not alone! All 2017 brides will now be on the look out for their dream dress, hair and makeup and whilst Pinterest is great, you really can’t do better than turning to the red carpet for high fashion looks.

If you want your choices to be bang on trend for 2017, award ceremonies might just hold the answer for you. To kick awards season off, celebs donned their finest for the Golden Globes.

Bridal Inspiration: Golden Globes 2017 Hair, Makeup & Wedding Fashion

Emma Stone

Fairytale whimsy complete with starry embellishments starts us off on our run down of Golden Globes bridal inspiration, courtesy of the gorgeous Emma Stone, gracing the red carpet in her Valentino gown.

This very pale pink is a colour we can expect to see a lot more of in 2017, both on the red carpet and down the wedding aisle. Doesn’t it look fabulous with her auburn hair? Definitely one for the red head brides out there!

With a dress so beautifully decorated, Emma has quite rightly kept her makeup fresh and simple to avoid making the overall look too busy. I adore her choice of lip colour here, which flatters her skin tone perfectly. Strong and perfectly groomed brows frame her face whilst a pop of orange toned blusher really brings out those cheek bones.

Emma’s hair hair been put up in a wonderfully loose up do, which exudes elegance whilst still remaining quite relaxed.

Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez demonstrates perfectly how to do the roaring twenties fashion this year. We’re still loving those beaded tassels, a la 1920s flapper girls, but the Hollywood length and plunging neckline bring this bang up to date.

To continue the theme, Gina has opted for Hollywood waves in her hair, which as you can see look equally amazing on shorter styles as on long locks. Fantastic bridal inspiration for shorter hairstyles.

Lashes play the main role in Gina’s flawless makeup, really amping up the glamour and sex appeal of the whole look.

Lily James

We saw a lot of one shouldered dresses at Bridal Fashion Week in October 2016, set to be the next big thing for Spring 2017. Right on time, Lily James chose to wear this simply stunning, Grecian gown, complete with an attached flowing cape and nipped in waist to really show off those curves. Figure hugging, yet still demure enough for a bride.

Shoulder length hair is the cut of the season, so I’m expecting to work with many more brides with this length in 2017, as opposed to the long tresses that brides-to-be often aim for. Lily has kept her hair cutting edge – shoulder length with loose, messy waves. This creates the ideal counter balance between cool and glamour. She’s also had just a touch of volume and lift added in at the crown for that really regal look.

Smoky eyes are a must here – just check out that smoulder! Her lips have been kept defined but nude though, so as not to over do it.

Lola Kirke

A newbie on the celeb circuit, Lola Kirke (seen in ‘Gone Girl’ last year) may not be a household name yet but she sure does have her red carpet style down – definitely one to watch for your bridal inspiration.

Just as embellishments are a must for 2017 wedding dresses, so is embroidery, just as Lola has worn here (oh, and there’s that pale pink again!).

Following suit with the length of the moment, shaggy, messy waves in a 70s style give this outfit a really relaxed feel, despite the dress actually being quite ‘princess-like’.