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.

As a bride to be, you’ll probably have heard the term ‘Trial Run’ when researching wedding hair and makeup artists but you might not be so familiar with what a trial run actually is.


When you’re deciding who to choose to do your all important wedding day hair and makeup, there’s no better way of find out if a bridal hair/makeup artist is for you than by spending some time with them and trying out some different looks.


I always insist on trial runs with my brides, as should every bridal hair and makeup artist. If you find one who doesn’t offer this or tell you that it’s a must, run a mile! The trial run is a key part of the process that all results in you having the perfect wedding day.

trial run. Beautiful natural bridal hair for the bride by Pam Wrigley. Plus messy low bun with braids wedding hairstyle for long hair by wedding makeup artist and bridal hair stylist in London.

What is a Trial Run?


A trial run is when you meet with a bridal hair and makeup artist to find out if you’re compatible and to try and find a hair and makeup look that you absolutely adore. There are no strings attached when my clients come to me for their trial run, there is no obligation to book at all.


How Long is a Trial Run?


My trial runs have no time limit, just as long as it takes to find that special look, but as a rough guideline you should expect it to take at least 3 hours so we can try lots of different ideas together. However, this isn’t always the case with other hair and makeup artists, so it’s always best to check first.

trial run

What’s Included?


My trial runs always include both hair and makeup for a complete look – right down to the individual false lashes! We’ll have a good chat about all the things you love and all the things you don’t; if you’ve got some inspiration images we’ll go over those together too to try and establish what sort of thing you are drawn to.


As well as listening to all of your needs and trying out everything you want to have a go at, I will also offer my professional advice on what I think might work for you. You would be surprised at how many people end up choosing a look they never would have pictured! Sometimes you just have to try before you know. The final look will always be what you want though, and we’ll work together to find it.


What’s The Next Step?


Once your trial run is finished, there is no need to book there and then, although a lot of brides-to-be do like to put down their deposit for their wedding day hair and makeup right away to secure their date!


You can take your time deciding and get back to me whenever you’re ready, but the sooner the better to avoid your wedding day being booked up by someone else.