On Sunday 26th February 2017 I was pleased to be included in the number of wedding professionals hand picked by Events by Inspire to have a stand at the Wimbledon Wedding Show. The venue was the stunning Hotel du Vin, Cannizaro House in Wimbledon which is very convenient as I live locally. I have been lucky enough to work on several bridal couture photo shoots at this beautiful location.
On my stand I display my bridal portfolios and testimonial book to showcase some of the beautiful brides I have been privileged to help get ready for their weddings. During wedding shows I enjoy meeting the excited Bride, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids and am happy to share my 20 years experience with hair styling and make-up tips for their special day.
My friend Dora kindly agreed to be my bridal model for the day. I like to show the Bride-to-be my skills in hair styling and make-up application, giving them a glimpse of what to expect on their wedding day.
On the wedding day the Bride should cleanse, tone and moisturize her face in preparation for the make-up application. For most dry hair styling it is best for the hair to have been washed the day before the wedding. ‘Less fresh’ hair tends to hold the style better and is less ‘fly-away’ on the day.
I decided to set Dora’s hair in heated rollers to create a long-lasting pretty curl. I then applied her make-up, allowing the rollers to cool in the hair.
To begin I used a make-up primer to create a smooth base before applying foundation, concealer and power. Dora has gorgeous cheek bones so I contoured just below the bone and highlighted the cheek to show them off.
I wanted to keep the makeup fresh and natural, yet defining Dora’s features. After filling in the eyebrows I used a combination of gold, bronze and terracotta to enhance the eyes creating contrast to bring out Dora’s striking eye colour. We went with a subtle pink glossy lip colour to finish off the look. On the wedding day I apply a setting spray to ensure the makeup is long-lasting.
Once the make-up was complete I took out the rollers and styled the hair down. I think this soft, pretty bridal look suits Dora as she is a natural beauty. I always recommend having a Bridal Hair and Makeup Trial before the wedding day to ensure the Bride feels confident and beautiful on her special day.
I would suggest collecting images of hair and makeup you would like for your bridal look. At the trial we could discuss which looks would work with your hair type and eye shape. I would then style your hair and apply your make-up to try out your ideal look. I have a selection of products I have tried and tested over the years to help create a long-lasting effect.
At the Wedding Show I wanted to create a quick bridal up-style to give inspiration to brides considering this for their wedding. As Dora’s hair is layered I pinned sections of her hair up.
I created a low side bun with twisted detail at the back. I allowed the soft curls to cascade down the head. This look is very pretty and has a romantic feel.
I added some diamanté spin-pins to add a little sparkle to this look. I recommend bringing any hair pieces your wish to wear to your bridal trial so we can see how they work with your chosen style.
It was a pleasure meeting the bridal parties who attended this well organised event. As always, it was great to see the Events by Inspire team of suppliers – true professionals who are passionate about helping the bridal couple create their dream day.
Events by Inspire http://eventsbyinspire.co.uk/
Hotel du Vin, Cannizaro House https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/wimbledon/
Dora, thank you for being my beautiful model and helper!
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