I was honoured and delighted to work with the gorgeous Salma, who was the mother of the bride for this incredible Waleema celebration held at the Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, Gloucestshire.
Salma first contacted me as she wanted to have a professional look to her hair and makeup for her daughters wedding. Salma is Bengali and decided to wear a traditional saree in a beautiful shade of duck egg blue with pink and gold detailing. Salma had a very clear vision for her hair style and makeup look for this special event, and we talked in detail about it ahead of the wedding day. As Salma lives in London, and I am based in Bristol, it wasn’t possible for us to meet up before the wedding but after talking on the phone, it was clear Salma felt very confident and reassured that I was going to be able to create the perfect look for the Waleema celebration.
Salma is a very beautiful and youthful looking lady and I wanted to enhance her natural beauty with the right makeup for her skin and features. Before starting her makeup, I prepared her skin with some moisture rich primer from a Laura Mercier. Then I applied a long wear Charlotte Tilbury foundation, which really suited Salma’s skin. She wanted a makeup that would last all day and into the evening.
We decided a stronger eye makeup would work really well for Salma’s eyes, so I used a black eyeliner to create a soft and smoky look with a dark shadow in the socket and highlight below the brow. Under the eyes, Salma was keen to use a green/gold colour eyeliner by Mac called ‘Forever Green’ which really complimented her big brown eyes.
I used Glossier ‘Boy Brow’ to define her brows which gently coats them to give a fuller look.
I used an Hourglass bronzer all over to give a lovely luminous finish to the makeup, and then added a pop of pink on the apples of the cheeks for extra warmth.
To complete the makeup, we used Salma’s own lipstick with a liner to ensure the lipstick stayed put all day. A touch of gloss on top added to the natural fullness of Salma’s lip shape. I often suggest brides and wedding guests buy a lipstick for the event so they can top up as necessary throughout the day.
Salma has lovely thick dark hair, and she was very keen for me to create an up do for her daughter’s wedding. Having your hair done professionally for a special occasion really takes the stress away, and you can relax and feel confident knowing your hair will be perfect on the big day.
I know Salma was excited for me to get creative and we chose a soft low side bun, as this really suited her hair, face shape and the beautiful saree she had chosen to wear. I used a small hair wand to add volume and texture and then carefully created the shape, which I then pinned into place. I left some loose tendrils around her face for a soft and feminine feel. Salma had a beautiful sparkly floral hair pin she found in Accessorize, which finished the hairstyle perfectly.
As a hair stylist and makeup artist, it’s always a joy to work with clients who have such a clear vision of their ideas. Salma and I worked beautifully together to create a fabulous look for her daughter's wedding day. And as you can see from the photos, I think you’ll agree!