Dream Dress Bridal Catwalk; Before & After

Dream Dress Bridal Catwalk; Before & After


Like you’ve never seen us before!



For most women before & after pictures are terrifying! To be seen without our war paint on is a big no no – so these were particularly brave under the circumstances. Harsh lighting and a very early start meant that these pre-makeup shots were never going to be picture perfect and not particularly what we’d want seen all over the internet… BUT we’re warriors, so here we go!

A 5.30am start to get myself ready revealed the true horrors of the dreaded ‘pillow face’. Many of my clients laugh when I tell them about the ‘lazy side’ of my face and that my skin isn’t particularly great, because I cover it with professional makeup. But as I was asking other ladies to bare all, I decided to join them and show that the proof is in the pudding! I think we can all agree that this bad boy snap, really does show my double sided face at its worst!

bridal before and after picture

At wedding fayres, I always aim to find out which bridal looks are already donning the runway before deciding what style I will produce for myself. Today’s was a scruffy up-do with a quiff fringe. I decided against putting anything additional into it, because it is a versatile hair up complimented best by flowers, a tiara or comb etc depending upon your own personal preference. Instead,

For the makeup,  i went a darkish smokey eye with winged vampy eyeliner saluted by a dramatic berry lip from Illamasqua suitable for both of the gowns i was wearing today from Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce and the other, Mori Lee.

Kit in the car, drive to venue…

Thankfully,I was only working on the catwalk today, so I didn’t have the additional stress of setting up an exhibition stand for the wedding fayre. BUT, what I did have was eleven models about to descend on me for all their hair ups and make ups, in preparation for the show!

bridal before and after makeupCharis & Holly of Dream Dress Bridal and Mandy of Mrs Toppings Tea Parties arrive bright and early at 7am to set up stands providing me with a little extra time to set their prepped hair before the others arrived.

The gorgeous bridesmaid gowns were supplied from Mark Lesley Bridemaids and i was asked to incorporate a flower headband into each look to suit the collection. On wedding days every bridesmaid has a different style so to inspire I created each look to have the same shadow base in a mauve, applied to accentuate the fresh and girly pink tone of the dress but with their own personality twist.

  • Charis: traditional smooth curled hair with the addition of a retro liquid liner to her makeup.
  • Holly: Cheryl Cole inspired BIG hair and a smoky liner for sultry eyes with lots of bronzer.
  • Mandy: a softer look consistent with the vintage style, using brown liner and a small amount of black with English rose blush cheeks (Mandy was also a bride today too, so her look had to be wearable for her vintage princess wedding gown from Mori Lee later on in the show)

Jen and Michelle also volunteered to join us for a before and after makeup picture too, however I do feel that with their natural good looks, they got away a little easier than me and my pillow face! Jen requested an up-do to trial a ‘scruffy chignon’ for her sister’s big day with added flowers, which I absolutely loved in her hair.

bridal before and after

I went to town with the backcombing on Jen’s hair before shaping it into place (although poor Jen had to do the practice catwalk with unfinished MASSIVE hair. Luckily she’s a good sport and took it in her stride, smiling all the way!). For Jen’s makeup I applied a soft look but with definition using lots of liner, mascara and lashes and then super rosy on the apples of her cheeks – a look that worked well with both gowns from Diane Harbridge & Heritage.

With the launch of the new movie,  ‘Cinderella‘ Michelle was our very own girl with the glass slippers as she wore two gowns from Diane Harbridge collection encrusted in diamontes and sparkle. Michelle’s hair was heavily curled with added extensions and then creatively pinned for a ‘half up-half down’ look. Topped with a beautiful tiara from Richard Designs. The perfect accessory for any princess bride!

bridal before and after makeover

Michelle’s makeup was encrusted in a soft pink (a mixture of two from Eye Kandy) with a thin line of black liquid liner, a pink lip and cheek, with lots of highlights and finished off dowsed in glitter spray – she literally shimmered her way down the catwalk in superb Cinders style!

By this point, I was four girls down and seven more to go…the clock was ticking and with only so many hours in the day, I certainly had my hands full and the pressure was on. Thankfully Jen jumped in to lend a hand adding lashes to the girls; a makeup artist turned beautician! Whilst Michelle, a fellow hairdresser, grabbed the curlers and got stuck in to assist getting the job done on time. Thank you so much ladies!

bridal hair and makeupAs Lorna arrived, I decided a quick plaited up do was most suitable for her bridal look, as she was also being a bridesmaid (pictured above with Holly & Charis) later in the show. This is a super fast but effective look for bridesmaids and easily adapted to your own personal style; individually altering more height, more drama, more loose, etc.

Lorna’s makeup was a traditional and natural wedding look; a wash of taupe brown on her socket, brown liner and mascara, then an apricot cheek to go with her cappuccino bridesmaid dress from Mark Lesley.

Our catwalk community is very much like a little family. We all work hard and pull together every show to create something inspiring and entertaining for prospective brides who come to visit. Year by year the comments get better and better on the choreography and vibe of the team – something that is so encouraging and rewarding for all those who put in the work on the stage and behind the scenes!

For the launch of Dream Dress Bridal’s new boutique, Charlotte showcased the classic hair down with extensions for volume. But this time arond, I opted for a soft and very loose updo with pieces cascading topped off with a fresh bridal look for her makeup. In all honesty Charlotte would look amazing no matter what she wears, but she looked particularly sensational in this Heritage gown – my own personal princess favourite of the Dream Dress boutique.

Next was Jen, always my edgy bride and today is no different as she graced the catwalk in a complete embellished fishtail gown with a sweetheart neckline from Mori Lee – to say she looked absolutely stunning is an understatement! Today we went for a dramatic eye makeup – shimmering gold from the Urban Decay palette teamed with a MAC brown paint pot underneath to give some added depth, with a bronze cheek and added coral on the apples giving her a dramatic sun kissed look (also from my MAC palette).

bridal catwalk looksJens hair was whizzed up into a sleek classic updo style; a pleat complemented by pretty flower slides through the back from Richard Designs.


Next was Michelle number two, this time opting for an art deco inspired hair, pinned up in curls around the back to one side, showing off the embellished back on this amazing princess gown from Mori Lee.

Michelles makeup defined her socket line, liquid liner, lashes and a slightly heavier contour than the others and lots of high lighter from Illamasqua


Maxine arrived with a full face of makeup, like many, she does not leave the house without it, so a before and after picture was not possible this time and no time to remove all the makeup traces – think on your feet, I topped up her make up quickly, as by this point, we only had about 20 minutes left before the start of the show and no time to waste – i’m almost there and feeling good as this is the biggest show i’ve done with no assistant! Thank heavens for a fellow makeup artist and hairdresser on hand who just happen to love parading round in wedding dresses!

bridal catwalk looks

Last was my gorgeous gal Georgia – (yet to be signed by a modelling agency but I doubt it will take long) who walked for the newest designer for Dream Dress; Gemy Maalouf looking absolutely gorgeous on the catwalk.


We opted for a curled look again for Georgia’s hair as I wanted to keep it quite sleek but have a slightly rough look around it to keep in style with ‘glam boho bride chic’. For her makeup, I decided upon lots of liner and super smouldering eyes. Georgia has a real Arabian princess look about her, my very own Princess Jasmine, whose beautiful face demanded plenty of bronze tones to make her eyes pop with black liner around her eyes as well as on the water line. She carried the headband tiara off so well, I’m sure you’ll agree!

wedding fayre catwalk

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All wedding gowns are available at Dream Dress Bridal in Bredbury.

Chalotte Clemie is available to book: Alan Sharman Agency

Toast Master: Bob Williams

Videographer: Rich Video


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