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Feature in LoveMyDress magazine

By shahnaz

Lovely bride Catherine from 2016,  was married at Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire had her wedding featured in The Love My Dress blog. Catherine’s uncle is the famous hat designer Philip Treacy, he was proud to be able to design a one off headdress for his lovely niece. Not even Catherine had any idea as to how this headpiece was going to look, what the style would be or whether it would work with her dress/theme etc. Uncle Treacy had it all under control and under wraps until the big day!

When Catherine had her trial with me, she had a messy, boho inspired updo in mind with braids and twists, the messier the better! It wasn’t until the night before the wedding that Catherine messaged to warn me that we will have to change the style completely. There was some pressure yes, but nothing I can’t cope with. In the end, the hairstyle had to be pinned around the headpiece without a pin in sight.

The result was amazing. Catherine rocked the old Hollywood Glam look.

Bridal Make up Artist Hertfordshire

By shahnaz


Happy New Year! If you are a lucky bride-to-be planning your wedding this year then what an exciting time for you and a huge congratulations on your engagement.

You’ve probably booked your venue and perhaps even chosen your dress then why leave your hair and make up to the last minute? After all, such expense getting every detail perfect, don’t risk ruining your big day by booking an inexperienced make up artist/hairstylist. You need to be able to trust your make up artist that they can deliver on the day, that your make up not only looks flawless from when it’s applied but also last thing at night and that your curls/waves are not looking bedraggled and your updo is still intact – when you are waving your guests off after a wonderful and magical day.

That’s where The Makeup Girl (Shahnaz Walford yours truly) comes in, with 10 years of experience in the wedding industry, after having helped create amazing hairdo’s and radiant makeup’s for over almost 1000 brides, yes 1000! I can safely say that myself and my assistants can help you with your perfect wedding day look which lasts all day and night and even till the next day (so I’ve been told)

So for more that “just makeup” or “its just a hairstyle” contact The Makeup Girl for your free consultation and see how your dream look can become reality.

***Everyone who works for The Makeup girl is fully qualified with a reputable College and fully insured with either BABTAC or The Beauty Guild***   07790 012769




Gorgeous Vintage Inspired Bridal Updo

By swalford

A recent bride decided to go for an elegant, side hairstyle which looked amazing from every angle. The detail in the hair complimented the brides dress and her accessories. The combs that adorned this elegant an timeless updo where also made to order.

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If you have are getting married and not booked your hair and makeup yet then get in touch for a free consultation.



2 Minute Makeup

By swalford

Let’s face it,  as we get older we can no longer get away with the things we once did for example drinking on a school night, skipping on sun cream and essential skincare and for most women like me, getting away with wearing zero makeup.

But what are you supposed to do when you’ve got kiddies to look after, a household to keep in shape and a busy work schedule to juggle, finding time to yourself is impossible.  Well I’ve put together a quick 2 Min No-makeup Makeup routine especially designed for busy-mums or those who can spare very little time on their makeup in the mornings.


Step 1 – dab a little concealer under the eyes (or where needed)

Step 2 – a large kabuki brush apply a thin layer of mineral foundation (or liquid)

Step 3 – using an angled brush apply black/brown shadow to fill brows

Step 4 – using same brush apply a little of the shadow close to the lash line (or pencil)

Step 5 – apply a little mascara

Step 6 – Dust blush or bronzer on the face (concentrating on cheeks)

Step 7 – apply lipstick or gloss of your choice

Quick and easy, you’ll feel  awake and ready to face the world!

Products used

Jane Iredale pressed foundation in Latte, MAC Moisture rich concealer in NC42, MAC Carbon shadow as liner and on brows, Rimmel mascara black, MAC Harmony blush, MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick.


Magazine Feature

By swalford

Really happy with this article in the September/October issue of the Ultimate Wedding Magazine. This article features 6 stunning hairstyles created by yours truly as well as makeup and text. Photography by San Shawe at Sanshine Photography. 

Available to download on ipad.

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Intensive Make-up Artist Course, 20th June- St Albans

By shahnaz

20th June Intensive Make-up Course.

There are currently a couple of places left on the June Make up course to take place over 6 days. If you’ve been thinking about a change of career or would like to know more about make up and how to set up your own business feel free to get in touch!  Our make up courses are fully accredited and you are awarded with a recognised qualification…

01727 846275 or email

St Albans Course

Make up Studio Open

By shahnaz

make up tableWe are pleased to announce the opening of our Make-up Studio on London Road- St Albans!

This week (11th – 17th April) Shahnaz is teaching a 1 Week Intensive Make -up Diploma designed specifically for those who wish to become fully qualified make up artists.

Week commencing 18th April 2hr slots are available for One-to-One Make-up /Styling lessons, these are designed for everyone and anyone who wants to understand make up application. Day and party make up is covered during this tutorial as well as eye lash application!

To find out more contact Shahnaz on 01727 846275/07790 012769 or email

wedding season starts

By shahnaz

Well what an amazing start to 2011 it has been for The Make-up Girl, we have booked over 40  weddings in January alone and enquiries are still coming in on a daily basis. Obviously most of the popular dates have already been taken – but fear not, as some time slots during April/May are available so please submit your enquiry form.

We’re hoping that the sun shines for all of our March brides and will keep you all updated on latest styles and make up looks – but Vintage Glamour seems to be very popular for Spring?summer 2011.

To discuss your requirements and check availability email us

Bank Holiday Weekend Wedding

By shahnaz

Claire Brown got married at the  perfectly styled countryside location of Coltsfoot Country Retreat Hertfordshire on the only warm sunny day over the Bank Holiday weekend in August! Claire wanted a hairtsyle with plenty of volume and drama as it’s the one time in a girls life when she can afford to have a dramatic hairstyle and something she wouldn’t be able to re-create herself. Here are a few pictures.

Bride Of The Month

By shahnaz

Natasha got married on the 24th July in Hemel, Hertfordshire and it was an absolute pleasure in helping Natasha create her dream hairstyle and make up look! The brief was to achieve a flawless finish using the minimum amount of base and eye make up my bride wanted to keep it natural but have enough impact to wow her guests and of course the groom. I’m happy that I helped in making Natasha’s wedding day even more memorable.

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