Trialing your Hair and Makeup, q and a’s to ask.

When you pick your hair and makeup artist and you have booked in your trial there are a few things you can do to ensure it goes smoothly.

I recommend having a think about the style of wedding and dress you are wearing? Would you like it to all fit together in some way? For example is your wedding a Boho, vintage, relaxed beach or classic theme or is your dress have a particular feel? This may help in the process decision making.

Then I honestly recommend sitting down by yourself or with a good friend and really think about how you would feel with your hair.. Down, or an up do and then working your way to whether you would like a side part any detail through the hair, hair to sit to the side or visible from the front. Go with what you like and what you feel most comfortable wearing?

Don’t stress if you haven’t decided on a hair piece for your trial I will be able to alter the hair slightly if needed and we will discuss the headpiece before styling on your wedding day.

Even if you know your style, jump online and create a folder and paste any picture at this stage you like for you. Spend quite a while with this process, don’t leave to the last minute as it takes time and is crucial to your final look.

To narrow down your search I would keep shortlisting your options and adding the ones you like least in a sub folder, soon your favorite look will come about and if it doesn’t you can always incorporate the favorite parts of certain hairstyles you like or get the advice from the stylist as to what suits you, your dress and the shape of your shape.

With your makeup it is a similar process. I would recommend staying within a similar feel to what you may normally wear. Obviously on this day you will wear more though if you wear natural makeup I would personally keep with the natural look though with the right intensity for your day. This will also avoid a slight shock from some husbands who prefer you with as little as possible.

With photography it can lighten all colours and intensity on the day. If you want to go very natural and nude lips without a depth of colour in your photos it can appear you aren’t wearing any so that’s where it is up to me to get your intensity right on and off camera and to a point where it isn’t too much for you in real life.

I also recommend false lashes unless you are wearing extensions. Even if you have long lashes I would still add a pair or a couple for definition, length or fullness. They make your photos and eyes look fabulous and you won’t regret choosing them. There are many different styles so there will be a style suited to you.

Here are a few questions I recommend having a think about and for example I will ask you before or during our trial.

If you have a range of shots look at the height of the hair or the intensity of the Makeup?

Would you like a similar effect?


Hair Styling

Hair Down
Would you like your hair down?
To the side?
Pinned up at one side?
Would you like a middle, side or deep side part?
Will you be wearing a head piece or veil?
Do you need to style according to your head piece?
Are you after a soft romantic look, classic or slightly messy?
Would you like your hair visible from the front?
I recommend seeing some hair from the front, it does soften your look?

An up style?
would you like a soft romantic style?
Slightly messy?
Sleek hair?
Side, middle or deep side?
Natural or high volume?
Curly texture?
Will you like detail such as twists, braids, curls etc?
Would you like a side or back do?
Visible from both sides
Would you like hair slightly visible if wearing to the side (recommended?)
Are you thinking of wearing a head piece or veil?

With your Makeup
Intensity of the eyes, lips etc?
Also think about your eye liner would you like it softened, winged or a stronger line? Underneath the eyes will you like shading, waterline or just mascara?
What do normally wear?
Contour, baking?
Natural shaping?
Dewy skin, matte, or highlighted?
False lashes?
Eye shadow colours?
Nude, deep, light or bright?
Do you like additional blush?


The above are just a few things to think about and with images together will mean if you can communicate and your artist does listen, you will have an easy going trial and a happy one!

Good luck xo


Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding day? a makeup artist will be a new experience for many brides-to-be, so not only can it be daunting, it can be difficult to know how and where to source an expert makeup artist. Having a professional apply your makeup on the big day can be a lovely treat, but if you’re unsure if you want one, read on and your beauty blunders will be resolved.
Wedding makeup artist tip 1: The basics
If you’re in the process of searching for a bridal makeup artist then our top advice is to try and find one by recommendation. Ask married friends, your photographer, your hairdresser or you can request a suppliers list from the wedding venue.  Or you could always use forums to ask other brides. Once you’ve found two or three makeup artists with a promising portfolio, contact them to obtain a quote and to check their availability. makeup artist fees can vary and will be dependent on their experience, products and their location in relation to you. Do find out which makeup products the artist uses, as a good one should carry premium brands to ensure makeup longevity and a professional looking finish.
Wedding makeup artist tip 2: Getting started
Once you have found the right makeup artist you should book a makeup trial. A trial is recommended for a number of reasons; so you can get to know the makeup artist, discuss requirements and make sure the look created is right. Plus, it’s a great experience and gives you the opportunity to pick up a few beauty tips. Bridal makeup trials should usually take a couple of hours and are normally carried out around 4-8 weeks prior to the wedding date. Some handy hints here are to book your trial for the morning so you have the whole day to road test your makeup. Also, book your hair trial for the same day so you can see the wedding look as a whole. You should only need one trial if you have found a professional and if it isn’t perfect on first go your artist is there to alter and work with you. The only time you need to book in another artist is if they are incredibly unprofessional, unreliable or there final finish is hideous.
Please note: You do only need to book in the bride for both Hair and Makeup to save costs. For your bridal party you can supply a range of pictures for the artist to use as reference on the day.
Wedding makeup artist tip 3: What to expect
A makeup artist should always carry out a consultation before any makeup application commences. The makeup specialist will ask questions about the look you want them to create and about your skin type so they can select appropriate products for your skin’s needs.  Once you have had your makeover, this is your opportunity to give feedback – don’t be shy, ladies. Be sure to express exactly what you want for your wedding day. At the end of your trial your makeup artist will document the products and techniques used so they can recreate the perfect look on your wedding day.
Wedding makeup artist tip 3: Check list
Some brides might panic in the last stages of wedding planning and haphazardly contact the first makeup artist they come across. Perhaps they’ve had a run-in with their rouge or a bust-up with their bronzer and they seek professional help in a hurry. However, something so important shouldn’t be rushed into. Keep the following pointers in mind before you hand over your cash, and your complexion!
A skilled and professional makeup artist…
•Has the skills and professional products to keep your makeup looking fresh and flawless all day
•Understands how flash photography affects the appearance of makeup, therefore selects and supplies appropriate cosmetics
•Provides peace of mind and reassurance for those who lack confidence in their own appearance – they will put you at ease and assure you that you will look how you intend to
•Saves you time and money in researching and sourcing your own cosmetics
•Gives you professional one-to-one advice during your makeup trial, helping achieve the most from your beauty and skincare regime
•Is a useful member of the wedding team; a good makeup artist will not stop at the makeup. They will assist with buttonholes, dresses and fascinators where needed
•Is great for calming last minute nerves and will put any concerns at ease
•Provides an enjoyable pampering treatment so the bride can sit and relax
Wedding makeup artist tip 5: Still unsure about booking a makeup artist?
Even if you are fabulous at applying your own makeup nerves and jitters can make this job quite difficult. I couldn’t pass the brushes to another professional on my wedding day and it was just too much doing my own and my bridesmaids makeup. Once I got to the lashes I was a bundle of energy and just couldn’t get them on. Things like this can happen to professional artists and time definitely flies on your wedding day.

Good Luck xo

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The Radiance Brush By Rae Morris, Worth Every Expensive Penny!

This brush by the Makeup giant Rae Morris is quite spectacular. It’s function is to buff and perfect foundation which is precisely what it does.

I apply my primer and selected foundations to my other foundation brush then I use the radiance brush in a downwards diagonal motion. This brush pushes the product into the skin and removes any sign of your foundation (as long as you get the colour and consistently right)

I am loving this useful, soft brush and for professional use it really does the job you need to ensure your foundation is perfectly finished skin.. That’s right it helps the products look just like skin though fabulous in effect.

This brush is pricey though I don’t think I could now live without it in my kit. Retail $110





These Arbonne makeup brushes girls tick all the boxes!

As a makeup artist not using brushes is a little freaky to me. Iv tried using my fingers to apply my foundation and even beauty sponge blenders but its hard work and my makeup doesn’t seem to last as long and I love a flawless finish..

I have to let you girls know about these brushes because when we need to purchase brushes for home or for even for work there are just so many things we are looking for. When you just want to get a few good brushes for home the choices are a little blah to be honest!
Some of the ones iv seen there ok though but there still around $20 each. Most companies offer brushes separately and I tell you that becomes really expensive. I have spent $68 alone on one brush which is just nuts (though needed for work and used for each job so justified..)

The brushes I’m reviewing are Arbonne here are a Swiss company though you can purchase here in Australia so don’t stress and they are 100% synthetic and absolute genius. They tick the boxes for me, which are how well they blend, softness, strength, being economical, product pick up and minimal product waste so girls with these brushes girls im ticking..

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When you are working in the trade there are additional brushes you will need of course but most of your kit is here.

I use these brushes at home though I also take these to work with me every day. I have only changed my brushes twice in 5 years and that was just because I felt like doing so. The hairs don’t fall out and the glue is considerably strong.

Below is the large size which is perfect for most things like powders, blush, contouring, larger eye brushes, brows and a lip brush.

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This 10 piece brush set is only $50 which is so incredibly cheap for professional quality brushes. I have had mine for a long time and they withstand stand weekly or twice weekly cleaning.

The travel size brush set (below) I love for the eye brushes their smaller than the larger one. When you’re looking for eye brushes look for brushes that have a flatter tip so you can get into the corners though you can apply while shading both ways.

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If you use these brushes I’d love your thoughts, how do you find them?

If you want to purchase let me know I have a contact who can get your brushes out to you in a few days.

Hope you enjoy your week lovelies xx

My Rae Morris brushes have just arrived!

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My Rae Morris brushes have just arrived, the selected few I purchased (for now anyway! We’ll see how they go with the finish product)

They look amazing and well presented. Each brush was individually sealed and the radiance brush was sent in a Rae Morris signature box.

I am excited to use them. They are super soft as mentioned on Rae’s website and I read a few great reviews from artists I scrolled though before purchasing, as you do!. I will post again when I use for the first time and may even do my first tutorial if I ever get around to doing one??

The brushes are quite small though I purchased the brushes I needed to smooth product around the eyes.

My negative comment is trying to choose which ones you want online. It was a little hard to choose in the separate brush section. There are brush packages though they are pricy and some have brushes you do and don’t need. I would love to be able to create my own package and receive a discount for the number of brushes purchased.

The four brushes cost my makeup budget approximately $260-$300

The brush I am looking forward to using from the Rae Morris range is the Radiance brush which I am hoping to use to apply and finish off my foundation perfectly.

Ill keep you up to date X


Bleaching my eye brows for the first time!!

Bleaching my eyebrows
You have to love flash lights and bad lighting!

Ok, I bleached my hair blonde recently and I love it especially as my skin tone is white with pasty blue undertones.. I am a big fan of fashion pics and I also love the pictures of models with blonde or really light brows.

I did a little research about different bleachers and after a little miss information from a salon I used a 20v peroxide and a developer.

I was freaking out just a little so I first did the test patch and then left it on for about two minutes and washed off…Just in case I went very light especially as my hair bleaches very quick!

My eye brows are stubborn so I ended up leaving it on both for about 20 or so minutes and the result was pretty good… There no where near blonde though they are a few shades lighter and softer. I really like it

Do you know how to get that lovely blonde colour without the warmth as I throw quite a bit of gold??

P.S excuse my selfie, night lights and flash show everything especially no makeup Xx



The return of the iconic product “Mouse”

Would you love to rock curls that stay all day? Of course you would.. Its actually a little more simple than we have been led to believe all these years!

Scrunch in a generous amount of mouse from root to tip. I find clip less wands the easiest of the hot tool options as it gives a define curl and you can work the shape you like. If it’s a true curl curl you fancy you do the usual winding the hair around the barrel, if you like an S shape wave you get this by twisting the hair then wrapping.

You can either wind these curls into pin curls or spray with your favourite hairspray, leave while you are getting ready then style by either brushing or running your fingers through X

Pink is back!

Pink is back! More gorgeous than ever actually. The colours are shimmering and look fabulous blended in with matt shades as seen in last months vogue. Add a wash of apricot or pink to the eyes and lips though make sure you have a flawless cream tone base or it will make the redness in your skin stand out which is never pretty. Who wants to achieve this look for their function, if you have blue eyes this will make them pop just like the picture below xx


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