As a makeup artist, I am very fortunate to work for chemical free skincare company, Sodashi. As we all know your makeup is only as good as the skin you apply it to. So, first things first: use quality skincare.
I always advise my clients to invest time in an at-home skincare regime. An intensive hydrating mask is a must once a week, and a brightening mask makes a big difference before a special day or event. I’d also recommend exfoliating twice a week with a gentle granular exfoliant and using a serum at night for extra nourishment. I use Sodashi’s Brightening Marine Mineral Mask and Calming Serum. It is important to remove dead skin cells and debris from the skin for a smooth canvas for makeup, and keep skin well nourished.
My goal is always to achieve striking eyes and flawless skin for every client - especially brides on their big day. So here are a few of my tricks to keep skin glowing from saying 'I do' to midnight!
1. Always use a primer! This will provide the perfect base for foundation and give extra staying power to the make-up, I also like to use a hydrating spritz over the top. MAC Fix It Spray is perfect for this.
2. For a healthy glow, mix an illuminator with a long lasting foundation. This works perfectly on a dry skin to give a dewy look and the makeup will last into the night. There's no need to powder the entire face (unless you have oily skin) so use a light setting powder in the t-zone only to keep the shine at bay.
3. It is important to add light and shade to the face so get contouring! (but remember don't be too heavy handed, you don’t want to look orange or dirty!!) I use matte bronzers or contouring powders to shape the cheek bones, forehead, temples and basically where ever the sun naturally hits your face first. (P.S. contouring is a great way to slim your nose - use a small brush and apply light stokes down the sides of the nose to the tip, not too much product please!)
Now time to add light. Use a highlighting cream on top of cheekbones, brow bones, down centre of nose and cupids bow - this makes lips appear fuller. Sodashi's Eye & Lip Smoother is a great lip primer AND it plumps your lips too! Use under gloss or lippy.
4. Keep your eyes natural with lashings of mascara for a feminine look.
5. And remember, always highlight your best features.
Now you are event ready so get glowing!
*Image by Sodashi
Although every bride is unique, most want their wedding day makeup to "look like me, only prettier"!
So, if you normally wear minimal makeup, you should feature a soft, glowing look on your wedding day. But if you fancy a retro look, we can transform you into an Audrey or a Grace with beautiful, professional polish. That consultation is part of my job when you book me for your Wedding Day.
I believe that beauty glows from within, and makeup is most effective when it enhances your unique features. Soft, flawless skin will photograph beautifully, wear well throughout the day, and feel natural to the touch.
I will also help you with tips to touch-up after any tears, mattify on a hot day and retouch your lipstick after a glass or two of celebratory champagne!
One of the most fun things I do would be working on a professional photo shoot. I love the way everyone's creativity comes together to produce something fabulous. The shoot was for Donna Tobin Gowns (the most dreamy wedding dresses!) and Margaret River Bride & Groom.