Let’s face it, a lot of people have a bad makeup story to tell – whether it’s something you’ve done yourself or via a makeup artist. And during my 6+ years of doing makeup I’ve heard a few of them.
We’ve all been through the stage growing up of caking our face with makeup, either a shade or two too light for our skin (gothic phase) or a shade or three darker (wanting to looked tan phase but just looking like an extra from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Below are experiences I’ve heard from past clients which I will not do to you (fingers and all extremities crossed):
Run off with your money – brides have come to meet for me a free consult before booking stating that a friend of a friend’s makeup artist for their wedding, was paid in full and didn’t turn up on the day. I would never do that, that is just unacceptable and gives us hard working artists a bad name. If in the unfortunate event that I wasn’t able to make it (broke my leg, daughter or husband was ill etc..) I would arrange a replacement and if I couldn’t find one I would still turn up. Only once in my career have I not been able to make a booking due to illness. I came down with pneumonia in early 2017 and passed one wedding on to another trusted artist. The bride was so happy that I’d found her someone else, means she didn’t have to stress about finding someone last minute.
Not listen to what you want – I’m not going to give you block brows, red rosy cheeks or make you look like a clown ha ha. I will listen to your vision and look at inspo pictures (remembering you won’t look like the picture) and give my advice and opinion. You have final say at the end of the day.
Explain first off why you won’t look like the photo – many brides come to their consult or trial with pictures from Pinterest, Instagram, google etc of how they want their wedding makeup to be. More often than not that person has a different skin tone, eye and hair colour to them so to put it bluntly, you simply won’t look like that. Filters are often used on these photos (note I NEVER put filters on any of my pictures I take with my phone as that’s misleading in my opinion).
Overdo your brows – brows are very personal but are also needed to frame our face and give definition to our makeup. At your trial I’ll likely recommend some shaping and tidying up (which I don’t do) before your day. Close up photos are going to be on your list I’m sure and you don’t want stray brows being a feature. I do not do block “Instagram” brows, I’m more of a less is more approach. But they will be defined and lightly darkened (if that even makes sense lol) so they look natural and still “you”.
Ugly False Lashes – I don’t use strip lashes anymore on my brides as I prefer to use individual temporary flare lashes which look a lot more natural and be customised to each person’s eye. They stay put and don’t risk coming unstuck in the corners halfway through the night (imagine that!)
There’s probably way more I could write on this, I’m sure many of you have horror stories that you can relate to, feel free to share below xx
There’s no doubt about it, every makeup artist has their own style of makeup they are good at or like to do, some even call it their signature style. Heck mine is “natural whilst looking good in person and on camera” but the questions is – can we do more than one “style”?
Yes, is what the answer should be. Every makeup artist should be versatile and be able to do a range of looks/styles. Whilst most will have their strengths and weaknesses, as long as you are open and honest about it then that’s all good. My weaknesses would have to be winged liner and brows, but I’m working on it.
Does the makeup artist you are looking into have a variety of images of their work, or are there many photos all with exactly the same look (and I mean EXACTLY the same look/colours)? Are there photos of young, old, different skin colours and tones etc.?
I try to post a variety of photos on my website, but I also try to keep my website photos crisp and clean, so the rest of my photos will either be on my Instagram or facebook page, after all photo’s is what gets us work, as well as recommendations from past clients.
I’m not a fan of selfies, never have been and never will. Yes, I will post a selfie every now and then as I feel it’s important to engage with my clientele on a more personal level sometimes, but you’re not going to see me posting my face every week. I mean, come on, obviously you can put makeup on your own face, I’d be worried if you couldn’t and I follow your page to see your makeup skills and not your face all over my newsfeed ha ha.
Whilst my style is natural, I will tailor the colours I use to your eye colour and the way I place the shadows to your own eye shape – makeup isn’t one size fits all which some artists seem to think.
I love doing bridal work whereas more often than not, the brief is natural, while making my eyes pop. I love doing this sort of work as the bride still looks like herself, isn’t going to freak her fiancé and family out when she walks down the aisle and will have banging photos for ever and ever.
Anyway that’s my words of wisdom for the night – as always blunt and to the point xx
It doesn't matter how good the person doing your spray tan is, if you haven't prepped your body properly you'll end up with a bad or sub-standard spray tan. Read on to find out how to get the most of of your spray tan.
Too often I hear of people saying they had a bad experience with their spray tan, more often than not the complaints are:
* My tan wasn't dark enough
* My tan was orange
* My tan didn't last very long
* My tan was all patchy
Any good, experienced spray tanner should have instructions available of how to prep your skin for your spray tan - if they don't, I'd move on to another tanner. My prep instructions can be found here.
All too often, even after sending clients my prep sheet they turn up wearing a full face of makeup, deodorant and have moisturizer on - all no no's for a good tan.
Here's how to get the most out of your spray tan:
The Day Before Your Tan:
Exfoliate your skin gently - paying extra attention to those area's that are particularly dry (elbows, knees etc..)
Shave your legs (if waxing get at least 48 hours before your tan).
The Day of Your Tan:
Shower, best not to use any soap as this can create a barrier on the skin which prevents the tan from adhering to the skin. For my own tans I usually shower as usual in the morning, then have a "water only" shower before my tan.
Don't put on any makeup (by makeup this is mainly face makeup like foundation, high-lighter, bronzer etc...) If you like me and can't fathom leaving the house without makeup, mascara and eyeliner is fine (it's what I do).
Don't use deodorant, this can cause patchiness and your underarms will turn green.
Don't use moisturizer - this also acts as a barrier and the tan will sit on top of the moisturizer and not on your skin.
After your tan you need to follow the instruction as well. Your tanner will advise when to wash the bronzer off (different solutions have different time frames). I only use rapid tans now so my tans can be washed off in as little as 2 hours.
After your time is up, have a warm shower and wash the bronzer off your skin, DO NOT use any soap as this can affect the development of your tan.
Pat yourself dry with a towel and moisturize (make sure your moisturizer is oil-free), don't apply any perfume as the alcohol will eat through your tan.
After you've washed the bronzer off you'll likely be the same shade of pale as you were before your tan (and likely muttering under your breath, bloody hell my tan hasn't even worked - what a rip) - but don't panic, your tan will develop over the next 6 - 12 hours. By morning time you'll be all nice and bronzed.
This is one question that always gets to me, and not in a good way.
We don’t do it for love, well in a way we do as I love my job, I love doing makeup but not so much that I’ll do it for free, after all I’ve got a family to help support and a mortgage to pay.
If you do your research, you’ll find a broad range of pricing from one makeup artist to another. There are a few reasons for this – education being one. At this time, you don’t actually need to be qualified in NZ to be a makeup artist (which seriously needs to change) so these artists might charge lower.
Location is also a factor – small towns may be lower or higher, less artists in the area they can charge what they like as they will get work no matter what. Or if there are quite a few artists you’ll get the ones who like to undercut other artists so will price themselves lower in order to get more work (which really isn’t fair but hey – that’s a whole other blog lol).
People usually ask why wedding makeup is more expensive than general makeup, so I’ve listed below why I charge more for bridal makeup:
I hope the explanations above give you a little insight as to why bridal makeup is charged as it is. I’ve mentioned this in another of my blogs but it always continues to amaze me that brides will spend thousands on a wedding photographer to capture the day in time, yet they want to scrimp on their makeup artist! What’s up with that?
Wedding Makeup Tauranga - Tauranga Makeup Artist - Bay of Plenty Makeup Artist
I constantly get asked by potential clients "what makeup brand do you use?" Well read on and I will let you know :)
I use a range of products, all of which are cruelty free. I'm fully against animal testing and I spent ALOT of money on makeup so it's something that's important to me.
I don't have anything in my kit that I haven't tried on myself first. If I don't like it or think it's up to the job, then it doesn't make it into my professional kit (all used hygenically of course).
The main brand of makeup I use (foundation) is Face Atelier. They are a Candadian brand and it is vegan and cruelty free. I've been using this in my kit for the last two years and it hands down beats any other foundation I've tried. It's like a second skin and doesn't cake on like some other brands I've tried. It has buildable coverage so can be sheer or full coverage for those who need it.
My current eyeshadows are from Blac Cosmetics, a great NZ brand which is also cruelty free.
I don't use MAC Foundation - and believe it or not I've actually not been hired by potential brides because I don't have MAC in my kit (go figure lol). I only have 3 MAC products in my kit, two paint pots which are great for an eyeshadow base and the strobe cream, which gives a lovely glow to the skin.
On another note, if you find the foundation your artists uses doesn't agree with your skin, let them know and they'll be happy to use your own foundation or try another brand :)
Bye for now, from a NZ Cruelty Free Makeup Artist xxx
I’m Leanne, 39 years old (at the time of writing this blog), wife to a wonderful and supportive husband, mother to 3-year-old Haley and two fur babies (cats – Daisy and Havoc).
I’ve always loved makeup, during high school I used makeup to boost my confidence and feel better about myself. Putting makeup on just made me feel happy. I’ve suffered from mild depression a lot of my life as well as anxiety and panic attacks and makeup was my haven.
At 17 I decided to enrol to be a hairdresser at Winters School of hairdressing (no longer around, shows how old I am lol) but then I got offered a paying job as a teacher’s aide at a local pre-school. So, there I was left weighing up the options – paying job or student loan and no money. Suffice to say, the paying job won as I was at that stage of my life where I was into partying every weekend and needed to fund my lifestyle. Six months later I moved into the office admin world, then accounts and office management. I worked with some awesome people, but the work just didn’t make me happy doing the same thing day in day out.
Fast forward to when I was 33 – makeup had always been at the back of my mind so I looked into what courses were available. We couldn’t afford for me to be off work and study full time so I found a small part time course at The Makeup School on weeknights. I loved the course and learnt heaps, but has it was only a short course I felt like I needed more so I enrolled in the Phoenix Cosmetics Beauty School and did a further two courses. I started freelancing while I was still studying in 2012 (first course in 2011).
So there I was working 5 days a week in my admin job and working weekends with makeup – needless to say I was exhausted, but I just couldn’t get enough of it. I absolutely loved it. One day the dream was to do just makeup and that dream came true after the birth of my daughter. I decided I wasn’t returning to work and would just focus on my makeup. I then decided to add hair on to my services so had hair styling lessons with 3 talented hair & makeup artists (note I am a hair stylist – not a hair dresser).
Bridal makeup is my passion and specialty – it’s such an honour to be a part of such an amazing day. I would love to do editorial type makeup, but there’s not really much call for that where we live.
In 2015 my family relocated from Helensville, Auckland down to Tauranga in NZ’s sunny Bay of Plenty. My husband grew up in Tauranga and we were ready for a lifestyle change, the hustle and bustle of Auckland was just getting too much.
I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t find work down here but I was super busy with wedding season when we moved and am already booked out for next season which is awesome!
Makeup may be my job and my income, but it doesn’t feel like work. I just love it and get such an adrenalin rush from doing it, especially when I get great feedback and see the makeup in photos.
So my advice to you is, if you have a dream – don’t let go, it may take time to get there, but you’ll get there just as I have xxx
Wondering if you should grow your hair for that gorgeous wedding style? Think if you don’t get it trimmed it will grow longer? Think your hair should be long and all one length? Then read on, this blog is for you xx
Personally I like to work with hair that is between shoulder length and bra strap length and with hair that is slightly layered.
Very long hair is going to result in a very large looking up-do. If your hair is all one length and you want wispy romantic bits hanging down the sides, these are going to look very long and the curls are likely to drop with the weight.
We have little tricks we can do to make your hair appear fuller and thicker so if in doubt, ask your hair stylist their opinion on your chosen style and they will advise what will suit.
Short hair – we can work with that as well, and that doesn’t always mean using extensions. Shorter hair can be tightly curled, then pulled out and pinned to make it appear thicker and fuller.
A lot of brides to be make the mistake of not getting their hair regularly trimmed, thinking they want the length and it will grow faster. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get your ends trimmed regularly. Dry, split and coarse ends hair can’t be tucked neatly or pinned down, it springs out and looks messy.
Things to factor in when choosing a hair style:
Email inspiration pictures to your stylist of what hairstyles you like, they will advise whether suitable for your hair or not. Try to look for styles with the same hair colouring as you. If you have black hair and bring a photo of a blonde, it isn’t going to look like that. Blonde hair photographs better in way of being able to see all the details, hence most of the internet pictures are of blondes. Bearing in mind most of these images have either been edited, extensions used, hair padding used etc…
So my tips are:
Note: all of the above is my own personal opinion and not the opinion of all hair stylists, each stylist will have their own opinion of what works for them and what doesn’t xx
Thinking of doing your own makeup for your wedding? My advice – don’t do it!
And I’m not just saying that because I want your face :)
You spend thousand’s on hiring a professional photographer, so why wouldn’t you hire a professional makeup artist so those photos are worth the money you paid? These photos are going to last a lifetime so you want them to look outstanding. There’s nothing worse than living with regret or the thought of what could have been.
Trained makeup artists use high quality products (sometimes pro only products that aren’t available to the general public), they know what colours will make your eyes “pop”. They know how much to apply to show up in the photos and will ensure your makeup will last long into the night. There are so many types of photography out there now that you need to ensure your makeup will stand out but look natural at the same time (and not end up with that pasty white face look).
When you think about it – do you really want the stress of doing your own makeup and your bridesmaids? What if something goes wrong and you run out of time? And don’t you want to be relaxed and pampered on your big day?
When I got married I was in training to be a makeup artist, but there was no way I would even consider doing my own makeup. I wanted to be pampered, I wanted my bridesmaids to be pampered and I wanted to look damn good in my photos. We had such a great morning bonding, laughing, reminiscing and most importantly – relaxing.
You may think it’s a lot of money for hair and makeup – but honestly, it’s an investment.
So that's my rant for today – just a little something to think about xxx
I’ve put my wedding hair and makeup below which was all done by Sharon Kenny Hair & Makeup
Not sure whether the makeup artist you’ve picked is right for you?
Ask for a free consultation before (or after) booking. If they turn you down, then you’ve got to wonder why.
That way you can meet them and see if you feel comfortable with them. Your makeup artist is with you the majority of the day while getting ready so you want someone around you who is professional, fun, tactful, helpful and can deal with the stresses of the day.
I offer a free 15-minute consultation at my home studio in Bethlehem (by appointment) so we can meet each other, get to know each other and talk about your big day.
We can go over what kind of makeup look you want for yourself and your bridal party, how much coverage you would like, any specific issues you want to discuss – and then go from there.
There is absolutely no pressure to book – it’s totally up to you.
I’ve personally been told by more than one bride that I have a very calming effect on them – which is a massive compliment to me. When you get in my chair, you’ll feel the stresses of the morning melting away and you’ll start to relax and get exciting about the festivities ahead.
So what are you waiting for – drop me an email to arrange your free consultation now xx
Tauranga Makeup Artist
Wedding Makeup Tauranga
Wedding Hair Tauranga
It's not uncommon for me to turn up to a booking and have a client say to me "I hope you bought your magic wand".
While I would love to possess a magic wand that's impossible and we can only work with the canvas we have in front of us.
Your skin is your canvas and you need to look after it. If you have dry / flaky skin - no amount of foundation or makeup is going to make it look good. The foundation is just going to sit on top of your skin and look caked on and uneven.
You should be moisturising every day and doing a gentle exfoliation once a week - and drink loads of water!
I had a bride come for a trial in the month of November (her wedding was February) - she worked outdoors, was in her early 20's, didn't moisturise and didn't use sunscreen. The makeup we used sat on top of her skin and looked cakey. I advised her to start using sunscreen and moisturising every day to which she said she would try.
Come February I turned up and she excitingly told me she'd been moisturising every day, and it showed, her skin was glowing and was well hydrated. Her wedding makeup looked amazing (you can see it here down the bottom of my trial blog).
And the word "magician" brings me to another topic - edited pictures on the internet.
Clients always show me inspirational images of how they would like their makeup - not taking into consideration that the images on google, Instagram and the likes are usually highly edited.
Filters may have been used to adjust lighting, smooth out skin so it's flawless - which doesn't make our job any easier when a client wants to look "exactly like the picture". To put it bluntly - you aren't going to look like the girl in the picture because that is not you.
The most important thing to remember with your makeup artist is communication! Tell them what you like and don't like. How much coverage do you want? Do you want your freckles covered up? We aren't mind readers either so communication is key.
Most importantly, if you don't like the result - let them know and they will make adjustments - that's what we are there for - to make you look and feel happy! Please don't say you are happy when you aren't.
Hope that wasn't too blunt xxx