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
So you're engaged - congratulations! Now you've got the exciting task of planning your wedding.
There's so much to organise - picking a date, choosing a venue, photographer, catering etc... Often hair & makeup gets left until the last minute (which it shouldn't - see my blog on that here).
So how to you choose a makeup artist? Do you google, do you ask friends, do you follow some on facebook or Instagram already that you've had your eye on?
My suggestions are firstly through word of mouth - have any of your friends gotten married recently and you liked their makeup? Ask them who they used then check out their website.
Secondly - google in your local area for makeup artists and have a look at their bridal galleries. There doesn't need to be 100's of photos on there, around 12 are good which will show you their style.
Thirdly - look through facebook or instagram - most makeup artists have way more photos on these pages than their website (websites should only include professional photos).
Makeup a list of around 3 makeup artists you like and email them asking for availability and a quote. Be sure to include, date, time to be ready by if known, venue where the makeup is to be done at and for how many people.
A makeup artist should reply within 24 hours (weekends sometimes longer due to wedding bookings). Once you've heard back from all of them, you've got a decision to make - which one do you really like? Is one cheaper than the other? Do you like one's work more than the other. You need to feel at ease and comfortable with your makeup artist so choosing the right one for you is key.
Remember - cheap doesn't necessarily mean good. Beware of too cheap prices to avoid disappointment and ensure you have a trial (read about that on my blog here).
I'm always happy to meet with brides beforehand if they want to meet me, I can meet for coffee or you are welcome to come to my home studio (by appointment) and meet with me for a chat - hope to hear from you soon xxxx
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Wedding Hair & Makeup
This is going to sound so clichéd - BUT you really do need to book your hair & makeup artist as soon as possible.
When you think about it, you book your venue and photographer not long after you've gotten engaged as they all are date dependant. Same with your hair & makeup - once the date is gone, it's gone. So why not book your hair & makeup artist at the same time.
I myself, don't take on more than one wedding a day (unless it's two small ones I'm able to fit in), as I want to be able to give my best to my clients and my full attention - after all your paying top dollar and you want to be satisfied. The amount of brides I've had to turn away this season that have left booking their hair & makeup until the last few weeks before their wedding is just crazy.
When I got married, I booked my makeup artist 18 months in advance! I'm super organised and we were paying for it all ourselves so I wanted to lock in all the deposits so we knew how much we had to save to pay for everything. Not to mention I had no stress as had booked everything within a month of being engaged (yes I think I'm a bit OCD).
Wedding season in New Zealand, generally starts in September and goes through till March. Although now that I'm based in the sunny Bay of Plenty, I'm finding there are weddings all year round which is great. December, January, February and March are by far the busiest months (that I've experienced) and these dates get booked up super fast - especially if you are having your wedding on a long weekend.
So my recommendation is to book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment with your chosen artist. I've already got bookings for 2017 and dates are filling up fast.
If you would like to book me for your hair & makeup, get in touch now for a no obligation quote xxx
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Bridal Hair & Makeup Tauranga
Your wedding day makeup, whilst looking natural, will be applied slightly darker than you are used to.
Your makeup needs to be able to show up in photos which quite often can make you look pale (flash photography and especially black and white photography).
If you take a look at the photos on my website, you’ll see how natural my brides look (unless they’ve opted for a more smokey look).
The key to fab looking makeup is definitely having hydrated skin. Makeup and dry skin are not friends and it’s very hard to make dry skin look good.
Makeup should blend into your skin to become one, not sit on top of it which often happens with dry dehydrated skin.
So here’s a few tips from me for getting your skin ready for your big day:
I’m here to answer any questions you might have, just flick me an email on email@example.com
Please always advise your artist if you have any skin conditions or allergies.
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Wedding Date: 28th November 2015
I first got an email from Ashley in July 2014 looking for a hair & makeup artist. I sent her through all my info through and didn't hear anything for a couple of months. Then October came and Ashley emailed again asking if I was still available and would it be ok to meet with me before she made a decision.
This wasn't a problem - it's an important decision choosing your wedding day hair & makeup artist as they are with you quite a bit during the day and it just needs to "feel right".
We met at a local café and had coffee, she bought one of her bridesmaids along and they asked me a few questions and I asked all about her wedding. Upon leaving I gave Ashley a copy of my pricing and said I'd follow up in a few days.
Ashley then contacted me advising she wished to book - AWESOME!
Over the next year leading up to her wedding, we were in constant contact via email, discussing the type of hair and makeup look she would like. Ashley came for her trial in August 2015 and it went great - she wanted a nice natural look but still enough makeup that would stand out in photos.
28th November then came and me and my assistant for the day Lani from Lani's Hair Boutique went into the hills of Massey, Auckland to get her bridal party of 4 ready. It was a fun morning getting them all ready, the girls were wearing blue bridesmaids dresses so I decided on a soft grey smokey eye for them and Ashley's makeup we did slightly darker from her trial and she decided she wanted red lipstick to go with her red shoes!
The girls were getting ready at the Mother of the Groom's house and after we'd finished the bridal party she asked if I could do her makeup - we had time on our side so away I went while Lani did some extra hair for the two flowergirls.
Ashley recently sent me through some photos of her wedding which I'll put below - always love getting photos through, I like to see how everything all comes together after the hair and makeup xx
As I'm now based in Tauranga - I still do the odd wedding up in Auckland, don't hesitate to contact me if you would like a quote.
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It really is a no-brainer in my opinion - you simply must have a trial.
A bridal trial (or bridal preview as it's known in some countries) gives you piece of mind that you've made the correct choice with your makeup artist and that the overall look you've chosen is going to suit.
It's not uncommon to make adjustments to certain aspects of the makeup after your bridal trial. For example, more blush, more or less eyeliner, darker eyeshadow etc.. this is easily done and does not require a 2nd trial. The bride pictured below, wanted to go darker with her eyeliner and shadow which wasn't a problem at all and look how good she looks!
I've been doing makeup since 2012 (trained in 2011) and in all that time I've only ever had one bride request a second trial. Her first trial she asked for smokey eyes, which she liked, but then over the course of the day she decided she wanted to go with something more natural and classical so she came back for another trial and I'm pleased to say we nailed it.
It's also not uncommon to send through pictures to your makeup artist of how you would like your makeup to look. But please bear in mind that a lot of these images may have been edited in some way (skin smoothers / airbrush effect to create flawless skin) so it is unlikely that you will look like that, however the "look" will be tailored to suit your features, including face shape, colouring etc. We like to use the pictures as "inspiration" which I think is a great term :)
When you come to me for your bridal trial, you will be asked the following:
What colour dress are you wearing - what style of makeup you would like - does your wedding have an overall theme - what colour are your bridesmaids wearing.
This way, when I create your look it will all tie in together beautifully.
You also need to bear in mind that your makeup may be done a shade or two darker than you would normally have it - this is so it photographs correctly, so don't freak out it it's a tad darker than you're used to. If you're overly concerned, let your artist know so you can both discuss it.
Try not to bring an entourage to your trial, for one it's distracting to the artist and two - it's your day and you're the one who's going to be on display and you don't need to be distracted. I allow one other person to come to my studio for your trial, most girls bring their mum or best friend, but more often than not it's just the bride.
Think of your bridal trial as an investment and not an extra or unnecessary wedding expense. It's a small amount to pay for piece of mind and letting go of that stress of how you're going to look on your big day.
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My most favourite hairstyles to do for bridal parties are soft, romantic up do's or hair half-up/half-down with curls - oh and I am sooo in love with the Waterfall Braid.
This wedding season (2015-2016) has seen me use a lot of fresh flowers in the hair, which I must say - I like them a lot! They look so pretty and just bring that something extra to your bridal hair.
If you want to use fresh flowers in your hair, talk to your florist and they'll be able to sort this for you. Make sure you tell your hairstylist you'll be using fresh flowers (or any hair accessories).
I also recommend waiting until you've purchased your dress to decide on your wedding hairstyle. I had a bride recently who came for a trial, we did her hair which she loved, she then went and had a dress fitting but found that the style didn't suit her dress.
Which brings me to my next point - you should definitely have a trial! I can't stress this enough. You've got to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page, the style picked suits your face and theme (note you will not look like the pictures you bring in, but the look will be tailored to suit you - hence we call them inspiration pictures). If in doubt, request a consult with your stylist, I'm always happy to meet brides for a coffee to get to know you and make sure we "gel" - so don't hesitate to get in contact xxxx
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