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A few questions I am often asked about makeup & our services


Why is is necessary to have a trial-run?

Several reasons, the most important is so you can feel confident that you will look your absolute best for your special occasion. Also to check for any reactions from cosmetics - this is very rare.
Your trial-run is a testing ground, we want you to be happy so always tell us what is on your mind, this way we can fine-tune everything so it is perfect. We also discuss number of people, time, price,venue & schedule etc.

How soon before the wedding should I have my makeup trial?

It's best to have one as soon as possible as my diary gets booked up very quickly. Brides can book anything from two months to a year head -but the early bird usually gets the worm!

Can I secure my wedding date before I have a trial?

Yes, in order to secure your wedding in our diary, it is necessary to pay a booking fee of $200. Brides are now doing this so they can relax and have a trial when it is convenient. Please note deposits are non-refundable or transferrable.

What do I need bring to the makeup trial?

Any pictures or ideas you may have for your make-up. Swatches of fabric are also helpful to decide on makeup colours, or bring a photo.
A nice clean face - wax brows if time permits! Fake tans may be applied a couple of days before the trial. Wear something white or cream if possible.

How should we prep our faces for the trial and for the wedding day?

Exfoliate, wax, tweeze & moisturize a couple of days before, don't do anything drastic or different to usual as you don't want a break-out or allergic reaction.

Where will the trial take place?

At the Makeup Boudoir in Port Kennedy.

Will our makeup on the day be exactly the same as our trial makeup?

Yes, most definitely, unless of course you have changed your mind about anything. Please let me know BEFORE your wedding day if you would like a different style or make-up look.

How long will the trial be if all of us are there?

If everyone is having a make-up trial it generally works out to an hour per person, I recommend the bride & one bridesmaid have a trial.

On the wedding day how long would it take to do makeup for say, five ladies?

If having false eyelashes I like to allow 40-45 minutes per person, so roughly four hours.

Can you duplicate complete looks from pictures?

We can copy a make-up as closely as possible. I enjoy copying a make-up look, it will look different in the respect that you have different features to the model, but your make-up will be very similar. Bear in mind that many pictures in magazines are computer enhanced beyond reality.

What makeup brands do you use?

I use high-end brands like Makeup Geek, Anastasia, Tarte, MAC, Urban Decay, Too Faced, etc., These products are pro quality and work well in flash photography without making you feel caked in makeup.

Are they suitable for sensitive skin?

Yes, they are suitable for all skin-types, it is always wise to have a trial-run if you have problematic or sensitive skin.

Are they suitable for Rosacea sufferers?

Yes, this can be camouflaged very successfully, as can most skin problems.

Do you use airbrush makeup?

No, I don't believe the results are quite as good & it doesn't offer flexibility of foundation options.

Do you supply "touch up" products?

You won't need to use touch-up products!

How do I keep my makeup fresh all day and night?

Your make-up is applied & set using professional techniques & a setting spray that ensures it will last all day & night. If it is particularly humid, you may need extra powder or blotting sheets. Lipstick will need reapplying after eating & kissing, no matter what!

How do you deal with excess perspiration or tears on my face?

Take a tissue and blot area gently. This won't disrupt your make-up. The same for tears!

How do you deal with excessively flushed cheeks?

Foundation & concealer will cover this, but it wont looked caked-on. Victoria has some excellent foundations that are very natural looking with good coverage.

Do you supply false Eyelashes?

Yes, these are very popular as they really enhance your eye tremendously! I can supply you with lashes for $10 a apair. I use high-strength glue so they will last until you peel them off!

What steps do you take to prevent cross contamination?

All the equipment in my kit is hygenically clean and brushes are sterilized. I use a product-to-hand-to-client technique that eliminates cross-contamination & use hand sanitizer. Anyone with cold sores or styes will have makeup applied using disposable applicators..

What will you do if someone has a cold sore or blemish on the day?

These can be covered up using concealer, again with disposable tools. Please try using cold-sore gels to help calm the cold sore down.

What makeup styles do you generally recommend for weddings?

It's a very personal choice, but I like to use neutrals on brides. The eyes and lips need to be accentuated more than normal as the camera takes about 30% of the detail away. Go with something you feel comfortable with, look like a better version of yourself. Dont forget to take your partners ideas into account!

How often will you be in contact with me before the wedding?

Once you have secured your booking & had your trial, that is all we need to do until closer to the day. A few weeks before the day we can discuss arrival times and I calculate your final balance. This can be paid on the day or in advance.You are very welcome to ask me any questions leading up to your wedding and I will advise where I can :-)

What is your typical week like?

Weekends are busy with weddings, party make-ups and events. I also hold one-to-one make-up classes. I do make-up trials during the week & some Saturdays.

What distinguishes your work from other makeup artists?

I think I've learnt a lot over 21 years, and I'm still learning! I use a variety of techniques that suit each face, NOT a one-size-fits all thing. I like to blend the colours well, I am also very particular on cosmetics and go for precise lines & flattering shapes. I like to create a flawless skin - thats really important. - Many other local artists look to me for advice and inspiration.

How would you describe your working style?

I don't like to rush and I like to create a relaxed & fun atmosphere. I am very gentle with my clients and don't use scary application techniques - something I dreaded whilst at make-up college! I am always on-time and professional in my approach. Even with bossy photographers lol!

If you are ill on my wedding day who will your replacement be?

In this unlikely event (I have turned up for every wedding so far in 21 years!) I know several very experienced make-up artists who can step-in. If I have a sniffly cold I wear a face mask. like Jacko. lol.

What kind of tea do you like?

Earl Grey :)

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