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
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
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
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
Do you use airbrush
No, I don't believe the results are quite as good & it
doesn't offer flexibility of foundation options.
Do you supply "touch
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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