Creating Flawless Foundation

The secret to creating a flawless foundation base firstly consists of perfect skin preparation.

Yep there I go again, talking about skin.  But its 100% truth.  The better the skin and the better its prepared, the better your foundation will look and last.

Skimming over your skin prep will give you an uneven foundation that won’t last, will require multiple touch-ups and will end up looking cakey. Imagine the Mona Lisa was painted on some rough dodgy surface, do you think it would still be here today?.

All of my clients must arrive with cleansed, moisturised skin.  I then prepare the skin for skincare.  I start with using micellar water.  Micellar is a gentle non-washable cleanser.

Micellar is not your daily cleanser and it shouldn’t replace anything in your skincare regime, but that’s another blog entirely… 

I analyse the skin, firstly checking to see if any gentle exfoliating gels are required, then apply toner, serums and moisturiser to suit my clients individual needs.

I then assess the skin to see if the primer is needed.  Contrary to what advertising campaign’s make you believe, not everyone’s skin needs a primer.  Your skincare is actually your primer! A primer should be used to help correct or enhance the skin e.g. minimizing pores, combat redness, mattifying oily skin, adding illumination, etc.  Don’t just start waking on loads of primer that doesn’t really have a purpose for you.

Next is the foundation.  My absolute favourite method is to use a combination of brush and sponge. The foundation brush I love is the Designer Makeup Tools Rounded Synthetic Buffer Brush.  This brush has a rounded top and is dense in bristle mass. Synthetic brushes are best for wet products.  I like to apply a light veil of foundation with my brush all over the face using a stippling motion.  Next using a damp beauty sponge, I like to pick up a little more product and bounce and roll the foundation over the entire face.  By starting out light, you can build your foundation to the desired coverage.

Remember, more foundation does not mean it’s going to last longer.

Using a combination of the two techniques, gives a beautiful flawless finish, without looking thick and cakey.  

Finish by concealing areas only as needed and set with your favourite powder.  I love powders that are colourless or have minimal colour. Powders full of colour can change the colour of your beautiful laid foundation.  I love the Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder, RCMA & Ben Nye Colourless Powder and the Inglot Sport Stage & Studio Powder.

Bridal Beauty Timeline

With the average engagement lasting up to 2 years there’s plenty of time to get started with a solid beauty regime, and have your skin looking nothing short of amazing for your big day.

As a makeup artist, one of the biggest reasons I advise clients to book in a pre-wedding makeup trial, is to not only create their perfect look and to feel relaxed on their big day, but to also assess their skin, which skincare products are going to work best, which cosmetics are going to last the longest and if need be advising on a beauty regime to give their skin a reboot. 

Remember your makeup will only look as good as the skin its sitting on.

THE TIME IS NOW!

Skincare

Now if you tell me you’re just loving your ‘supermarket skincare’ line, we can no longer be friends!  Let’s face it, cosmeceutical grade skincare is a bit more pricey because it works and gives outstanding results!  This doesn’t mean you’ll be using products packed with chemicals, in-fact it’s the opposite, they are loaded with antioxidants, pure natural botanicals, free from nasties and are backed by years of science. I personally love brands like CosMedix, Aspect, Skin Matrix and PCA.   Everyone should be using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser at an absolute minimum.  You’ll also need to throw in your vitamins – A, B & C which you’ll find in your serums, and wear a SPF daily.  And when you’re a skin pro add your AHA & retinol. The best authorised skincare stockist I’ve ever come across is Skin Matrix. They are an Australian company and stock all the best brands. Skin Matrix have developed their own range of skincare, have a great loyalty program and are also up to 25% cheaper than retail.
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Hydration

Keeping your skin hydrated through water intake and skincare is key.  For those working in office environments, the dry air conditioning can suck the life out of your skin. If you’re an oily skinned lass like myself, you still need hydration.  DO NOT skip the moisturiser.  The less hydrated your skin is the more oil it will produce to compensate.  A great way to add extra hydration to your skin care regime especially if you have dry skin is to add a hyaluronic acid serum.  Don’t be scared by the word acid, it’s not going to burn your face off, in fact it’s the exact opposite, a powerful moisture binding ingredient that keeps skin plump and hydrated, yes that means looking younger!  H.A is super gentle and can hold 1000 times its weight in moisture.  A cheaper highly effective alternative is The Ordinary, sold at Priceline. I suggest toning first, applying a layer of H.A serum, apply serums, then your moisturiser/spf.

Eat Well

Not only is eating a well-balanced healthy diet great for your general well-being, it’s great for your skin.  Avoid fatty foods, excessive carbs and alcohol.  Think fresh!  If it’s pre-packaged how much nutrition is actually there?  Probably close to zero.  Skin issues can be stemmed from bad gut health.  

WEEKLY

Masks & Exfoliation

At home masks (choose one for your skin type), light exfoliation, along with a collagen gold eye mask is not only beneficial but a huge stress reliever.  I love a gold eye mask.  They can literally transform your under-eye area in 15 minutes.  Gentle, cooling and packed with goodness to visibly reduces fine lines and reduce puffiness. So sit back on the sofa, put your feet up and drink a beautiful cup of your favourite herbal tea.

6 – 12 MONTHS OUT

Professional Treatment

Skin treatments should start at least 6 months prior.  Peels, micros and LEDs are amazing and can literally turn your skin around in a very short time frame.  Whether you’re dehydrated, oily or prone to breakouts, I will guarantee you won’t know yourself once you start.  Don’t have any peels or micros applied at least 2 – 4 weeks before the wedding day, however you can still continue with LED light treatments. Just make sure you tell your therapist you’ll be getting married.

So, what are you waiting for? Find yourself a qualified beauty therapist and get started.  

Jane xo

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To lash or not to lash, that’s the question!

Over the last 5-10 years the craze of false lashes has reached new heights.  Long gone are the days you’d just wear mascara on your wedding day.  With so many options available, it can get confusing as to which lashes you should choose.  If you are a barely there person when it comes to makeup, then don’t feel the pressure to get lash extensions just because your BFF did.

Here are some lash options to consider for your big day:

Individual Lashes

These are my absolute favourite lashes.  Applied in individual clumps, they are super light on the eyes, and can be built up to give the desired fullness.  They give a natural and beautiful look and are so elegant for brides.  There are different lengths and fullness to suit everybody.  Individual lashes are my most used lashes. The lashes I have used in my feature image are double flare knot free individuals.

Strip Lashes

From natural to full glam, the styles are endless and can really create that extra wow factor without looking over the top. Full strip lashes can sometimes feel a little heavy on the eyes to start with and generally take about 20minutes to get used to the feeling.  On the rare occasion, full strip lashes can lift in the inner and outer corners.  If the lashes are a fuller heavier style then the artist should cut these into sections to avoid any lifting.  You can also double stack these lashes to create extra wow factor.  Strip lashes can be reused up to 5 times if they are removed with care.

Natural style
Full style

Lash Lift

If you’re not into false lashes then a lash lift is a beautiful way of making your natural lashes appear longer, without applying anything false on top.  Done by an experienced lash technician these can look amazing.  A lash lift won’t necessarily give you fullness but will definitely make your lashes appear longer.  Make sure you always test this method 6 months before your wedding day and see an experienced technician like Zoe at Tan by Zoe.  I’ve had a few clients who’ve seen inexperienced technicians and had their lashes so tightly curled it’s been impossible to apply mascara and absolutely no way of applying anything false over the top. Lash lifts can last up to 12 weeks.

Lash lift before and after by Tan by Zoe

Lash Extensions

A costly exercise and an added expense to your wedding day as they require upkeep. Lash extensions last for approximately three weeks before needing a refill (a bit like acrylic nails).  This type of lash look is definitely full.  If truth be told, I’m not a fan, but each to their own. Out of the hundreds of lash extensions I’ve seen on clients, there would be less than a handful I actually like.  I can generally see lash extensions coming towards me before I even see the person.  They can appear very top heavy on the eyes.  If you love waking up feeling like your eyes are front and centre, then these babies are for you! 

Lash Extensions

Note: My wedding and special event prices include complimentary supply & application of individual or full strip lashes.  Beware some artists can charge up to $30 extra for these on top of the makeup application.  

Jane xo

Main Image by Phenomena Photography
Lash lift by Tan by Zoe

Wedding Day – Where should I get ready?

Bride getting ready

When you live in a beautiful city like Melbourne your option for locations are endless.

Some brides chose their own home, some the traditional location of their parents house and others a lovely Airbnb or Hotel Suite.

There’s lots of pros and cons to consider when choosing your perfect location, so I’ve compiled a list, some food for thought if you’re really unsure of the best location.

Your own home

  • There’s nothing like the comfort of your own bed and that familiar place you call home.  Everything you need is here.  If you’re a nervous person then having your creature comforts surrounding you might help calm those nerves.
  • Think about your décor, garden and general appearance indoors and out.  Will your home be a good location for any bridal party photos?
  • If you’re looking for a fun night, and having all your bridesmaids together the night before, will there be enough room for sleeping, and general getting ready space?

Parents home

  • Some people love traditions and getting ready at your parents home, which may still be your childhood home is the perfect idea of a wedding morning. Again, another familiar place.
  • A bit like your own home, think about the décor and whether there’s plenty of photo opportunities.  Are your parent’s hoarders? Is the furniture looking like you’ve stepped into a 70’s nightmare?
  • Unfortunately for some they may not get along with their parents like happy families. If you think your mum or dad are going to put any undue stress into the morning, or you’ll feel uncomfortable in their home then maybe rethink this location.
  • Lots of parents love to take care of their kids, and will always make sure everyone is well fed and hydrated on the day.  One less thing to think about…you may also score breakfast in bed.

Airbnb or Hotel Suite

  • There’s so many beautiful locations in Melbourne that we truly are spoilt for choice.  Opting for this type of accommodation means you can select a spacious modern location and you’ll have beautiful pre-wedding shots.
  • If choosing a hotel, make sure the room is big enough to house everyone – bridal party, hair & makeup team and photographer. Those amazing internet pictures can be deceiving and rooms are generally a lot smaller in real life.
  • Just remember, you’ll need a thorough checklist of what to take with you and a big list of “just in case items”.  You don’t want to be in a mad panic as you’ve forgotten something important.
  • Select a location within 15mins travel to your ceremony.  The closer you are, the bigger the sleep in and less rushing you have.  And no fear of being caught in busy Melbourne traffic!
  • Consider the lighting, some secluded BnB’s and hotel rooms are designed for romance, and unfortunately can be quite dark and not ideal for hair, makeup or photography.  

Any don’t forget wherever you decide to get ready just consider how far away it is from your ceremony?  If its 45mins or more, that’s just extra time in your “getting ready schedule” and potentially sitting in crazy Melbourne traffic.  

No one wants to see the Groom sweating…

Jane xo

Image | Clarte Photography

Makeup | Ava Jane Makeup Artistry

Melbourne Wedding Supplier Collaboration

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Believe it or not this day actually started 11 years ago on April 1st 2015, when I married the love of my life.

Little did I know that when I booked Mustangs in Black to drive me to my ceremony, that I would reconnect with owner and driver  Jonny Mustang 11 years later.

In April 2016 I was working a wedding in Kew.  I was walking back to my car after finishing making-over a gorgeous bridal party and as I rounded the car park there were three stunning Mustangs parked in front of me.  As a long-time lover of Mustang cars I of course had to stop and drool a little.

I approached one of the guys, and realised how familiar he looked.  When I asked the company name, I soon realised this same guy I was talking too had driven me to my wedding day 11 years ago!

After a brief catch-up, a little more drooling and an exchange of business cards, I was on my merry way.

Fast forward 6 months and I was so delighted to receive a call from Matt Jeffries, owner and operator of Wedding Services Melbourne and Matt Jeffries Entertainment, asking if I would  like to join in on a wedding supplier collaboration, and that I had been recommended by the one and only Jonny from Mustangs in Black.

I was truly honoured to not only be asked, but also to be put in a league of very talented Melbourne Wedding Suppliers.

Everything was set:

Two Brookes Bar & Bistro in Seville, Yarra Valley – wedding venue set on rolling green hills and vineyards set the scene for the day

Amanda Kilbourn Photography – taking beautiful, relaxed, natural photography

Post Film Productions – telling the story of a fun filled day through videography

Matt Jeffries Entertainment – bringing fun and positive energy through great music & wedding games

A Day To Remember Event Hire – setting up our rustic inspired décor

Wedding Flowers Etc – creating stunning bouquets, table and aisle centre pieces

Thafni’s Dress Making – putting hours of fine handmade sewing into our beautiful halter neck gown

Valerene Bespoke Jewellery – providing stunning custom handcrafted jewellery pieces

Mustangs in Black – providing a 1966 GT Mustang, a stylish classic American muscle car

A Tactile Perception – beautiful original hand crafted wedding stationery, inspired by origami

Ava Jane Hair & Makeup Artistry – well that’s me.  Inspired by inner and outer beauty, my aim is to bring out my clients best features and to create flawless, natural hair and makeup.

Well like all good weddings, there’s always a slight hitch.  We had a small hurdle of finding a bride & groom after our elusive models were a no show.  After a few quick calls and messages, this professional team had the issue solved.

Our fill in bride was our amazing jewellery creator, Valerene and our groom was to be Matt (not sure he was quite ready for the role of Groom).

After many introductions we all got to work creating our piece of magic for the day.

I decided to create a textured messy bun and a simple flawless makeup for our bride, to fit in with the natural rustic theme we had for the day.

With all of my brides I like to use long lasting products, that will see you through an early morning start or even a hot humid Melbourne Day.

One of my favourite foundations for Brides is Makeup Atelier Paris Waterproof Liquid Foundation.  This beautiful foundation glides onto the skin, providing amazing coverage without looking thick and caked on.  As this foundation is HD (High Definition), it photographs beautifully under all light conditions and is also waterproof and sweat proof to ensure maximum lastability.

A few other favourites I used on the day were:
Inglot Toner
Embryolisse Lait Creme
Inglot & Too Faced Eyeshadows
Smashbox Waterproof Mascara
Mac Syrup Lipstick
MAC Matte Bronzer & Soft and Gentle Highlighter
Inglot Blush
Modelrock Lashes
Vanity Mark Brow Powder

Thank-you to everyone who made this day possible.  You are not only fun and easy to work with, you are all a truly talented bunch of Melbourne Wedding Suppliers.

Jane xo