Posted on May 24, 2019
You’ve chosen your artist for a reason…because you love the look of their work. Out of all the businesses listed on Google, the multitude of makeup artists on social media, the recommendations from family and friends, you’ve narrowed down your choice and you believe they are the right artist for you.
Here’s a few things to consider if you’re thinking about having a trial:
Whilst we do our absolute best to ensure everything is perfect at your trial, you may not walk away with the look that will be created on your wedding day.
Details can be changed. So, if you specifically asked for a winged liner and hate it, don’t be afraid to say “I’d like that changed on my wedding day”. Don’t rush off and have a trial with another artist because of one minor detail.
And lastly, please remember whilst you are ‘trialling’ our service, you are not putting our skills ‘on trial’. We are industry professionals and have been working with brides for many years. So just sit back, relax, try not to keep looking in the mirror and let us create your perfect look.
Feel free to read all of our wonderful reviews from the “Real Melbourne Brides” we’ve worked with.
Until next time…
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Posted on February 20, 2019
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.
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…
Image | Clarte Photography
Makeup | Ava Jane Makeup Artistry
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Posted on April 4, 2017
So you’ve probably spent close to a year busily planning your wedding. You have the most amazing dress, the venue is booked, you’ve perfectly seated every guest and your cake is something Adriano Zumbo would be proud of.
Now don’t forget about yourself…after all, what’s a wedding without a beautiful bride.
You contemplate (only for a nano second) if you are good enough to perform this task yourself. You decide you need a professional; this is the biggest day of your life.
Here are my top tips on hiring the perfect makeup artist:
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and that you’ll now feel confident in finding the right makeup artist for your wedding day.
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Posted on December 20, 2016
When I was invited back by Wedding Services Melbourne to do hair and makeup for another styled shoot, I of course jumped at the opportunity. I was super excited when the location was revealed. Avalon Castle in Cockatoo, Victoria.
Who knew a Castle only an hour or so from Melbourne’s CBD even existed.
As I was driving through the beautiful hills of Emerald into Cockatoo, I knew it was going to be a great day. The sun was shining and I was working at a Castle (like who does that!!) with other amazing wedding suppliers.
The estate Avalon Castle is situated on is just breathtaking. It truly was a Castle, tucked away in Melbourne’s beautiful South East. The Castle boasts medieval styled architecture, a chapel with stained glass windows, grassed tiered outdoor amphitheatre, luxurious dining area, and stunning accommodation for the bride and groom.
I worked with some familiar faces again, and also a few new ones. Everyone on the shoot was so friendly and down to earth and having the upmost professionalism and dedication to their craft.
Location | Avalon Castle
Hair + Makeup | Ava Jane Hair & Makeup Artistry
Photography | Amanda Kilbourn Photography
Shoot Organiser | Wedding Services Melbourne
Jewellery | Valerene Bespoke Jewellery
Flowers | Floral by Design
Videography | Post Film Productions
Cake | Langfords Patisserie
Celebrant | Sharon Kershaw – Civil Celebrant
A few highlights on the day were seeing our stunning faux bride emerging in her handmade princess gown by Thafnis Dress Making. Also to our event organiser Matt Jefferies of Wedding Services Melbourne who bought along a dry ice machine. Watching the smoke pour from the machine onto the dance floor, surrounding our bride and groom was mesmerising.
For this shoot I kept the makeup natural, fresh and glowing, bringing out all of our models best features. Our beautiful bride Nola has the most amazing skin, so why cover that up! We used soft purple and grey tones on her eyes and a one of my favourite lip colours MAC Viva Glam V. For Nola’s hair, I curled it all first to create body and texture. Then it was put up into an elegant chignon, allowing the backless gown to shine. One of the products I used in Nola’s hair was Batiste Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray. It adds volume to limp hair and creates a gritty texture on the hair shaft, allowing you to create beautiful full styles.
A huge thank you to Matt once again for organising such an amazing day, and an extra special thank you to Amanda Kilbourn Photography. The amount of work Amanda puts into each and every photo is amazing. It’s always exiting receiving a file filled with stunning photos.
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Posted on November 19, 2016
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:
Embryolisse Lait Creme
Inglot & Too Faced Eyeshadows
Smashbox Waterproof Mascara
Mac Syrup Lipstick
MAC Matte Bronzer & Soft and Gentle Highlighter
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.
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