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

Makeup is NOT photoshop!

Don’t be fooled into thinking that everyone on social media has amazing flawless skin!

Unfortunately, it’s becoming ‘the norm’ to edit photos. From removing wrinkles, smoothing skin texture, changing eye colour, the list is endless.

Have you ever seen a before and after photo where the clients scars, raised acne, wrinkles and fine lines have miraculously disappeared in the after shot?  Believe me, this is not the work of a makeup brush or the artists mad skills, but more like “ALAKAZAM’ some great iPhone app skills.   

The constant editing of images is building unrealistic expectations from our clients (of all ages) and it saddens me that there are so many artists heavily editing their work and misleading potential clients into what is achievable.

Dark under eyes, pigmentation, non- raised skin marks and discolouration can be corrected and disguised, but any texture on the skin will not just disappear into thin air. Skin texture cannot be removed. 

Whilst makeup can still create amazing before and after results, I tell all of my clients that your makeup will only be as good as the skin its sitting on top of.  If you struggle to even wash your face, remove your makeup at night, and use supermarket grade skin care, then please don’t expect that the makeup artists brush will have some crazy Harry Potter wizardry.

If you want to see real unedited work, then follow makeup artists who don’t use these filtering tools on their photos.  Once you’ve seen the editing you won’t be able to unsee it! Signs of edited work are ultra-smooth skin with zero pores, no lines, insanely good before & after photos, fuzziness or shadowing, areas of the face blending into others, blurriness in the eyeshadow and brows, and every single person’s face looking exactly like the last one posted!

If you want your makeup to look amazing then please do yourself a favour, invest in quality professional skincare with active ingredients. Have regular skin treatments, use SPF daily and stay out of the sun.  AND always take your selfies in great light, it really does work!  

Please don’t put crazy high expectations upon your makeup artist.  We go into every job with the very best of intentions, and that’s to make our clients look and feel beautiful.

Have you ever heard anyone say “I really regret looking after my skin”?…