Bridal Trials

What are they and do I need one?

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:

  1. Getting to know each other – Trials are a great way for the artist and bride to get to know each other face to face.  Are these the people and personalities that you want with you on your wedding day?

  2. The finer details – An opportunity to discuss your wedding in detail.  The dress, location, timings, photographer, celebrant, flowers and just generally how the bride should expect the morning to run.

  3. Putting your hair and/or skin to the test – As artists, we can only choose products based on the information you provide us.  It’s a way for us to trial the best products on your hair and skin and ultimately get the absolute best result on your wedding day.  When we use the word trial, it’s not about our skills being put to the test, it’s actually seeing what will suit you best and how it performs over the course of the day.

  4. Understanding what you want – make sure you have a clear idea of what look you’d like to achieve. If you really have no idea, then let your artists best advise you.  If you have pale skin, then don’t choose inspiration images that portray a highly bronzed look. Don’t choose images of beautiful blonde up-styles if you have dark brown hair – all that beautiful detail is not as present in darker hair.  Don’t choose a model with huge big eyes and loads of lid space, when your eyes are hooded.  You will not get the same effect.

  5. You never wear makeup – if you are an absolute non-wearer of makeup, then it’s probably a good idea to have a trial.  Whilst the most natural of looks can be created, having dimension and colour added to your face can still be a little overwhelming.  I often find that once people continue to look at themselves in the mirror, the more and more they love their new look.

  6. Valuing others opinions –if you are someone who really values your mums or best friend’s opinion, then discuss your choices with them and bring them to the trial with you.  My studio is small; however, I can accommodate two additional guests.
  7. When – we generally suggest you contact us 12 months in advance to check availability for your wedding day. Don’t wait to the last minute. Wedding plans for some are commencing 2 years prior. The actual trial can then take place between 3-6 months prior to your big day.

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…

Jane xo

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

*** Professional skincare available through my favourite online authorised stockist – click the link Skin Matrix

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”?…

Brides guide to creating a stress-free wedding morning

Bride and her bridesmaids getting on the wedding dayYou’ve no doubt been scouring Pinterest and getting lost for hours in the images of happy carefree bridal parties in their robes. I too have been a bride and it was many (many) years before the craze of social media took hold. The things I stressed about just paled in significance to the magical day I had. Brides put so much pressure on having ‘the perfect day’ that sometimes they can forget to relax and take in the moment.

Here are my 12 top tips to help you create a calm, stress free wedding morning:

CATCH THOSE ZZZZ
Get to bed early! I know it’s tempting to stay up all night with your bridal party chatting over a few wines, but the last thing you want is to be tired or hungover. Jump into bed early with some beautiful fresh linen and a nice cup of herbal tea.

TIMING IS KEY
Ensure you have a running schedule from your hair & makeup artist and from your photographer. Your suppliers have been working weddings for many years and they always include some extra buffer time just in case a problem arises. Each and every step should be relaxed, not rushed. If you think your day is starting out a bit earlier than what you had thought, please just trust your wedding suppliers.

BOOGIE
Prepare a Spotify playlist of your favourite tunes. Music is a wonderful destressing tool. It’s also a nice way to break any silence and to get everyone in the mood for the fun day ahead.

NOURISH
It’s a good idea to have some pre-made platters and nibbles. Nothing greasy or messy. Fruit, sushi and finger sandwiches are always devoured. Also drink lots of water, hydration is key!

SPICK, SPAN AND READY TO GO…
If you’re getting ready at your home then make sure its spick and span. You’ll be surprised, but this can save time for when the artists and photographers arrive. The last thing you want to be doing is vacuuming or tidying up. Also have someone designated (Dads are always a good option) to tidying up any mess created throughout the day and preparing any bags to be taken to the ceremony/venue.

ARE WE THERE YET?
If your home is 45 minutes away or more from your venue then consider booking accommodation close by. This way you won’t be worried about being stuck in traffic and you won’t be up as early in the morning. Just be sure to write yourself a checklist of what to take with you.

IF THE DRESS FITS
Make sure everyone in the bridal party tries on their dress a few days before the big day. You don’t need any unexpected zipper malfunctions.

READ THE FINE PRINT
Please read all of the information your hair & makeup team provides on skin and hair preparation. Don’t go and have any last-minute waxing or buy some new beauty product you’ve never used. The last thing you want is a reaction!

ALLOW EXTRA TIME
Don’t wait to the last minute to get dressed. Surprisingly this can take time. Bridesmaids should all be dressed before the Bride. Also, if the brides dress has a button down back, take note of how long it takes to do this up. Some buttons can be fiddly, and can take much longer than you think.

WEATHER CHECK
Check the weather forecast, if its looking like rain, then think about purchasing a few clear umbrella’s. They’ll keep you dry and look amazing in your photos too.

DELIVERIES
Make sure important things like flowers, cakes etc. are being delivered exactly where you need them to go. Who wants to be rushing around picking up orders, or worse be the person responsible for holding the cake!

ENJOY BEING PAMPERED
Put down your phone and relax while your hair & makeup team are pampering you. Having a mobile service is a luxury, so sit back and enjoy every moment, as it doesn’t happen every day.

Your wedding morning is what you make of it. It’s a fun time, so relax, get pampered and enjoy quality time with your bridal party.

Jane xo