A couple of weekends ago, I spent creating so many different looks which were such fun. Creating looks for a photo shoot, wedding and a formal meant so many different looks with all having one thing in common. The skin was to be the hero.
This weekend all started on Thursday for me, as I prepared a young sweet lady to attend her Year 12 formal. She was a non-makeup wearer with a heart of gold. The added bonus was meeting her dogs and my gosh they were adorable. Samantha doesn't wear makeup very often if at all so we planned a look that was simply elegant but still had the glam look, this was subtle but still made an impact.
I created eyes that whereof soft pinks and purples (don't think 80's purples, it was much more subtle than this) with a nude matte lip. For this look, I focused the attention on Samantha's amazing and beautiful eyes. With a thin eyeliner and false lashes with those soft colours on the eye, it brought her dress to life as well as her eyes. Samantha's hair needed to embrace the messy look her already curly/fuzzy hair was. Poor Samantha she is one of those who goes fuzzy when it is humid and this day the storm clouds were rolling in during the afternoon.
The full list of makeup products I used for Samantha's makeup look.
Face and cheeks
Friday comes along and I get to work on a photo shoot. This time my model is Mexican and omgosh she is stunning sweet and lovely. The theme of the shoot was summer relaxed with a touch of glam. I started of Azul's makeup with a soft pink shadow and a more nude lip. As the outfits changed so did the makeup with more intense eyes and then lastly a darker lip. Azul's hair was simple with a curl to create flow, framing and a softness for the images we were to create. Although I don't have the full set of images yet I can show you one look with a beauty shot.
For Azuls makeup I used the following products.
Face and cheeks
As Saturday rolls around I get even more excited for the weekend. It is a client wedding day and the sun is shining. I headed off to Aberdeen which was just over 1.5 hrs drive away from my studio. Arriving at the venue was a delight it was a very old house with such beauty with plenty of hands helping the bride and groom set up the entire event as this was a DIY type of wedding.
A country style wedding with a touch of class was the order of the day so I set on getting the bridesmaid ready for the wedding with makeup and hair. I just loved the simple but elegant makeup I created which seems to have been the weekend makeup theme. Soft pinks and false lashes with soft curls, with the wind we ended up pulling the sides back to reduce the hair in face issues during the important times of the day.
To learn more about booking in a wedding makeup artist or even a special occasions makeup artist check out my blog Bridal Bookings.
Bridesmaid products used for both hair and makeup.
Face and cheeks
The bride was just a delight, and a pleasure to meet. After rushing around all morning and being asked a million and one questions I sat the bride Emily down and said to all the helpers that she is requiring a drink and some food while she relaxes in peace to get ready. This is my favorite part of a wedding, getting the bride to sit in my makeup chair and just relax and enjoy some pampering before the chaos of the wedding day begins. I make sure she has some food and a drink just a small one to enjoy whilst relaxing.
Emily was a complete delight as she relaxed getting pampered and as she glimpsed a guest walking past the window the nerves and the realness kicked in and she was just adorable. Emily's hair was similar to her bridesmaids with a slight twist to the pulled back look. I added a fishtail braid to one side.
Bridal makeup and hair products used to create this look.
Face and cheeks
This was one hectic three days of work and boy was it a lot of fun and I loved every minute of it, with my highlight of the 3 days being the smiles on my clients face when they got to see their final looks in the mirrors. For further images of each look click on the links or go to the gallery page. To book in or make an inquiry feel free to contact me.
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Special effect makeup I must say is one of the coolest things I have ever done. I never thought I would enjoy creating gore, but here I am telling you I LOVE creating gore with makeup. SFX is something I seem to have picked up rather quickly and easily.
A few months ago I did a class on special effects and I had the best time learning all about how to create different prosthetic and different kinds of makeup that you wouldn't see in most magazines.
I first learnt all about theater makeup and how to age someone using creams and OMG it is very dramatic and full-on but so much fun to do. Aging a face is so much fun and easy I took to it like a duck to water. I got to work and created this amazing effort. Forgive the model he wasn't overly liking the idea of being aged by makeup but what a champ he let me do it and take some images of it. Now when you view the images keep in mind that you would normally see this from a stage under massive amounts of lights from a distance.
I have also learnt how to age using latex and this was just as much fun a few more steps a lot longer to apply but, the results where just outstanding. I managed to pick this up just as quickly and easily. My model for the day was just amazing a young 24 year old who I made into a 70 year old. This was not the easiest thing to do but I achieved it and I was rather happy with the results. The image below will show you the results of the effort. The time it took to apply and to remove was a very long process but, the results were worth the effort.
Other SFX techniques I have learnt over the week have been cuts and bruises and again I can not express how much fun I had using makeup and special effects makeup to create the below looks. I actually started to get queasily towards the end of the cut application that is how realistic it was coming, i don't do well with open flesh at the best of times. Blood I can handle fine though.
Bruises was just as fun though did take a little more planning and thinking to have it be believable once the I had finished. I had to think about the age of the bruise where I had the impact and how big the impact was. After all this was decided it was quite easy and just required a gentle hand to help blend the makeup to have it believable I hope you like the results I created.
As you can see I have had a great time so far learning Special Effects. I have more to learnt more since I first started to write this blog which I will share another time. Keep your eyes open for more special effect makeup. Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment and I will get back to you.
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The honor it is to do a lady’s makeup on her big day is one of the most honorable bookings I get. The excitement and pleasure I get from the moment you book with me to the completion of your look is beyond words.
I love the preparation and deciding on the ideal look for your big day. Getting to be creative and to work out what not, only will look best but bring your big day look together with makeup and hair is exciting. Some brides go for full on makeup glam looks and others just want to get a minimal but polished look. No matter your style and makeup need I am here to help create your perfect look for your perfect day.
Wedding makeup is one of the most important makeup applications of a women’s life and as such I take every step to ensure your makeup is looking its absolute best and lasts the distance. I pride myself on creating the perfect makeup for photography and for the mirror to allow the natural beauty of the bride’s excitement and happiness to shine through and to allow the camera to capture it too. It is a balancing act to creating makeup that is perfect for both but with my experience as a bride, makeup artist and an artist that’s worked on many photo shoots I am proud to say I can create this very look.
The Glam Bride – This bride is looking for the full glam makeup with eyebrows on fleek and stunning eyes, skin and lips that pop. This bride loves the highlight and the contour and false lashes to match with very polished hair styles. This style makeup is fir the bride who loves makeup already who wears it often, not often will you see a non-makeup wearer wearing this style makeup on her wedding day. This bride often loves Instagram makeup artists and find their bridal makeup look here.
The no makeup - makeup bride – This bride likes minimal makeup but still enough to make her feel done up and pretty. She often doesn’t wear makeup or when she does its usually the minimal makeup. False lashes still could be applied here to help pop the eyes especially in photographs. The makeup is simple with natural colours such as light browns or soft pinks with lighter lip colour then the glam bride. She may still have full coverage foundation depending on the skin and how comfortable she is. I love creating simple makeup looks or the bride because it is all about showing off their natural beauty. This is the look that’s most in and what Megan Markle wore when she married Prince Harry in early 2018. Perfect for the beach, boohoo or casual/simple wedding to give that feeling of effort and feeling special without going beyond her comfort zone.
The In-between Bride – This bride is in-between the no makeup and the glam bride with a heavier eye or lip look to make her makeup pop. You won’t find this bride with full on eyes and lips as it is more about one or the other, this is a great way to stepping up a bridal look but still looking quite natural and you. A full coverage to medium coverage foundation is recommended for this look with either a stunning red lip or a much stronger eye look with a winged liner, pinks or browns to highlight the beauty in the bride’s eyes. Some highlight would be an added glam touch that won’t take the look over the top keeping in with the feel of the bridal’s natural elegance. This makeup is perfect for the more formal affair but still casual, cocktail style weddings. This is by far one of my favorite wedding makeup styles to do, because its taking the natural beauty and adding a bit of glam to the look creating a great photographic look but keeping the bride relaxed.
On the wedding day it is important to have picked the right makeup artist that not only will deliver the look you wish to have created, but the feeling of relaxed and ease that she will add to your day. Not having a well-run day creates stress and an unwanted amount of unease to your day, one of those things that you don’t want is a makeup artist that isn’t there on time or who is causing you more stress then its worth. Picking your makeup artist is challenging, my recommendation is to meet with your artist, or speak with her over the phone to get a feel for her and her knowledge of makeup, then book her in. I offer consultations free of charge to connect with a bride prior to her booking me to confirm that I am the right fit and that her day running smoothly is my main goal along with makeup to die for.
I highly recommend you have a wedding hair and makeup trial prior to your big day, this will help iron out and issues and miscommunications you may have had. Book this in for when you have an event, big dinner or even better your hen’s night which would also help you know how it will wear and what you did and didn’t like when going back through your photos of the night. If there are issues you had I recommend speaking with the makeup artist and seeing what her thoughts are and how she handles it if she doesn’t handle it with poise and grace I then would book with a new artist. Always give your artist a chance to fix any errors and issues you may have prior to booking a new artist.
I love making my brides feel at easy and relaxed it’s a long day and a big one the more relaxed they are the more they will enjoy the day. I focus first on the bridal party getting them all sorted first along with any little kids that are there too. Then I can put all my attention onto the bride, giving her the full attention from that moment on makes her feel thought of, relaxed and ready for the big day. I make sure she has eaten something prior to walking down the isle as its such a long time from the ceremony to the serving of dinner. Wine and drinks should be flowing but not so much so that she’s going to fall down the isle as she walks towards the man of her dreams, her best friend, her future.
I love weddings and I can’t wait for every wedding season to come along to help prepare brides for their future. If you need a Makeup and Hair artist for your upcoming nuptules please feel free to contact me for a detailed pricing and details. I can cater for large or small groups and location isn’t a worry just may incur an added cost dependent on the distance from my location in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
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The first subject I want to teach you is all about skin care and its importance to makeup application. I can't stress enough on how important this is not only to your skin for keeping it youthful for as long as you can but to how your makeup application will look as a whole.
Having skin that is well looked after will provide you with the best base for your makeup to give you that flawless glowy skin we all crave. No matter how hard you try to get that model looking glow without skin care you won't and if you do it won't last the distance. Below is an image of a client who went to a ball recently I did her makeup and her skin looked amazing and her makeup lasted the distance. She doesn't wear makeup often and the image was taken later in the night proving that she gave me the best base for her makeup application.
Aged skin and dry skin are hard to give you the glowly smooth skin if you don't take care of it providing the moisture it requires and craves. This skin type leaves flaky skin on the surface and will show up when makeup is applied.
Oily skin has far too much oil and this gives you pimples and black heads taking away the smooth skin although you have excess oil this won't give you a glowy skin it will just look like you have applied too much oil to your skin. To smooth this out and give the best base an appropriate skin care is needed.
To get the best out of your makeup artist it is best to give them the best base to work with, following a skin care routine that is suited to your skin needs is the way to do this. It really doesn't matter how much money you spend on a makeup artist or on makeup the results will be the same. The makeup will shift, and look dull and lifeless and won't last as long as you want it to.
If you are new to skin care then I suggest you make an appointment for a skin analysis with either myself or your local beauty salon. Below are two of the skin care ranges I have worked with for my skin and on clients. I love the Alpha-H range especially for acne prone skin. For more information contact me or your local beauty salon.
Don't forget the best skin care routine is done in the morning and at night, with the routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising suited to your skin type. If you are already doing this and your finding it is not working change the brand or add a mask to your routine a mask 3 times a week is optimum but not essential.
Aged skin is skin that is over 30 years of age. I know we aren't old yet but our skin sadly is from 30 so don't forget to reevaluate your skin care routine once you hit this age. Keep your eyes open for further skin care advise and routines to help you get the best skin for all your makeup needs.
Dreams can come true!
The day of my first photo shoot I was very nervous and I felt sick in my belly, wondering what I went and got myself into. I never been on set of a shoot before and I haven’t really done much makeup for anyone or anything at this stage. I was so worried I won’t be any good or be able to pull this off but it was all too late it was shoot day the model was arriving and I had to be ready. I may not have had much self confidence at the time but I didn’t let it show and I didn’t let on it was my first gig. Although I didn’t get paid for this gig I got paid with experience and that was worth every moment.
Leading up to the shoot I did my research spoke with all the team members regarding their desired outcome and what they where looking for in the over all feel of the shoot. I explored the theme took note of all the colours and dresses the model would be wearing and got to work on designing a couple of looks for the shoot. I shared my ideas with the group and some face charts to show them my train of thought. They loved my ideas, I was ready for the big day.
Shoot day! The model arrived and I sat her in the makeup chair, she was so tall but so welcoming (even though it was my house) she made me feel at ease and I started to prepare the skin ready for my creativeness. A pinup feel for a pinup fashion label Sarsparilly. Once I prepped the skin I got to work on the eyes then the foundation/base and the lastly the hair. All ready to go we head to location where I meet for the first time in person the designer and the photographer both was so welcoming and encouraging. The shoot went to plan the model looked amazing in every dress and the hair and makeup complemented every dress. Touch ups and dress changes where very interesting to be at an old train station with others coming along watching what you are doing was a great experience.
I learnt so much on the first shoot that I appreciated every minute of it. I felt very short against the model but I have come to realise I will feel short next to any model and that is ok. I learnt that my makeup skills speak volumes and I learnt that I loved being on set creating images that can last beyond a lifetime. Creating and capturing the feel of a scene is one unique experience. Working with a team was encouraging and exciting all at the same time.
The makeup look I ended up going for was very retro 1950’s in keeping with the label I was working with. I used soft pinks on the eyes and cheeks with a strong winged eyeliner to go. I used a pink lipstick that was strong to make the lips pop. The foundation was kept to match the models skin and was dusted lightly with a setting powder to remove the shine. Hair design was a tight wavy curl to match, this created a beautiful frame for the model and a base for when we used hats.
This day showed me that anything can happen and dreams can come true. I loved every minute of it and was very excited to keep going. I hated waiting for the images but they where worth the wait. I guess the hardest part of being a makeup artist is waiting to see the images when you work on a photo shoot. To book me in your next photo shoot contact me for booking details and prices.
Dreams can come true!
Hello, my name is Jasmine I am a freelance makeup artist living in the Newcastle area of NSW, Australia. I first became a makeup artist around a year ago, after I completed a diploma in beauty therapy in 2016. Although I loved all aspects of the beauty industry I found I wasn’t able to be creative. Whilst completing my beauty therapy course I completed a makeup module and fell in love with makeup. Over time I learnt how creative makeup can really be, this is where my passion for makeup and becoming a makeup artist started.
I first started experimenting with makeup on myself and trying different brands as I looked for a diploma course for makeup. I found a course that was perfect, I got to learn all different aspects of makeup not just in one area, I’ve learnt a lot about bridal, theatre, production, photography and even SFX. I have found that my knowledge has grown in many of the areas of makeup from hygiene, lighting effects, and creating a look perfect for the individual.
Over the past year I have found myself working on many photo shoots firstly it was to build a portfolio to show you what I am able to do and to network. I found I was becoming creative and enjoying every aspect of it. Looking through the images over the course of the year I have seen a significant improvement of my skills and abilities and I am very proud of how I have grown.
I decided to create my own business to be able to get up and work every day as a makeup artist. Working as a makeup artist, is a dream that is now my reality. Dreams can come true if you put your mind to it. It isn’t always easy to juggle life and all the responsibilities I have in life but I must say I am enjoying every minute of it. The ability to make others feel special or to create something completely out of the ordinary is sure a lot of fun.
I love working on photo shoots and on set but I must say the ability to make another human feel amazing for a special event is sure something I take pride in. Hearing from a bride after her big day that I made her feel amazing and forget all the illnesses she has been suffering in the lead up made me feel humble and proud that I gave this beautiful soul her dream. She didn’t look sick so didn’t feel sick and her guests where able to forget she was sick for the day.
I have managed to work with some amazing people of the course of the year, Photographers whose talents are out of this world and up and coming ones. The beauty within from models is amazing and working with these has been a real treat. The background of a person is not one you can tell by looking at them, you must open your eyes and look beyond the cover. My creative juices run wild when I meet souls of beauty and to bring out this beauty is a pleasure.
I started this blog so my clients can get to know me. The one who is putting on the makeup, the one behind the brushes, so you can watch my journey, to inspire others and to give you advice and tips along the way.
Let’s start this journey and get to know each other along the way and learn some great makeup tips too.
Dreams come true!