I love weddings.  I did my first wedding as a professional makeup artist some 8 years ago now and I can safely say to this day it is my favourite special event to be involved in.  The vibe is just so much fun…a gorgeous excited girl to get ready for the biggest day of her life and some fab girlfriends, mums & aunties all there to see you shine!  Now, here I am in Brisbane about to start my business for the third time!!  I felt it was about time for my top 5 tips for wedding makeup that you’ll look back on and love for years after and share some gorgeous behind the scenes pics from Elani & Derek’s gorgeous city wedding that I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for.

My top five tips:

  1. Not strictly make up but…set the scene…have your room all set up with what you’ll need for a chilled out morning.  The best weddings I have been at is where you have the hair and makeup come to you this way you can totally chill.  I am used to working alongside other wedding professionals so we can work together to get you all ready in plenty of time with zero stress.  Have a wedding playlist set up or chose a few spotify playlists you love to have playing in the background, if you feel you might be anxious in the morning perhaps a diffuser with some calming essential oils filtering through the room can help you keep calm.  Button down shirts or robes are perfect for relaxing in and I think make great bridesmaid gifts.  Have some snacks ordered to come up to your room or buy some finger sandwiches & fruit platters to keep you all sustained through the morning.  Chilled champagne glasses and strawberries are an necessity!  Ask your girls in advance to keep on top of keeping the room today it doesn’t take long for a group of girls to make a bit of mess and if your photographer is coming up to your room minimising clutter is a good idea
  2. Prep baby….like anything in life when you prep for it you get better results.  For beautiful skin it’s an inside and outside plan required.  Be kind to yourself: drink lots of water, eat a healthy diet with loads of good fats and protein, look after yourself, sleep as much as you can, treat yourself with facials and use natural products that are gentle to your skin where possible.  Fall in love with oils, cleanse your face with oil, apply oil to your wet skin (I keep a jar of coconut oil in the shower and just smear it everywhere on wet skin, that and dry body brushing is a great combination for keeping normal skin in tip top condition.  If you have skin complaints you need help with go to a dermatologist in plenty of time so you can see results prior to the big day.  Use sunscreen always but especially on the run up to the wedding you don’t want any burns or lines.
  3. Living in a warm climate or just afraid of shine?  Chances are we have already discussed this on your trial but I want to assure you this isn’t something to stress about for your wedding makeup .  I suggest using a mattifying primer under your makeup and tag teaming it with a a long stay foundation for extra insurance.  Let me confirm to you that this doesn’t mean your skin will look anything other than natural and glowing.  By your wedding we will already have done your trial so you will know exactly what you will be having but if by chance you’ve changed your mind about a certain element of your makeup thats totally fine feel free to say.  Please also don’t think that just because you are the bride it doesn’t mean you are not human and a bit of shine is normal!  My custom buffing brush and a few other secret weapons can help keep you looking and feeling fresh.
  4. Stay true to your heart.  Make up changes with the times.  I’ve written before on why I prefer a natural finish when it comes to my makeups.  As I write this post I have the Kardashians on in the background (guilty pleasure!)…I’ve came to realise that quite heavy contouring has come to be seen as a normal/everyday look.  Well of course it’s not.   Yes I do contouring in every makeup I do but what I do is subtle, natural and face enhancing…nothing else.  Theres no dirty stripes, no runway landing noses.  We want you to look like you…never loose sight of that with the promise of a sculpted face!
  5. That being said…don’t be afraid to shine!  If you want to go for a smokey eye and a statement lip lets do it! That excites me.  At the end of the day I want you to feel amazing on your big day and that means going for a makeup that you love, makes you feel empowered and gives you a big old confidence boost for heading out for your big day!

A look behind the scenes:

Elani and Derek had a chilled, urban wedding at super chic Melbourne venue the QT.  These girls knew how to get ready in style and really made the most of their morning together, after all your wedding morning will give you some amazing memories just as much as the rest of your big day! Hope you enjoy these behind the scenes images by Jason Le Photography, Hair by Narelle Burns and me on makeup.  Elani and Derek are the first couple I know to have a ‘first look’ before the ceremony…I just love their faces….so much love!



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We just celebrated Poppy’s 5th Birthday.  We decided to have a Flower Fairy theme as Poppy is sure that she is a real life fairy perhaps from a previous time on earth.  Who knows but she has a nymph like nature and a sparkle in her eye to match.  Being a makeup artist I thought it was an easy option for me to do hair, makeup & nails for the littlies.  I first came across No-nasties Makeup before Christmas where the gorgeous owner Natalia sent me a pack for me and Poppy to review on the blog.  Guess what happened… Poppy was so excited that she ripped the box open before I could even grab my camera! So I, or should I say, the fairies treated Poppy to a deluxe play makeup set.


A word about my feelings on makeup for kids.  I’m a makeup artist Poppy sees me put it on everyday, of course she wants to play with makeup, she basically wants to be a mini mummy but for me I had never bought any.  The most I would do is give her a sweep of highlighter.  Of course someone else did and what resulted was my cute girls face with a greasy vaseline like finish smeared all over her…yuck.  I want to make sure what she’s using to play with is not loaded with chemicals, that it’s a safe product for her to experiment with and that it doesn’t leave her face looking  gross!


Needless to say all the girls loved it!  My favourites where the white sparkle eyeshadow and the shimmer balm…I like little girls to look like little girls. Poppy and her friends liked the purple and blue, the blush and the lipbalm was also a favourite.

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What else do I love about it?  The brown paper packaging is super cute & recycled. The products are made by mums!! I love the quirkiness, I love that this is something unique, cool & as Poppy would say ‘healthy’.  So if you do have a little person birthday coming up I highly recommend no nasties, next on my list is to try their edible nail polishes (!) and colourful hair chalk.  Head over to read all about No Nasties Makeup  and treat your little ones to some safe colour in their lives!

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The modern boheme bride is of course a natural beauty, carefree soul, nothing is an effort and you ooze radiance with the flash of a smile.  You’re so calm and collected it shows in your expression as you walk alongside the love of your life.  You’re not bothered by the fussiness of a gown you choose something funky elegant & cool. Onlookers are envious of your confidence, in awe of your style, warmed by your smile.  The perfect wedding inspiration.



Inspired by:

Storyboard inspired by the beautiful Wenke & Martin’s elopement Catini Gardens, St Kilda, Victoria.  Wedding photography by Jessica Roberts, Flowers & Flower Crown by The Doctor’s Daughter, Wedding Hair & Makeup by Made Over & Me.

Photo source left to right 1-3. Jessica Roberts 4. CatbirdNYC 5. Love My Dress 6. Jessica Roberts 



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Your hens party might just be one of the funnest things about wedding planning! What are you doing for yours?  If you are looking for an alternative to the winery lunch or bar hop what about a Makeup Masterclass?  You can choose your own theme & I come to you to learn how to do your own makeup.


Masterclass Themes:

Here’s some of the themes we can do in an 90 minute class.

-Liner & Lips the perfect vintage combo

-Flawless Face including how to Contour & Highlight

-Oh Oh Ah Ah Smokey Eyes

-Everyday Fresh Face

I’m open to any other suggestions you might have plus I can bring a stock of my fab Shanghai Suzy lipsticks if you’d like to treat yourself ($14.95). Costs from $250 including take home how to’s just email me to chat….feel free to bar hop to your hearts content afterwards xxx



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This one isn’t one of the usual little words that I come across.  It’s one I wish we didn’t have to encounter.  The other ones I can handle when they come around, I acknowledge them, I feel them, then I move on forgetting about their existence until they appear again.

Loss is different. Loss walks around beside you, hovering over you, ready to sit with you the moment you stop and allow yourself to think about it.

I’m lucky loss and me haven’t really had many encounters only when it was already expected and when it had come to a natural end, which doesn’t make it easy but it was loss that made sense to me and could be accepted.  Now I know how loss feels, how it hangs and stays. Even when on the outside when everything is fine and we function normally. Its still there.

And I know its ok to feel.  I know it should be.  The problem with loss is that our brains are left behind and they can’t keep up with what happens to our bodies or to the ones we have lost.  In our minds we’ve got it all mapped out, all planned and when it doesn’t work out that way its hard.  We can’t even see the one we have lost, hold them or ask them how they feel about it. Loss is lonely and quiet yet stifling and no body talks about it.  We just silently suffer.

We need to let ourselves feel it and let it out.  So there it is. My reason for writing this today.  What do I do when all is quiet except from me and my loss, when everyone else is off doing the things they are doing that day. The guard comes down and me and loss take ourselves for a walk. Breathing in the fresh air and I try to breath the loss away.  Thats the thing though sometimes it doesn’t want to leave so I guess we will just hang out for a bit longer.  I’ll be kept busy and taking my focus elsewhere but I have the feeling loss will be waiting for me whenever I choose to let it back in again and I’ve decided I’m comforted by that.  I know that letting it out makes me feel better, maybe not straight away. Loss and I have only really just started our relationship but it’s my understanding that  we are in for the long run and no matter what happens it will always be ok for me to let it out.  If you are experiencing it too  I hope you agree and I hope to allow yourself to have these moments too.  The thing is we should all talk about it more because we’re not the only one feeling it.

An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth.
Then whispered as she closed the book “too beautiful for earth”.
~author unknown.

If this resonates with you you might also like the rest of my ‘little words’ series see ‘if‘ and “sometimes

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