Hi! I'm Michelle. I'm a professional bridal hair and makeup artist... and I'm a self confessed perfectionist!

Making you feel incredible on your wedding day is what I do best. My absolute joy is to create exquisite bridal styles. In my 16 years experience,I have developed a style of fresh, luminous, natural makeup that still looks and feels like you – emphasising your best features that will make you feel amazing. Your makeup will be long lasting, and photograph to perfection whether it be a flawless natural look or a bold smokey eye. I believe that makeup doesn’t have to be too heavy for it to look incredible.

What’s most important to me is that you are comfortable and confident wearing as little or as much as you please! I am a self confessed perfectionist that loves dark chocolate and red wine.  I have strong family values and am a mum to 2 gorgeous daughters. I am based in Wollongong, and frequent Bowral & The Southern Highlands as well as Berry, Kangaroo Valley and all other South Coast regions. I invite my brides into my home studio for consultations and my special occasion guests, as well as being fully mobile- I will always come to you on the wedding day so you can relax and enjoy your day!

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Why choose me to be your makeup artist?

There are lots of professional artists to choose from.
Price, experience as well as products are the 3 main things that separate artists in the industry. So here is a little about me, and what you can expect from an industry professional.
The year 2018 will mark my 16th year in the makeup & beauty industry. This means that I have the experience to properly customise each client, whether you are a bride or in the bridal party, to match skincare & makeup products that will actually suit your skin type & condition.
I do not believe in a 'one brand fits all' and therefore stock a variety of luxe brands to create a flawless finish for each face I make over. I believe that your wedding day should be the one day you can spoil yourself, and feel pampered. The way you look and feel in your photographs should be number one priority so I certainly don't skimp on quality when it comes to your overall look and style! On the wedding day, I will not have you rushing around to finish getting ready at the last minute. I will make a timeline that will meet your specific wedding
needs, so we are not rushing a single aspect of your hair and makeup. This guarantees your look will be exactly how you want it.

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What's my style?

My makeup and hairstyles are soft, natural, beautiful and long lasting, backed up with a professional, all rounded service. Nothing is too much trouble and I will work with you until you are 100% satisfied with your chosen look. Your chosen wedding hair and makeup will look timeless and most importantly, you will love how you look when you look back at your photos! I have a great understanding of what needs to be done for makeup for wedding photography, as my husband is a top Southern Highlands wedding photographer. We make a sensational duo that work together during the morning preparations to make sure your bridal portrait photos are perfection. While I love enhancing your features in a natural style, I can certainly accommodate any glamorous makeup look you are after, whether it be a smouldering smokey eye to the sheer glowing you!

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Be an amazing version of yourself!

My brides feel confident in their look, and are treated to an additional service of an instant skin brightening & hydrating treatment, décolleté highlight, and luminous moisturiser on the back, arms and shoulders. Because a great makeup artist will not just paint the face.
If the only option you need is a reliable, highly skilled artist for your wedding day, with the added bonus of using beautiful high end products to feel completely pampered then please get in touch with me to discuss how I can be a part of your wedding preparations.

Being based in the Illawarra allows me to service Bowral and The Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Kiama, Gerringong and the South Coast regions with ease. I am
happy to travel anywhere for my brides so if you feel my style is right for you, no matter where you are, please get in touch.

Team Cato- Your Perfect Pair!

Did you know my husband is an amazing photographer?! I know, so convenient, right?! 

With over 10 years photographing weddings, from big city shebangs to the most luxe country estates, Gav is one of the most experienced photographers out there when it comes to weddings. We were both in the wedding industry before we met!

Together, we truly make an incredible team for your wedding day. Gavin specialises in creating magical memories for you to look back on, uses amazing silent cameras which is so important, especially if you are like 90% of brides that a little unsure of being in front of the camera- How nervous do you get when you hear that click of the camera? Not with Gav. His silent cameras make it a breeze. 

So many beautiful weddings are on gorgeous country properties, and his amazing drone ( he uses one of the best ones!) make for some swoon worthy images for your wall at home. Seriously, check it out  here and see below for an incredible destination wedding at Gostwyck Chapel, Armidale NSW. 

Between the two of us, we are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to planning weddings and love to assist our couples with our unique team service! But don’t stress, while we are both leaders in our prospective fields, you don’t HAVE to book us both together. I am available separately as is Gav. 

If you are in need of incredible photography for your day, start the conversation! Get in touch with either Gav or myself and we will be only too happy to help you plan the wedding you’ve dreamt of. 

Click here for Gavin Cato Photography Website

Click video below to watch me in action!

Nothing beats seeing flawless makeup for a gorgeous bride in real time! This short clip was filmed by DnM Wedding Films for Liz and Daniel's Valentine's Day Wedding in 2016.