Questions a hair & makeup artist gets asked…

How Much Time Do We Need For The Day? 

That’s the golden question! I like to re-phrase this one , ” so HOW early do I need to start hair and makeup?! ”  🙂 

Many ( if not most) people underestimate the time it takes for hair and makeup from start to finish.  On average, 45 mins per person for hair or makeup is a good starting guide. However, I like to add on a little bit extra as I too, believe it or not, need to have a quick snack, drink break and toilet break! 
There is no real “order” you go in either. Sometimes we may need to prep all hair first ( depending on the hair we are working with and the styles you are having). So sometimes you may have your hair prepped, then makeup, the hair finished then makeup /lips finished off. Its a work in progress right until that last hour where it all comes together. 

I aim to have you ready 1.5-2 hours BEFORE YOU LEAVE for your ceremony. This might sound like a long time, but it goes by in a flash and at a time when nerves, anxiety and excitement are at that all time high, the last thing you want to be doing is rushing around. Take it all in. Time is the only thing you cant get more of  on your day, so I will always allow enough time to not have you a rushed hot mess at the end. 

What makeup brands do you use? 

Short Answer: My kit evolves constantly as new and exciting products enter the market. My kit as of  March 2020 is:

Foundations:  Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, NARS Sheer Glow,  Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless , MAC face and body, MAC Prolongwear concealers.

Skincare: Perricone MD, La Mer, Ella Bache, Bioderma

Colours & Pallets:  Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Stila, Hourglass, MAC, Benefit,  NARS, Chanel, HUDA, 

Lashes: Helen Dowsley & Modelrock, Duo Lash glue. 

Brushes: Makeup Weapons, MAC, Rae Morris, Makeup Forever , Modelrock beauty blender. All cleansed and sanitised in between each client for your health and safety. Washed after every bridal party. 

Hair: Natalie Anne Haircare , Redken,  Loreal, Showpony Extensions

Can you do both hair and makeup for my wedding?

I’m pleased to offer a hair styling service to complement your bridal makeup. Due to time restrictions we face on a wedding day, generally, no more than 3 people for hair and makeup can be catered for by myself. For more than 4 people or on a tight time schedule, you will need to secure a second artist, and I can help you find that perfect someone. 

How far do you travel? 

 I can travel anywhere interstate or international with my kit. Being based in the Illawarra gives me very easy access to service the  Southern Highlands, Bowral, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Nowra, Camden, Sutherland, Kiama, Gerringong and Wollongong.  But I’m always up for an adventure so please get in touch to discuss where you need me to be. International and interstate weddings must be in conjunction with Gavin Cato Photography. We will work out a perfect package for you!

I live too far away and can’t get to you for a trial. Do I really need one? 

While trials are recommend to give you a wonderful overall picture of what to expect on the day and to make sure you are happy with your look, rest assured that if circumstances don’t allow a trial to happen, that’s fine too. With my experience, we will make sure that we have a telephone or skype conversation, and chat about your requirements, and on the day allow that little bit of extra time to make sure we achieve the most beautiful outcome you are 100% happy with. For more information, refer to Trials & Consultations

I love your hair and makeup style but my bridal party is too big for you to do everyone! What are the options? 

Firstly, get in touch by filling out the contact form. It will all depend on your location, how many people you have and what time your ceremony is! Many times, I will do the brides hair and makeup and then makeup OR hair for the rest of the bridal party. Where there is a will, there is a way! I’m here to help! 🙂 

Haven’t found your answer to your question? Please feel free to get in touch as I’m only too happy to help!