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Questions and Answers

  • Can I have a trial makeup before I book you for my wedding date?
    Yes, you can. But booking a trial makeup by itself will not hold your wedding date. Bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis, and my dates are limited, so you will unfortunately run the risk of someone else booking in. I recommend having a trial makeup one to three months before your wedding date when all the other elements are in place: your dress, the colours your bridal party is wearing, the flowers, your hairstyle and your jewellery. These elements will have a connection to your makeup design. If you are interested in booking me for a trial makeup only please fill in the contact form and mention it in the notes section. A trial makeup alone (without a wedding booking) is $300.
  • Are your products cruelty-free?
    No, not all of them, and it’s an ongoing dilemma of mine. I believe in cruelty-free products. No animal needs to be harmed for beauty or any purpose. I have been a vegetarian for 30 years and am appalled by how prevalent animal abuse is in our society. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same, and the lure of the almighty dollar is more potent than ethics. Most makeup companies do not test on animals during their manufacturing process; however, if they want to sell their products in China, they are bound by Chinese law, which requires some finished products to be tested on animals. When I work on a film, I am sometimes supplied with makeup products necessary for the actors I work with. At the end of the job, the products are in my kit. After much thought and deliberation, I decided that throwing them out would be irresponsible and wasteful, so the best thing I can do is use them until they are finished or expire. My commitment is that all new products I buy are cruelty-free.
  • What are your terms and conditions?
    If you’ve been researching different makeup artists, you may have already seen some standard terms and conditions on their websites. While doing my own research, I discovered DIY or template T & C’s, not written specifically for your business by legal professionals, may not offer the best protection for myself as a business or for you as the client. Worse, if they are copied and pasted, then it’s a copyright infringement! So, I bit the bullet and paid a lot of money to have mine prepared by a business lawyer. Consequently, mine are tedious, full of legalese, and not appropriate in length to appear here. My current practice is that when you submit my contact form, I will send you a quote along with my terms and conditions.
  • Do I need to have a trial makeup?
    A trial makeup for the bride-to-be is essential. You are the star of the show! In the film world, we call them test makeups, and all the main characters have at least one. Makeups are often drawn first and the products selected. After that, the testing process begins – the first tests are usually on an extra and then on the actor. We photograph and sometimes film the tests. We look at the results and make any necessary adjustments. This process ensures everyone is happy – the director, producers, designers, and actors. Can you imagine getting to the first day of filming and everyone having to stop work because the makeup isn’t right!? It would waste a lot of time and money. It would cause stress, and confidence would be lost. On Mad Max - Fury Road, we tested for three months! And we won the Oscar for it! I see your wedding day the same way. It’s a production. You have spent a lot of time, money, and effort in its planning, and you want to be sure everything is the way you want it. A trial makeup is one way to ensure your look is how you imagine and that you feel comfortable with me too.
  • How long will the makeup take on the wedding day?
    I allow 1.5 hrs for the bride and 1 hr each for the bridal party/guests. I also add 30 min set up time and 15 min to pack up. These timings ensure that there is enough time for skin prep, makeup application and a tidy up in between each person. Together we will discuss the timings for your wedding day, and I will provide a makeup run sheet for you, your bridal party, and relevant vendors.
  • Can I talk with you before making a booking?
    Yes! I’d love to have a chat with you! Please fill in the contact form, and I will send you a no-obligation quote and a link to book a free phone call.
  • Do I need a fake tan?
    No! I love natural skin tones, and pale skin is beautiful and healthy. If you have your heart set on a fake tan, please only go one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone with preferably no tan or just a very light mist on your face, and also, prepare to have one before your makeup trial.
  • Why do you need to bring a second makeup artist?
    I don’t like to feel rushed, and I don’t want anyone else to feel like I am hurrying to get through and not doing the best job possible. So, the ideal number of people I like to makeup is three (maximum four). This helps to ensure everyone's makeup is applied with absolute care and attention, is as fresh as possible, and the vibe is as relaxed as can be. If you have more than four people in your bridal party, I will bring a second makeup artist. The additional cost is a flat fee of $200.
  • What brands do you have in your kit?
    I use what works, not what’s in fashion. Often makeup products come out of the same manufacturing plant with a different label on the front. Meaning some less expensive products perform just as well as high end. I currently use skincare from Clemence, First Aid Beauty, Go-To, Gressa, La Mav and QED. My makeup kit includes Armani, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, Danessa Myricks, Ere Perez, Eye of Horus, Face Atelier, Jane Iredale, Natasha Denona, Kryolan, MAC, Makeup Atelier, RCMA, The Balm, Viseart, and more!
  • Can you explain your travel fees? Will you require accommodation?
    I charge a minimum of $50 travel for every booking. This charge covers the time it takes to pack my kit and travel up to 25km from my home in Woodford. So anywhere in the Blue Mountains from Glenbrook to Blackheath will be $50. After that, the cost is an extra $1 per kilometre, as per Google Maps. For locations 150+km drive from my home, I will likely need accommodation the night before the wedding and possibly after, depending on start and finish times. If your bridal party is large and I have booked another makeup artist, they will need accommodation too.
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