I am loving the passionate vegan movement. As a great lover of all animals, and a staunch believer in animal rights, this is a massive step forward for the animal rights movement.
But not only is this movement fantastic for animal rights, but it is also a massive step forward for the health of our skins and the health of our planet.
As long as I can remember I have always only used and worked for companies who are cruelty-free, so the fact that I can now buy vegan makeup is extremely exciting!
Most people are not aware that makeup products sold to China have to be tested on animals before being retailed there. Companies such as Mac, Napoleon, Nars and many other top makeup companies are all tested on animals.
LOreal, and Estee Lauder-owned companies being the worst offenders.
Many of the not tested on animal companies such as Urban Decay, are now owned by the big groups – Urban Decay is now owned by LOreal who makes massive amounts of money from products tested on animals.
Over the last few years, I have had to part with so many of my favourite makeup products as greed has overtaken many makeup companies ethical values so I will not stock them anymore.
But beyond the ethical reasons for choosing vegan makeup, there are so many healthy skin reasons for choosing vegan. Plant-based and mineral products are healthier for your skin and are not likely to cause you skin irritations.
When you choose vegan makeup, you know you are not going to use something which could possibly harm or irritate your skin, as all of the products are plant-based.
Vegan cosmetics are known for having fewer ingredients in them than non-vegan cosmetics, and the less convoluted the product that you put on your skin, the better condition it will be in, and the less chance of you having a negative reaction.
The problem is, that many animal byproducts found in cosmetics are damaging for your skin, and do you really want to apply something to your skin which contains snail slime?
Sensitive skin benefits the most when switching to vegan natural cosmetics, as most vegan products – especially the natural ones are very simplistic formulas, many having a mineral base.
With so few ingredients and so many benefits from the natural ingredients, it’s difficult for your skin to ever become irritated.
Tons of vegan products contain naturally derived vitamins and other natural ingredients which mean you’re packing in extra benefits without even trying.
Depending on what the product is, they may be preventing signs of ageing, getting rid of eye bags, reducing acne scars or even making your skin glow!
Reduce the number of chemicals on your skin and keep your outside just as healthy as your insides.
Working with vegan and natural makeup does take more skill when applying it, but it does last and wear as well as chemical-based makeup when applied using the same application technique.
More and more studies are showing the downside of certain chemicals on the skin, so why take a chance?
My team and I are proud of the fact that we only use cruelty-free makeup and vegan makeup and we have transitioned to 100% natural and organic makeup where possible.
So you not only look beautiful on your wedding day, but you also know your skin is treated with the utmost care and respect. Plus you are doing your thing against animal cruelty and are helping towards creating a healthier planet for the children you will one day bring onto this planet.
I love a bit of good old Steampunk, I love that it is out there, crazy, creative, and has a unique style.
I love the clever mechanical designs, and the crazy and rather flattering and gorgeous gowns. If I wasn’t such a coward, I could really love wearing the gorgeous dresses and corsets which are part of the look – but I must admit, the models on this shoot told me that moving in the corsets was challenging, and driving the car would not be something you would want to do!
Mind you, it didn’t take hubby Steve from the 1910 Ironworks to long to get into the flow – he had a pair of steampunk goggles on before you could say Steampunk!
So when I had the opportunity to work with the amazing fine art photographer Nigel from Nigel Unsworth Studios, and the fabulous sister team from corsetry and steampunk fashion house Gallery Serpentine along with 3 crazy out there models – I jumped at the opportunity, and Ameina my wonderful team member jumped in next to me – as she loves nothing more than doing out there hair styling!
I loved the fact that although I am known for my clean looking natural makeup, I really enjoyed the opportunity to create a darker smokier eye makeup look than I normally do!
Everything was shot at The 1910 Ironworks – in the blacksmith shop and garden, in the Southern Highlands. It was a crazy busy day, worth it – we managed to get some seriously amazing photos!
Just a few of the wonderful shots!
So, you’re getting married – exciting!
You have found a wedding venue you both love, it’s booked, and your budgets are set.
Now it’s time to look for that perfect wedding dress which makes you feel like a princess and get your hair and makeup sorted – you have to look your best on this special day don’t you!?
Looking for the perfect makeup artist and hair stylist can be one of the biggest challenges you face, the way you look in your pictures need to look like you, just better!
Before I go into how to choose a makeup artist -first let me set a few old wives’ tales straight.
- You do not need to wear a lot of foundation and dramatic eye makeup for your wedding photos, not unless you are trying to sell the makeup artist’s handy work, which you are not, you want photos of you looking divine, not add to the makeup artists Instagram account.
- You do not need to wear a lot of foundation to make your makeup last, a good makeup artist will apply the makeup so well by layering, that it will last till the last kiss good night.
- A full set of false eyelashes will not make your eyes look bigger, they will close your eyes, make them look smaller and make you look like you are wearing a full set of false eyelashes, singular false eyelashes will open your eyes.
- Contouring to change your face shape so that your husband to be has no idea who is wearing that white dress coming down the aisle is not what he wants to see.
- Natural makeup is natural looking makeup. It is not a sheer foundation with a heavy eye – that is still dramatic makeup.
- Just because your friend can do her own makeup really well, does not mean she can do yours.
- Just because someone has done a makeup artistry course, does not mean she can do beautiful bridal makeup, what experience does she have as a makeup artist?
So – back to choosing your makeup artist!
We makeup artists are a sensitive bunch of souls, we are very proud of our work, and we all have a style of our own.
Personally, I like to describe my makeup style as Armani, I like clean natural fresh timeless looking makeup. I love an elegant natural glowing look.
Someone else may describe their makeup style as Versace, bold brazen colourful and dramatic, lots of gold, shimmer and contouring.
Another makeup artist may see themselves as Vivien Westwood (think Jeffree Star)– out there, pushing the boundaries, lots of vibrant colour, dead nude lips or dark black ones.
So when you come to me expecting me to do a Versace style makeup I am offended and confused, just because I am a makeup artist does not mean I want to copy someone else’s makeup! It is an insult to my sensitive artist’s soul!
You need to look like a glamorous version of yourself on your wedding day. Because one day you will look back at your photos or show your granddaughters how gorgeous you looked when you were their age, you look like you!
So, if you are a glam, and think Kim Kardashian’s makeup is AMAZING – choose a makeup artist who does your style of makeup, look at their work online – makeup they have done on other people, not themselves.
If you are a natural girl who never wears makeup, choose a makeup artist whose work reflects your natural style. Just because someone says they do natural makeup does not mean they do ‘natural’, so again look closely at their pictures online.
If you are not sure what style or look you are after, look for someone who does a wide variety of makeup looks, choose someone who has worked outside of the bridal industry as they will be more flexible in their style than someone who has specialised in bridal from day one.
Do not choose your makeup artist on price. Choose them because you like what they do, often, when you think you are saving money, the savings are only around $50 – $100, and for that, you could be missing out on looking the very best version of you. Save a few dollars on the flowers or the wine, but not on your hair and makeup and dress.
If I had a dollar for the number of weddings I have done, where a bridesmaid tells me that the makeup on their wedding day was not as good as the makeup I have done – I would be retired. These girls all admit they were looking at price, not style or quality when they booked.
You will forget the meal you ate on your wedding day, and the wine you drank, but the photos of you, looking like you, will last you a lifetime.
When going for your makeup trial, be clear as to what makeup you wear daily, this will give the makeup artist an idea as to how much or little makeup you normally wear.
Bring pictures from their makeup page or Instagram page – not someone else’s as we cannot copy someone else’ work. If you are a Pinterest queen – go to their Pinterest site if they have one and choose pictures of their work, this way you know that they will get your makeup look on point.
Remember your makeup has to suit your dress style, and the maid’s makeup has to suit their dresses. To avoid the flowers taking all of the attention away from your face, the colour stories need to match. You cannot have red flowers and wear a pink lip!
This is also the same for hair, your hairstyle needs to suit your dress – remember that your whole look is as much a story or style as the rest of your wedding is, it all needs to work together!
You are allowed to see what the makeup artist is doing to your face as you get your makeup done, feel free to check the progress in the mirror so that you know your makeup is on track! If they do not let you look, this could mean you could possibly end up with a makeup look you did not have in mind, by working together, you get to look exactly as what you had in mind.
Also, choose your makeup artist to suit your lifestyle choices. For example, if you are a big believer in cruelty-free makeup or vegan makeup, or you are a vegan or vegetarian, or health nut – you can now find makeup artists like myself who only use cruelty-free, natural where possible and vegan makeup.
If you are a big Mac or Napoleon fan, or only wear makeup that comes from Sephora or Mecca, choose a makeup artist who is on the same page as you, both of you will enjoy the experience of sharing colour ideas etc.
If you are one of those people who wish for the elegance of yesteryear, yearning for some class and style to come back to our lives of today, this vintage fashion shoot is right up your alley!
Anyone following my blog posts will have noticed my love for doing vintage fashion shoots with Gill from Twisting Vintage, and yes, this is another one of those!
I had the amazing opportunity to yet again work with Fine art photographer Oscar Coleman, who tried playing around a bit with some of the lighting in the shots – there were some amazing outcomes from it!
Gill and I styled this shoot together – it is always fun playing with her gorgeous clothes and her before a shoot! Gill loves to keep the style closer to the era whilst I always want to turn it into modern vintage – this shoot we followed her heart, and the clothes look divine. But I did go with a modern 60s twist with the makeup, which I wasn’t too sure I had done the right thing at first, but it did end up working!
The shots were taken at Robertson Heritage Railway station in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Unfortunately, no lovely vintage steam train came through to grace the shoot as the vintage trains do not come down here anymore.
I am very much a cruelty-free fur-free makeup artist, so if you are wondering why so much fur, I must admit, that I did take a little bit of a step of the animal rights ladder with the excuse that these are all very old and vintage furs………..forgive me anyone who is annoyed at me!!!
As always 1 enjoyed working with Twisting Vintage’s favourite model Tayla Monkhouse and a new model who was fabulous to work with as well Olivia Lucia.
Olivia’s beautiful face – she has the feel of Sophia Loren!
Tayla just rocks the outfits! In the following shots, she is wearing a favourite hat of mine – I love how the whole look is very Dior.
Oscar’s lighting techniques were really amazing – especially in the two following shots of Tayla just looking oh so dreamy
I just had to use these shoes – it is a pity you cannot read the writing!
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On a classically cold misty Robertson Southern Highlands afternoon on a dairy farm, a group of ethical, eco-friendly sustainable vendors and a very brave gorgeous model Lily ventured out to create an unbelievably beautiful shoot.
The amazing team of Hilary Cam Photography excelled themselves as always, capturing the beauty of the Southern Highlands so well, as well as Ethical Clothing Accredited Pearl Button’s stunning recycled lace gowns.
The handmade invitations were lovingly painted in watercolours on recycled handmade paper by Elk Prints. The beautiful flowers were by Dragonfly Magnolia who sources all of her flowers locally and uses only sustainable packaging, and the delicious cakes were by The Sweet Cake Collectiion using only the purest of ingredients.
Hair and makeup were by me, with the patient assistance of Jess.
The funniest and hardest part of this shoot were the animals as always!
Totally unpredictable and not always willing. The horse did not want to be photographed, and when one of the cows suddenly moved, it took off with our gorgeous Lily on its back! Although she fell off, she got up again and kept modelling – not surprisingly, she informed us this was the last time she would model, which is a pity, she looks so amazing on camera (and just as stunning in real life!)
The funny sheep had us in fits of laughter at times, and at one stage the farm dog and Hilary and Nic’s dog tried to join the shoot, which had everyone bar Hilary beside themselves with laughter.
As the evening mists rolled in, my beautiful Victorian couch ended up in the middle of a rise – so worth it.
Jess also did the hair and makeup for our gorgeous host Brooke McGee whose property we were on – thinking we may need to hit her up to be the next model for a photoshoot!
Some brides want to do something unique for their wedding – they want to bend the rules, not stick to tradition.
And often, when a bride wants to do something just that little bit different, they book me, and for me, that is seriously good fun!
In this case, the fun part was the bride Sian’s amazing dress!
Ameina and I had to get up super early for this rather nerve-wracking drive in the cold and dark from the Southern Highlands down to Oallen – 2 hours drive south – most of it on dodgy roads which would drop down in unexpected dips and suddenly turn a sharp right or left – no signposting! And although my car has amazing lights, we both often felt as if we were on a roller coaster!
But the trip was worth it. Dungowan Estate is magnificent, even if it is in the middle of nowhere!
The hair had to be really intricate and something special so as the dress would not outshine gorgeous Sian.
Although Sian’s instructions were originally for a nude natural-looking makeup with a bright pink lip, once I saw the gown, I knew she had to go bold, and she kindly gave me cart blanc and let me do my stuff – thank you for believing in me Sian!
I really love working with the lovely talented Olguin Photography – and so delighted to have received this gorgeous shots to share, of Sian in her amazing blue wedding dress!
I had the opportunity to do a beautiful, whimsical, editorial bridal shoot with Gathered Floral, Pearl Button Bridal, The Secret Garden and Panoramic Photography, in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW.
One of the best parts about doing bridal editorial shoots is that every supplier is able to bring their own creative ideas to the shoot, there is no set stylist or bride telling you what they ultimately want, usually just a bunch of creatives with an idea and a passion to make it all work for everyone.
I love what we all created that day, and am blown away by how beautifully Panoramic Photography captured it all.
Pearl Button’s beautiful vintage lace top, looked so gorgeous on our model Albertina.
Pearl Button is an accredited ethical fashion business which I find very exciting as I am proud of the fact that I only use ethical makeup and hair products, I adore that she is as passionate as I am about living ethically and sustainably.
I am a great fan of Gathered Floral’s flowers – I love how they look as if they were collected from the garden and put together, that the bunches are not structured and polished, that they just seem to explode in sheer loveliness.
The Secret Garden is a beautiful romantic garden – the perfect place for a garden wedding set in Wildes Meadow in the romantic Southern Highlands of NSW, it is 20 minutes south of Bowral so perfect if you would love somewhere a little more private than the busy bustling town of Bowral.
I adore soft pinky peach makeup colours for bridal makeup, and love the undone loose boho hairstyles brides are choosing today – so was particularly delighted to be able to bring both of my loves together in this shoot!
To see more of my bridal hair and makeup work, have a look in my Bridal Gallery
To contact me – go to my contact me page! I would love to hear from you! x
There is no greater honor as a hair and makeup artist than being asked to do the hair and makeup for the owner of a wedding venue, especially if it is a beautiful venue such as The Woodsfarm
Carly, the most bubbly super achiever woman I have ever met, managed to get her wedding venue on the South Coast of NSW ready just in time for her’s and Martin’s wedding day.
She looked so amazing!
Unfortunately, it rained – but this did not dampen the joy they both shared – they even had photos on Vincentia beach!
Carly chose the best hairstyle for a wet day – which looked amazing with her dress as well – it was a boho, messy bun. Her makeup was natural and golden, with just enough definition to make her eyes pop, not that this beautiful girl needed any help making her gorgeous big eyes stand out more!
Beautiful photos were taken by Blumenthal Photography.
I love a stylish timeless wedding.
There is nothing more beautiful than an elegant classic timeless dress which does not date, finished off with a beautiful polished but not stiff hairdo, and timeless elegant makeup which the brides great grandchildren will look at and say “wow” she was so beautiful” instead of – ” oh my! Look at her makeup! was that really fashionable then?”
Too many girls choose to have their makeup looking ‘right now’, with too much colour on the eyes, or too dark, too pale a lip, and too much foundation which the makeup artist says is ‘a natural’ look.
Luminizer should not send satellites off course – it should be subtle and luminous. Contouring should not be that of a drag queen’s – it should be subtle and undetectable.
Anyway – after my rant – here are some beautiful shots of Laura taken by the talented Zoe Morely Photographer, at Stunning Jasper’s Berry in Berry on the South Coast of NSW.
Hair by Ameina, Makeup by me.
I have a love/hate relationship with braids – I love the way they look, but hate the headache they often give me when I try to create that perfect boho vintage braid hairdo!
Trying to get the braid wide enough or big enough without compromising the rest of the hairdo often drives me nuts – especially when you are under the gun time-wise at a wedding – but once I get it right – I love the way it looks!
This is one of my most favorite bridal braid hairstyles – the wider braid with the twisted messy bun – this hairstyle looks divine on blonds. It actually only works really well on blond hair – you need the hair to be a little tackier and drier due to it being bleached – it does not work as well on natural soft hair because natural virgin hair tends not to hold. Nor does dark coloured hair as it is so soft.
This vintage style braid and hairdo, although very similar, is just a bit smoother and softer to match the elegant bridal gown.
When working with soft healthy natural thick hair – sometimes a more classic braid which becomes a braided bun works better and looks so much prettier than a classic messy bun braid.
This bun is a messy braid – an alternative to the vintage boho braid – it became a boho braided bun with the most divine flower placement!
This braid is gorgeous – the ultimate in simple boho bridal updo. My bride had fine hair – and all that she wanted was a braid and anything else I could do with it! So we braided both sides and turned the leftover braid into a bun!
This bride wanted her hair to look as if she had just thrown it together – the braid was an afterthought – so I was a bit worried that it would not work – but she loved it! And I love the vintage thrown together boho bridal hair look we achieved!
As a hair and makeup artist, I love doing something every now and again which is just a little different like a vintage 60s inspired bridal editorial shoot, down on the South Coast of NSW at The Woods Farm Jervis Bay.
The beautiful shoot is featured in The Wedding Playbook!
I loved doing this makeup look as it was still somewhat bridal, but with a touch of a 60’s inspired eye – but not too much so.
All of the divine shots were taken by Sydney Across the Forest a very talented husband and wife team who also designed the beautiful stationary.
I love vintage fashion – love vintage fabrics and lace – love vintage wedding gowns and because of that I really love the beautiful gowns Dinah from Milton of Pearl Button Bridal designs.
The stunning model was a Sydney Model – Albertina Burney – a very talented beautiful woman.
I love non-traditional weddings as much as I love a traditional bride – so Billie’s DIY wedding with the simplest of wedding dresses at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat although as all DIY weddings go – a touch chaotic, was lovely, and I loved her bridal makeup and hair brief and the fact that she trusted me to make her look beautiful without a trial!
I had a lovely day with her and her maids- and from her thank you message – she also enjoyed having me on board!
“Dear Yvette and Jess
Thank you for being so wonderful, calming, organised and professional on my wedding day! You were so wonderfully easy to deal with, and so flexible and relaxed both in the lead-up and on the day. It was really lovely to have you as part of the day, helping everything flow so smoothly.
The makeup and hair was also just perfect. I was so worried to get my makeup done as I’ve never been happy with being made up before, but your technique is so natural (yet very enhancing) and products feel great on your skin. Everyone felt so comfortable and special in their makeup, it was actually quite amazing.
I would recommend you a thousand times over and can’t thank you enough.
All the best
The beautiful photos were taken by James from Rose Photos