The many reasons why you should use Vegan makeup

Vegan Hair and makeup artist Berry Kangaroo Valley Sutton Forest Exter Berrima and Milton

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.

If you step up your choice of vegan makeup, to natural and organic makeup such as Zao makeup, or Ere Perez you will find yourself more often than not having a healthy skin day.

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.

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Steampunk fashion photoshoot!

Fashion Hair and makeup artist Sydney Canberra Berry Bowral Southern Highlands South Coast

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!















How to choose your makeup artist for your wedding day!

Bridal makeup and hair artist Bowral Nowra Berry Berrima Sydney Canberra

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Natural makeup is natural looking makeup. It is not a sheer foundation with a heavy eye – that is still dramatic makeup.
  6. Just because your friend can do her own makeup really well, does not mean she can do yours.
  7. 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.

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