Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Bridal Makeup Looks - Summer & Autumn 2014

Wedding Makeup Ideas

Featuring beautiful glossy lips, flawless skin and stand-out eye makeup, you can find all of your wedding beauty inspiration below!

Pearly Eyeshadow, natural bridesmaid or bride makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Pink Lipstick, natural bridesmaid or bride makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Stunning Natural bridesmaid or bridal makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Smokey Eye Makeup, Pink Lipstick, pink bridesmaid makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Bohemian Makeup, natural bronze & brown eyeshadow, bridesmaid or bridal makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Mother of Bride Makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Beautiful Bride, flawless skin & pink lipstick. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup Beautiful Bride, flawless skin & pink lipstick. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Beautiful Bridesmaid makeup- flawless skin, lilac purple eyeshadow, & pink lipstick. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Beautiful Bridesmaid makeup- flawless skin, lilac purple eyeshadow, & pink lipstick. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Beautiful Bridesmaid makeup- bronze & golden tone eye makeup. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Natural Makeup for Bridal Party- Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Beautiful Bride makeup. Natural Taupe eyeshadow & gloss lips. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Beautiful Bridesmaid makeup. Natural Taupe Pearl eyeshadow & gloss lips. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup
Asian Bridesmaid makeup. Natural Taupe eyeshadow & gloss lips. Makeup by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup

All of these beautiful wedding makeup looks have been created by Makeup Artist, Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup. We are located in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Logies 2014 Fashion Spotlight

I was so excited to watch this year's Logie awards. I was super keen to see how the stars had scrubbed up and what were the dominating features of dresses. There were a lot of sheer fabrics mixed with heavy lace overlays, as well as plenty of soft wispy fabrics too. I had many favourites from the night, but there were a few unfortunate misses too. I was really hoping to see some more vibrant pops of colour- however, there were a few stunning gowns that grabbed my attention in amongst all of the black and white. The only other downside was that the lesser-known celebrities who were fabulously dressed seemed to get overlooked or missed on the red carpet.

Here are my TOP 10 favourites from the night:

1. Ella Scott Lynch 

Ella Scott lynch - Best Dressed Logies 2014
I love this girl! Not only is the dress amazing, but she also has the curves to rock it and beautiful red hair to match. She reminds me so much of sexy cartoon Jessica Rabbit, but a classier version! I love her hair and makeup too, and she's kept her accessories simple to complement (but not detract from) the main feature of the dress. She really hasn't put a foot wrong!

2. Melanie Vallejo 

Melanie Vallejo Logies 2014
I thought Miss Melanie was the most elegantly dressed of all the sheer lacy gowns.  The detail was heavily embellished, but on a nude fabric it was subtle and not overly contrasting. The lace was stunning without looking tacky or cheap, and it looked fabulous with her dark wavy bob, her burgundy lips & nails, and golden skin tones.  

3. Sandra Sully

Sandra Sully in White - Logies 2014
Sandra Sully wore this stunning Grecian inspired gown with such poise and elegance. The cut of this dress including the neckline and train perfectly accentuated her toned stature. I liked that she went for an up-style with her hair so that it didn't compete with the asymmetric neckline.

4. Anna Heinrich

Anna Heinrich Logies 2014 - white dress
Anna copped her fair share of bride-in-waiting comments on the night, but I think she looked stunning in this delicate white gown. I'm a sucker for a good train, and this one flowed so elegantly behind her. She completed the look with a tall, dark mancessory on her arm.  

5. Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore Logies 2014
Carrie looked really sweet in this princess-style gown. Not everyone would be able to pull this off, but Carrie wore it with such grace. It reminds me of something that Audrey Hepburn would have worn back in the day. The only thing I wasn't super keen on was the pockets in the skirt- to me it made it look too casual and would have been more elegant with a small clutch purse.

6. Demi Harman

Demi Harman Logies 2014
Demi was the epitome of Old Hollywood elegance.  Again, another stunning train which trailed behind a gorgeous lace beaded bodice. Her Hollywood inspired makeup & retro curled bob completed this vintage look. 

7. Natarsha Belling

Natarsha Belling Logies 2014
The thing I liked most about this dress was that it was simple and elegant, and it perfectly complemented Natarsha's svelte figure. Her accessories were kept basic, careful not to compete with the sparkle in the dress. A very classy, timeless gown that I personally would be more than happy to wear!

8. Laura Dundovic

Laura Dundovic Logies 2014
Laura took out my "Best pop of Colour" gown. Canary Yellow would not normally be a colour I would pick out for myself, but with Laura's complexion, hair colour, slim frame and red lippy, I think it looked fabulous on her. Not many people could pull this off, so I take my hat off to her! 

9. Livinia Nixon

Livinia Nixon Logies 2014
There was a lot of heavy lace work on the night, but this silver fern gown would have been one of my favourites out of all the lace gowns. I love the lace frame detail on the back, and the cascading silver train. She made the right choice to wear her hair up so that it allowed her to show off the gorgeous back detail.

10. Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais Logies 2014
Jessica Marais has the confidence and poise to pull off this slinky silver number. I really liked that this dress was a bit different to all the rest. I love the back detail on this dress, however my one criticism would be of the wrap around neck strap- from the front, it reminded me of the 90's choker trend (one I would rather forget). 

Teamed with a simple silver clutch and matte grey heels, Jess oozed style and with her hubby by her side, they got my vote for cutest couple on the night.

Over embellishment & ignoring the "less is more" rule, I couldn't help but wonder if these celebs had turned up to the wrong show - it looked as though some of them should have been performing on Dancing with the Stars or part of the Strictly Ballroom cast instead of attending a Logie Ceremony.
Worst dressed Logies 2014
From Left to Right - Angela Bishop, Madeline West, Tina Arena
Worst dressed logies
From Left to Right - Rebecca Judd, Rhonda Burchmore, Asher Keddie

What went wrong?

Angela Bishop - Too many sequins, too much cleavage and 80's power shoulder pads.

Madeline West - I love the colour on her, but there is just too much going on here. The heavy silver detail around the neck, the aqua belt, and the tendril fishtail skirt are all too much for this look.

Tina Arena- Poor Tina looked like her perm didn't turn out quite right. The hanging gold dress looked a bit frumpy to me, and her clumpy mascara made her look overdone and tired.

Rebecca Judd - Normally this Fashionista gets it right, but I found this dress confusing. Minus the belt and the strange block of lilac fabric around her hips, this gown could have worked.

Rhonda Burchmore - Oh deary me. Although this number somewhat suited her "over the top" personality, it made me want to look the other way. Again, too much going on- Makeup and hair was too heavy and plastic, and the dress was way over embellished. I think her fake tan was too much too given the fact that when she lifted her arms, you could see white armpits! Oooops!

Asher Keddie - It pains me that this beauty got it wrong this year! I always have such high hopes for Asher as she's such a natural beauty. But I have no idea what possessed her stylist to choose this bondage number. I really think this is going to be a dress that is looked back on in years to come for all  the wrong reasons.

This review is made up of my own opinions, which are of course subjective to my eyes & personal taste.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Best Wedding Tips for Brides-To-Be

I've worked in the wedding industry a long for a long time now, and often the same things pop up where I think "If only the bride knew this while she was planning for the day..." So here are my top 10 industry tips for all Brides-to-Be!

1. Prime Time

If you want to have a large bridal party (of 4 or more attendants), choose an afternoon wedding from 2.30pm onwards. This will allow plenty of time for hair and makeup, 'before' photos and of course travelling to the wedding location.

2. Personality is Paramount

Hire a photographer based on their personality, as well as the quality & style of their photographs. Your photographer should be someone you easily get along with, someone who shares your sense of humour and who will also be able to capture you and your loved one's personality in an honest and beautiful way....not someone who makes you feel uncomfortable to be yourself, or who makes wise cracks to try and get cheap laughs. Go for someone who is authentic and whose main goal is to capture your celebrations for all to enjoy and reflect on in years to come.

3. Trends & Regrets

Don't follow a trend for the sake of what's in at the moment. IT WILL DATE. Make sure you take a step back and ask yourself, "when I look back in 10 years time at my photographs, will I regret any of these decisions?"

4. Bridesmaid Selection

Choose bridesmaids based on friends and family members who will be there to support and encourage you on the day (and in your future together as a married couple!), not ones who will stress you out or make it all about themselves.

5. A dress fit for you

Choose a dress that is suitable for your body shape and accentuates your best features- see previous blog post "How to choose a Wedding Dress" for helpful tips on knowing your body shape and style suitability.

6. Cheap Doesn't Always = Best

Wedding budgets are tight and it's hard to keep them from blowing out. But be warned, cheapest suppliers/professionals are not always the best option- You get what you pay for. If you want a professional who is a specialist in their field, be prepared to pay accordingly. You won't regret the quality of the final product.

7. Style to showcase your personalities & relationship

Choose styling and accent pieces that accentuate who you are as a couple- often wedding guests will know half of the bridal couple (eg. the groom, or the bride) but might only be meeting the other half on the day. Make sure your wedding gives your guests an insight into who you are as individuals and as a couple. What do you love to do together? What common interests or backgrounds do you share?

8. Allow additional time on the day

Schedules are great, but often they don't allow for mishaps that can occur. Always calculate for more time- trust me, after working in the bridal industry for 7+ years, I know that there are always little things that crop up on the day that you don't account for. Eg, dad can't work out how to put on his buttonhole, the hair runs over time, you leave your bouquet behind etc etc. Always allow plenty of time for those little hiccups that pop up on the day!

9. Don't sweat the small stuff

Sure, it's important to plan the details down to a tee in the lead up to the wedding, but on the day there will be factors that you can't control (the weather might be unpredictably boiling or freezing, people's moods, emotions or comments around you, your flowers arrive and look more magenta than lilac, you forget to wear your something blue! Oh dear) Be at peace and go with the flow. It's those unpredictable things that often turn into the best stories and memories to recap on, and at the end of the day what really matters is that you get to enjoy the day committing to the one person you love the most.

10. Your Day, Your Way

Unfortunately, planning a wedding can often be stressful at times and strain relationships. As soon as the engagement has been announced, everyone seems to have an opinion on how and when you should do things. The main thing to keep in mind is that this is a symbolic and personal day which you are  wanting to share and celebrate with your fiance. It's important to listen to friends and family's advice, but at the end of the day, the decisions should be yours. If certain plans or arrangements don't feel right, then be strong (and polite) and choose to do things in a way which will reflect you as a couple, and will ultimately result in a once-in-a-lifetime day that you will be able to cherish for the rest of your lives.

I hope you enjoyed these tips!