Q & A

There are lots of questions you will have about makeup and the way a makeup artist works. Here I have included some of the common questions, but if you have any others please do not hesitate to contact me.


Q: What products do you use?

A: I don't have one specific brand that I use, one of my favourite parts of my job is buying and trialling new products, I like to take the best from each brand, ensuring I'm stocking the highest quality products I know of, for my clients.

My makeup kit mainly consists of high end brands such as Lancome, Dior, Inglot, Urban Decay, MAC, Chanel, Estee Lauder and a few more. I do not stick to one brand of product, as there is no one brand in the market that does everything right for every situation or person. 


Q.How long does makeup usually take on the wedding day?

A. I like to allow 1 hour for a bride on her wedding day. This is a generous time frame, but you are also gifting yourself some very precious time (on what can be a busy morning) to close your eyes and gather your thoughts, before slipping into your dress and walking down the aisle to marry the one you love.  

All other faces allow 45  minutes per application, however everyone is different and may need a little more or a little less time.

Makeup is best applied in the same time slot as your hair stylist is working her magic and I just arrive as early as needed. It can more relaxing for you to finish makeup second to last in the makeup queue. This allows you a comfortable amount of time to get into your dress, without experiencing the nerves the last hour before your wedding can present in the makeup chair.


Q: Will my makeup last?

A: Yes! For approximately 8 to 12+ hours depending on your skin type. By starting with the preparation of your base, I will analyse your skin and choose from an assortment of cleansers, moisturisers and primers, helping your skin absorb and then to adhere to the foundation allowing your makeup to not only last longer, but bring freshness and life to your face, while also stocking both water and silicone based foundations. The rest of the face will be set with water resistant / water proof products and different setting powders and sprays, ensuring your makeup will look gorgeously fresh and never move until your ready to take it off at the end of the night.


Q: What goes into your makeup fees?

A: My prices reflect my qualifications, ongoing / further training, insurances, constant expansion and upkeep of my makeup kit (all high end/ "luxury" or professional products), preparation prior to service (sanitising products, washing/ sanitising brushes, etc.) and finally my time on executing your service.


Q:  Can I book in for partial makeup services? I.e. just eyes or just face?

A: Unfortunately I am not available for partial makeup services. For a look to be whole, complete and to represent my work, the makeup will need to be done by me from start to finish. This will also ensure the makeup will last all day. 


Q: I have skin allergies or severe acne - Will the makeup break me out?

A: All of the products used are dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. I am comfortable working with any skin type and condition. I recommended letting me know ahead of your appointment so we can discuss any allergies or special needs.


Q: Can you cover my tattoo?

A: I am able to cover any tattoo, but please let me know beforehand so we can discuss coverage options and pricing.


Q: Do you do hair?

A: No. Trust me you don't want me to attempt this. I do, however, have an arsenal of talented hair stylist friends. Let me know if you would like a referral!


Q: Do you travel to the client on the day of the event? If yes, is there a fee?

A: I offer mobile services for weddings and events. This means I will travel to your house, a salon, or hotel - wherever you choose to get ready. This ensures you have a relaxing, stress free time preparing for the day! I would love to have you come get ready at my studio if it fits the flow of your day.

Be sure to specify where you will be getting ready. It is also helpful to check what kind of seating/set up will be at the venue (I may need to bring a higher chair or extra lighting).

A mileage rate of 77 cents per kilometre will apply for bookings  outside of the Palmerston North area. This will be calculated and added to your service quote for you.


Q: How far can you travel for my wedding?

A: I am more than happy to travel all over NZ, and even destination weddings. Travel fees will need to be negotiated.


Q: How many weddings have you done? Do you normally work with brides?

A: I typically book between 20-30 weddings per season (October-April), so yes, I've worked with many brides! Wedding makeup is one of my specialties and I am very comfortable with any bride and bridal party.


Q. How soon should I book you?

A. I receive enquiries from brides on a daily basis, so if you know you definitely want me, I recommend booking sooner rather than later as my weekends get booked up very quickly.


Q: Do you have a minimum booking requirement for a wedding?

A: No, there is no minimum booking requirement. I cater to every style of bridal party, including parties of only the bride.


Q: Do I have the option to book your services even if the date is taken?

A: Depending on times, location and number of people seeking services, I can often accommodate multiple bookings during a day. Please contact me and I will do my best to accommodate you.


Q: Why do I need a trial before my wedding?

A: A trial is booked in a 1.5 hour slot, this allows us time to firstly sit down and discuss your ideal look on your big day. It's a time for you to ask any questions and voice any concerns you may have, then putting those ideas into action, creating your ultimate bridal look, so you can feel confident knowing that there's one less thing to worry about on your big day.  It's also important that you like the makeup artist’s style of work, so you know and feel comfortable about what you're paying for on your big day.

The more information you can give me the better, so prior to the trial, try to collect some photos of makeup styles you like. Pinterest / tumblr / google are great for bridal makeup inspiration if you're feeling lost as well as any other details of your wedding i.e. colour theme, your dress, bridesmaid's dresses, hair ideas, flowers and jewels, that way I can learn a little more about you and your style and transfer that into your look. 

Having a trial also means you can meet me and if you decide I'm not the person for your wedding you can find someone who you feel is a better fit for you big day. I suggest that a fun idea is to coincide the make-up trial with your Hen's Party or maybe a night out with your fiancée.


Q: How soon can I have my trial?

A: A trial can take place as soon as you are ready to have it; however, it might be helpful to have it within 3 months of your wedding, that way generally you will know more about the way you want to look as you will probably have your dress and flowers picked out by that point.


Q: Do you recommend getting eyelash extensions before my wedding day?

A: Getting eyelash extensions are a fantastic idea, I do include individual false lashes for my wedding makeup but they do only last up until you wash your face that night. The individual lashes give the exact same look as the extensions. I am happy to point you in the right direction to lash salons I love!


Q: How do I prepare for my makeup service?

A: Any facial waxing / spray tanning should be preformed 3-5 days prior to service. Please ensure your party has a clean and makeup free face, and apply light daily moisturiser with no SPF.


Q: What should I expect for the wedding day? Any tips for prepping the skin?

A: I recommend wearing a button/zip up shirt or hoodie so you won't be pulling anything over your head that could mess up your hair and makeup.  As far as prepping the skin, I don't recommend doing anything too out of the ordinary (like your first ever facial), but I would recommend getting into the habit of taking care of your skin as far in advance as possible (washing your face daily and using an exfoliator and cleansing mask 1-2 times a week) and if you have dry skin then make sure you are hydrating your skin properly! Vitamin E oil at night will do wonders for dry skin. The night before I would give your face and lips a good exfoliation and then moisturise with a good face and eye cream. Last but not least, get a good nights rest!


Q: Should I have my hair done before my makeup?

A: In an ideal world yes, it is best if your makeup is done after your hair as heated appliances/sprays can interfere with the finished look.


Q: What happens if someone wants their makeup done last minute and was not already booked?

A: This happens on a regular basis. When other women notice that there is a makeup artist on location they ditch their own brushes and head over to the makeup station. Depending on time, I may be able to accommodate this, but of course the women that booked ahead of time have priority and I will not rush a client to fit in extra faces. Clients will be treated as if there was no one else waiting to have a service.