FAQ - Bridal
I’m getting a tan for my wedding, how many days before my big day should I book in for?
For your actual wedding tan, I recommend tanning 36-48 hours beforehand. This gives your tan a full 24 hours to develop, but also ensures that you've had enough time to wear your tan in and reduce the risk of rubbing tan onto your wedding dress.
Your trial tan doesn't need to be as far in advance - 24 hours is fine, as you won't need to worry about it rubbing off on a wedding dress!
Are you available for mobile makeup and spray tans?
Yes! I'll travel anywhere - a travel fee does apply for any locations outside of Toowoomba/4350 postcode, and depending on the location, I may also ask you to arrange accommodation.
Some places I've travelled to recently include Mackay, Rockhampton, Wallumbilla, Yuleba, Roma, Miles, Chinchilla and Dalby, and I often travel to the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane.
I love a good drive so don't be afraid to throw a curly location at me!
Do I have to have mobile makeup and tans?
Nope! You are more than welcome to visit my studio in the Toowoomba CBD. I think it's far more relaxing for me to come to you, but you're absolutely welcome to come to me if you'd prefer.
How long does each person's makeup take on the day?
As a general rule, I allow 30 minutes per person for the mums, grandmothers, etc.; 45 minutes per person for the bridesmaids and any guests having makeup done with you; and 45 minutes to 1 hour for the bride. I also factor in a short lunch break, a rehearsal/walk through with your wedding venue, and any unexpected interruptions.
Is a makeup and tan trial compulsory?
Not at all, but it's a great chance for us to meet and get to know one another (if we haven't met already). It allows us to implement a skincare plan if needed, and it eliminates unknowns from your wedding day, as it helps me to get a better idea of how long everybody's makeup will take on the day.
I do strongly recommend a trial for anybody with sensitive skin, again to eliminate any unknowns on the day.
A makeup and tan trial is a good chance to get a preview of your wedding day look - you can schedule it in with your hair trial so that you can go home and check that everything works well together with your dress, and you also have the opportunity to see how well your makeup holds. Any tweaks can then be made on your wedding day so you're feeling 100% confident and comfortable.
When should I have a trial?
I suggest about 12 weeks before the wedding, if this works for you and your schedule. This time frame allows us to implement a skincare plan if needed, and it's not so far away from the wedding that you run the risk of wanting to majorly change your makeup look in the meantime. 12 weeks usually means you're having your trial in similar weather conditions to your wedding, so you can see how it looks in the sunlight around your ceremony time, and you can see how it will hold up in the weather (for example, I wouldn't recommend a trial in June when your skin is dry and the weather is horrid, if you're getting married in the middle of January!).
Alternatively, timing your trial in with your engagement shoot, hen's party, engagement party, or another event also works really well - if your makeup can withstand that level of partying, you know you're onto a good thing!
Is there a limit on how many people you can do?
Nope - it all comes down to your ceremony time and the requirements of your venue and photographer.
As a general rule, I will have all makeups finished at least 1.5 hours before you need to leave for your wedding ceremony. At Preston Peak Winery, you need to leave for your ceremony 1 hour beforehand, so I will have your makeup finished 1.5 hours before you need to leave to go to the Cellar Door.
I also try not to start makeup before 8am. Although I'm a morning person, you and your bridal party may not be, so there's no pressure for you to be up at stupid o'clock ready to start makeup. But, if you're keen to start early to fit more people in, that's absoutely an option too - just let me know :)
Do you only do bridal party makeup?
Nope! In my eyes, anybody getting ready at the same venue as you forms your 'bridal party' - whether that's wedding guests, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, whatever! Alternatively, I work with some fabulous makeup artists who I can recommend to look after your guests and non-bridal party members separately to you.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes please - your deposit will be outlined in the quote that I send to you. Your booking will not be held under any circumstance without a deposit, and bookings are held on a first-in first-served basis, so I highly recommend paying your deposit as soon as possible to prevent your date being taken by somebody else in the meantime.
Finishing hair and makeup 1.5 hours before the ceremony seems a bit ridiculous - can we finish closer to the ceremony?
It does seem ridiculous, but you may like to check with your photographer and venue, as you'll find that they prefer to work to this timeline as well.
Throughout your wedding day, you'll be taken care of by different vendors - first your venue and hair and makeup team, then your photography and videography team, then your celebrant, and so on. Each vendor has a job to do in ensuring your day goes smoothly, and it's important that we work together to ensure your other vendors aren't help up in doing their jobs.
It's meant to be a relaxing, stress-free day (and it is!) but it does mean we need to work to a schedule to keep it that way for you.
What happens if we finish makeup earlier than scheduled?
You'll have an amazingly relaxed day with some extra time to take it all in and - at risk of sounding cliche - be in the moment. Your schedule for makeup on the day is a guide only, as sometimes I do run ahead of schedule.
I only want very natural makeup. How much does this cost?
The cost of your makeup does not change with the style of makeup. My makeup prices are reflective of my qualifications, skills and experience, rather than the quantity of product used or the time taken.
None of my bridesmaids want to go first for makeup as they are worried their makeup won't last. What should we do?
I totally understand this, which is why I do everyone's makeup in full at the start of the day (aside from lipstick) then at the end after lunch I get everybody back through for touch ups and lipstick to ensure everybody is fresh before heading down the aisle.
I love wearing a bright lip - should I tone it down for the wedding?
No way! I believe in still feeling like yourself on your wedding day, and if wearing a bright lip is standard for you, own it on your wedding day too!
Some of my brides like to have a neutral lip for the ceremony, then change to a bolder lip once the bulk of the kissing is done. The options are endless!
I don't know anything about makeup - how do I decide on a look for myself and my bridesmaids?
That's what I'm here for, and just quietly, I LOVE when I get to have a say in the makeup looks. It allows me to help you pick looks that really suit each person and make their best features stand out. I can tailor a look not only to each person, but to their dress, the flowers, their personal preference... I've got your back.
My photographer has told me not to have a spray tan, but I'd rather die than be without a tan on my wedding day - what should I do?
For starters, it's your day, so you do you. I generally recommend a super duper natural tan (don't worry - you'll still look tanned, it just won't look OTT). I consider myself an expert at wedding tans, so I'll help you pick a shade that will blend amazingly with your skin, so your photographer doesn't have to spend 400 extra hours editing your tan.
I use a range of tans with different bases - ash, olive, mocha and violet - so there's no chance you'll be throwing off orange oompa-loompa vibes.
Can we ask you for guidance on other wedding-related things, aside from makeup, tans and beauty?
Please do! I have been in the wedding industry in Toowoomba for over 8 years, so I like to think I've seen it all. I can help you with any questions you have, no matter how obscure they are!
What's the best way to get in touch with you?
I am so insanely lucky to be entrusted with a LOT of weddings and clients' beauty needs, and this means that while my brides and clients are receiving my undivided attention (just as you will during any time we have together), my phone will be on silent.
In some instances, I may be able to shoot you a quick text message if I'm unable to take your call, and this is often a quicker way for me to communicate with you.
I've also compiled HEAPS of info online to answer all your questions, and my website is designed to be able to take care of you in just about any situation, so the website should definitely be your first point of reference - in most cases if I'm in with a client, I'll direct you to the website anyway.
If you can't find answers online, you can request a callback via phone or video call here.