Q: Do you offer a bridal trial?
A: Yes I do, however I call it a preview.
Q: How far in advance should I book a service?
A: As soon as you know you should enquire. I often take booking for events up to a year in advance.
Q: How long does a preview take?
A: I recommend you allow 2 hours for a preview.
Q: What happens in a preview?
A: At a preview we discuss the kind of look you're going for. We may need to test some colours and applications styles to see how they appear.
Q: Is the preview mandatory?
A: Yes. You wouldn't dream of buying your wedding dress without trying it on before your wedding day.
At a preview you have time to really ensure that you'll be happy with the makeup look for your special day. The wedding day isn't the best day to decide if you want a winged eyeliner or not and its also prevents any unexpected mishaps. Also, your skin may not be in its best condition and at the trial we can identify this and advise on hydration, waxing etc.
Q: What should I bring with me to the preview?
A: Please arrive with a makeup free, cleansed and moisturised face. I recommend that you wear the same colour top as your wedding dress.
Please feel free to bring along any photos, magazine clips, Pinterest images of makeup you'd like me to review. A picture of your dress is also most welcome. Everything you bring along to the preview helps generate a clear picture of how you'd like to see yourself on your special day.
Q: What should I wear to my makeup service?
A: If you can, wear a button shirt or a top with a wide neck, so that you don't have any issues with damaging hair/makeup when you are changing into your wedding or special occasion outfit.
Q: Can I bring someone with me to the preview?
A: Yes of course. Bring along a bridesmaid or your sister, best friend or mum.
Q: I don't know what I want, can you help me?
A: Yes absolutely although having some sort of direction or general idea is essential. Being a visual person there is a difference in verbalising your idea and showing me. An idea of something natural might be another ladies overdone.
Q: I'm not sure whether I like my makeup the way you did it.
A: If you don't like it, tell me. It is best that you say it while we are there with my kit and brushes still out. A preview is for exactly this reason. As a makeup artist it is my job to ensure you are happy with the look created for your wedding day. If you are unsure about something we can tweak it. This is also why we schedule 2 hours for previews :)
Q: I have seen makeup artist that charge $70 or less than you do for wedding makeup per face. Can I get the same rate with you for my special day?
A: My rates are competitive with those makeup artists who reflect my level of knowledge, experience, skill and what my clients are currently paying for my services.
Q: I want my makeup to last all night! Can you apply more than usual?
A: You're getting married not performing on stage. Don't be fooled into thinking that your makeup needs to be heavier, it doesn't! Some things do need to be redefined i.e. switching from your usual brown mascara to a black one but bridal makeup is designed for longevity.
For reassurance I recommend taking photos with a real camera, not an iPhone throughout the rest of preview day.
Q: Do I have to sign the Client Service Agreement for the makeup services?
A: Yes. The Client Service Agreement protects both you and me. It outlines exactly what our obligations are to one another as artist and client. This avoids any misunderstandings and confusion. No Terms and Conditions signed = No services guaranteed.
Q: Are there additional service fees?
A: Applicable service fees will be added to the invoice as needed and if applicable.
Please ask for more details regarding travel and possible assistants.
Additional fees apply for Holidays such as:
- New Years Eve/Day
- Valentines Day
- Australia Day
- Easter Sunday/Monday
- Good Friday
- All Public Holidays
- Christmas Eve/Day
Q: What time before my ceremony should I be ready on my wedding day?
A: It is good to be ready 45 minutes before their service.
Q: What order do you do makeup on my wedding day?
A: For wedding I recommend the schedule be:
- Mother of Bride
- Flower girl
By having the bride last or second last it ensures that your makeup is fresh before walking down the aisle.
Q: Can I invite you to my wedding so you can do touch ups for free?
A: No. While I usually become great friends and build professional relationships with my brides, inviting me to your wedding to squeeze in a free service isn't something I will agree to. To be completely honest, once you make it to the reception, your only concern will be having fun and dancing the night away. If you do require a touch up service we can discuss the purchase of a touch up kit or there will be is an applicable hourly fee for the service.
Q. How do I pay for my makeup services?
A: KM makeup accepts bank transfers or cash.
Q: What if I'm not getting married, how long does it take for a makeup service?
A: Standard makeup application takes between 45 to 60 minutes. Please factor this into your timing. I advise to allow a small buffer of time just in case something doesn't go as planned.
Q: When should I get my waxing done before a makeup service?
A: If you are planning on having waxing done (eye brows, upper lip etc.) this should be scheduled at least a week or 3 days before the wedding or makeup service in case of irritation. Makeup won't sit well on a freshly waxed face.
Q: Do you also offer hair services?
A: No unfortunately I only cater for makeup. I do have a hairdresser I'm very happy to recommend if required. Her name is Rebekah (Styled_by_bek) contact number is 0421 038 244. She is a mobile hairdresser and can come to you on the wedding day.
Q: Do you provide false lashes?
A: Yes, we provide false eyelashes at a charge of $15 per set.
Q: Can I bring my own false lashes?
A: To ensure a professional finish to your look, we only use professional branded false lashes. For hygienic reasons, we won't apply false lashes that have been used previously (even if they have been worn by you), as they may have been cut too short, or aren't of the quality we are used to dealing with and may ruin the overall look of the makeup we have created on you.
Q: Do you do spray tanning?
A: No unfortunately I don't offer spray tans. I have provided some tips below if you are planning on getting one for your wedding day.
Q: Spray tanning - what should I do before?
A: Before having a spray tan you should:
- shower & exfoliate
- shave the day before or morning of
- wear dark coloured underwear or swimwear
- wear loose fitting clothing and thongs
Q: What should I do after I've had my tan?
A: After a spray tan you should:
- not remove tan during processing time
- shower, rinse first then use a gentle body wash, don't scrub. Continue to rinse until the water has run clear
- pat self dry
- moisture body
Any areas that have become too dark, very gently remove with exfoliant/mitt. Any tanning residue on clothing is usually removed in the wash but this is no guarantee and KMmakeup is not liable for any damage to clothing from tanning residue.
Proper care and maintenance is essential to a longer lasting tan. Most tans last between 4 - 7 days. You can't stop the natural cycle of shedding skin cells. Once you have your tan avoid:
- overexposure to chlorine
- long hot baths
- rubbing when towel drying
- excessive exfoliation from mitts, scrubs etc.
- excessive friction from clothing
- shaving or waxing.
Q: What are some tips for me to look after my skin before an event?
A: There are a few things I can suggest. These are not limited to the following:
- drink plenty of water
- cleanse skin morning and night. If you skin feels dry after cleansing you might need to try a different cleanser
- moisturise. It's good to have a moisturiser with an SPF in it for the daytime, night creams don't require SPF