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Bridal Makeup Inspiration July 22 2016, 0 Comments
Featuring beautiful glossy lips, flawless skin and stand-out eye makeup, you can find all of your wedding beauty inspiration below!
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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How to choose a Wedding dress - What's your perfect bridal style? July 22 2016, 0 Comments
Choosing a wedding gown that flatters and accentuates your body shape can seem a daunting task, so it's really important to know what body shape you are to begin with.
If you haven't ever heard about the different body shapes, I recommend you take a look at a great website called Joy Of Clothes, where you will find lots of great resources about styling for your shape. One of my favourite resources is their Guide to Bodyshapes. Once you have established what body shape category you belong to (sometimes you can cross between two!), you can go into a bridal shop armed with checklist of do's & don'ts for your figure.
With so many styles and cuts to choose from, I have created a guide below to illustrate the most common neckline shapes & design features you will come across. You will also find a suitability checklist to guide you in the right direction!
Although it may be tempting to pick out a dress based on the fact that you love how it looks on a model in a picture, it doesn't mean it will be right for you. Trust me, I know this from personal experience- I collected lots of photos of dresses that I thought would work on me, simply because I loved how it looked in a photograph. When it came to trying them on in a shop, the dresses took on a completely different look on my body shape. SO, it's important that you erase those "model" images from your head and make a calculated decision based on the following questions:
1. Do I love how the dress looks?
2. Do I feel confident in it?
3. Does it emphasize the best shapes of my figure?
4. Does it hide/disguise the parts that I don't want to draw attention to?
And of course, this blog post is not just for brides-to-be. These simple guidelines can come in very handy when planning an outfit for a special event too.
It's a bit of a long post this time- there were lots of dress shapes to cover! These pointers are just to be used as a guide- there are always exceptions to the rule so make sure that you take an open-minded, honest friend with you to help you make your selection. I hope you find this guide helpful and informative!
This asymmetrical, one-shoulder dress shape is quite modern and makes a confident, bold statement. If you want to show off your upper half, but don't want to feel as exposed as you would in a strapless dress, this is a great style for you. It works particularly well on pear-shapes (heavier bottom half) because it draws your eye away from the hips and focusses on the shoulders instead.
The Grecian style is characterised by softly draped fabrics, ruching & gathering, empire lines (seam under bustline around the waist) and jewelled embellishments. This ethereal style of dress is often made using luxurious silks, soft chiffons and delicate netting that elegantly cascade to the ground. It is a great style for pregnant women as the empire-cut allows the fabric to sinch in at the smallest part of the waist, and fall gently over the stomach and mid section. It is also great for women who are heavier in the legs and narrow on top - in other words, pear-shaped.
This style completely opens up the shoulders, chest and neck area. In general, it works well on most body shapes, but be careful if you have a long, thin neck and long décolleté line - keep the strapless line on the high side to make sure it doesn't leave you looking too exposed. Women with small chests should stay away from this neckline (unless you have a good padded bra!) as it will flatten you.
This dress shape is stunning if you have some cleavage and curves to flaunt. However, it also works really well with smaller bust lines too as it creates interest and adds shape to the chest area. The plunging shape of the V-neck gives the illusion of a more elongated torso and longer neckline too.
A Sweetheart neckline is a romantic & feminine look, forming a natural heart shape at the centre of the bodice. It emphasises the neck and chest area very similar to a straight strapless, and it is suitable for lots of body types. This is a very classic, feminine shape and is great at adding curves to small busts and boxy or straight bodyshapes. If you have a larger bust, it can still work for you, but be wary as certain dresses may not offer enough support or coverage.
This neckline fits snuggly along the base of the neckline and cuts straight across the shoulders. Anyone with a long, thin or regular neck will suit this shape, as will women with smaller bust lines. This neckline is not a good choice for women with a short, wide neck or women with a bigger chest.
The cowl neck is a loosely fitted neckline, with draping fabric that hangs low off the neck. This style is extremely versatile, adding curves to a small chest by the extra volume of the fabric, whilst also having the ability to camouflage a slightly bigger chest/long torso due to the looser fit.
The halter neckline can take on many shapes, but typically consists of a strap or continuation of fabric that wraps around the neck. Women with a fuller bust, long décolleté line or a long and thin neck should find this neckline works very well for them. This is a big no no for anyone with a short or wide neck. Also it’s not ideal for women with a small bust or short décolletage.
The off-the-shoulder shape follows the line of the collarbone, so if you have a lovely neck and well-defined collarbones, this dress would suit you perfectly. It has fabric (straps) that drape over the shoulders (similar to a shawl) and this gives the illusion of widening the shoulders. It is suitable for pear shapes, however it isn't recommended for broad shoulders and inverted triangles.
The keyhole shape is another form of the halter neck (so similar rules apply). It is defined by a small cut-out in the centre of the décolletage. The shape suits a variety of body shapes, however if you have a big bust, it might be best to avoid this shape as the cutout feature might bare too much clevage and end up looking tacky.
To Sleeve or not to Sleeve?
Over the past 10-15years, strapless wedding dresses have boomed and taken over a large portion of the bridal market. But in recent years, the vintage-style wedding trend has reintroduced us to beautiful antique-inspired lace sleeves. For those of you out there who don't feel comfortable wearing a strapless gown, take a look at some of the different sleeve options you can choose from below.
Dresses that have cap sleeves are a great choice for women who want a bit less exposure of the chest and décolletage as they offer coverage to the shoulder and taper off to nothing under the arm. Quite often brides will choose a strapless gown and have it altered to incorporate cap sleeves which enhance, embellish or soften the shoulders. Necklines that work particularly well with a cap sleeve include sweetheart and v-necks.
The short sleeves are typically the length of a t-shirt sleeve. They offer some coverage to the upper arm, so if you are self conscious about baring your arms, this sleeve length would work well for you- however, it's important to make sure that the sleeves don't wrap too tightly around your arms as it may lead to bulging.
This ethereal style of sleeve is often called the batwing or angel sleeve, because when the arms are lifted, the fabric splays out in the shape of a wing. It is a very easy style to wear, softening the upper body considerably due to is looser shape. It is a very feminine, angelic silhouette and suits all body shapes and sizes.
The 3/4 sleeve is a great option if you are particularly concerned about your upper-arms. Lace detailing will take the focus off bare skin, whilst the length of the sleeve generally finishes at the smallest part of your waistline, creating a flattering line to draw your eyes to.
For obvious reasons, long-sleeved dresses are often chosen by winter brides to provide extra coverage from the cold. Detailed sleeves are also a great option if you are self-conscious about baring too much of your arms! A full (or wrist) length sleeve can also give the illusion of a longer, leaner arm. If you have lots of lace detailing on your sleeves, keep your accessories simple and elegant.
Happy shopping and I hope this guide helps you to pick out a dress which perfectly accentuates your unique body shape! If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you!
Top 10 tips when planning your wedding July 22 2016, 0 Comments
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.
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!
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Christmas time, Reflection time December 22 2012, 0 Comments
Firstly, I would love to wish you all a very Happy & Joy-Filled Christmas season!
This year has had plenty of highlights (as well as some challenging moments too) for me and my work, and what better time than Christmas to reflect back on the year that has been, and the many things I have to be thankful for.
I have met so many beautiful, interesting people through my work during this past year. I think that one of the perks of my job is getting to meet lots of new people from different backgrounds and life experiences. I love hearing stories about what they do for work and seeing them light up when they talk about the special people in their lives.
I don't know why, but for some reason I find it fascinating listening to people's stories about what they do to fill their days. There are so many jobs out there that I've never even heard of, and yet through my work, I get to learn about them and how they fit into the city's daily grind. It's really lovely when I hear someone speak with passion about what they do and genuinely are content in what they do for work. I have a really strong belief that because we spend so much of our life working away the hours, it's essential to enjoy what you do for a living. I hear some of you saying that "work isn't meant to be fun", but I disagree. I work on the rule that 80% of my work time needs to be fullfilling and enjoyable (tasks like doing makeup, graphic design, making jewellery, photography, the "creative" stuff for me!), and about 20% of my work time is slightly more mundane tasks like book-keeping, chasing up supplies, writing up receipts, editing etc). I feel really blessed to be doing a job that I love and am passionate about.
I've made-over a lot of clients in my time working as a makeup artist, including Teachers, Doctors, Engineers, Hairdressers, Social workers, a Cirque-Du-Soleil Stage Manager, an Olympic Athlete, Psychologists, Physios, Stay-at-home mums, Secretaries, Lawyers, Musicians, Dentists, Models, Graphic designers, aspiring Actors, and Retailers; those from Adelaide as well as clients from interstate. It is always interesting to hear what they do and listen as they share stories about their life.
In 2013, I'm looking forward to working with past clients again, as well as getting the opportunity to meet a range of new faces and hear about their lives.
I hope that the New Year brings with it job satisfaction, good health and contentment for you and your loved ones.
Thank you all for your unwavering support over this past year. I really appreciate every one of you getting on board and supporting me and my business.
P.S. I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite images from my work year of 2012.
Why I Love What I Do October 24 2012, 0 Comments
I want to share with you what I do for love & work. I have operated my own business for over 6 years now, starting out in the early days making jewellery & selling it through jewellery parties and market stalls. I had also always loved makeup and how it could enhance one's features, and slowly began doing wedding makeup for friends and friends of friends. A couple of years later, I realised how much I loved doing both the jewellery designing, and makeup artistry. I realised that there was a niche market for such a business, where I could not only make someone over with my makeup skills, but guide them through individual styling of their jewellery & bridal accessories, ultimately producing a bridal party with the complete look- Beautiful, naturally enhanced makeup with stunning accessories to perfectly compliment the style and colour of dresses. Not only that, but it allows the bride to experience a uniquely personalised service, where she not only receives advice and guidance on her accessories and makeup, but can share with me her own ideas and dreams for me to the translate and turn into reality.
In today's world of internet-sourcing and social media sharing, it seems difficult to create something that is unique and individual, especially for your wedding day- everyone has already "been there, done that..." and exhausted all of the creative ideas, with a long line of followers & replicators to boot. But when you choose my services, every piece of jewellery I create is unique, designed according to your own brief and preferences, and interpreted by my vision and creative juices.
When I'm working as a makeup artist, I feel so blessed and privileged to work alongside so many wonderful, unique women- all of which have their own stories to share about their life, their work, and their family and friendships.
Believe me, I don't take it lightly that my clients allow me to be so up-close-and-personal with them as I do their makeup. I feel honoured that they trust me enough to see them without their makeup, exposing what they may call their "flaws" and insecurities. But truth is, we all have things that we notice about ourselves and don't absolutely love. I know there are certain parts about myself that I'd rather not draw attention to, but that's the beauty of makeup- you can enhance all of the bits you are proud of and love, and hide the bits that are a little less desirable! This is what I seek to do at all times with my clients- I'll ask what bits you love and which bits you don't, and carefully act in way which both respects AND reflects your personal style.
And of course, my services are not limited just to weddings. I absolutely love it when a client shows me an outfit they're wearing to a special event, and says "Make me a pair of fabulous earrings to match!" It's so nice that my clients trust me and my "eye" to come up with something that's perfect for them.
I can't wait to share a stack of photos with you of the things I'm loving at the moment in my realm of makeup & jewellery. Keep an eye out for highlights of recent weddings & new jewellery items. We all love a pretty pic so I'll try and keep the writing to a minimum and let the photos do the talking!!
A Hair Affair October 24 2012, 0 Comments
A while back, a hairdresser who I work alongside at weddings from time to time, came down sick the night before a wedding booking- this is every stylist and makeup artist's WORST nightmare!!
It was absolutely awful, and I really felt bad for her because it's the last thing you expect or wish to happen on the day of a booking. She called me up the night before asking if I could help with hair, and although it's not my "specialty" I do love hairstyling, so I was glad I could help her out. Here are a few pics from the day!
Bridal Styling with Perle Jewellery & Makeup October 24 2012, 0 Comments
If you haven't already noticed, I LOVE all things bridal, and I am so passionate about bridal styling with beautiful accessories and picture-perfect makeup.
When it comes to weddings, so much of the beauty comes from the small details- the bits and pieces that someone has painstakingly created, designed and put together for that overall Wow factor. My job is quite a lot like that too I guess. I love it when brides come to me with details of their gown/wedding and ask me to create jewellery especially for them. It gives me a real sense of pride that they would value my opinion and my creativity in such a way, and trust me to come up with a design that is personalised to their taste.
In a recent bridal photoshoot, I was able to put my creativity to the test, from concept to final product. I took inspiration from the stunning beauties in the 1940's- Glossy red, luscious lips, and sultry, defined black liner on the eyes. For the hair, I chose to create a deep side part with softened barrel curls, pinned up to one side with a gorgeous handcrafted headpiece, made by me :)
For the jewellery, I wanted to keep things classic, but with a bit of a modern twist. For the brides wrist, she wore a gorgeous multi-strand ivory pearl cuff with a feature pendant- just enough sparkle to look stunning against the gorgeous bouquet of flowers!
The bridal gown was so beautifully detailed, with a soft, feminine sweetheart neckline. Our gorgeous model, Kirstin, had a stunning decolletage, so I didn't want to over-complicate things with a heavy necklace. Instead, I created a lovely pair of drop earrings using Cubic Zirconia pendants which finished off the look beautifully.
The end result is this stunning compilation of Kirstin's natural beauty, with 1940's inspired glamour hair & makeup, teamed together with sparkling, custom-made accessories.
Intricate detail within the headpiece- And yes, every bead was hand-stitched!
And as you can see below, the pearl cuff bracelet looks divine alongside the brooch detail on the bouquet.
If you would like to receive my special bridal styling treatment and look fabulous on your wedding day or for a photoshoot, I'd love to be involved!
Please send an email enquiry to: email@example.com
A special thanks to our lovely model bride, Kirstin- a true beauty inside and out.
Flowers lovingly created by: Flower Emporium, Adelaide, SA
All jewellery pieces and makeup artistry was created by Katie Dawson from Perle Jewellery & Makeup.
Photography was also taken by Katie Dawson.
Creating Beautiful Things.... October 24 2012, 0 Comments
So far, my other blogs seem to have focussed on my passion for makeup artistry, but today I want to share with you the other part to my business which is of equal passion and importance to me.
Even Celebrities Have Flaws October 24 2012, 0 Comments
Hey Makeup Friends,
I was thinking about some ideas for what I could write for my next blog when this thought popped into my head...
I think we are so quick to judge and put-down ourselves when we look at all of the amazingly trim, taught and terrific celebrity women out there. Let's face it, we don't flip through gossip mags for a quick feel-good pick-me-up...The stories in there are hardly ever desirable. More often than not (and I think I speak for most when I say this), we pick up a mag and turn the pages, "ooohing and ahhhing", wishing and wanting to be thinner....prettier....more stylish, with personal makeup artists and hair/clothing stylists on hand, so we could look just as good as those airbrushed "celebrities" out there who seem to have it all in the beauty department. It's not exactly a feel-good read, is it??
Hence why I decided to write this blog....to reassure us all that even celebs have their flaws too.
This is in no way meant to be malicious or nasty toward celebrity women- none of us like to have close-ups taken of our pores, scars and wrinkles, but I have decided to put up some images to illustrate my point- No one is perfect, even though that's often how we view those in the lime-light....Every human struggles with insecurities and flaws at some point along their journey.
At times, clients have viewed themselves after having had their makeup done and they still feel insecure about their scars or pores. These are things we unfortunately cannot change about ourselves (unless of course you have enough dosh to visit a very good cosmetic surgeon), so what I try to teach my clients is to look past that. Only YOU see your face EVERYDAY. You pick up when a tiny new wrinkle has appeared on your once non-existant crows-feet...or when another freckle has popped up after some summer-loving. The truth is, when I see you and have had the privilege to "make-over" your face, the end product is BEAUTIFUL. It is unique- your face tells the story of the journey that you have been on, and there is absolutely no shame in that.
Instead of being our own worst enemy and critic, make it a personal challenge today to look past those bits you love-to-hate....After all, chances are none of us notices them like you do anyway. Be confident in your own skin and the REAL beauty will shine through from the inside. Nothing is more beautiful to me than a woman who is comfortable with who she is and isn't afraid to smile and say "Dang I look good!" when she looks in the mirror. :D
Incase you need more convincing, here are those unfortunate close-ups of pores, shiny faces and and fine-lines that I mentioned earlier, just to "reassure" you all....
Fergie has fine lines around the eyes and mouth area, along with visible pores:
......Even Cameron Suffers from oily skin, breakouts and enlarged pores:
....And Miss Aniston too, she can't hide those visible pores either:
Ok, so her "Botched Bronzing" makeup job might not be helping the situation, but screen siren Catherine Zeta Jones also gets breakouts on her chin and fine "crows feet" lines in the corners of her eyes.
And Christina Applegate, she too has a problem with eyeshadow falling into those unwanted wrinkles around the eye area:
So there you go. Again, I want to reiterate that this blog post isn't meant to be celebrity bashing or picking out flaws for the sake of being mean. I just wanted to remind you, that we ALL have parts of our skin that we aren't happy with, even the Hollywood stars share similar insecurities I'm sure.
So in future, when you see a celebrity and you think to yourself "They're so perfect, why can't I be like that?", remember that you are beautiful just the way you've been made and there is no such thing as perfection on this earth.
The Eyes Say It All October 24 2012, 0 Comments
I've always had a special love for eyes. I think it's so true of the saying that "eyes are the window to one's soul." Eyes say a lot about a person and if you look deep enough, you can almost see the journey a person's life has taken. With the eyes, a multitude of expressions unfold- feelings of joy, sorrow & regret, happiness, uncertainty, and hope & love prominantly display themselves through a person's eyes. That is why they are my favourite aspect of the face, and the area that I like to spend the most time on. It's my job (and privilege) as a makeup artist to bring out the strength and beauty of the eye, to give them the attention and definition they deserve.
It's amazing how much of an affect the right colouring, shading and contouring can have on an eye. Carefully chosen colours compliment tones within the iris, whilst the depth of shadowing can either draw out small eyes, or recede larger ones, depending on the light & dark qualities of the shade. And the final magic touch, the most important beauty product (in my opinion!) a sweep of dark, creamy mascara to add fullness, length and contrast to the lighter parts of the eye--- Perfection!
Here are samples of some of my past work and my love of eye makeup:
Creating varying intensities with the use of great eyeshadow and liners:
Thanks for checking in! I'll post again soon!