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Adam Dixon: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

In this post I will talk through how I created the hair and makeup for Tanja, our model when I profiled Adam Dixon for The Bridal Series Sydney.

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A modern contemporary upstyle with a sleek finish was the vision I had when creating the hair for this shoot. Think Kate Middleton crossed with Emma Watson…

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Which looked a little something like this…

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And like this from the side…

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The key to achieving this style was building the volume while keeping the hair looking glossy and neat. To do this I worked the Label M Sleek Blow Out Cream into Tanja’s damp hair (works as a lightweight heat protector while sealing in moisture) and blowdried in the volume. I then tonged the hair into loose waves and applied the Soufflé to help define the curls once I brushed them out.

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In action!

Before constructing the shape of the upstyle, I backcombed the crown section for some extra height and sprinkled on the Resurrection Style Dust for maximum root lift- the ultimate styling product for building and maintaining volume and texture!

Once I finished pinning the style into place I set it with the Hairspray and finished with a light spray of Shine Mist.

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Tanja had oily combination skin and so I had to be careful not to use products that were too rich in texture for her skin. I used the Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum on the T-Zone in place of a moisturiser and then followed with the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly for the rest of the face.

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Skincare by Indeed Labs.

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I wanted to create a timeless makeup look to work alongside Adam Dixon’s gowns and I drew inspiration from the 1950s, in my opinion one of the most beautiful eras of makeup! Glowing skin, soft diffused shades of bronze and taupes on the eyes, lots of lashes and a bold lip. This look would be perfect for those who aren’t afraid of colour yet want a romantic look.

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I used the Make Up Forever Mattifying Primer along the T-Zone to prevent excess shine and then stippled the Face & Body Foundation, building in areas where Tanja needed more coverage. Imperfections were corrected using the Full Cover Concealer and then I set everything with the Super Matte Loose Powder (great for mattifying without losing the “creaminess” of the skin texture).

I highlighted cheekbones with the Star Powder (in 943 “with pink highlights”) and used the Sculpting Blush in “Orange Coral”.

For the eyes I used the Aqua Cream in “Taupe” as an eyeshadow base and set with powder eyeshadows in similar tones. I drew the winged liner with the Graphic Liner Pen and finished with generous lashings of the Aqua Smoky Lash mascara.

I took Tanja’s lips from matte berry (Lip Liner Pencil in “26 Dusty Pink” with Rouge Artist Intense “34 Matte Light Raspberry” over the top) to glossy berry (by adding the Glossy Full Couleur gloss in “7 Fresh Rose”) then to a matte red for the finale (Aqua Lip liner in “08C Red” with Rouge Artist Intense in “M8 Matte Bright Red” over the top).

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Tools of the trade with Make Up Forever.

For Tanja’s lashes, I used the Ardell Natural 117 black lashes to lengthen and thicken her natural lashes and bring balance to the overall look.

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Et voila!

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Hair and makeup by Sonia Allen using Make Up Forever, Indeed Labs and Label M.

I hope this post has left you inspired to try something new!  You might like to see which other products and techniques I used for the other the models in The Bridal Series Sydney:

Karen Willis Holmes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Rhonda Hemmingway: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Moira Hughes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Jennifer Regan: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Mira Mandic: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

And that officially wraps The Bridal Series Sydney.  Thank you everyone who collaborated on this project.  I will forever be proud of what we created and hope it was enjoyed by all.

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Curly hair saviour

I have curly hair with a mind of its own. It started from a young age.  Throughout the years I’ve learned that I can only detangle and brush my hair in the shower, otherwise I look like this:

Image via here.

Image via here.

Not a fan of overusing heat styling tools everyday on my hair, I prefer to leave my curls au natural. Great in theory, not so great when they start looking a little more this:

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Than this:

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May have spent a really long time looking for a photo with frizz in check!

But all of that changed when I discovered the Scunci Detangling Comb.

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Image courtesy of Scunci

The shape of this comb and large separation between the teeth means that I can brush through my dry hair without disturbing the curls too much. A light spray of dry shampoo (to add volume) or let’s be honest, in my case it’s usually some serum/smoothing cream to reduce the frizz and I’m good to go.

I loved this comb so much I bought another one (at $5.95AUD why not!?) and added it to my pro hairstyling kit. During session styling, I use it to comb out curls when I want a really soft finish like this.

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Photographer – Natasha Anne Foster, Model – Paris from FiveTwenty Models, Hair & Make Up by me

Yep, I’d definitely found a winner.

The Scunci Detangling Comb - for detangling hair and brushing out loose waves

The Scunci Detangling Comb – for detangling hair and gently brushing out curls when styling hair.

I got curious about this Australian brand and decided to see what other brushes they made.

I discovered they make a WHOLE range of brushes called Brushology.

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In the range, the 14 brushes and combs are categorised by colour according to their usage.

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L⇒R: Detangling Comb, Vent Brush, Dry Shampoo Brush, Wet Hair Detangling Brush

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L⇒R: Straightening Brush, Cushion Brush, Medium Volume Brush, XLarge Volume Brush

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L⇒R: Backcombing Brush, Thick & Wavy Hair Brush, Long Hair & Hair Extension Brush, Paddle Brush

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L⇒R: Mini Styling Brush, Mini Round Brush

I picked up a few and have been experimenting around.

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I like the below combination for straightening curly hair. Detangle with detangling comb, prep hair with styling products, blow-dry with the paddle brush and run straightening irons through with the straightening brush. Never used a brush like the straightening brush before. It’s like a clamp for the hair and gives you a really sleek finish when used with straightening irons.

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For straightening curly hair. L⇒R: Detangling Comb, Paddle Brush, Straightening Brush.

For a sleek voluminous blowdry I prep hair with styling product, use the XLarge Volume brush with hairdryer then smooth the style and dress the hair with the Cushion Brush. Used the backcombing brush to backcomb the crown and give the style a bit of v-v-volume.

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For creating a sleek voluminous blowdry.
L⇒R: XLarge Volume Brush, Paddle Brush, Straightening Brush

My thoughts:

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Scunci brushes are stocked in Target, Big W, Priceline and selected salons and pharmacies Australia wide. Visit here for more details on stockists.

If you enjoyed this post, you may like my other reviews here.

If you have any questions, please leave them below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.  If you have tried any of the Scunci Brushology range, please let me know your favourite brush and why!

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