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The Bridal Series Sydney: ADAM DIXON

Drawing to a close, the final designer in The Bridal Series Sydney is Woollahra’s Adam Dixon.



All photography is by Natasha Foster.

Stepping into Adam Dixon’s Woollahra boutique is like being transported into 18th Century Paris. A keen eye for interiors as well as design, Adam Dixon’s self-styled boutique is ethereal, eclectic and an ode to forgotten grandeur. An impressive array of antiques collected over the years, furniture, homewares, fabrics, textures and colours… every glance reveals another secret.















Adam Dixon grew up painting and drawing as a child. It was no surprise when his grandmother bought him a sewing machine at the age of 14, that Adam knew it was his calling


Adam’s portrait was taken by Julia Pavel for this blog series.

He went on to study a Diploma of Arts/Fashion in Brisbane and moved to Sydney 20 years ago where he started his first business in evening wear. Six years ago Adam transitioned into designing and creating couture wedding gowns and combined his love of interiors by also branching into homewares, gift registry, scented French candles, furniture, lighting and mirrors.


Inspired by old classic movies and Hollywood starlets from bygone eras like Greta Garbo, Adam says working with clients and meeting interesting people at a wonderful time in their life is one of the favourite parts of his job.

His approach to designing is very organic and he finds inspiration by truly living in the moment and embracing whatever comes his way, “an idea, a fabric sample, chaos…”. Adam explains that all of his gowns are custom made with an average of 5-6 fittings, or “as many as it takes”.


Adam Dixon’s couture gowns.

“Fun loving women who know who they are” is how Adam Dixon describes his brides. He tells me they are strong women who want to look the best version of themselves. His best advice to any woman deciding on her dress is to look at the occasion (are you getting married on a beach or in a castle?) and make sure it is to your taste.

Together with Natasha Foster behind the lens, Adam Dixon styling and our beautiful model Tanja from Ava Model Management this is what we created…

The highlights…




For a description of how I styled the hair and makeup as well as an insider’s look at which Indeed Labs, Make Up Forever, Ardell and Label M products I used, click here.

And now for two minutes of fun with Adam Dixon…

What do you think about when you’re driving in your car?

I’m always singing!

How do you make a chicken sandwich?

Chicken, whole egg mayo, crushed walnuts, avocado.

Which two celebrities would you pick to be your parents?

Joan Rivers as a single parent.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

Kevin my dog.


A story about Adam’s boutique wouldn’t be complete without his  dog Kevin, who almost stole the show during our shoot!

Thank you Adam for taking part in The Bridal Series Sydney and for letting us shoot in your beautiful boutique.  You have a wonderful eye for detail and were great fun to profile.

You can follow Adam Dixon on Instagram and Facebook as well as visit his website for more information.  The boutique is located at 90 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025.


I hope you enjoyed this final post for The Bridal Series Sydney, a project very close to my heart.  If you missed any of the other designer’s profiled, you can find them in the links below:

The Bridal Series Sydney: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

The Bridal Series Sydney: RHONDA HEMMINGWAY

The Bridal Series Sydney: MOIRA HUGHES

The Bridal Series Sydney: JENNIFER REGAN

The Bridal Series Sydney: MIRA MANDIC

And the dedicated hair and makeup posts for each designer here:

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

As always, feel free to leave any comments or questions below.  Which was your favourite designer post and why?  Which makeup look or hairstyle featured in The Bridal Series Sydney would you be most keen to try?…


© 2016 Sonia Allen MakeUp.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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Moira Hughes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP By Sonia Allen

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


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



When styling short hair it’s hard to go past the pixie crops of the 1960s and 1990s for inspiration.


Left- Actor, model and socialite Edie Sedgwick circa 1965 with the one and only Andy Warhol and Right- Actor and activist Jean Seberg circa 1960.


90s icons- Linda Evangelista, Winona Ryder and Halle Berry.

I wanted to style Kirsty’s hair with texture, separation and definition.  I wanted it to look effortless yet polished and very feminine.

Like this…


Flower comb custom made for this shoot by the lovely Nicholas from Pollon Flowers in Paddington.

This was a relatively quick style to create and can easily be attempted at home.  I started by spraying Kirsty’s hair with the Label M Blow Out Spray and alternating between blasting my hairdryer from all different directions and gradually layering more of the spray for UV and heat protection as well as volume and separation.

Once I was happy with the volume I’d built I worked the Mesh Styling cream in between the palms of my hands and worked it through the hair side to side to get an even distribution.  Using my fingertips, I then pieced out certain sections for definition and built some extra texture at the crown.  I love the slight shimmer this gave to Kirsty’s hair and there was no need for hairspray.


Hair styling products from LabelM.



Kirsty’s skin had a wonderful texture but was dehydrated (not dry) and so I applied the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Mask for five minutes before commencing with the rest of the prep.  The masks come soaked in a hyaluronic acid solution (one of the best hydrating ingredients) and deliver in a slow release.  Once I removed the mask, I massaged in the remaining serum and finished with a dab of the Eysilix eye cream and the lightweight Hydraluron Moisture Jelly moisturiser.


Skincare by Indeed Labs.



Moira Hughes Couture is all about femininity and exquisite design yet there is diversity amongst her designs.


Moira Hughes Couture – the Indianna gown (left), the Belle gown (centre) and the Charlotte gown (right).


When creating the makeup for Kirsty, I was torn between doing something really soft and subtle or taking the makeup into a more high fashion direction because Moira’s gowns lend themselves equally to both styles.  Having trouble making up my mind, I did both!


The first look I designed was all about the eyes. Rich taupe and chocolate shades, kohl liner smudged around the lashline and some lengthening lashes.  I kept the base matte and ethereal (like the glow was coming from within) and I worked with Kirsty’s incredible bone structure to emphasise the cheekbones. For the first look I used a soft matte pink on the lips.


Then I amped it up for the second look by adding a bold red shiny lip and darkening the brows a fraction for balance.  The complexion was left the same.



My key makeup products from Make Up Forever:

Base: My tried and tested favourite, the Ultra HD Foundation was my base of choice and I only needed slight amounts of the Ultra HD Concealer to correct discolouration under the eyes.  I set everything with the Super Matte Loose Powder in “Ivory” to add that ethereal glow.

Blush & Highlighter: Using a light motion with my angled brush, I swept the Sculpting Powder Blush in “Satin Light Pink” blush upwards along the cheekbones and dusted the Star Powder in “Pearl Gold” above the cheekbones to highlight.

Lips: The soft matte pink I used for the first look was the Rouge Artist Intense in “Satin Fresh Pink” buffed in lightly with a lip brush, no liner.  For the second look it was a combination of the Aqua Rouge Liquid Lip Colour in “Red” and “Pomegranate Pink” and topped with a dab of balm for the sheen.

Brows: I worked with the Eyebrow Pencil to define Kirsty’s brow and when needed for the second look, I darkened them using some matte powder eyeshadows.

Eyes: The Eye Prime eyeshadow base went down first, followed by eyeshadow shades from the Artist Shadows 1 Palette . To achieve that definition near the upper and lower lash lines, I smudged the Kohl Pencil in “1k Black”  and finished with lashings of the Smoky Lash Mascara.


Tools of the trade with Make Up Forever.

Lashes: To achieve fluttery lashes that would compliment Kirsty’s eye shape, I chose the Ardell Glamour 103 lashes. They certainly added an element of drama to the eye design (which is great for photography) but brides after a more subtle look can opt for individual lashes instead.


This look is a great example of keeping all design elements in balance.  The texture of the hair works with the softness of the skin and the eyes meet in the middle- defined but earthy.  Using the two different lip shades on Kirsty is a great demonstration of the power of a bolder lipstick.  This could be something to discuss with your makeup artist if you are thinking about changing things up between the ceremony and reception (party time!).


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:

Rhonda Hemmingway: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Karen Willis Holmes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled in The Bridal Series Sydney on Instagram, Facebook and of course, the blog. Three down, three to go!  And as always, feel free to leave any comments or questions about the hair and makeup below.


© 2016 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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