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“Peaches & Cream” Fashion Editorial

Earlier last week we had our latest fashion editorial “Peaches and Cream” published in Culture Magazine.


From Culture Magazine


LEFT- Jayson Brundson silk shirt / Georgia Alice dress / Natalie Marie bracelet / Vintage Earring stylist’s own.  RIGHT- Natalie Marie bracelets / Gail Sorronda blouse.

LEFT- Alice McCall Playsuit / Kirt Geiger Pumps / Millicent Darling Custom made Earrings.  RIGHT- Gail Sorronda Blouse / Dyspnea sheer flares/ Natalie Marie Jewellery

LEFT- Alice McCall playsuit / Kurt Geiger pumps / Millicent Darling custom made earrings.  RIGHT- Gail Sorronda blouse / Dyspnea sheer flares / Natalie Marie jewellery.

LEFT- . Alice McCall Bell Sleeve top / Alice McCall Pencil Skirt.  RIGHT- Georgia Alice Jumpsuit / Penny Sage Vest / Terry Biviano Pumps / Natalie Marie Bracelet.

LEFT- . Alice McCall bell sleeve top / Alice McCall pencil skirt.  RIGHT- Georgia Alice jumpsuit / Penny Sage vest / Terry Biviano pumps / Natalie Marie bracelet.

The shoot was lensed by Natasha Foster who also built the set. Our wardrobe stylist was Jessie Frost who took influence from the 1970s. And Bella from FiveTwenty Management brought everything to life.

I worked on hair, make-up and nails and here’s a breakdown of what I did.


I worked with Bella’s natural texture to keep her curls looking full yet “undone”. I prepped the hair with Fudge Sea Salt Spray and Pump Up mousse, blasted dry with my hairdryer and set with Fudge Membrane Gas and Head Shine.


Tools of the trade and the final result.



Filed into a squoval shape, were painted using Mecca Cosmetica’s Volumina (two coats) and I applied the Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat for extra shine. I LOVE this top coat, really does what it says and I use it myself always!  Dries really fast too which is always a bonus for those of us who are also impatient.


Images courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica and Sally Hansen.




My focus was on creating a beautiful creamy skin texture, strong brows to balance Bella’s curls and to use a colour palette that complimented the muted 70s feel of the shoot. I opted for gold and brown tones to work alongside the set backdrop and to work alongside wardrobe.  I used MAC paint pots, contour powders, highlighters and brow products.


I drew influence from Jerry Hall in the ‘70s and you can view my moodboard of inspiration images here.


Image courtesy of superseventies.tumblr.com

Et voila!


If you enjoyed reading how this editorial came together, you may also enjoy other behind-the-scenes posts here.

If you would like to know more about the products used or have any questions about the editorial, please leave your questions below.  Hope you enjoyed the post.


© 2015 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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Wedding Day Lipsticks (that won’t ruin your first kiss)

The first time your husband-to-be will see you on your wedding day is a moment you will treasure for life. I always think it’s nice to keep a memento of that occasion (in addition to the photos). Being a make-up artist, naturally I’m going to suggest that this souvenir could be your wedding day lipstick. Every time you use the lipstick thereafter, you will always be reminded of your wedding day (good for so many reasons!). So here are my top pick of lipsticks that have good staying power AND are also kiss-conducive. You can kiss and have great lipstick that stays put too!?… Oh 2015 how divine you are.

wedding day lipstick

The lipsticks I’m going to recommend are all a satin finish which is fancy-speak for a lipstick that has less pigment in it than a matte or cream lipstick with a sheer finish. I like to think of them as a hybrid of between a lipstick and a gloss: the staying power of a lipstick with the texture of a gloss (but more balmy than sticky!).

You can always swap to a matte or cream lipstick for the reception if you wish to go for a bolder shade and I’ll do another post with those suggestions later on.

When shopping for satin textured lipsticks, please note that satin/sheer lipsticks have a high oil component so they appear darker in the bullet than they are once applied. Don’t be put off and swatching is always advised.

Ok so the satin lipstick roundup includes:

Chanel “Rouge Coco”

  • Impressive range of colours (neutrals, pinks, reds, berries & orange)
  • Infused with mimosa, jojoba and sunflower plant butters
  • Great staying power
Chanel Rouge Coco

Chanel Rouge Coco in “Olga”

The colour range looks like this:


Image courtesy of Chanel

Available from: Myer, David Jones and a few stand alone Chanel beauty and fragrance boutiques.


Lipstick Queen “Lipstick Saint”

  • 20 shades mostly catering to pinks and nudes
  • Only 10% pigment so a really great option if you like your makeup minimal
  • If you layer enough you can actually build the colour intensity
Lipstick Queen "Saint Lipstick" in Bare Nude

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in “Bare Nude”

The colour range:

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick colour range

Image courtesy of Mecca Cosmetica

Available from: Kit Cosmetics and selected Mecca Maxima stores.


YSL “Rouge Volupté Shine”

  • Hyaluronic acid microspheres seal in moisture & Vitamin E conditions lips.
  • Also with an SPF15 so great for outdoor weddings.
  • Great range of sheer bold colours
  • Can’t beat that packaging!
YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in “28- Rose in Time”

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in “Rose in Time”

The colour range:

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine colour range

Image courtesy of YSL

Available from: Myer, David Jones, Mecca Maxima & Sephora.


Chantecaille “Lip Chic”

  • Brilliant longwear formula (once the sheen wears off you’re left with a beautiful stain of colour)
  • The shape of the bullet makes for precise application (no brush needed!)
  • Are shea butter based so your lips feel nourished the whole time
Chantecaille Lip Chic in Tea Rose

Chantecaille Lip Chic in “Tea Rose”

The colour range:

Chantecaille Lip Chic colour range

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

MAC Sheen Supreme

  • Super hydrating
  • The finishes vary between being pearlescent and creamy
  • Small hint of fragrance
Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in "Zen Rose"

Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in “Zen Rose”

The colour range:

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick colour range

Image courtesy of MAC

Available from: Myer, David Jones & stand alone MAC stores.


My top tip:

Keep the Transformulas LipVolume on your lips for the whole morning of your wedding while you are getting ready.  The treatment balm will keep lips hydrated and plumped while the peppermint makes you feel minty fresh.  You can keep a light layer on before adding your wedding lipstick too!

Transformulas LipVolume lip plumper

If you enjoyed this post, you might like my other pre-wedding advice that you can download here.  Other bridal inspiration posts can be found here.

If you would like any more information about the lipsticks reviewed here, please leave your questions below and I’ll get back to you.  In the meantime, happy kissing!


© 2015 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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