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Jennifer Regan: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP By Sonia Allen

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




I wanted to design something for the hair that was polished and simple and would compliment the makeup. Milena’s hair was extremely long and I opted to take advantage of its length and pin it up in a full style. I took inspiration from early-mid century prima ballerinas like the legendary Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova and Natalia Makarova.  I introduced a side parting for a more contemporary feel and inserted some flowers too.


And it translated to this…


Featuring a Wendy Louise headpiece.

To create this style I started by dampening Milena’s hair with the Label M Heat Protection Spray, combing through then working in the Sleek Blow Out Cream. I then blowdried her hair with a slight wave and plenty of root lift.


I backcombed the crown and sprayed with the Texturising Volume Spray at the roots. Pinning Milena’s hair was a process of ensuring symmetry, placement and hold. I used a combination of braids and twists in her hair to keep the shape looking polished yet interesting. To finish I placed some flowers in the bun and set with a medium-hold Hairspray and a misting of Shine Spray.


My hair styling products from Label M.




To prep Milena’s skin I used the Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum for hydration and followed with the Eysilix eye cream around the orbital bone. I then mixed a bit of the Nanoblur (a skin perfector designed to even out skin texture and diffuse light on the skin) with the Fillume moisturiser for the perfect base.


Skincare by Indeed Labs.


Knowing that I was going to be shooting Jennifer Regan designs, I wanted to create a timeless and simple makeup look that work well with the simplicity and elegance of Jennifer’s gowns. Milena’s look is all about matte ethereal skin, earthy tones and subtle contouring.

For the base I used the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation and set it with the Super Matte Loose Powder before contouring subtly using the Sculpting Kit and Bronzer to warm the skintone.

For Milena’s eyes I used the Aqua Cream in “Pink Beige” as a base and set with earthy toned matte peach, brown and grey shadows. For the eyeliner I used the Ink Liner for a thin matte black flick and finished with lashings of the Smoky Lash mascara before fitting the Ardell Lashes in Demi Whispies to help fan out Milena’s natural lashes.


Brows were groomed using the Eyebrow Pencil in “Taupe” with an angled brush and for the lips I used the Rouge Artist Intense in “Matte Violet Pink”.


Make up products used from Make Up Forever.

And this was the look…




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:

Moira Hughes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

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.  Two more designers still 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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Rhonda Hemmingway: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

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


Hair and makeup by Sonia Allen using Make Up Forever, Indeed Labs and Label M. as photographed by Angela Rose Photography.


I was inspired by the symbiotic relationships you see growing in nature…  The beautiful shapes that vines make when they wrap and twist, the bends of wild ivy growing on trees…


I wanted to incorporate these shapes into my design but at the same time, I wanted Amber’s hair to look effortless.  Perfect for a boho-luxe outdoor bride or for brides without a lot of length to their hair as the shapes create interest and the illusion of full hair.

Et voila…



To create this style I had to create a matte texture to the hair to bulk it up, allowing for the structure of the design.  I  started with the Heat Protection Spray to dampen the hair and spritzed with Sea Salt Spray from mid-lengths (for texture and separation) down while at the roots I massaged in the Volume Mousse (to volumise and hold) and blasted dry with my hairdryer before tonging into loose waves.

Once Amber’s hair  had cooled I brushed out the curls and backcombed the crown and sprayed with the Texturising Volume Spray at the roots and a light dusting of the Resurrection Style Dust for added oomph. Twisting and pinning Amber’s hair was a process of ensuring visual interest, placement and hold. I used a combination of interwoven twists and small braids to create the shape. To finish I sprayed some more of the Texturising Volume Spray and away we went.


Hair styling products from LabelM.


Amber’s skin had a wonderful natural luminosity which I really wanted to incorporate into the makeup design.  I used the water-activated Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator (containing bamboo extract, rice bran powder, okinawa red algae, hyaluronic acid & bromelain) to gently resurface the skin while hydrating at the same time.  I followed with Snoxin, a peptide-rich serum that helps with fine lines and the Eysilix eye cream around the orbital bone. After a few minutes, I massaged the the Fillume moisturiser for a gorgeous volumising finish to the skin.


Skincare using Indeed Laboratories. More on this great brand here.


Rhonda Hemmingway’s designs are so beautiful and diverse (there really is something to suit all tastes!) so I knew the makeup had to translate across the different styles of her gowns.


Beautiful gowns from our shoot with Rhonda Hemmingway as photographed by Angela Rose Photography.

I opted to design a feminine yet bold look with the key being the ability to achieve balance between the shading on the eyes and the colour on the lips.  I went for bold matte shades of berry and red for the lips because they made a great contrast against the location where we shot (we all love a bit of drama on editorials!).  However the modern bride could use a more sheer textured lipstick to achieve the same balance without the intensity.


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.

Blush: Using my fingers I gently patted the HD Blush in “Rosy Plum” and set lightly with loose powder.  I wanted this to look like a natural flush to the face.

Highlighter: On the high points of Amber’s face I used a lighter shade of the Ultra HD Concealer and then dusted the Shine On Powder in “Flesh” to luminise the skin.

Brows: Aqua Brow was used to shape the brows and I then worked some of the Eyebrow Pencil in a slightly lighter shade throughout to create texture and keep them looking as natural as possible.

Eyes: The Eye Prime eyeshadow base went down first, followed by eyeshadow shades from the Spring 2016 Palette and a small winged liner using the Ink Liner on the upper lashline for that classic matte finish. For the lower lashline, I smudged some of the Artist Liner in “Iridescent Taupe Grey” and set with shadow.

Make Up Forever

Tools of the trade with Make Up Forever.

Lashes:  I emphasised Amber’s lashes with the Smoky Lash Mascara and carefully added some Ardell Double Individual lashes in small and medium near the centre of the lashline.


And it came together like this…


I hope this post has left you inspired to try something new!  Be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled and behind-the-scenes hair & makeup posts in this Bridal Series Sydney.

The Bridal Series Sydney: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

Karen Willis Holmes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

And as always, feel free to leave comments and questions 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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Karen Willis Holmes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

In this post I will talk through how I created the hair and makeup for Renata, our model when I profiled wedding gown designer Karen Willis Holmes for The Bridal Series Sydney.


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


My inspiration for the hair I designed for Renata came from 1940s siren Veronica Lake. I wanted to create loose yet polished waves that looked effortless, feminine and great in every shot.


1940s Hollywood star and style icon Veronica Lake.

First I prepped the hair with Protein Spray, completely saturating to smooth the hair and protect against heat. I then worked in the Volume Foam and Blow Out Spray before blowdrying with volume.

Renata’s hair was then tonged with a curling wand, pin-curling each section using pin curl clips. Once the hair cooled I used a wide tooth comb to separate curls and to relax into loose fluid waves.

I brushed the hair smooth, backcombed the crown and sprayed with Texturising Volume Spray (benefits of a dry shampoo with the hold of a hairspray!) for the ultimate root lift.


Tools of the trade with Label M hairstyling products.

To finish I used the Hold & Gloss Spray (sparingly) for all over hold and shine as well as the Frizz Control Serum (on the ends only) for a polished finish.

Et voila…




Renata’s skin was cleansed with the Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator, to remove any dead skin while delivering moisture at the same time.

We followed with my all time favourite serum, the Hydraluron Moisture Booster for it’s hydrating properties and for the fact it increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture over time (so important when you need the makeup to keep looking fresh).

For the eyes we used a rice grain amount of Eysilix around the orbital bone to create a smoother and more rejuvenated looking eye area.

For the face we massaged Fillume Volumising Moisturiser to keep skin volumised and plump. The perfect canvas for makeup!


If you want to know more about the Indeed Labs brand, you can read one of my earlier posts here.



When designing this look, I wanted to demonstrate how a darker and well-defined eye could still work with a bold lip without feeling like “too much makeup”. This is a perfect timeless look for a winter wedding or for the bride who isn’t afraid to make a statement.


In action with designer Karen Willis Holmes and our model Renata.

I kept the coverage on Renata’s face as light as possible using the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation and only concealing in areas where needed using the HD Invisible Cover Concealer. Shading and dimension was introduced using the Sculpting Kit.

I used the Aqua Black waterproof cream eyeshadow as a liner for it’s ability to be as fluid as I needed it to be when building the “drama” on the eyes as well as the Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara for those gorgeous lashes.


For the first look, lips were lined with the Aqua Lip “Vintage Coral” lip liner before working in the Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in “Orange” (a beautiful sheer orange) with a lip brush and following with a light layer of the Artist Plexi-Gloss in “Golden Pink” to the centre of the lips (to add a touch of pink). The second more dramatic look was achieved using the Aqua Lip “Orange Red” lip liner followed by the Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in “Matte Bright Red”.


Renata also wears the Ardell Natural Lashes 120 (Demi Black). I curled the Ardell lashes along with Renata’s natural lashes and then coated again with mascara for that extra high gloss finish.


The final result…




I hope this post has left you inspired to try something new!  Be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled in this Bridal Series.  And as always, feel free to leave comments and questions 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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Sonia Allen MakeUp Artist launches THE BRIDAL SERIES SYDNEY

A few posts ago I announced that I had something exciting to share and I am so thrilled to be finally be able to reveal what I have been working on.



For the last eight months I have been working on a project for this blog. A big one! I set out to profile Sydney’s top wedding gown designers in a bid to learn more about these Australian icons and for the opportunity to create some beautiful imagery alongside them. Together with photographers Angela Rose and Natasha Foster supporting me behind the lens, the Sonia Allen Makeup Bridal Series Sydney comes to life.

Featuring the stellar line up of…









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Here’s a teaser of what to expect…

The Bridal Series will run over the next six weeks on the blog. Each week I will be featuring one designer and showcasing their boutique and couture creations. There will also be a supporting post dedicated to the hair and make-up design where I talk through how I created the look for each model in this series. I will showcase the products used, as well share my inspiration behind the hair and make-up looks.


If you’re getting married, this Bridal Series is like your direct link to some of Australia’s finest talent. If you love make-up or want to learn more about skincare and hairstyling, read the make-up posts- they are full of my tips and advice. And if like me, you are passionate about supporting Australian designers, enjoy getting to know each one, just as I did.

I’d like to thank Angela and Natasha for your wonderful photography, I couldn’t have shot this without you (literally!).  I’d also like to thank all the beautiful models along with my sponsors Make Up Forever, Ardell, Indeed Labs & Label M for supporting this project and whose products we used throughout the shoots.  As a working makeup artist and hairstylist, these are brands that you will most definitely find in my kit and it was great to collaborate for this project.

It was a privilege to work alongside these designers and I can’t wait to share this project with you all!


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

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with young up and coming talent.  Damon from London Model Management was no exception.  Together with photographer Patrick Mackey, we shot Damon in a variety of light setups and kept the styling minimal.


This one was my favourite from the series.  I’m always a sucker for a good black and white and the lighting here is spot on!

People often ask me if I do make-up for men too. Yes. I do. Pretty much any male you see photographed or appearing on TV (unless they are playing sport!) are wearing make-up. The purpose isn’t to make them look like they’re wearing make-up the way you might when working with a female, instead it’s to ensure that they are “camera ready” and don’t look washed out under the studio lights.

At only 18 years of age, there was something about Damon that reminded me of the old Hollywood classics.

The youth of Farley Granger…

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Farley Granger for ‘The North Star’, Samuel Goldwyn Company. Photographed by Margaret Bourke-White, 1943.

The confidence of Marlon Brando…

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Marlon Brando for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, Warner Brothers. Photographed by John Engstead, 1950.

The intensity of Rock Hudson…

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Rock Hudson for ‘Lover Come Back’, Universal. Photographed by Leo Fuchs, 1961.

And the broodiness (and awesome hair!) of Clint Eastwood…

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Clint Eastwood, RKO. Photographed by Ernest A. Bachrach, 1956.

We really tried to channel that in this series of images and I love the final result.  From a make-up perspective, it was all about working with the light to add more angular dimensions to Damon’s face.  For his hair, I worked with his natural body and switched it up from slick Clint Eastwood-style to more relaxed for the colour shots.

Some of my other favourite shots…




While shooting, Damon told me he’d given up going to schoolies with his friends in Fiji to stay back and work on building his book.  With an attitude like that Damon, you’ll no doubt go far!

Please feel free to leave me any questions or comments below if you want to know more about this shoot.


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

Rosalynn Win is a name you need to know if you’re looking for that perfect bridal gown and artisan accessories. Veils, belts, silk garters and even Christening gowns…. You’re bound to be enchanted just as I was when I recently spent time with the lovely Sydney designer.


Gowns by Rosalynn Win and photography by Natasha Foster exclusively for this post.

With a background in fashion design and theatre costume, Rosalynn launched her couture wedding label in 2009 with the opening of her boutique in Paddington.  During that time her gowns were featured in countless magazines and on the red carpet and she gained recognition as a talented designer when she was awarded the Couture Designer of the Year by WEOA.


A selection of Rosalynn Win’s impressive press portfolio.

She spent six years in her Paddington boutique before deciding to add an extra dimension to her business and expand to include an online boutique.


Rosalynn Win as photographed by Natasha Foster.

 “I found that there is a gap in the market for beautiful veils, belts and silk garters that are of high quality and are able to be passed on for generations or to be kept as one-of-a-kind mementos.”

She has now expanded into these very things.


Image on the left photographed by Natasha Foster featuring a Rosalynn Win design. Top right- the “Nouveau” belt.  Bottom right- the “Blossom” garter.

Spending time with the designer, I learnt that a Rosalynn Win veil is made from the softest tulles with just the right amount of gathering and sheerness. For brides who prefer embellishment, there is a gorgeous selection of fine lace trims to fuller French lace scalloping or unique hand-beaded patterns to choose from. All veils are attached to strong metal combs that can be moulded to suit all hair types and styles.

It’s not fancy photography in this next image, it’s one of Rosalynn’s veils flying in the background.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Esmerelda” gown & “Riviera” veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Esmerelda” gown & “Riviera” veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Esmerelda” gown & “Riviera” veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.

In recent times belts have become a much sought after accessory to compliment bridal gowns. A great way to accentuate curves or add that finishing touch, Rosalynn Win belts have been exclusively designed from initial pattern to beading details using the finest of Swarovski crystal which means that many of her belts are one-off creations.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Sorrento” gown & Veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.

For the bride looking for a quality and personalised silk garter, look no further. With the option of having your name and wedding date embroidered onto the garter, it makes for a wonderful keepsake. Embroidering options come in soft silver, gold or even powder blue for that perfect and discrete something blue. Brides also have the option to have a sample of their wedding gown lace hand sewn and embellished as a feature on the garter too.


Behind the scenes when I shot with Rosalynn Win, Natasha Foster and Kristine.


Kristine is photographed here in the “Montreux” gown with jewellery by Tessarella House.  For the make-up, I emphasised glowing skin and added a glossy winged liner against an almost nude eye. Hair was softly curled and worn loose.

Rosalynn has kindly invited my readers to her spring sample sale of her exclusive bridal couture collections. Future brides can enjoy 50% off these handmade, high-end bridal couture gowns in pure silk and European laces. There is also a selection of bridesmaid dresses and evening couture as worn by The Veronicas.  You might just find the perfect gown for your wedding, bridesmaid or Christmas party.  Thanks Rosalynn!


Click on the image and save a copy of this invitation!

You can follow Rosalynn Win Haute Couture on Instagram and Facebook as well as shop her range of bridal accessories online.  Email enquiries can be directed to info@rosalynnwin.com.


Next year holds many more exciting ventures for this talented designer. Let this be a teaser for now!

If you enjoyed the images we created for this post, you might like to see my other bridal editorial work by clicking here.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the world of Rosalynn Win Haute Couture as I did.  Please let me know if you have you have any questions about the hair and make-up or if you have any direct questions for Rosalynn herself.


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


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My Second Editorial Cover

They say good things come in threes so I’m very keen to see what happens next because not long ago I landed my second editorial cover!


I also wrote the beauty piece featured in the same issue of Citizen Magazine titled, “Why You Should Make Friends With A Brow Artist”.  For those who regularly read my blog (or know me in person) you will know how passionate I am about brows and I had a blast writing this article.  Many thanks to the team at Get Threaded for their help with research.

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The editorial was titled, “Tea for Two” and had the fabulous team of Natasha Foster behind the lens, Bianca from London Management GroupLeda Ross on wardrobe styling, Elly Hanson on hair for Label M and myself on make-up.

This is what we created.


Dress- Hommage


Jacket- By Johnny


Top- Marimeko, Skirt- By Johnny, Earrings & Ring- Naomi Murrell


Top- Cameo, Trousers- Finders Keepers


Top- Cameo


Top & Trousers- Hommage, Earrings- stylist’s own


Dress- By Johnny, Pocket Bag- Karen Walker


Jumpsuit- Hommage, Clutch- Colette, Necklace- stylist’s own


Jumpsuit- H&M, Chain Belt- Karen Walker, Earrings- Naomi Murrell, Heels- River Island


Vest- By Johnny, Earrings- Naomi Murrell

You can read up on my first editorial cover here and you can see more of my published work in these posts:

One Fine Bridal Campaign

“Peaches & Cream” Fashion Editorial

Geometric Emily

Love in Masquerade

Leave me any messages or comments if you’d like to know more about the make-up inspiration or products used.


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

Happiness for me is sharing with others what I love. Last weekend I got to do just that at the One Fine Day Sydney wedding fair held at Australian Technology Park.


Photo courtesy of Chrissie Hall Wedding Photographer. Many thanks to the talented Steph from Sant Elia for the custom made outfit. I was honoured to wear one of your designs.

My stall was designed to reflect what my bridal work is all about. Partnering with brides in the lead up to their wedding as well as being there on the day itself to get them feeling beautiful and happy… and having fun along the way!


My stall at Sydney’s One Fine Day wedding fair.


With my gorgeous assistant Fiona. Thank you for enjoying the weekend with me and for all your tireless work.

Flowers were supplied by my favourite florist Oak & Linden who were also at the fair.






My signature balloons were once again created by the wonderful Shannon from Born to Party.


My favourite bunch to date, thank you Shannon!

In addition to meeting lovely engaged couples and future brides, I also got a chance to say hello to my neighbours.


Moira and her team from Moira Hughes Couture.


Simon, Gabrielle & Asato from Grew & Co.


Len from I Love Wednesdays who kept us entertained with her dance moves.


Lovely Karina from Hello May, one of the sponsors for One Fine Day.

And got to admire the level of detail and effort that went into all the stalls.






The fair had a wonderfully relaxed yet exciting buzz about it. Couples could enjoy treats created by ARIA catering in the VIP area, peruse the bridesmaid corner, or even enjoy a little pampering with a champagne at the nail bar.


The V.I.P. lounge area.


Bridesmaid’s corner

New to this fair was the Bridal Showcase where brides had the chance to meet their favourite designers and try on gowns. Featured in the showcase were Moira Hughes, Karen Willis Holmes, Leah Da Gloria, Suzanne Harward, Sarah Janks, Babushka Ballerina.  Also featured in the showcase was lingerie by Bridal Trousseau and jewellery from Samantha Wills.


And of course there was plenty of fashion to admire on the runway.


Leah Da Gloria and Institchu


Moira Hughes Couture


Karen Willis Holmes


The Babushka Ballerina

To all the wonderful people I met on the weekend, many thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share what Sonia Allen Make Up is all about.  Thank you One Fine Day for having me and congratulations on yet another fabulous fair.


A wonderful celebration of when creativity meets talent and warmth, that was Sydney’s One Fine Day fair, September 2015!

If you are getting married and would like more information about my services, please contact me via the website.  You can read more about One Fine Day in previous posts here or find out when the next fair is being held.


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

One of my career highlights to date was getting the cover for Citizen Magazine for one of my all time favourite editorials.


I was even featured in the magazine’s contributors page.


And our team was photographer Natasha Anne Foster, photography assistant Anne Peters, wardrobe stylist Lauren Becker and hair, make-up & nails by me.  Our beautiful model was Sydney-turned-Melbourne gal Ashlee from FiveTwenty Model Management.

The editorial was named “The Supreme”, a fitting choice for the occult theme of the issue because watching Ashlee move was indeed quite magical.  A trained dancer, she had such a command of how to use her space, it was inspiring to say the least.

I used MAC Cosmetics for make-up where pigments needed to be strong as we were shooting in black and white.  For hair I used Label.M styling products and nails were painted using O.P.I. with deco embellishments from Make Up Store.

We featured labels including Lack of Color, Betty Tran, Morrison, Babylikestopony, Au Revoir les Filles, Zhivago, Peter Lang, Serpent and the Swan, Bolor Amgalan, Bul, Ted Baker, Vanessa Moe and Monster Alphabets.

Et voila, this is what we created.











A very happy me!


If you enjoyed this post, you might like to look at my other editorials and music videos here:

“Peaches and Cream” for Culture Magazine

Elizabeth Rose “Division” Music Video for Red Bull Australia

“Geometric Emily” for Spook Magazine

“Love in Masquerade” for One Fine Day

If you have any questions/comments about the hair/make-up for this shoot please leave them below and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


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


Than this:


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.


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.


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.


Image courtesy of Scunci

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


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


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


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


L⇒R: Mini Styling Brush, Mini Round Brush

I picked up a few and have been experimenting around.


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.


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.


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

My thoughts:



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

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