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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.




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…


Which looked a little something like this…


And like this from the side…


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.


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.



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.


Skincare by Indeed Labs.


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.


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).


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.



Et voila!


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.


© 2016 Sonia Allen MakeUp.  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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Sonia Allen Makeup Lip Scrub

Sumptuous Angelina Jolie lips?  Yes please!


Cracked, dry, sore lips?  No thanks.


Dry lips are irritating and often we find ourselves desperately lathering on various ointments or balms which don’t actually seem to do much or help the situation.  But fear not, I have a solution that you can:
1) Make yourself
2) Gift to others
3) Eat because it’s delicious

It’s my Sonia Allen Make Up Lip Scrub.  Takes 5 minutes to make, works to exfoliate and hydrate lips and taste-testing is the best bit.

You need the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of brown or white sugar or a 50-50 mix of both
  • 1 tsp honey (just enough to make the sugar really stick together)
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • ½ drop of vanilla (only for the taste and smell, not an essential)
  • 1 small container

Ingredients- coconut oil, vanilla, honey, brown sugar & white sugar.


Mix everything together in a bowl.  Seriously that easy!


Then spoon into small jars.


If you’re gifting them, make them look pretty.


I gift these to my brides so their lips will be in tip-top shape come wedding day.

Directions for use

Once a week (twice at the max) gently rub the scrub onto your lips to loosen dead skin.  Let it sit for 1 minute and then wipe off with a damp washcloth…. or errrrrrr…. the ingredients are edible and tasty so no one would judge if you “ingested” it off.  Apply a nourishing lip treatment after use like the Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil or the Essential Kit Multipurpose Wonder Balm.

And there you have it, a simple homemade scrub that is simple to make and enjoyable to use.


The Sonia Allen Make Up Lip Scrub

If you enjoyed this post you might also like to read about how to make a homemade body scrub.

Let me know if you decide to try this recipe and what variations you come up with.  If you have any questions, please leave them below.


© 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 Bridal Campaign

A Moroccan inspired palace, a feast fit for a king, cake, flowers, gowns, suits, jewellery, stationary, hair & make-up…  No it wasn’t a wedding, it was where the One Fine Day campaign shoot came to life.  I was asked to work on the make-up and together with some of Sydney’s finest wedding vendors we created some dream imagery.

Behind the camera was Lara Hotz Photography
Styling and art direction One Fine Collective
Bridal gowns Leah da GloriaSuzanne Harward and Vera Wang
Jewellery Grew & Co and Samantha Wills
Suits M.J. Bale
Flowers The Sisters
Furniture and table decor Decorative Events
Catering ARIA Catering
Cake Sugar Bee Cakes
Makeup Sonia Allen Make Up
Hair Zada Hair
Stationery The Distillery
Models were Karina via AVA Model Management and Sam via Scoop Management.

Let the story unfold…


Our beautiful shoot location.


Karina and Sam our lovers.


Furniture and table decor by Decorative Events.


Food by Aria Catering.


The hardest part of this shoot was refraining myself from eating this spread. It smelt as enticing as it looked. Torture!


Flowers by The Sisters.


Native beauties!


This work of cake-art by Sugar Bee Cakes.


Also had to refrain from eating touching.


Stationary by The Distillery.

Who also do menus!

Who also do menus!


Bling by Samantha Wills.


And beautiful jewellery also by Grew & Co.


Hair by Zada Hair.


And make-up by me!



If you are intrigued and would love to know more about the talented bunch behind this campaign, come visit us at the One Fine Day wedding fair taking place in Sydney on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 10-3pm at Australia Technology Park, Eveleigh, NSW.

“The fair will be full of inspiration, food tastings, sparkling on arrival, food trucks, a bridal runway show and the opportunity to meet the best and most creative wedding vendors Sydney has to offer!”
- One Fine Collective

You may remember back in February I had my first ever stall at One Fine Day and you can see the recap here.  This time I’m going for a new look, thanks in part to the many hours of manual labour by Mr Allen.  I have also found myself to be somewhat of a handywoman and now feel as confident walking into a Bunnings as I do a make-up store.

I will be giving away a free double pass on my Instagram for one lucky winner starting on Monday 7th September.  To enter just regram the image and tag @sonia.allen.makeup and @onefinedayweddingfairs as well as #soniaallenmakeup and #onefinedaysydney.

Good luck to the winner and I look forward to seeing you there!


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