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Limerence Editorial- Wedding makeup meets fashion

Weddings and fashion… Who says the two can’t mix?  Limerence is a state of mind which results from a romantic attraction to another person (queue butterflies).  It’s also the name of our latest styled bridal shoot.

I loved working on this shoot because I got to combine elements of fashion hair and makeup styles with this poolside chic wedding.  Skincare and makeup breakdown at the end.

Enjoy!

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial wedding stationery

Stationery by Terrace Press, Calligraphy by Better Together Paper, Jewellery by Kerry Rocks Jewellery.

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial table setting and wedding ring

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial wedding lingerie table setting and bridal flowers

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Fashion inspired wedding makeup and hair by Sonia Allen, gown by Rue de Seine at The Bridal Atelier.

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial loose textured waves

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Fashion inspired wedding makeup, hair and nails by Sonia Allen, gown by Rue de Seine at The Bridal Atelier.

Wedding makeup and bridal updo hair by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

A rope-twist bridal updo with floral embellisment by Sonia Allen, florals by Oh Flora, gown by Rue de Seine at The Bridal Atelier.

Sonia Allen Makeup styled bridal editorial bridal updo with flowers

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Fashion inspired wedding makeup and hair by Sonia Allen, Rennes top by Sarah Seven with Tilly skirt Theia Couture from The Bridal Atelier.

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Because who doesn’t love a topknot!

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

Wedding makeup by Sonia Allen Makeup artist Sydney

SKINCARE BREAKDOWN

For the skincare I used the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA serum to hydrate the skin. I skipped moisturiser and followed with the Deciem Pore Delete primer to even out the skin texture.  Hylamide is available from Priceline and online at Adore Beauty.

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Hylamide by Deciem for the skincare for the wedding makeup look

WEDDING MAKEUP BREAKDOWN

Base- Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation (available from Sephora Australia, $69) for slight coverage with a beautiful glowing finish.

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Marc Jacobs foundation for the wedding makeup look

Highlighter- My current favourite, the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator applied with fingers anywhere I wanted to pick up light- the cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow and décolletage (available from Sephora Australia, $38) .

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Marc Jacobs highlighter for the wedding makeup look

Blush-  Always a fan of cream blush for how it melts seamlessly into the skin, I used Korean brand 3ce Cream Blusher (Sephora Australia, $25) and set it with a light dusting of the Marc Jacobs Air Blush powder (Sephora Australia, $39).

 

Sonia Allen Makeup uses 3ce and Marc Jacobs Air Blush for the wedding makeup look

Lipstick- What is already a staple in my own arsenal this festive season, I used the Lip & Cheek Stain by The Body Shop ($24.95). A brilliant formula that never dries and gives the most beautiful finish.  Comes in a variety of shades and you can layer it to achieve the desired intensity.

Sonia Allen Makeup uses Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain for the lipstick for the wedding makeup

I hope you enjoyed our Limerence bridal editorial.  If wedding makeup inspiration is what you’re looking for, then you might also like the following posts:

Sonia Allen Makeup wedding makeup and hair for Bridal Series Sydney featuring Rhonda Hemmingway

When I created this look for our editorial with wedding gown designer Rhonda Hemmingway on The Bridal Series Sydney.

 

Sonia Allen Makeup wedding makeup and hair for Bridal Series Sydney featuring Karen Willis Holmes

Or this look for our Bridal Series Sydney editorial with designer Karen Willis Holmes.

For all wedding makeup enquiries, please click here to get in touch with the team.

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Mira Mandic: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

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

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

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Originally I was going to do a relaxed braided upstyle for this shoot but when I saw Elsa’s gorgeous hair, it reminded me of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s effortless style and I decided to take this direction instead and incorporate a bit more wave. It was also a good pairing with the makeup, which was bold yet soft.

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One of my favourite style icons Charlotte Gainsbourg- the British-French actress and musician who is the daughter of British actress Jane Birkin and French singer Serge Gainsbourg. She always looks polished but not “too done”.

And it translated to this…

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To achieve this style, I started by saturing Elsa’s hair with the Protein Spray (to protect against heat and to regulate moisture levels) before working in a small amount of the Sea Salt Spray (for that “undone” texture) followed by the Volume Mousse at the roots (easy application spray mousse that also protects against colour fade without weighing hair down). I blowdried Elsa’s hair with plenty of root lift before tonging from the mid-lengths down.

To finish I backcombed the crown and sprayed it with the Texturising Volume Spray (for volume and long lasting root lift) before brushing out the curls. I used a small amount of the Miracle Fibre cream to provide elastic support and to control the direction of the waves created. I love the finish of this cream, it’s undone glamour at its best!

Throughout the shoot flyways were tamed with a very light misting of the Rejuvenating Oil Mist which I would either spray from at least an arms length away or by spraying it into the palms of my hands and lightly smoothing over.

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My hair styling products from Label M.

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Elsa had beautiful skin texture but slightly dehydrated skin (lacking moisture but not dry). To tackle this we used the Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator followed by the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask for 15 minutes to allow all of the hyaluronic acid to penetrate the skin and work its magic. I used the exfoliator first to make sure there was no dead skin on the surface that would prevent the mask from working as effectively as possible. I then massaged the Hydraluron Moisture Booster (serum) into the skin and around the eye area and finished with the Fillume Volumising Moisturiser for a plump skin finish.

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Skincare by Indeed Labs.

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Elsa is a motorbike-riding leather-wearing rock chick through and through and so I wanted to design a look that complimented her features and attitude. I kept everything minimal and went straight for some dramatic lashes for the rock factor. This look would work on those brides who don’t normally wear much makeup and like a very understated look. You could substitute the full lashes for some more subtle individual ones to suit your taste and eye shape.

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For Ela’s base, I used the Make Up Forever Radiant Primer in Cool Pink (for yellow fair skin) to colour correct and buffed in the Ultra HD Foundation. This provided a great level of coverage for Elsa’s skin and I only needed the Ultra HD Concealer for under the eyes.

For colour I used the HD Blush in “Rosy Plum and matched this tone on the lips for balance. The Lip Liner Pencil in “Cold Pink was used to contour the lips and a combination of the Rouge Artist Natural in “Iridescent Pink Gold with the Artist Plexi-Gloss in “Nude Coral” was layered over the top.

For the eyes I used the Aqua Cream in “Satin Brown” 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 before fitting the false lashes.

For impact, I used the Ardell Glamour 101 Demi black lashes for Elsa’s lashes (very va-va-1940s!).

I set everything with the Mist & Fix spray to increase the staying power of the makeup while also delivering extra hydration to Elsa’s skin (and meant I didn’t need to powder as much while on set).

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Tools of the trade with Make Up Forever.

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And there you have it.  You can be a rock chick and retain your style on your wedding day!

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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:

Jennifer Regan: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

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 last designer profiled in The Bridal Series Sydney on Instagram, Facebook and of course, here on the blog.  And as always, feel free to leave any comments or questions about the hair and makeup below.

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The Bridal Series Sydney: RHONDA HEMMINGWAY

This week’s designer for The Bridal Series Sydney is Darlinghurst’s Rhonda Hemmingway.

 

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And was shot by the multi-talented Angela Rose Photography.

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Rhonda Hemmingway truly is Australian couture royalty. With a career spanning decades at the forefront of the Australian fashion and bridal scene I knew interviewing Rhonda would be nothing short of fascinating. Full of surprises and great stories, enjoy getting to know the one and only Rhonda Hemmingway.

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Located in Darlinghurst, Rhonda’s new boutique is in a fabulous creative building on Oxford Street shared with the likes of graphic designers, production companies, fashion designers and PR firms. As soon as you step into the beautiful lift (like something out of Narnia!) you know that you’re about to discover something truly special.  Rhonda’s space is intimate, comfortable and very inviting.

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Truly blessed to have known her calling from the young age of eight, Rhonda’s story of how she got started in design was a delight to listen to.

“My father worked a second job at The Roxy Theatre in Parramatta and we used to go and watch movies on Saturday afternoons. I was totally mesmerised by that 1960s period of beautiful dresses and gowns.

Mum would come and pick us up when she finished work in the afternoon and by then everyone would start arriving for the evening cinema sessions. And they sure did dress! Women wore fur stoles and great big tulle skirts while the men would come in bowties and suits. It was just gorgeous and I used to love watching that. Then I’d go home and do little sketches as an eight year old and make clothes for my doll.

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The art deco Roxy Theatre building in Parramatta in the 1960s. Image courtesy of Cinema Treasures.

I was also the youngest cousin on both sides of the family and attended so many weddings when I was a child and became obsessed. I always knew I wanted to get into it.

We lived in a street that was all girls (only two boys at the bottom of the street- who had runny noses and weren’t very nice!) so we had a little club of girls, all older than me and I used to make them ball gowns.

From a really young age that’s how I found my calling.”

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A lecturer at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a photographer (early on in her career Rhonda used to make the gowns and then photograph the weddings on film!) and gowns now stocked in the prestigious ‘Bridal at David Jones’ suite,  I ask the hard-working Rhonda about her inspirations…

“It comes from everywhere. Like a door handle might inspire me… A tree might inspire me… I’m mostly inspired by Elie Saab. I love Elie Saab.   He does really simple designs, the same shapes every year but he changes his fabrics and I think it’s made me work harder with fabrics.

Obviously you have to experiment with design but he inspires me because he keeps everything simple and I think that’s what it is all about. Really beautifully cut, well-shaped, well-fitted but simple.”

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When asked about her favourite part of her job, Rhonda does not hesitate to describe the joy her brides bring her.

“I think creating a gown for a bride who, when starting off doesn’t really know what she wants and when she walks out the door, is overwhelmed at how amazing she looks… It gives you so much joy to see that.”

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Rhonda cites Grace Kelly’s wedding dress as her favourite celebrity gown.  She’s not alone there, I remember seeing this actual gown in 2010 at the “Grace Kelly – Style Icon” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  It truly was a work of art.

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Classic beauty: the dress designed by Helen Rose of MGM Studios for Grace Kelly when she married Prince Ranier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956. Images courtesy of beyondgracekelly.com

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Featuring 125-year-old Brussels lace, meters of silk taffeta and thousands of tiny hand-sewn pearls, it took six weeks for 36 seamstresses to make the wedding gown. Images courtesy of beyondgracekelly.com

I ask about the photo of Carolyn Bessette which Rhonda has on display in her boutique…

“She changed wedding fashion forever. Because when she wore that dress, everyone was having strapless bodices, very boned, with massive beading, crystals and pearls and great big skirts. All of a sudden she came along in something very different and changed everything.”

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Carolyn chose (then un-known designer) Narciso Rodriguez, a former Calvin Kelin staffer to design her dress. She walked down the aisle wearing a fluid, bias-cut dress of pearl-white crepe. Image courtesy of celebritybrideguide.com

For someone who has seen her fair share of trends come and go, I ask for her favourite style icon and was not at all surprised when she named Edith Head- one of the most revered and idolised costume designers in cinema history.

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American costume designer Edith Head was nominated for 35 Academy Awards every year from 1948 through to 1966 and won eight times- receiving more Oscars than any other woman. She was a favourite among many of the leading female stars of the 1940s and 1950s such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwuck, Shirley MacLaine, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Image courtesy of searchengineland.com

And finally, Rhonda’s best advice for a woman deciding on her dress:

“Listen to an expert and add your own touches.

I like people to add their own touches. In fact a lot of the girls come here and say, ‘I like this top and that neckline and can I have it in that fabric’. I’ll sketch it up and guide them as to what will work or what we could do differently.”

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Together with Amber our model, Angela Rose behind the camera, Rhonda’s styling and myself on hair and makeup, this is what we created.

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.

Some highlights…

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And now for two minutes of fun with Rhonda Hemmingway…

Sunrise or sunset?

Both

Favourite pizza topping?

Peking duck!  Pizza Moncur- never tasted anything like it!

What is your most used word or phrase?

*Rhonda laughs… “beautiful”.  When I was writing my book my husband did a check on how many times I used the word “beautiful”… It was about 2000 times.  He said, “we’ve got to go back and find other words!”.

What fictional character do you wish was real and why?

Woody from Toy Story, he seems like a lovely guy.

After our interview, Rhonda kindly gave me a signed copy of her book Secrets and Confessions of a Wedding Dress Designer and it was full of great stories and anecdotes. If you’re after a great read, I highly recommend it!

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Thank you Rhonda for taking part in this blog series.  The joy you have for your work is contagious and your accomplishments are nothing short of inspirational.  Your vivacious personality is so much fun to be around and I wish you every continued success.

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You can follow Rhonda Hemmingway on Facebook and Pinterest as well as visit the website for more information.  The boutique is located at Studio 23 (second floor), 94 Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

If you are looking for a wonderful wedding photographer, get following Angela Rose on Instagram and Facebook or check out her website.

I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled in The Bridal Series Sydney!  Last week we showcased Karen Willis Holmes and talked about the hair and makeup in a behind-the-scenes post.  As always, feel free to leave comments and questions below.

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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.

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

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Hair styling products from LabelM.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And it came together like this…

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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!

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