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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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”.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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?…

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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.

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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…

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Which looked a little something like this…

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And like this from the side…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Skincare by Indeed Labs.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Et voila!

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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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!

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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The final result…

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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 in this Bridal Series.  And as always, feel free to leave comments and questions below.

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