“I was lucky enough to book Sonia Allen for my wedding in September! Every element of working with her was amazing: I was planning my wedding from abroad, so it was a huge relief to always get a response to any of my questions within 24 hours, not to mention the patience, understanding and professionalism of her team’s responses. My trial make up appointment, held just a few days before the wedding, was also great. Sonia talked to me about the look I wanted and how I wanted to feel on the day and walked me through the different options so we could be sure we got it just right. It was a relaxing experience that gave me so much confidence leading up to the big day. And then it arrived! Sonia and Amy set up shop in our living room and got through all seven of us without us ever feeling stressed or hurried! It was such a perfect start to the day and we were all absolutely delighted with how natural (but glamorous!) they made us look. My make up lasted perfectly for the full 12-hours after we left the house, and seeing it again in all the photos reminded me of how amazing I felt on the day. Sonia really makes sure you feel like you – which is exactly what you want on your wedding day 🙂 Can’t recommend her highly enough!”
– Jane Cormack, 2017 | Cell Block Theatre, National Arts School, Sydney NSW
“I could not have been more pleased to have had Sonia and her team do the makeup for my wedding in October. The entire process from start to finish was seamless and communication was easy and professional. Makeup was done for 6 women in total (myself included) and each commented on how beautiful they felt. The products were top quality and Sonia and her team were open to communicating with each of us constantly to achieve the look we desired. Could not be happier. Thank you again Sonia.”
– Christie Pocock, 2017 | Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay, Sydney
“I had the most amazing day of my life on my wedding day. I wouldn’t have felt so beautiful and happy without the extremely excellent team at @sonia.allen.makeup.bridal. They were everything you want out of a make up team – professional, funny and absolute sweethearts. They made me and my bridal party so beautiful and were so wonderful to work with in the lead up and on the day! Thank you with all my heart Sonia, Alex and Kim xx”
– Sarah-Jane Riley, 2017 | Catalina, Rose Bay
“I can honestly say I have never felt more beautiful than I did on my wedding day and that was all thanks to Sonia. Sonia flew to Southern California to do makeup for my wedding day for myself, my Maid of Honour and my mum. I had worked with Sonia previously in London as a model and I knew that I didn’t want anyone else to do my makeup for my big day except her. She flew in from Sydney and we only had 45 mins to do my makeup trial the day before the wedding as I was so busy. But Sonia was cool, calm and collected and after describing the sort of look I was going for we played around with ideas until perfecting the look. She’s so lovely and easy to communicate with and I wasn’t afraid to tell her exactly what I wanted. Leading up to the wedding Sonia had liased with my wedding planner and the hairstylist and had organised all the logistics and timings so I literally didn’t have to worry about anything other than being pampered. The whole atmosphere was calm and relaxed and so much fun. Although she is eternally professional Sonia also has such a warm, engaging personality and is such a pleasure to be around. I genuinely mean it when I say I have never felt more beautiful that on my wedding day – Sonia is GIFTED when it comes to skin. I have never known my skin to glow as it did that day! I adored everything about my look and it had incredible staying power which was really impressive. I can’t recommend Sonia highly enough and I’m already looking for another excuse to work with her again.”
– Melissa Hammond, 2017 |2017 | Baccara Resort, Santa Barbara, California| SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Sonia is a goddess! I got married in September this year and Sonia did the makeup for my 3 bridesmaids, my mum and myself and we were all so happy with the results. She is super organised, calm and such a joy to be around, making the wedding morning really relaxed and fun. Knowing that I usually wore little to no make up, she nailed my “natural with a hint of glam” wedding day look. My makeup lasted the entire night, through so many hugs, kisses and a few tears. I want to get married again just so I can have her do my makeup.”
– Aimie Smith, 2017 | Circa 1876 The Convent, Hunter Valley, NSW
Miss Sonia, I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful job you did on my wedding day. Not only did you make me feel like the most beautiful women ever, but you laughed and joked along with all our silliness. Cannot recommend you highly enough.
– Hannah Roache, 2017 | Centennial Park, Sydney
“Sonia was my makeup artist for myself and my bridesmaids for our wedding day in Jan 2017. She was a dream to work with and knew instinctively what I was looking for. I would highly recommend her for bridal makeup!”
– Christina Larkin, 2017 | Gunners Barracks, Mosman, Sydney NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Sonia was an absolute delight to work with. She is everything you could want in a makeup artist: super talented, professional, organised, relaxed and fun.
From the very first interaction, I knew I was in good hands. Everything went smoothly and perfectly with Sonia. She was an amazing listener and really took the time to understand what I wanted. My mum, bridesmaids and I could not have been happier with our makeup. Sonia knew exactly how to make us look like the best version of ourselves and we felt so comfortable and confident. My makeup lasted all day, despite the Sydney summer heat and lots of tears and hugs!
My experience with Sonia was nothing but positive and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Thank you Sonia!!“
– Kara Hill, 2017 | Cell Block Theatre, National Arts School, Darlinghurst, Sydney
“Sonia – you were amazing! From the initial consultation to the big day Sonia and her team were professional, organised, incredibly talented and a lot of fun to have with us on the day of the wedding. The way Sonia operates is like no other; she is systematic, attentive, flexible and very experienced. Not only that but she is genuine and warm. Sonia and her artists made my family and I feel beautiful, glamorous, and most importantly very comfortable with our make up. I cannot thank you guys enough for what you did for us on the day, you were incredible!”
– Gracie Garber, 2017 | Sergeants Mess, Sydney
“Sonia was fantastic to work with from the very beginning. She really took the time to understand the theme of our wedding and during our make-up trials, offered a number of make-up suggestions that would suit the style of the dress, hair and theme of the day.
On the morning of the wedding, Sonia was well organised. Setting up her “makeup station” in advance to ensure there were no delays. And, that morning there was never a moment that I felt stressed – Sonia worked professionally and timely to ensure the bridal party were ready.
Our make up was weightless and natural – exactly what I wanted. I was still able to look like me on my wedding day, yet with an inner confidence and glow, that only good make-up and technique can achieve. And the best thing was – I didn’t need a touch up. Maybe a bit of lippy and gloss, but that’s standard after sneaking a glass of celebratory champagne and nibbles between ceremony and reception.
Thank you Sonia for your professionalism, technique and warm approach.”
– Haley Welch, 2017 | Kingsbrook Estate, Currency Creek, McLaren Vale, South Australia | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Thank you again for not only the incredible job you both did with the make up, but the wonderful energy you brought to the trial and on the day. You made it enjoyable, calm and fun. It was a wonderful start to such a special day.”
– Sophie Cooper, 2017 | Sergeants Mess, Mosman, Sydney | SEE MORE PHOTOS
Assisted by Amy of Sonia Allen Makeup
“Sonia, just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing work that you did on myself and my bridesmaids last month. I knew when I met you to do my makeup trial that I was in good hands and that you would make me look the best version on myself on the day, and you did not disappoint! I felt confident with how I looked and the makeup photographed beautifully. My bridesmaid and junior bridesmaid looked beautiful and natural, exactly the look we were hoping to achieve. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to any bride-to-be! Wishing you all the best!”
– Josette Sammut, 2017 | The Rocks, Sydney
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– Sarah Isaacson, 2017 | Merribee, Kangaroo Valley
Sonia was an absolute dream to work with on our wedding day. She was unbelievably professional but also immensely talented. Mine and all FIVE of my bridesmaids makeup were exactly on point! Sonia is absolutely incredible and I cannot recommend her enough.
– Erin Fowler, 2017 | Gunners Barracks, Mosman, Sydney
“My experience with Sonia’s team was exceptional from start to finish. Communication in the lead up was flawless, and the amazingly talented Kim did a fantastic job on myself and my five bridesmaids on the day. Not only is Kim exceptionally talented, she also has a beautiful calming and warm nature which is exactly what you need when your belly is full of butterflies! I couldn’t recommend Sonia’s team enough!”
– Aoife Boothroyd, 2017 | Deckhouse, Woolwich, Sydney
Makeup by Kim of Sonia Allen Makeup
“I had a great experience having Sonia for my bridal makeup!
“I’m not the most organised person, and I felt she was excellent at keeping things on track to ensure that everything would go to plan for my bridal party. Having an interstate wedding, it was really lovely knowing that she would be reliable and help me to put my best face forward (literally)!
“Sonia was very accommodating, especially with me being indecisive. It was wonderful to be able to try a different style/product and to feel comfortable in communicating if something was or wasn’t working for me personally. I had a splendid day and Sonia had a big part to play in helping me feel courageous, ready to walk that aisle! Thanks again Sonia.”
– Ingrid Van der Griend, 2017 | Kuitpo Forest & Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia
– Kerry Shields, 2017 | Luna Park, Sydney
“We had such a great wedding day! Thank you Sonia for being a big part of that.
From the first call to check availability through to my trial, prep and the big day I knew I was always in the best of hands. A massive thanks again for keeping me calm throughout the morning and making me look and feel beautiful. My mum is normally a big pain in the butt about being made a fuss over and even she was beaming. Absolutely LOVED her work!! I cannot recommend Sonia enough!”
– Sandra Beerenbrock, 2017 | Bendooley Estate, Bowral, Southern Highlands NSW
– Melrose Xiam, 2017 | Newcastle, NSW
– Rosie Henshaw, 2017 | Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
“Sonia is a one of a kind superstar! I can’t say enough great things about her and the experience she provided us with on my wedding day. Sonia is not only extremely talented, professional and organised, but more importantly she is warm, calm and very attentive to the look and feel we were after. Sonia really took the time to make our day feel special and ensured we were all 100 percent thrilled with her work. I would highly recommend her to all!”
– Victoria Cotter, 2016 | Wallalong Estate, Hunter Valley NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“I can’t say enough good things about the experience I had with Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup! From contacting her initially, to having my initial consultation and through to the wedding day, it was clear that Sonia had so much experience, expertise and professionalism.
She took the time at the initial consultation to ask me what makeup I wore day to day, and really wanted to get a feel for exactly what look I wanted on my wedding day. It was really good to have a trial of my wedding makeup to see how it lasted etc.
I felt completely confident the entire time that Sonia knew exactly how to do my mum’s, the bridesmaids’ and my makeup – and I was blown away by the end result! Not only is Sonia incredibly talented, but she is also a genuine, kind and warm person to spend time with. It was so lovely having her presence there on the morning of the wedding – she made everyone feel at ease and we all enjoyed her spending part of the special day with us!
Thank you Sonia for your amazing work – I am so happy I was given your details and you were available on the day!”
– Emily Stephens, 2016 | Catalina, Rose Bay, Sydney
– Kayla Stanton, 2016 | Seclusions, Blue Mountains, NSW
Makeup by Sarina of Sonia Allen Makeup
– Deniz Durmush, 2016 | Taronga Zoo, Sydney | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“I cannot thank Sonia enough for everything she did for me leading up to and on my special day. She was truly amazing and I looked exactly as I had hoped for on my big day – natural, flawless and glowing. I rarely wear makeup and wanted to make sure I looked like myself, Sonia nailed my brief and I felt amazing the entire day. My makeup looked flawless right up until the end, even through the heat and sweat!
She is a true artist and her calming nature relaxed me during my bridal preparations. Her professionalism blew me away. Sonia organised trials, care packages, schedules, an assistant and was punctual. This ensured my large bridal party were all beautiful and ready on time. I am so grateful that my event planner recommended Sonia and I will be recommending her to all my friends and family in the future.”
– Rebecca Solomons, 2016 | Sergeants Mess, Sydney, NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
Assisted by Amy of Sonia Allen Makeup
“I wish to extend the biggest thank you to Sonia for doing the bridal makeup for myself and my maid-of-honour on my special day! She delivered the exact bronzed and dewy look I wanted to achieve and my makeup stayed put the entire day despite the unusually warm spring weather. I had so many compliments on the day for my makeup from friends and family. It was icing on the cake to what was an incredible day. Thank you thank you thank you!”
– Kasia Piotrowski, 2016 | Avalon Sailing Club
“Sonia was an absolute dream! My brief was that I wanted to feel like myself, nothing too over the top but still fabulous for the big day!
She absolutely nailed it, my husband to be said to me when I reached him at the end of the aisle “oh you look so stunning, your dress wow, and your make up is perfect Poppy”! No joke, he knows I am super fussy when it comes to anyone doing anything to my face! Not only did she make me, all my girlfriends and my mum feel great for the day, but she was also just an absolutely beautiful, warm person that was a super nice influence to have on a day that can get a bit crazy!! – Feel very lucky to have had Sonia as my makeup artist for the wedding! Thank you again!! The best!! Xx”
– Stephanie Corp, 2016 | Inglis Stables, Randwick, Sydney
Assisted by Alex of Sonia Allen Makeup
“On the morning of the wedding I couldn’t have hoped for any better than Sonia Allen and her team. I’d already heard such amazing reviews from friends that had recently married, and Sonia arrived on time, set up and made the morning stress free and so much fun!
She adapted her techniques to suit not only myself and the bridesmaids but also my Mum and aunts. It was such a relief to have the ‘natural’ look perfected and it was the best I ever looked. Just trying to find an excuse to work with Sonia again!”
– Moira Hughes, 2016 | Ram Station, Dungog NSW
Assisted by Sarina of Sonia Allen Makeup
– Fay Liu, 2016 | Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant, Gladesville, Sydney
Makeup by Alex of Sonia Allen Makeup
“Every time I look at my wedding photos I do a little mental “thank you” to Sonia. I don’t know what sorcery she used on my hair and face, but it worked! And she made the whole preparation process very relaxed and enjoyable, I never felt stressed once.
In the lead up to the big day, Sonia was available to answer all of my clueless questions and she provided a lot of useful advice on skincare and other things I would never have thought of – like the types of lipsticks that are best for the ceremony (for kissing) vs. the reception (for eating and drinking).
Thank you again for all your help and hard work!”
– Sabrina McCrady, 2016 | Bendooley Estate, Bowral NSW
Assisted by Amy of Sonia Allen Makeup
– Joy Tarasenko, 2016 | Mt Annan Botanical Gardens, Sydney | SEE MORE PHOTOS
– Nalini Rozario, 2016 | Ripples, Chowder Bay, Sydney
“Sonia is a true professional and did an incredible job for our wedding party. From the initial consultation she is warm and welcoming and listens to what you want, then creates a stunning look that lasts all day! Her make up was just divine and I cannot recommend her enough!”
– Elisa Guerin, 2016 | Doltone House, Sydney | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Sonia, thank you for being a big part of such an important and emotional day. You did amazing work on everyone’s makeup including all your prep work in the lead up and patiently helping me to find that perfect balance between looking natural and flawless. Our mothers and bridesmaids all looked incredible on the day, natural and glowing, and I felt truly beautiful. It was lovely to laugh and chat with you while getting ready and I know I was all the more relaxed because I was in your calm and capable hands. You are a warm and talented professional and I am so glad you were recommended to me! Of course my new husband is biased, but he insists I was the most beautiful bride he had ever seen.”
– Jess Whalan, 2016 | Margan Estate, Broke NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Working with Sonia and her team was incredibly easy and fun! She was very professional and thorough, listening to what products I normally used, how I like to look on a day to day basis and how I imagined I’d look on my wedding day (which was quite natural). My makeup lasted all day and night through crying/kissing/sweating and I was really happy with how I looked.🙂 Thanks Sonia and team!”
– Mim Binskin, 2016 | Roseville, Sydney NSW
Assisted by Amy of Sonia Allen Makeup
– Kay Walker, 2016 | Camden Park House | SEE MORE PHOTOS
Makeup by Alex of Sonia Allen Makeup
The Robertsons Photography, Valley of Flowers and Eternal Elegance
“I couldn’t have been happier with Sonia from Sonia Allen Makeup to style me on the day. She was diligent, very organised and understanding of my needs leading up to my wedding. Sonia was easy-going but at the same time, so professional. Thank you, Sonia!”
– Noolee Han, 2016 | The Old Dairy, Wallacia NSW
“My only hesitation in writing a testimonial for Sonia is the fear that I might undersell just how fantastic she is.
I don’t wear much makeup on a day-to-day basis and haven’t had great experiences with event makeup in the past but, from our very first meeting, Sonia’s warm personality and complete professionalism made me feel totally at ease. Across the lead up to the wedding, I always felt listened to and looked after – from tweaks to the run sheet, to remembering what we’d talked about at the trial months before.
On the day, my Mum, bridesmaids and I had so much fun getting ready. It was such a joyful morning – really setting the scene for the day – and much of that came down to how organised, friendly and collected Sonia was in her approach.
Thanks to Sonia, I felt ridiculously beautiful, confident and happy on my wedding day! I am so grateful for her wonderful work!”
– Bec Beard, 2016 | Bendooley Estate, Bowral, NSW
“Sarina did a great job, we really loved the make up!”
– Tess Scully, 2016 | Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney | SEE MORE PHOTOS
Makeup by Sarina of Sonia Allen Makeup
“It’s a pleasure to work with Sonia! She effortlessly understands & brings out the natural style & beauty in a person. On my wedding day, she made me look beautiful and feel at ease. I would surely recommend her for bridal make up!”
– Vidya Almad, 2016 | Gunners Barracks, Sydney, NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Sonia was absolutely amazing on the day. Kept everyone relaxed and calm. Everyone was glowing and every make up was specific to each person to enhance their natural beauty. I was thoroughly impressed with her professionalism and organisation. We even finished early!
I was very teary during the ceremony but my make up was still perfect throughout the evening. So glad you were there to give us a great start to the day. We wouldn’t have it any other way! x”
– Melissa Koronel, 2016 | Sergeants Mess, Sydney
“Choosing to go with Sonia Allen Bridal Makeup on my wedding day was one of the best decisions I made. From the initial consultation, Sonia was organised and professional and I knew I was in good hands. On my big day, Sonia went above and beyond to ensure that me and my bridal party looked our very best. My look was flawless and exactly what I wanted. And Sonia even managed to calm down the three-year-old flower girl who was on the verge of a tantrum. I would not hesitate in referring Sonia and her team to friends and family.”
– Lesley Jacobs, 2016 | View By Sydney, Walsh Bay
– Alexandra Walker, 2016 | Art Gallery of NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
Makeup by Alex of Sonia Allen Makeup
“I found Sonia by luck; I just happened to pick up one of her cards in a bridal store, dropped her an email and the whole thing was wonderfully smooth and easy from that point on. Sonia was completely flexible and fitted in with everything that was going on during the wedding day.
My makeup was perfect; just what I had wanted, to look like the best me that I could be. My sisters and sister-in-law all commented that it was the best makeup they had ever had done! And how much they liked Sonia! I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
– Natalie Mohr, 2016 | Balmoral, Sydney
“Sonia is beyond talented! At our trial we worked out a look that suited me perfectly. I loved how carefully she listened to what I wanted, and made sure that I was happy with every aspect of my makeup and hair. She’s a total perfectionist and took detailed notes at the trial so we could recreate the exact same look on the day. Her timekeeping is exceptional, there was no stress and never a doubt that I’d be on time! Can’t thank her enough!”
– Fiona Richardson, 2016 | Basket Range Winery, South Australia NSW
Samuel Connelly in association with James Thomson Photography
– Siobhan Drury, 2016 | Walsh Bay, Sydney NSW | SEE MORE PHOTOS
Assisted by Angie of Sonia Allen Makeup
“I first met Sonia at a bridal event, where her warm nature immediately made me feel comfortable and confident in her work. This is true of all our interactions where Sonia’s calm and professional approach made working together seamless and stress-free. Sonia took the time to really understand the vision for the wedding, and what I was after for my bridal makeup. As someone who normally doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, I still felt like ‘me’ on my wedding day – with a natural, flawless glow.
Despite a rainy day and lots of dancing after the ceremony, my makeup stayed perfect the whole night, as did that of my bridesmaid’s! Sonia was an absolute pleasure to work with and someone I highly recommend. Thank you Sonia xx”
– Christina Glitsos, 2016 | Inglis Stables, Randwick, Sydney