makeup APPOINTMENT PREP
Before your makeup appointment, there are a number of things that you can do to prepare. The following steps will ensure that your appointment runs efficiently and your makeup lasts all day and night!
It is very important that you are punctual and arrive to your appointment on time! ALWAYS aim to arrive 5-10 minutes early to allow for congested traffic conditions. More info regarding my studio location is provided below.
Remember that if you are 15+ minutes late to your appointment, your appointment is automatically cancelled. This is because I require a full 45 minutes per client, and it would be unfair to my clients booked in after you to wait around for their appointment. It is your responsibility to be on time to your appointment, and deposit refunds will not be given if you are late.
If you do not show up to your appointment and have failed to let me know, you will be blocked from booking with me in the future: no-shows are not permitted.
If you have other appointments booked in on the same day (e.g. hair, nails, etc.), please ensure that you have left enough time to arrive at your makeup appointment, and also allow enough time to travel to any other appointments you may have after your makeup appointment. Keep in mind that sometimes I may run behind schedule if clients are late, so ALWAYS allow yourself plenty of time to get to other appointments in case your makeup appointment is running behind! I always recommend leaving an hour minimum between appointments.
Your makeup appointment will be based from my studio at 427 Fullarton Road, Highgate. There are parks available down the side street (Cheltenham Street), but please avoid parking in the small car park behind the shops as these parks are reserved for business owners. Please note that often when you type my studio address into Google Maps it makes it look like it's located in a house down Cheltenham Street – it isn’t! It’s a shop-front on Fullarton Road located in between a dog groomer and a barber shop. Always aim to arrive 5-10 minutes early in case you get lost and need extra time to find my studio! If you do end up arriving early, I kindly ask that you wait in your car until your appointment time as I don't have the biggest waiting area :)
I accept both cash and card! Please note that card payments incur a 1.9% surcharge to cover the card fee that I get charged.
So that I can spend more time painting your beautiful face, it is preferred that you come with a screenshot of the makeup you want (preferably from my instagram) so that we can jump straight into the appointment and not waste your valuable appointment time. When seeking inspiration from elsewhere (e.g. other makeup artists, Pinterest, celebrities) pay close attention to the actual makeup that they are wearing – I often get shown photos of Kim Kardashian or Selena Gomez and as much as I’d love to be able to make you look like them unfortunately I’m not a plastic surgeon!
Please avoid going on your phone during your appointment as it drastically slows down the makeup process – I know it’s fun to take snapchats and message/call your friends, but whatever it is, it can wait until after your appointment!
Avoid looking in the mirror or your phone camera to try and see your makeup when it’s only half finished – it’s going to look crazy until the very end! I know that you might feel a bit nervous having someone else do your makeup and not being able to see what they’re doing, but I promise we can make as many changes as you want once I’ve shown you the finished look at the end – if there’s literally anything that you want me to change, I will be able to change it for you! The most important thing to me is that you are happy :)
The key to makeup longevity is 70% preparation and 30% application, meaning that makeup will always apply better to skin that has been properly prepped and well looked after.
It is recommended that for the week leading up your appointment you eat clean and drink plenty of water (minimum 2L per day) to ensure that your skin is as healthy and glowy as possible. The first step to beautiful, long-lasting makeup is to have a flawless base, so it's very important to care for your skin properly!
It is SO important to ensure you are gently exfoliating and moisturising your skin daily for at least a week right up until the night before your appointment. Exfoliating the dead skin cells from your face will reveal a much more radiant complexion, and keeping your skin hydrated with moisturisers, hyaluronic acid, serums and hydrating masks will add moisture and dewiness back into your skin post-exfoliation. Not only will your skin look healthy and glowy, your makeup will last so much longer!
The night before your appointment it is recommended that you gently exfoliate your face in order to remove all dead skin cells so that your skin is fresh and clean. It is also important to heavily moisturise after exfoliating to nourish and add moisture back into your skin, which will prevent it from drying.
Approx. 1 hour before your appointment it is important to gently cleanse your skin, ensuring that all traces of makeup have been removed. Do not exfoliate your face the day of your appointment as we want to keep the moisture and hydration in your skin! Please arrive to your appointment with no traces of skincare or makeup on your face.
Let’s be honest, no one likes crusty dry lips! For a luscious long-lasting pout, It’s so important to prep your lips properly before your appointment. Make sure you’re exfoliating the dead skin from your lips by using one of these methods: use a lip scrub (my fav is Watermelon Sugar from Lussh, $11.95) or make your own using sugar and oil (coconut, olive, sunflower; any will do!). Alternatively, you can use a clean exfoliating glove – just make sure that you’re always adding back the moisture after exfoliation! My fav hydrating lip products are the following: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (Priceline $6.99), the classic Lucas Pawpaw Ointment (Priceline $5.19), or if you’re feelin boujee, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Sephora $28.00). By getting rid of all the flakiness, the lip products that I use on you will not only apply so much smoother, but they’ll last longer too!
Once your lip products are on and your makeup is done, only drink through a straw to avoid the products rubbing off onto cups/glasses. If you’re going to be eating ‘large’ foods like burgers, use cutlery to chop up the food into bite size pieces so you can easily eat without messing up your lipstick!
I often get asked whether my clients should schedule their hair appointment before their makeup or after their makeup – the answer is, it’s up to you! It makes no difference to me whether your hair appointment is before or after your makeup, it just depends on what you prefer. The only thing I will say is this: please please please don’t get your hair WASHED after your makeup appointment! A few times in the past, my clients have scheduled in for a wash, blow dry and style after their makeup appointment, and it sets me into instant panic mode. No matter how careful your hair stylist is, they’re going to end up removing the makeup that’s close to your hairline, and you’ll end up with no makeup around the top of your head!
If you’re looking for some great stylists that aren’t too far away from my studio, I highly recommend the following salons: Ritual Hair (literally just a few shops down), Mezcla Hair Studio (also literally just a few shops down), Kabuki (Parkside), Mister Morris (Hyde Park), and Yots Hair (Unley & Norwood).
If you haven’t had your hair styled before your appointment, it is preferred that clients arrive to their appointments with their hair tied up off of their face so that it doesn't get in the way. If your hair has already been styled and you cannot tie it back, pin it back gently with a couple of bobby pins or I can clip it back for you.
It is very important that you do not have any sort of facial waxing (INCLUDING BROWS) during the week of your appointment. This is because waxing affects the consistency of the makeup on your skin and it can end up looking extremely patchy in the areas that have been waxed. If you insist on facial waxing, make sure you’re getting it done at least a whole week beforehand. I highly recommend sticking to threading or plucking as this won’t affect the makeup application.
If you want to really take your base to the next level, I highly recommend booking yourself in for a dermaplaning session a few days before your appointment. Dermaplaning is essentially the process of removing all of the ‘peach fuzz’ (tiny invisible hairs) from your face, revealing an incredibly smooth and supple canvas! Although this is totally optional and not for everyone, I have witnessed firsthand the absolute MAGIC that dermaplaning has created for my clients – the makeup glides onto their skin like butter, and the lit-from-within glow that ensues is second to none! If you’re ready to have super snatched skin for your event, visit one of these dermaplaning queens on Instagram: @BotanicalBeautyBar_@TherapieAesthetics @bff.BrowFriendForever
Fake tanning isn’t for everyone, but I’m personally obsessed with being as bronzed as possible! If you’re planning on fake tanning for your event, I have the following recommendations: try and avoid anything that’s too green-based as it will be very difficult for me to match your foundation to your body – green foundation is very rare to come by, and I’d prefer for you guys to not look like Shrek! Instead, a great tan to use would be something violet-based, like the following products: Loving Tan (National Pharmacies, members price $27.96), Bali Body Ultra Dark (Woolworths, $31.00), MineTan Violet Self Tan Foam (Priceline, $24.99), Le Tan Uber Dark Violet Base (Priceline, $24.99). If you are wondering whether or not you should tan your face, I don’t mind either way! It’s totally up to your personal preference.
I often get emails from people wondering whether or not they are allowed to have eyelash extensions on while I do their makeup. The answer is YES! I am totally happy to work around your lash extensions and avoid getting makeup on them. If you would like to book in with me to get eyelash extensions before your appointment, check my availability to see if I can fit you in the week of your appointment. If I’m booked out, we also have another great lash tech named Aria who works with us at my studio (Instagram: @sapphire_lashess). If you prefer to wear strip lashes to your events, I have plenty of styles and lengths to choose from, ranging from super natural to super dramatic! Please note that I unfortunately don’t offer individual lashes as I only allocate 45 mins per makeup appointment and individual lashes would take up about a third of the appointment.
WHAT TO WEAR:
It is recommended that you wear a top that will easily go over your head after your appointment - a button-up shirt is a favourite with my clients as it's super easy to get off without ruining your makeup. For the love of god don't wear a turtle neck! If you're going straight to your event and you need to wear your outfit to your appointment, don't stress! I can cover your outfit with a hair-dressers cape so that we don't get any makeup on it.
REFRESHING YOUR BASE:
If you’re the kind of person that tends to get oily throughout the day (I know I am!) I would recommend having some blotting paper on you for touch ups. Blotting paper is designed to wick away oil from your skin while leaving your makeup undisturbed, keeping it looking fresh and as if you’ve only just had it done! I recommend the following products: Mecca Max Life Proof Hemp Blotting Paper ($10 for 50 sheets) which can be purchased from Mecca stores, and Models Prefer Matte Finale Blotting Tissues ($5.99 for 50 sheets) which can be purchased from Priceline. TIP: make sure you’re not rubbing or wiping the blotting paper on your face as this will mess up your makeup! Simply apply the blotting paper to the parts of your face that are getting oily/shiny and apply a very gentle pressure for a few seconds.
Avoid touching your face too much while your makeup is on as this may disturb the makeup and cause it to come off. Also, where possible, avoid wearing a mask for obvious reasons!
***HEALTH AND HYGIENE***
As my weekends are super busy with makeup appointments, I always sterilise my makeup brushes and sponges (with a 75% Isopropyl alcohol spray) between clients to ensure that bacteria is not spread. In order to maintain these levels of hygiene and safety, I am unable to perform makeup application services on anyone who suffers from any contagious skin or eye conditions/irritations (e.g. contagious rashes, fungal infections, conjunctivitis, etc) as well as bacterial infections such as dermatitis or cold sores. Please understand that if you are suffering with any of these conditions at the time of your appointment I will be unable to perform the service as it may put my other clients at risk of contamination. It is critical that you inform me of any allergies/infections/irritations before your appointment.
Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to read all of this information! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I can’t wait to see you at your appointment :)