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What Would They Know? Sandra Glynn of Sandra Glynn – Makeup Artist

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Sandra Glynn Makeup What Would They Know? Sandra Glynn of Sandra Glynn Makeup Artist

One of the most pleasurable experiences in the hustle and bustle of the wedding day preparations is having your makeup applied by a skilled professional. If nothing else, it forces you to take time to sit, breathe and enjoy that sip of champagne. Not only does Sandra Glynn bring her professional makeup skills to your wedding makeup, she is able to translate the latest look into makeup that suits you and is wedding day appropriate. Amongst the froth of lace and your veil, your face is the first thing your groom will see – and to look and feel radiant is such a gift to yourself.

How long ago did you officially make makeup artistry your career?

I started my makeup career some 15 years ago.

What do you love about your career?

I love the feeling once you see a woman see and love the reflection in the mirror, after I’ve done her makeup.

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Who most inspires you? 

Women inspire me, we all have different stories, all lived different lives and are beautiful despite our age and size.

Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge inspires me, she is passionate about teaching women how to apply their makeup as am I, and I love her classic makeup style.

How long do you spend on each member of the bridal party doing their makeup?

Typically I spend 45 minutes per person and always like to allow 1 hour with the bride.

Do you prefer to have a makeup trial with the bride before the wedding day? Why is this important?

Yes, I find all my brides have a makeup trial and they really are an appointment that I feel is an imperative part of the lead up to the wedding. Here we discuss the day, her theme, desired look. Her makeup likes/ dislikes and I will provide my thoughts on what colours would work best for her etc.

The trial is important because not only will the bride get to see how the makeup will look on the day but also, how it lasts and have the opportunity to try a different look if she isn’t completely satisfied – or of course, seek out another makeup artist for the day.

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Do you then adapt that style to each of the wedding party members, so that it looks cohesive?

I do try and adapt the style so the entire party’s look is cohesive but always within what each woman is comfortable with and what the bride wants.

Do you feel you have a makeup ‘style’ you are known for?

I would say my makeup style is classic, elegant and timeless. I want skin to look like skin – of course concealing any imperfections and I always like my brides to still feel like they are themselves and not someone so completely different that their groom won’t recognise them.

What are the factors that determine the sort of makeup you do on a bride – dress style, hair do, the style of the wedding, colouring of the bride? 

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All of the above. I always start by explaining which colours would best compliment the bride’s colouring and eyes. We discuss the time of the wedding, ensuring the makeup is appropriate not only for the time but also the style of wedding. i.e. formal, beach, garden.

Is there a current makeup ‘look’ for brides?

The majority of my brides want a soft romantic look and I do have many that want the Grace Kelly inspired look with a winked eyeliner.

What other services do you offer the bride?

Over the years I have worked with many fabulous hair stylists that I can now call on to work with me on weddings.

What do you suggest a bride and her maids do before the wedding day to prepare their skin?

I would suggest they keep their skin really well moisturised – this includes their lips. Exfoliate weekly in the lead up to the wedding and then do a gentle exfoliation the morning of the wedding using a cleanser like Cetaphil and some bicarb soda. This gentle exfoliation will ensure their skin is flawless.

Of course if they want to invest in some facials in the lead up to the wedding then that is always beneficial.

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 What essentials do you have in your makeup kit/toolbox?

The list is endless however here are some favourites..

Bioderma Crealine H20 makeup remover

Embryollise Lait Creme Concentrate – great moisturiser

Rae Morris brushes

MAC Paint Pots

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer

Melli Cosmetics Velvet primer

Giorgio Armani Foundations

MAC foundations

Harlotte Cosmetics Foundations

Helen Dowsley Lashes

What makeup/skincare item(s) do you never leave home without?

GO TO Lips

Bobbi Brown Creme blush

Elizabeth Arden 24 hour hand creme

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 I would give the gift of….. makeup tips to anyone who sits in my chair icon smile What Would They Know? Sandra Glynn of Sandra Glynn Makeup Artist captive audience – there’s no escaping.

In my spare time I love to – what is spare time? I need to get back into painting in my spare time as I do enjoy it.………

Thank you Sandra for sharing your story. To find out more about Sandra Glynn visit the website.

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8 Things You Can Learn About A Marriage Celebrant From Their Website

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


BrisCityCelys, Brisbane City Celebrants

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When beginning the search for the ‘right’ Marriage Celebrant, most soon to be wed couples will find themselves on a Celebrants website, but aside from finding out what the Celebrant costs and what services they provide, how else can you determine if the Celebrant is the right fit to perform the wedding for you and the love of your life?

Here are some great little pointers to help couples learn everything they need to know about their potential Celebrant, all from a quick visit to their website.

  • A relaxed, happy and connected couple: It is so important for brides and grooms to be relaxed enough to be able to really enjoy their ceremony and share that beautiful connection. The Celebrant plays a vital role in putting nervous brides and grooms at ease so this one is particularly important for any couples that are anticipating that they may feel quite nervous on the day. Look at photos and videos of the Celebrant in action to see if the couple are engaged and enjoying what the Celebrant is saying, if they appear, calm, happy, connected and full of emotion, this indicates that the Celebrant has got the ceremony wording and the delivery of the ceremony spot on!

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  • Specialties: A Celebrants website should almost instantly give you an indication of the kind of ceremonies that the Celebrant specialises in, for example, this may be any combination of fun, simple, meaningful, elegant, traditional, fancy dress, religious or non-religious wedding ceremonies. They may be an expert in beach weddings with sand ceremonies or pagan style weddings with hand fasting rituals. There is such a diverse range of Celebrants available to choose from which makes getting the right one for you and your partner so important yet so rewarding.
  • Testimonials: Read their testimonials particularly the ones from brides and grooms, which carry a lot more weight than reviews from fellow wedding vendors who haven’t had the whole bride and groom experience. Gauge ‘why’ the bride and groom were so happy with that Celebrant, their reasons may be completely different to how the Celebrant describes themselves, and ask yourself, is that an important personality trait or inclusion for your potential Celebrant?
  • Writing: The Language used in the various segments of their website is a good indication of how they write and present their ceremonies. Is their ‘lingo’ similar to yours and does it match the tone you envisage for you ceremony?
  • Celebrants Presentation: Are there photos of them dressed in what you consider to be appropriate Wedding Celebrant attire? After all their choice of outfit may forever hold a place in your precious wedding album.
  • Positioning of the Bride and Groom: Look for photos of the Celebrant performing weddings. Are the bride and groom perfectly centered at the end of the aisle? Are they facing each other without their backs to anyone and sharing a beautiful connection? Or are they looking a little awkward as they face forward looking back at the guests? Or have they been positioned with their backs to the guests for most of the ceremony? If there is a bridal party, are the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen looking fairly symmetrical on either side of the couple? A minor detail but one you may be very grateful for later when you receive your stunning wedding photos.
  • The Kiss: Most couples are very grateful to Celebrants who step out of the camera frame for the wedding kiss. The kiss is a highlight of your ceremony as you ‘seal the deal’ so you may well appreciate not getting photo bombed by your Celebrant for this once in a lifetime shot.

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  • Professionalism: Finally, a professionally presented, informative and up to date website is indicative of a professional Celebrant that prides themselves on presentation.

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Images by Nick Evans Photo of Emma and Nicks wedding with Brisbane City Celebrants Ciara Hodge.

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Ms Gingham says: I love this article. A great place to start when you’re trying to narrow your potential celebrant list down. Thanks Brisbane City Celebrants!

Ciara Hodge & Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City CelebrantsWe are a modern, passionate and enthusiastic team of Brisbane Wedding Celebrants. We love nothing more than seeing our brides and grooms so happy and relaxed throughout their wedding ceremony

Tips For Bridesmaids Dresses

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Sacha Drake

Having all your best girlfriends together to celebrate with you on your big day is one of the many things that makes the day so special, however finding a dress that suits everyone can be a difficult task! Thankfully, long gone are the days where all your friends need to be clone copies of each other in the exact same dress and hair and makeup. I love seeing bridal parties that celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and personality and really, what bride doesn’t want to see their girlfriends equally comfortable and feeling beautiful on the day.

A trend that we are seeing a lot of in bridal and event dressing is when brides pick a versatile fabric or colour and then let bridesmaids choose a dress that best accentuates their personality and body shape. Here are my pearls of wisdom on the classic ‘body shapes’ and how to flatter them.

The timeless Hourglass typically has a curvy bust and hips, narrow waist, medium width shoulders and a slim or shapely thigh. With this figure your best asset is your slender waist and gorgeous curves so show them off! Avoid anything too roomy in the waist. A lean skirt or A-line dress shape will be your best choices.

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Marta Fitted Lace Dress

Statuesque Columns have shoulders and hips that are the same width, flat tummies with thicker waists, small to medium busts and slender legs and arms. Show off your slim limbs, focus on styles that can be wrapped or tied to create a waistline and get bare shoulders out into the open!

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Prunella Long Fishtail Dress

Apples typically have broad shoulders, a voluptuous bust, rounded tummy, slim hips and thighs. Choose garments with open necklines to draw attention to your face, use soft draping and ruching that skims not clings to a fuller tummy and go for clean tailored lines to streamline your body and show off your legs.

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Persimone Cap Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress

Pear shapes typically have narrow shoulders, a neat bust and waist, wider hips and curvaceous thighs. Create a wider shoulder line with sleeve details to balance out hips and stick with hems to the knee to show off your shapely calves.

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Bennie Fifties Style Dress

Pregnant woman can be any body shape so be proud of your growing bump! Keep a feminine silhouette by creating shape under the bust and choose open necklines so that you are not ‘all tummy’.

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Cheryl Long Silk Dress

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About Sacha Drake: Encouraged by her mother at age 14, Sacha Drake started sewing lessons with a 70-year-old tailoress where she was taught made-to-measure pattern-making and sewing.  She continued her education by studying fashion in Brisbane, costume design in London and film making in Rome. Sacha’s commitment to designing clothes that are uniquely feminine, yet striking and flatter all women’s bodies are the core values behind what she creates. Sacha believes in realistic sizing and pricing that is reflective of most women.

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