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Image: Beck Rocchi / Makeup: Skye Isabella

No truer lyrics resonate on both a metaphorical and physical level than Rihanna’s “shine bright like a diamond”. There is nothing quite like the glow and sparkle that comes from within a woman; match that magic with sequin-splendour, bedazzling bead-work, or golden-glamour eyes, and you have an Oscar-winning (fashion) performance!

Having worked with brides that, despite being natural make up kind-of-gals in their-day-to-day life, they understand that with a show-stopping sequin dress, continuity was required throughout the entire look, from the dress to the accessories, and hair and makeup.

However, glitter, shimmer and gold, does not have to be limited to the more adventurous or fashion forward person. Your makeup artist will be able to work with you to develop ideas to suit your level of “sparkle”. Making sure you feel comfortable. It is important to utilise the trial process to experiment and familiarise yourself with different makeup products that incorporate the sparkle, shimmer and shine!

Here are my expert tips, advice and favourite sparkly products to include in your personal wedding look.

Subtle Shimmer Splendour

The popular “less is more” approach to wedding makeup embodies sophistication and validates the art of restrain. You can keep with this classic principal but add a subtle touch of shimmer.

Liquid-glitter eyeshadow in pinks, champagne or gold, adds subtle charm and playfulness to the popular natural bridal story. Product placement can also determine how much impact you want to have with incorporating any glitter or shimmer makeup products. You could have the “no makeup, makeup look” and simply dab a small amount of MAC Makeup Glitter on to the eyelid, reflecting a pearl colour.

If you’re wanting a more luminous effect without the textural glitter flecks, simply use your finger of choice to pat on to the eyelid a loose metallic pigment, blending upwards towards the brow-bone. This creates a fresh warm glow, reminiscent of those summery sun-kissed days.

My favourites:

  1. Stila’s Glitter & Glow – Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma
  2. Nars Powerchrome Loose Eye Pigment in Shock ‘Em
  3. Mecca Max The Illuminati Metallic Eyeshadow in Gold Rush

Tip: Add a little extra sparkle to your look with accessories. Elegant gold earrings with a little bit of classic pearly glam. My pick is By Georgia’s Arabella Hoopies With Pearls

Image: You Rock My World / Florist: Tara Wood / Venue: Panama Dining Room / Dress: Gío Bespoke / Earrings: Christie Nicolaides / Shoes: DVF / Hair: Nathan Jeffrey / Makeup: Skye Isabella

Razzle-Dazzle Dalliance 

Explore varied levels of boldness in your sparkle story, this can be localised to just the eye makeup, or the whole makeup application – from peepers to pout!

Using a metallic eyeshadow as your base application on the eye, followed by makeup glitter over the top, creates a dramatic affect only rivalled at Studio 54!

Pair it back by removing the glitter and using a darker coloured metallic cream eyeshadow, well-blended for a softer look. Tip: try forest green, or a cool blue.

If you’re a go-bold or go-home kinda-gal, then amp-up the shimmer by contouring the cheeks with a golden-tint bronzer followed by a cream illuminator along the cheekbone, and for good-glam-measure, throw in a bold lip! More can certainly be moreish!

My favourites:

  1. NYX Cosmetics Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeshadow in Bronze With Silver Glitter
  2. By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in No.1 Black Pearl
  3. In Your Dreams Silver Selene Chunky Face Glitter 

Tip: Add a little extra sparkle with Edenborough Evans Confetti Earrings, and matching accessories.

There you have it! Whether your brief is a sprinkle of sparkle, or disco-for-days, be true to you and your vision, and always leave a little sparkle wherever you go.

Ms Floral Says: Subtle sparkle! How great is that. I love that there are different ways to add a little glimmer to your day, depending on your style and how far you want to take the glitter!

About Skye Isabella: She is a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist based in Melbourne who boasts a stellar career in makeup since 2008. Skye has been described as a true creative, through different mediums she seeks fulfilment through creative expression. Skye delights in any opportunity to work and collaborate with others and immensely values the significant relationships she builds with each of her clients.

Polka Dot Bride Shop

One of the best parts of The Sparkle Issue is getting to look at ALL the breathtaking engagement and wedding rings, and chat to fabulous jewellers like Jasmine Fraser! Jasmine specialises in designing and creating beautiful, timeless jewellery, and her pieces are handcrafted on premises in Melbourne. Today, Jasmine lets us in into her sparkly world as we talk about her favourite materials to work with, the design process and client involvement, restoration and remodelling, plus what sets her apart from her competitors.

Where are you based?
My studio is centrally located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

Tell us a bit about your showroom…
The showroom is a relaxed environment with a view of the workshop. I wanted to create a space that is inviting but also allows clients to see what happens behind the scenes.

As well as a jeweller, you are a gemmologist! What does that mean?
I studied gemmology in 2002-2003. Gemmology is a science of gemstones, it helps learn to identify different gems as well as understand their properties such as hardness when considering what gemstone you might use in jewellery.

How long have you been making wedding jewellery?
I have been making jewellery since 1998 and started my own business in 2006.

What sets you apart from your competitors?
I have created a business based on personal service, I love the interaction with clients through the whole design process from an initial design through to delivering the perfect piece.

What does a typical work day look like for you?
Typical day would be starting with emails then getting onto the manufacturing as well as consulting with clients throughout the day.

What are your favourite materials and gems to work with?
I love working in Platinum, it is a beautiful metal! Gems, any gems and of course how can you not love a diamond! Love a bit of colour so it is always nice helping clients find the perfect gem that reflects their personality.

What should couples bring along when designing a ring with you?
If clients have a design in mind I always like to look at those initially and then work through the design from there. Although I am also very happy to guide clients through the process if they are not sure where to begin.

What’s the design process like?
The design process always starts with an in depth conversation around likes and dislikes, gem options and metal preferences. Then the gem hunt begins once the perfect gem is found then we start narrowing down the ring design. Once a design is in place a sketch is done just to confirm that it is exactly what they imagined before the manufacturing is started. I often also meet clients once the ring is halfway through to allow any changes before the ring is complete.

Image: By the Wilde

What have been some of your favourite designs over the past year?
There has been lots of coloured gemstone engagement rings over the past year, lots of blues, greens and teals. I have loved a lot of the simple designs that have allowed the gem to be the hero of the piece.

Are there any particular styles your clients gravitate towards?
I love to make Art Deco inspired jewellery pieces so I am fortunate enough to have clients that also love this style.

You also offer restoration and remodelling of older pieces. Are many brides and grooms opting for this service?
Over the past few years there has definitely been increase of couples using family heirloom pieces to create the perfect engagement ring. It is always nice to help design some new from something old while still having the sentimental value.

Have any special stories come out of this?
Recently I helped restore a 90 year old lovely lady’s engagement ring which she had been told could not be done. It was such a joy to be able to bring the ring back to life and knowing that it will continued to be treasured as it was for many years before.

Best testimonial you’ve ever received?
I have had clients cry of joy upon opening the box which is better than any words. I don’t always have the pleasure of witnessing that first look but when I do it always reminds we why I love what I do.

What’s the best part of your job?
Meeting clients and helping create their perfect piece.

And the most challenging aspects?
I like to give every piece the time it deserves which often means finding blocks of time to manufacture, which in a small business can often be challenging as there are many aspects to keep the business running daily.

What would you say to couples considering a handmade engagement ring or wedding band?
Weddings are expensive so budgets play a big part in all aspects but remember your wedding rings are the one thing that you will wear beyond the day and for many years to come. Investing a little more into your wedding rings is definitely not something you will regret.

Thank you Jasmine for sharing your words of wisdom, insight and beautiful work with us today! To find out more about Jasmine Fraser Jewellery, head to their website or check them out on the Polka Dot Directory.

Images courtesy of Jasmine Fraser Jewellery

Image: George John Photography / Design: Iliya Invitations / Calligraphy: Calligraphy en Vogue

Finding ways to create personal and memorable moments for your wedding can be challenging. You want to capture the most important parts of the day and treasure them for a lifetime, but it all goes by so fast. Traditionally, calligraphy has been used to create wedding invitations, however there are many other ways this versatile art form can be used to honour the important moments of your wedding day. Here are our expert tips for creating beautiful wedding heirlooms with calligraphy.

CALLIGRAPHY ENGRAVING

Calligraphy engraving is a bespoke lettering art form that allows glass, ceramic or metal pieces to be transformed into timeless wedding heirlooms. Whether it’s the perfume bottle from your special day or the champagne glasses from your first toast, these pieces can be engraved with elegant calligraphy to capture the most special moments of your wedding day.

HOT FOIL PERSONALISED CALLIGRAPHY

Hot foil calligraphy is achieved through the use of a hot pen that allows the calligrapher to personalise leather pieces with stunning metallic foils. Imagine personalising the cover of your wedding guest book or monogramming your own wedding vow cases with special words in elegant, handwritten calligraphy.

EMBROIDERED CALLIGRAPHY

Another way to create timeless wedding heirlooms is through embroidered calligraphy. This process allows the calligraphy artists to transform fabric, whether it be your wedding veil or your fiance’s pocket square, into a personalised piece that will be cherished for many years to come.

Image: George John Photography / Design: Iliya Invitations / Calligraphy: Calligraphy en Vogue

HANDWRITTEN WEDDING VOWS

Through the craftsmanship of a calligraphy artist you can also immortalise the moment you say your vows with handwritten calligraphy. These special words will become special keepsakes that can be framed or saved in your wedding notebook to remind you of this special moment.

PERSONALISED WEDDING GIFTS

With these modern calligraphy techniques, you can also create personalised wedding gifts for your bridal party and guests. Imagine engraving your groomsmen’s cufflinks or gifting your bridesmaids embroidered silk dressing gowns. This is an elegant way to share your love and connection with your family and friends whilst also giving them a timeless keepsake from your wedding day.

Image: George John Photography / Calligraphy: Calligraphy en Vogue

Ms Floral Says: Love calligraphy and that this traditional art form still has a place in modern weddings. Thanks so much for sharing!

About Calligraphy en Vogue: Jo Eleanor of Calligraphy en Vogue created the offering for digital calligraphy for her clients who wanted the opportunity to work with her without needing to invest in handwritten calligraphy for each of their invitations. This new offering has given her the opportunity to work with brides globally to bring their special day to life just the way they imagined it no matter their budget. Discover more of Jo Eleanor’s stunning bridal calligraphy here or follow her journey at @calligraphyenvogue