Questions and Answers

frequently asked

Yes, I am completely confident and trained in bridal hairstyling as well as makeup. However, depending on what time you plan to be married and how big your bridal party is, we may need additional expert artists to help get through everyone in time. This comes at an extra cost of $200 + travel.

Do you do both Hair And Makeup?

Yes! I often travel north or south of Auckland singing along to 90's tunes in the car, talking to my Mum in Canada or listening to podcasts. I also travel to Waiheke Island, Queenstown, Bali and Fiji. Get in touch for a quote inclusive of any travel fees.

Do you travel?

Wash your hair the night before. Use two shampoos to the one conditioner, but do not use any products that have a silicone base to it. (e.g. Pantene, Palmolive, Tresemme, Sunsilk) These will make the hair too slippery and it will not hold style well.

Do not use any products in the hair, e.g. Serums, smoothing creams, argon/morroccon oil etc.

Blow dry your hair as smooth as possible, but don't worry too much -  it does not need to be a professional blowdry. Avoid using a straightening iron. If you have particularly frizzy or thick hair you may want to go to your local salon and have it professionally blowdried the day prior just to save time on the wedding day, but this is not expected and I can work with your hair on the day. 

On the day wear a loose cotton button up shirt or cotton robe so your hairstyle is not affected when you change into your dress! Hot tip: Avoid anything with a collar if you plan to wear a low bun as this can rub on the fabric after styling.

How should I prep my hair before my wedding day?

In the months leading up to your wedding day you should have a skincare routine in place for your skin type, recommended by a skin professional.

You can lightly exfoliate and apply a hydrating moisturiser the night before. In the morning, gently wash your face with a gentle face wash and warm water and you can apply a light moisturiser. Avoid any products that contain sunscreen as this can cause “flashback” (a white face) with any flash photography. If you don't have anything you think is suitable, do not apply anything and I will moisturise, prep and prime your skin for you before applying your makeup. Any facial waxing/tweezing should be done over a week before the wedding day as this can sometimes cause breakouts. 

How should I prep my skin before my wedding day?

To ensure your big day flows easily, a trial is highly recommended. I will discuss in person different makeup looks and hairstyles, decide on a look you love and then recreate it on you! I will take photos and a written record of makeup used. Usually only the bride decides to have a trial but sometimes mums, bridesmaids or friends want one at the same time. It is entirely up to you! You may like to do your trial on the same day as another event you have on so you can utilise your beautiful look. A full Bridal preview/trial can last up to 3 hours, and is held either at H&Co Salon in Takapuna or my home in Greenhithe.

Should I have a trial?

I am well known for fun, relaxed and well timed mornings. You should allow 1 hour per person for makeup and 1 hour per person for hair. Depending on your hairstyle chosen and if you want to include hair extensions, I will sometimes allow 1.5 hours for Bridal hair. Also allow time for touch-ups at the end (Around half an hour) It is recommended that hair and makeup is completed at least 1 hour before you need to leave for the ceremony. This is a basic guide, as I will personally talk with you to organise a schedule for your morning so it runs smoothly and everyone has a lot of fun!  

How do you organise the day with timings etc?

I only use top quality products in my kit and pride myself on keeping everything clean and hygienic. Brands include: Georgio Armani, NARS, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Natasha Denona, Dior, Fenty, Koh Gen Do, Makeup Forever, Hourglass, Bobbi Brown and YSL.

What makeup products do you use?