Need some help? Here are some of our faves
You’ve narrowed down the wedding venue, sorted the dress, and even got your skin care prep down pat - good one! Now you just have to deal with the biggest question of all: How on earth do you pick a makeup artist?
TBH, it’s almost as daunting as finding your soul mate. After all that pinning and planning, the last thing you want is to look back at these memories and hate your makeup look.
Luckily, the work of a good makeup artist who specialises in bridal beauty can work wonders – and thanks to their expertise in wedding day makeup, they’ll be able to make sure you look good in every one of your zillion wedding photos.
So where do you start? How do you find ‘The One’? If you’ve tried searching ‘bridal makeup artist Sydney’ or ‘best bridal makeup artist near me’ in Google, we guarantee you’re going to be feeling completely overwhelmed. But don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!
Rather than rocking straight up to a beauty salon and asking about their services, or trawling the web for ideas, word of mouth is probably the most reliable way of securing a makeup artist whose skills, talents and price match your beauty goals and budget (just remember – quality bridal makeup doesn’t come cheap!).
We’ve spoken to our family, friends and co-workers to find out their firsthand recommendations for the best professional bridal makeup artists. The best part? They’re all local.
#1 / Georgia Hull
Georgia Hull is an Australian makeup artist and hairstylist who has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading magazines and fashion labels. She’s also become a favourite among many makeup brands, hosting events, training and educating for the likes of L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline, Guerlain, Givenchy and Clinique – just to name a few.
#2/ Sarah Tammer
One of Australia’s most established makeup artists, Sarah Tammer is a popular editorial, fashion, celebrity, entertainment and bridal makeup artist. Her client list includes Alicia Keys, Elle Macpherson, Elsa Pataky, Shanina Shaik and more. Her diverse industry experience ensures she stays on top of the latest trends and techniques for her work with brides.
#3 / Ann Hassarati Makeup
Sydney-based makeup artist and educator Ann Hassarati has over 20 years’ experience in the bridal beauty makeup industry, and has won numerous awards (including ABIA Australian Bridal Makeup Artist of the Year in 2016). Hassarati is known for her unrivalled attention to detail, creative flair and ability to deliver a unique and personalised look for each of her brides. Not only does she have the skills, she also has her own line of makeup brushes, too!
#4/ Hayley Wilson Creative
Makeup artist and hairstylist Hayley Wilson is a one-stop shop for bridal beauty. She specialises in both hair and makeup, meaning she can help you visualise your entire beauty look, without the fuss of going back and forth. She works for some of Australia’s hottest fashion brands, including Bec & Bridge, Tuchuzy, Triangl and more. Hayley is passionate about creating elegant yet natural beauty looks that complement her bride’s style and personality.
#5/ Lauren Brook Beauty
Freelance makeup artist and weddings specialist Lauren Brook has nine years’ experience in the beauty industry in Sydney and was behind some of those jaw-dropping runway looks at MBFWA 2019. Specialising in wedding and event makeup, she has a beautiful natural approach, and creates the most stunning soft smoky eye makeup looks.
#6/ Samantha Lauren
Having worked on celebrities, editorials, runway shows and campaigns, Samantha Lauren is a firm favourite in the bridal beauty sector. Her background in art has given her the unique ability to analyse and interpret facial structures in order to enhance her client’s natural beauty.
#7/ Samantha Lee
Samantha Lee is a hairstylist and makeup artist who works within the entertainment industry doing shoots, fashion shows, music videos and film – so we can only imagine what her makeup kit looks like! Her bridal makeup looks are classic, glowing and natural – pretty much everything you’d ever want on your wedding day.
#8/ Makeup by Kelly
Kelly-Marie Waters is a freelance makeup artist based in Sydney who has experience working in fashion, editorial, bridal, and runways shows in Australia and at New Zealand Fashion Week. Her bridal makeup looks are beautifully elegant, soft and completely personalised.
#9/ Melissa Sassine Makeup
Known for her flawless finishes, defined brows and ability to bring out the individual features of each face, Melissa Sassine is an award-winning Sydney-based makeup artist and educator who consecutively took out the Wedding Events of Australia Makeup Artist of the Year in 2013 and 2014. She also has a HUGE Instagram following (check out some of her makeup tutorials!) and her own makeup line to boot.
#10/ Zoe Zhu Hair and Makeup
Zoe Zhu is actually a team of Sydney-based professional hair and makeup artists with over 13 years’ experience in the bridal beauty industry. The Zoe Zhu team specialise in Asian hair and makeup, focusing on enhancing features while still maintaining the classic elegance of bridal style.
#11/ Hair & Makeup by Angela Palumbo
Covering both bridal hair and makeup in one, Angela Palumbo is a mobile stylist with over 10 years’ experience in the beauty industry. Being an INGLOT Pro Makeup Artist, Palumbo is kept up-to-date with the latest trends and tools, as well as the best products on the market for a flawless long-lasting result.
#12/ Le Fabulous Hair and Makeup
If you’re looking for the whole shebang (wedding makeup, hairstyling and spray tanning all in one service), Le Fabulous Hair and Makeup do all three. Made up of a team of seven talented makeup artists, Le Fabulous specialises in weddings, engagement photoshoots, fashion shoots and school formal beauty.
Now your makeup artist is booked, it’s time to pick the perfect ‘do. Here are nine of the best bridal hairstyles.
Are you getting married soon? What kind of beauty look will you be going for? Share with us in the comment section below?
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.