24 May 2016

Roses are red and so is the universal colour of romance which is why crimson is the most eye-catching choice when it comes to wedding colour palettes. Conjure up feelings of fervour in your wedding guests with this gorgeous red hue which works well for a modern classic look.

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Red is such a versatile colour and shines on its own or pops when paired with other colours. Red and grey is a very sophisticated and suitable palette for a winter wedding palette – the grey hues are a natural fit for winter, while the red is expressive, passionate and glamorous.

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With many of the prettiest wedding flowers available in red shades, you can feature just about any bloom you like and still create the perfect ruby-hued bouquet. Use classic roses, garden roses, peonies, clematis, anemones, or ranunculus for your red details.

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Autumn Wedding  Red Wedding Ideas  Wedding Colour Themes  Wedding Styling  Winter wedding 

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24 May 2016

Get ready ladies because we are about to bring you the shiniest, flashiest and most daring dresses complete with sky-high heels and some seriously insane cut-outs. This isn't Cannes, its the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, one of pop musics night of nights, where the biggest stars in pop come together to celebrate and award hard work and achievement. With the elegance of Cannes film festival wrapping up, we are so ready for the stars to bring on some serious edge! Be prepared for some serious inspo lovelies, we know we were...

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Celebrity Wedding Style  Wedding Fashion 

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24 May 2016

lauren parkinson makeup artist - brides of adelaide

Since Lauren Parkinson was a little girl she has been utterly fascinated with makeup, using every opportunity as a stepping-stone to her success into the wonderful world of glamour and beauty! “I have always loved makeup, I used to take hours to get ready... always mesmerised by the transformation. Mum used to take me to the Royal Show and all I wanted to see were the beautiful models in the wool parades,” says Lauren. With a strong passion for the beauty industry at a very young age, it is easy to see how Lauren’s dedication and love for all things gorgeously girly has led to her auspicious business today. “I used to go to every makeup store VIP session and learn every makeup trick I could. I still practice everyday and constantly keep hubby awake watching You Tube makeup tutorials.”

Lauren Parkinson is now the creative owner of Studio Fifteen and the tremendously talented face behind Lauren Parkinson Make Up Artist. “My proudest moment was opening the doors of my studio,” explains Lauren. With a core business structured around weddings, the studio offers a one-stop shop for stunning hair, make up and beauty, specialising in creating beautiful, glowing faces and natural spray tans for brides, fashionistas, models and more! “It’s a great space brides and clients are made to feel like princesses, and really enjoy coming in,” adds Lauren. The friendly, down-to-earth mobile makeup artist describes her incredible rise to success, “Things had to change when I had seventeen girls in my lounge room waiting for spray tans,” whilst confessing, “That leap of faith taking your brand to the next level is exciting and terrifying.”

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With a savvy business mindset and a multitude of career accomplishments, the talented bridal beauty magnet recalls one of her first unforgettable wow-moments. “Seeing my work on the cover of a magazine was mind-blowing! I was so proud sharing such an amazing achievement with my family and friends.” Lauren constantly gathers spectacular inspiration and superbly innovative ideas from her vivacious team at Studio Fifteen and the many young and creative artists she collaborates with. Always delivering exemplary professional service, the gracious and approachable artist explains, “I just really care about what I do and want my brides to have the best day ever.”

When she is not busy beautifying brides, Lauren works closely with The University of Adelaide’s marketing team on the CEO for a day competition, along with SA Women’s Health, assisting young indigenous women in enhancing their self esteem and wellbeing through her strong knowledge of recruitment and human resources and through workshops using makeup, fashion, presentation, skincare coaching and consultation. We were able to get up close and personal with the lady behind this ever-expanding empire and see just what it’s like to spend a day in her exquisite beauty shoes...

favourite industry leader...
I was recently invited to an event in Melbourne and was very lucky to meet the charming and dynamic blogger Nicole Warne (@garypeppergirl). I have followed her for quite some time now as I am in awe of her success and style. I follow many of the people she follows and I gain so much inspiration and knowledge from that young lady. Another blogger I was lucky enough to meet was Kaitlynn Carter, another girl who is capable of setting trends with a photo - I love her style! I also follow Kandee Johnson who is an incredibly talented make up artist from the United States. I think it is important to always connect with new trends and to be able to discuss this with my clients is paramount.

My husband who is quite simply the most incredible business brain, he blows me away. I love to study people’s faces before I do their make up. When people say to me, ‘this is the best make up I have ever had done’, it is not a miracle. I have completed their make up look twenty times in my head before I meet them. I often ask brides to send me a picture of themselves in order to do the same thing. Also, I will often use the products I have in mind on paper, it helps me to visualise the look before I start working on a face.

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a fresh approach to weddings...
I enjoy following a mix of fashion bloggers! I am always studying make up and fashion trends and incorporating the two. I have found that travel to Asia has really brought new ideas to the table including new products. The products I find in Asia are just incredible. I believe product knowledge is very refreshing for clients.

today’s trends...
Definitely smaller wedding parties and the dream dress instead. I have really noticed brides are having their dream dress, larger bridal parties and smaller guest lists. Another trend is that men are engaging in make up and hair stylists for their big day. Studio Fifteen is offering this service and it is brilliant. ‘Bridal Deportment’ is another service we offer from our studio. The biggest anxiety I see on a wedding day is the bride and bridesmaids worried about walking down the aisle, stairs, getting in and out of cars, posing for photos and walking in their dress. I have some of the best models in Adelaide who can help with this. It’s fun and makes a massive difference for the bride and her bridesmaids - even dad can get involved!

best compliment...
when a bride looks at herself on her wedding day and smiles at me. It brings tears to my eyes that I can make someone so happy. I really have the best job in the world

most proud of...
my relationship with my husband Adam, we have been together for sixteen years and are such a great team. We never go to sleep on an argument, we communicate everyday, we have survived tough times, we have fun and he is the best part of my day.

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one thing about yourself people don’t know...
I have webbed feet.

the next big challenge...
Incorporating Studio Fifteen with our cellar door - more renovations!

what the future holds...
I cannot say yet... Watch this space!

if I wasn’t in the beauty industry I would be...
I absolutely adore Asia so I would be wandering around Arab Street in Singapore looking at fabrics to make kaftans. Or having a beer at Carpe Diem on Phi Phi Island and visiting our sponsored dogs in Ubud.

a typical day at work...
I am so lucky I am not tied to a desk with my job. Every day varies with new brides and new clients. I am continually meeting new people - it’s awesome! I could be performing beauty treatments at Studio Fifteen or travelling to do make up for a wedding or event. I have a lot of offices around South Australia in some amazing locations.

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first thing I do when I get to work...
I am on a never ending ‘health kick’ so I would first have a coffee or a juice. Next, check my appointment book, ensure my kit is packed properly, and have a meeting with my husband. The studio is also very close to the ocean so I enjoy taking that in. I open the doors and embrace the day ahead.

when I am not at work you will find me...
With my dogs Honey and Spartacus, cat Pamela Anderson and my Adam.

favourite place to hang out...
I love Udaberri, it has a fantastic wine list. I am also known to hit up a karaoke bar on a Tuesday night.

favourite place to eat...
We love the Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale - not sure if it’s the food or the gin list!

can’t live without...
My husband Adam, my dogs, make up, my new ZUCU make up bags, and shoes...

a song always in my head...
‘Drinking from the Bottle’ by Calvin Harris.

my wardrobe can’t live without...
Kaftans – I just love them! I am actually designing a range of kaftans myself.

top of the shopping list...
Jurlique Herbal Recover Eye Gel - I love it and push it onto all of my brides.

my idea of a good time...
Hanging out with my niece Mila, doing her hair and makeup when she stays with us. Also, sitting on our balcony with a wine in hand planning our next trip or anything that involves my family and friends.

what makes you laugh?
My girls at the studio are ridiculously funny. We laugh here a lot!

which five words best describe you?
Resilient, passionate, loyal, driven and grateful.

red wine or champagne?
Swire and Noble Moscato with a hint of gin, pink grapefruit and ice.

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