21 September 2016
The reign of naked eyes, nude lips and barely-there coverage is officially over; it’s the season for bright lips, glitter and false lashes. Here’s give trends to know…
Warmer temperatures mean bronzer becomes part of most people's makeup routines. A sun-kissed glow that twill take you easily from day to night and everything in between. Plus, the neutral shades make it a go-to look for all skin tones.
If you love a lash moment – and we do – then you wont be disappointed! Use lengthening mascaras to amplify your lash line or add a pair or two of lashes for thick, beautiful eyelashes.
hues of pink and peaches are usually kept for the lips, but not this season, we are seeing them on the lids, and they look just as soft and pretty.
Red lipstick is a classic staple, of course, but never have makeup artists been so united on the shade as they were this season.
A surprising addition to the spring look this season, dark, moody lips were all the rage and the perfect lip colour to a light, sultry eye.
2 January 2016
It's no wonder stunning beauty Amber Heard managed to snag Mr Dreamboat himself Johnny Depp - the actress + model never looks anything less than flawless! She's a makeup and hair chameleon, always playing with her look + colour, but one thing is for certain - Amber is one impeccably polished girl! Her usual natural + sometimes smokey makeup is ideal for weddings, along with her classic hair 'dos. Grab a cuppa and start pinning some of our favourite Amber Heard bridal styles...
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19 December 2015
The ever changing looks of the totally dorkable + lovable Jennifer Lawrence has us feeling inspired. From bombshell curls to a short crop, not to mention almost every hair colour on the spectrum, J-Law has never shied away from trying anything new – and she rocks it every single time! Not one to shy away from a bold or bright lip – ever – she breaks all the beauty rules + proves that bold lips + bold eyes can go together harmoniously! We can’t wait see what she will show us next, until then, be inspired the same way we are..
28 November 2015
All hail queen Bey! Beyonce is the perfect muse to get all of our feyonces wedding day beautiful. Our all time favourite glamour girl gets it right every single time! With her classic go-to red lips + striking smokey eye full of glittery + metallic goodness – we cant help but be inspired for our own special day. Whether she is rocking tousled mermaid-like waves or a pulled back pony, each would look just as beautiful under a cascading veil.
17 November 2015
There aren’t really any defined set of rules when it comes to wedding day beauty looks, but honestly, who are we kidding, everyone knows that winter brides get sparkly, sultry smoked eyes + deep burgundy lips while spring brides have an ethereal look with fresh faced, rosy sun-kissed everything! With leading clothing labels across the globe launching their spring/summer collections, we thought what a perfect time to draw inspiration for the perfect bridal beauty look from the runway + celebrities alike. So in the spirit of spring, we have put together our top eight spring wedding makeup looks – get ready to play copycat ladies..
1. Lets begin with a classic look. A simple beauty approach for an everyday makeup minimalist is the way to go in order to avoid wedding photo regret down the road. Think light sculpting, defined brows + pretty lashes to tie the look together.
2. There is a lot of argument about the rules of how to wear bright poppy lipstick – but BOA HQ is advocating for both dark, sultry eyes + the bare minimal look. Both looks surprisingly make a bold + chic statement against the crisp whiteness of a wedding dress.
3. Lets talk fine lines. Black liquid liner is a timeless + classic makeup look – whether it’s a clean line with a slight flick or an exaggerated wing – it is still our go to look all year round. Pair with your perfect shade of red for a statement down the aisle or opt for a light, peachy lip – your options are endless.
4. One of our all time favourite looks; a monochromatic palette of brown, bronze + gold in metallic + matte hues. A beach ceremony would be the obvious choice for this all-over tanned goddess look, however it could look just as stunning in a more modern ceremony away from the beach – the choice is yours.
5. When palettes of dark, sultry colours feel to heavy, we recommend a purple haze of shadow for those balmy nights. A popular hue on the runway + capable of making your eyes pop instantly, lovely lavender and mauve eye shadows can be applied in a myriad of manners to take you from day to night wear.
6. Silver paired with sweet shades of pink are the perfect contrasting colours for an ethereal garden soiree. Silver shadow paired with winged liner adds a little drama + sweetness to gorgeous rosy pink hues.
7. Move over orange, there’s a new colour taking over – introducing you ladies to berry cherry lips. Edgy yet sophisticated, diffuse the colour around the edges and team with natural looking eyes – smudged winged liner + bold lashes.
8. A must for all spring/summer brides is flawlessly dewy + radiant skin. A little gloss on the lips + sheen across cheekbones defines the sculpting of the face + gives that perfect wedding day glow – a must have with all makeup looks.
BOA TOP: it's now time to head to our directory of crazily-talented makeup artists HERE to start planning your wedding day dream look!
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7 November 2015
Olivia Culpo is the one to watch! This mega-beauty flaunts flawless skin, a serious head of hair + brows to rival Cara’s – not a smudge in sight or a hair out of place – seriously! This girl is providing us with some serious bridal looks with her signature bronze smokey eye + her tousle perfected curls – long + short! Be inspired by these hot looks for your wedding day, engagement party or your next girls night out!
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27 October 2015
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13 October 2015
It’s somewhere we have all been, you walk into your favourite cosmetics + beauty store for ONE thing + end up browsing the endless shelves; the damage? a bag full of products + one very empty wallet! Well ladies, those day's are over, we are going to make this easier on your wallet + on you. Recently, we were lucky enough to test some of the ah-mazing products by game-changing beauty brand IT Cosmetics sent to us by the lovely girls from Sephora!
Here’s a little inside scoop: Founded by former U.S television news anchor Jamie Kern Lima who noticed the need for natural looking makeup on camera, but still concealable enough under harsher lighting. Her solution? Innovative Technology Cosmetics – or IT Cosmetics – developed with the help of leading plastic surgeons to infuse cutting-edge, anti-aging technology with innovative colour cosmetics.
CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50+
This is a compact, but not as you know it! This is the first of its kind that we have seen here at BOA HQ and we are loving it – allow us to introduce you to the cushion compact. The trick with this product is that less is more, two dabs is all you need to cover your whole face with this revolutionary product. Effortless application? Tick. Full coverage? Tick. Natural glowing skin? Tick, tick +tick! This one is a sure winner in our eyes.
Finding the right foundation is a job in itself + not to mention quite daunting. IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation is a beauty product that gives a seamless coverage, while creating a bright + radiant finish without creasing or cracking. Light enough for everyday use, an added benefit is that it can help protect your face against dryness too.
These days it is all about the brows + the products that help achieve the perfect set. This little charm comes in a one colour suits all [+ not to mention perfect coverage for greys]. It works amazingly on both thick + thin brows thanks to its oval shaped tip while the spooley brush on the opposite end makes for the perfect polished look!
Naturally Pretty Vol.1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette
We cannot stop gushing over this palette! The name doesn’t lie, everything about it screams luxe! - from the fleshy-rose coloured felt casing to the gold finishing on the inside. Fourteen shades of smooth + creamy neutral shades with one major twist -the ‘transforming pearl” shade is made to create fourteen entirely new pearlescent + shimmery shades; that’s like two palettes in one or 28 shades all together. This palette gets a big thumbs up from us!
Vitality Cheek Flush
This cheek flush is long-wear + intensely pigmented with a soft, velvety consistency that feels like a really smooth, buttery powder, the Vitality blush in ‘Pretty in Peony’ provides you with a natural flush of colour on your cheeks. A little goes a long way with this blush, so if you tend to be heavy-handed or have fairer skin, we recommend to start off light + build up.
Vitality Lip Flusher
Avoiding chapped lips in the cooler months has been a mission for us girls here at BOA – which meant avoiding lipstick pretty much altogether. So when this absolute gem came along we were more than compliant to try. The oh-so-good-for-you ingredients drench your lips in lasting hydration + the pretty shades leave a natural looking stain that looks fabulous on all skin tones!
3 October 2015
She arguably has the best set of brows in Hollywood, and fresh face beauty Lilly Collins knows how to work it! Teamed with her signature bold lip, she shows us short hair is just as glam as long locks. From straight + sleek to curled, tousled perfection, take note ladies, this is one for the style books…
14 September 2015
12 September 2015
The name Gigi Hadid has become synonymous with style and beauty – and has landed her as this weeks bridal beauty muse. Whether she is strutting down the catwalk or gracing the covers of magazines, there is no doubt that her makeup is anything but flawless. Her signature? Natural, golden, glowy + contoured – be inspired lovelies.
29 August 2015
Hollywoods very own queen of hair – she can seriously do no wrong, ever! The graceful actress knows what works and rocks it. Take note ladies and be inspired by her polished style. Bright, bold lips and side-swept curls or seductive smokey eyes – she’s no stranger to mixing up her looks and we just love!
17 August 2015
6 July 2015
Vixen red, venomous plum or a cotton candy pink; a statement lipstick is the perfect way to finish any bridal ensemble and make sure that all eyes are on you! It’s definitely a beauty trend that we can all embrace! Pout your way to perfection with the long lasting mineral lipstick range from MOMMA, which is 100% vegan and cruelty free. Formulated with pure mineral pigments, Jojoba oil and orange peel ensures that you get a long lasting lipstick without the waxy feel. The absence of FD&C dyes allows MOMMAS’s lipstick to condition the lips while providing buildable coverage as shea butter provides a vibrant colour; all while leaving lips feeling soft and supple. Beauty lovers let us rejoice!
14 February 2015
Natural makeup and softly swept hair creates a gorgeous glow on this beautiful beach bride.
1 February 2015
False lashes are the fairy godmothers of the beauty world, instantly adding gorgeousness to your gaze. They add a touch of va-va voom and completely polish off any makeup look. Falsies, it cannot be denied, are an invaluable beauty accessory. Make-up artists, celebrities and individuals alike, use them to enhance natural eye beauty, creating beautiful, sexy eyes. However, if you aren’t a seasoned false lash wearer, your wedding day probably isn’t the ideal time to delve into donning Twiggy style peepers! Naturalites Lashes are a fantastic way to enhance your natural lashes quickly and easily and are the perfect style for first timers, adding soft volume for a subtle and full look. You’ve said yes to the dress, your sweetheart and the venue but what eye makeup will you commit to? Whatever your chosen style, handmade from natural hair, Naturalites are ultra lightweight and will stay on all night long. The best thing is each pair comes with step-by-step instructions and with care are reusable up to five times so Eylure has you honeymoon-ready. Fluttering falsies can travel with you for those romantic honeymoon dinners or for those picture-perfect poses to fill pages of your holiday scrapbook forever.
24 January 2015
The simplest of hairstyles looking pristine-ly perfect for the big day. Flaunt those locks in soft waves, topped with a whismy flower crown xx
24 January 2015
Whether it’s a sultry smokey eye, a sexy winged cat eye effect or a subtle smudge in the waterline, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil is a godsend. Try a thin line on your upper lid to accentuate your lashes, making them appear more voluminous and give you an eye lift (without the surgery), whilst a glamorous, more dramatic fuller stroke flicked out at the corners will perfect your bachelorette party makeup look! Aqua Eyes' highly pigmented formula features a firm pencil point to you draw a wiggle-free line every time. The beautifully formulated Make Up Forever liner adheres to the eyelids and doesn’t run or fade so eye makeup stays picture perfect as you dance the night away. Available in 26 shades, Aqua Eyes suits any bridal makeup style from the prettiest shades of green and blue to gorgeous pinks and purples. Stash it in your wedding day beauty bag to go from subtle at the altar to flirty at the reception.
17 January 2015
A beautifully glowing makeup features a smokey, cat-eye shadow effect with an ever-so-soft peachy lip! This bride is ticking all the right boxes xx
15 January 2015
Brides, for those of you hosting an outdoor celebration, sunscreen is probably one of the last things on your mind! But we want you to retain that incredible beauty of yours for years to come… so slip, slop, slap. Don’t worry, we know what your thinking! Sticky, oily and strong smelling sunscreen is not what you intend to apply under your flawless makeup and certainly not ideal for the longevity of your makeup look. However, Cetaphil has come to your rescue with their Suntivity Hydrating Lotion for the face. Containing an SPF of 30+, is packed with vitamins A, C and E, is formulated for sensitive skin and has an antioxidative effect to ensure your foundation won’t oxidize, turning a terribly tinge of orange. The smooth texture spreads easily, is fast absorbing and four hours water resistant – we don’t suspect you’ll being taking a dip in your Vera Wang gown, but for those unexpected tears, Cetaphil will stick by you!
29 November 2014
Such an effortlessly beautiful makeup look for your wedding day. Sleek winged eye liner and natural lips... perf.
2 November 2014
Such a beautiful relationship between lace in these wedding gowns. These dresses were worn by Kate Twigley during her wedding this week. Which is your favourite?
16 October 2014
Be a bold bride and bare a bright lip on your wedding day!
We think these brides look incredibly sophisticated, stylish and glamorous. Here are just a few of our favourite shades...
How amazing does this bride look, matching her lip colour to her bright bouquet? And the coral is so on trend right now; we vote 10/10.
A classic red might be more your style...
16 October 2014
They say black is the most flattering of shades... We think this applies to weddings as well as our wardrobe. The dark shade has the ability to make any colour pop and sparkle; not that coral really needs any help with that. This pair just scream class...
10 October 2014
The dust certainly hasn't settled on the Behati/Laveen wedding. Today's bridal beauty muse is the drop-dead-gorgeous Behati Prinsloo and her mesmerising hair and makeup looks. Lets be honest, the Victoria Secret model could look good in anything... Be inspired by her slicked hair, foliage hair crown, fishtail braid and bold red lips; have a hint of Behati at your wedding.
7 October 2014
There is no denying that rose gold is the colour of the moment. With Marc Jacobs "watch of the season"- his rose gold, boyfriend-style number that is seen on every female socialite's wrist. Copper is featured on every interior design blog and rosie gold tones are taking the cosmetic world by storm. Splash some rose gold at your wedding day and it could very well be, "The most fashionable event of the season." Take a look at these snaps and prepare to fall in love...
Incorporate as much or as little of your chosen colour as you desire.
Throughout your planning process refer back to your colour pallet when making any decisions. Ask yourself, how can you incorporate your colour scheme in any way?
Subtle touches, like in your makeup, can make for a classy and polished day.
21 September 2014
We love this way this brides has included a hint of gold to her natural wedding makeup, the perfect way to go from ceremony to reception without a huge transformation. The hair excites us too! xx
10 September 2014
Check out those perfect smokey eyes! A flutter of those eyelashes is all this bride needs to send her groom weak at the knees... xx
9 September 2014
Calling all redheads! Today's bridal beauty muse is the fiery Aussie beauty Isla Fisher and her luscious amber locks. This girl is both is pretty and sexy, working the sophisticated 'do as well as she rocks the tousled waves. Whether it's a bold coloured eyeliner or the brightest lips...it really is hard for Isla to put a foot wrong! xx
7 September 2014
A pink pout, little contour and a smokey eye is all you need to look this wedding day perfect, apparently! We must say, we're admiring that gorgeous crown too! x
2 September 2014
When we envision spring makeup, we envision soft, dreamy hues delicately swept upon a dewy complexion. Whether you're after a natural look, or something a little more glam, a touch of highlighter and a peach or pink blush in the cheeks will provide the enviable spring bride glow! xx
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28 August 2014
We seriously cannot decide which of these makeup looks we love best! The hot pink lip, the old Hollywood glam, the gorgeous natural glow or that sexy smoky eye – all created with quality products by Adelaide’s mobile makeup artist Lauren Parkinson. Check out our free online wedding directory here to find out about how you can chat to Lauren about your bridal beauty look here. Meanwhile, we guess we’ll just have to try each stunning trend for ourselves… xx
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26 August 2014
Today's bridal beauty muse is the ever magnificent Kate Beckinsale. This glamour girl is infamous for her lush highlighted locks - they're always glossy and always voluminous. Of course, she can pull off a fabulous up ‘style as well and whether it’s glowing and natural or smoky and sexy, you can bet her makeup will be flawless! Take a tip out of Kate’s beauty book and be inspired by these hot looks for your wedding day, engagement party or next night out!! xx
25 August 2014
Love jewels? You're not the only one! If your signature style includes a statement necklace, incorporate a glam one into your bridal attire for a dazzle of stylish allure...xx
21 August 2014
Fabulous hair, flawless makeup and a breathtaking wedding gown! This bride gets our big tick of approval...love her style! x
12 August 2014
Style me up! Choosing the perfect wedding up style can be tricky, especially if you're not used to wearing your hair in such a formal fashion. The balance is finding something flattering, that you feel comfortable in and is also stylish. From sleek buns to tousled up 'dos, we bring you a variety of styles that all have one thing in common; they're supremely romantic... xx
5 August 2014
Who better to draw bridal hair and makeup inspo from than REAL brides who have walked the aisle themselves, immaculately may we add! These dashing dames have gone a la natural, using makeup to highlight their beautiful features. Soft pink shades flatter all brides, from redheads to olive skin, creating a sweet bridal glow that will stand the test of time. Be inspired by these bridal beauties... x
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29 July 2014
When it comes to the beauty stakes, can Doutzen Kroes put a foot wrong? The answer is a definite no - this blonde bombshell knows exactly what suits her beautiful features. Take a leaf from Doutzen's bridal book and be inspired by her ever-polished style. From vamped red lips to seductive smokey eyes, Doutzen isn't afraid to mix up her look. Whether she's emphasising her lush pout or her long lashes, Doutzen doesn't step out without glowing, flawless skin. Speak to your makeup artist about highlighting your features in all the right places... x
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5 June 2014
In honour of Throwback Thursday, we're throwing back to stunning Yiota's (one half of Sabo Skirt) tres stylish wedding day! Like true detectives, we've raided Yiota and Thessy's Instagram for snippets of the much-anticipated affair. The part that made our jaws drop? The custom-made Anna Peng bridesmaid gowns! Each lovely lady wore a strapless blush deep plunge design with an overlay of flowy silk. Fashion guru Yiota paired the look with a scintillating headpiece for each bridesmaid. Yiota was every inch the radiant bride herself in a strapless floaty gown and flawless glowing makeup. 10/10!
31 May 2014
Everything about this exquisite bride just radiates refined beauty. Her perfectly side swept curls complement her petite features and is beautifully soft when paired with her naturally stunning makeup. We approve! x
30 May 2014
From your hen’s night to your honeymoon, there’s going to be plenty of occasions when you’ll want your makeup to last! Looking fresh from start to finish is actually quite simple if you follow these tricks that will ensure you’re infallibly the glowing bride…
1. Product Perfect We recommend you opt for waterproof eyeliners and mascaras to prevent running and smudging throughout the day and night (and to avoid the unsightly panda eye)!
2. Prime time! Seriously, if you’re not using a makeup primer then you’re missing out of the wonderful world of long-lasting, flawless makeup! A good primer prolongs the wear of foundation and stops it from slipping and sliding off throughout the day.
3. Pow-pow-powder! A translucent powder is a must-have to set makeup in place! Carry it with you for bathroom touch-ups.
4. Spritz me! A spritz of makeup finishing spray, such as the Scandiavia Makeup Finish Spray does wonders to keep makeup firmly in place. Looking for a quick fix? Close your eyes and give your face a coating of your hairspray.
5. Can’t touch this! Try to consciously avoid touching your face and eyes throughout the day. Not only will it stop you from smearing and smudging your gorgeous makeup, but you’ll also escape any oils your hands will be leaving on your complexion.
6. Be prepared like a girl scout. Pack the essentials so you’re able to do necessary touch ups. Blotting papers are a fab way to quickly reduce shine (or even cut up tissue paper and stash in your handbag for a cost effective option). Carry cotton buds for any under the eye smudges and an extra eyeliner handy for any quick fixes.
27 May 2014
Berry lips are where it's at at the moment; from the red carpet to weddings, everybody is sporting a plum-based hue on their kissers. This dramatic shade is IDEAL for winter, when you want to infuse a little warmth into your palette. Berry lips look fabulous with any skin tone, as long as you choose the right shade! Berry pinks look fabulous on light to medium skintones, while darker skint ones can afford to rock a darker, more purple based berry shade. The key to pulling off the berry lipstick is to keep the eyes bare and make your pout the focal point! See how these beauties have interpreted the look for all the inspiration...
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13 May 2014
We LOVE makeup! There, we've said it. You could say we're makeup addicts - we just get such a kick out of shimmering eyeshadows and the latest potion. This comes with the fact that your bridal makeup is a huge part of the wedding day - all eyes will be on you and makeup can instil a sense of confidence! While brides opt for the natural look, there's no rules about bridal makeup, and at the moment we are seriously into eyeshadow shading. Natural makeup with a slight smokey eye to bring out your sexy side, while still being wedding appropriate! Here's our fave looks...
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8 May 2014
Seriously Blake Lively, we have lost the ability to function. The moment we caught sight of her red carpet appearance the 2014 MET Gala a few nights ago we were LOST for words (and that doesn't happen often in the Brides Of Adelaide office often!). Her pinkish Gucci gown (complemented perfectly by her gorgeous hubby Ryan Reynolds, also in Gucci) looked as if it was a part of her stunning body. The Hollywood curls. The hair. 10/10 bridal inspiration, well done Mrs Reynolds! xx
6 May 2014
When we received an invitation to Media Makeup’s brand new space opening, we were pretty excited to see what one of Australia’s leading makeup schools has to offer, but nothing prepared us for grandness of the brand spankin’ new location! On Friday night we made our way through the bustle of late-night shopping in Rundle Mall until we arrived at Media Makeup’s new headquarters. Waiting for the lift, we were soon accompanied by other eager party-goers, and an air of excitement started to build as we shuffled inside. “Ding”. The doors slid open. We had arrived.
A crowd of people, laughter, pumping music and a constant flow of drinks greeted us, however it was the sleek design of the building that immediately grabbed our attention. Straight ahead, the Media Makeup Store dazzled, beckoning us into it’s vibrant space. The makeup lovers candy store, this mini-shop is filled with Makeup Forever professional makeup to purchase, overflowing with every item imaginable in one location. We sipped champagne and perused the goodies, mentally creating a shopping list of must-have items for our own beauty kits.
With an impressive display of willpower, we eventually managed to draw ourselves away from the Media Makeup Store, making our way down the winding corridors lined with doors, each opening to reveal one surprise after another. We turned left to find a room filled with makeup artists expertly transforming models. For a moment, we were left confused, worried about the severe swelling of a particular model who seemed to have succumbed to an allergic reaction. Of course, we soon realised it was the incredibly deceiving special effects, created by the makeup artists (something we had to watch for throughout the evening, as models with nasty faux (yet chillingly realistic) lesions wandered amongst the crowd). The modern room, lined with mirrors, was reminiscent of a celebrity’s dressing room, illuminated with Hollywood-esque globes. We then moved on to the next room, which flickered and glowed with a serene ambiance, every corner awash in the light of the sea of candles, before coming across an eerily dramatic craft room where casts and masks peered from the walls, each crafted by students at Media Makeup.
We wished to stay to continue to explore the fascinating masks, however the ‘cutting of the ribbon’ was soon to occur on the other side of the expansive space – a moment we could not bear to miss as special guest Rae Morris (who just happens to be one of the world’s most creative and sought after makeup artists) was set to open the Academy herself! We headed back past open doors (revealing on-site studios and training rooms) and walls lined with a myriad of creations – nothing, it seems, is unachievable for Media Makeup! Immaculate bridal makeup smiled softly at us, followed by a harrowed Todd Sweeney-esque creation. Yes, the talent and skill sets available at Media Makeup was obvious at every turn.
The fabulous evening revealed the amazing makeup academy and application service that now exists in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. Perfect for the entire bridal party, a professional team of makeup artists and hair stylists can travel to complete all services in the comfort of your own home or you can take advantage of the Media Makeup Hair and Makeup Studio set up with professional lighting and equipment! Truly a gem of the South Australian wedding industry! Find out how you can have Media Makeup style your hair and makeup for your next event here...
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25 March 2014
Today we're drawing inspiration from these glam backstage beauties, dolled up with dewy glowing skin and the most incredible golden smokey eyes! This look is incredible for the winter months, when bridal makeup can afford to be a little heavier. Ultra-luxurious, a golden shimmer will flatter all skin-tones. Ensure you wear with a nude or soft pink lip to keep your style balanced and appropriate for bridal.
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4 March 2014
Chic, gorgeous, adorable - we are totally sold on this mod-inspired bridal look! The short dress teamed with a voluminous hair 'do and those purple parfait shoes are too babe'n! xx
31 January 2014
This beautiful bride sits amongst soft and romantic layers...so pretty...xx
21 January 2014
Our bridal beauty muse and Victoria's Secret angel never puts a foot wrong. Her signature bouncy curls and full lips are seriously enviable (sigh), and we are always recreating her look ourselves. That being said, the blonde bombshell likes to mix it up, from a red pout to angelic braids, Candice is always stepping out and providing us with plenty of gorgeous bridal inspiration. Her winged eyes and dewy skin remains the same, so to achieve her look arm yourself with liquid eyeliner and plenty of illuminator. Which look is your fave?
15 January 2014
The Golden Globes 2014 are done and dusted for another year and as expected there was an abundance of high-fashion glamour. We scoured the red carpet for our favourite looks that would transfer over to bridal perfection. Kate Beckinsale won the vote with her messy, yet perfect, up 'do. The tousled and wavy bun boasted plenty of texture, volume and a unique style.
Sleek side parts were everywhere on the red carpet, but it was Margot Robbie who nailed the look. Her slick blonde fringe was complemented with glowing natural makeup and a white gown, creating Golden Globes style of complete elegance. Emma Watson cannot put a foot wrong when it comes to style or beauty; the 'IT' girl infallibly appearing polished and refined. Red-headed beauty Jessica Chastain also won top marks in our beauty book, her pushed back waves were voluminous and sexy and complexion positively shone. Time to test the looks yourselves, brides!
21 November 2013
This bridal look is simply stunning! A smokey eye in mauve hues and and a nude lip is a flawless makeup idea - the mauve colours are softer than charcoal hues for your wedding day but are still a little sexy...cover with a net veil for high-fashion style.
13 November 2013
Our beauty muse Kate Bosworth always looks immaculate, with her dewy skin, shiny hair and gorgeous cheekbones. The main reason we can't get enough of this Hollywood starlet is the fact that she infallibly looks so polished - this woman knows style, class and how to work it all together. Kate recently married her beau in an elegant ceremony, so we thought who better to get bridal beauty inspiration from than a bride herself. Take a look at our favourite Kate Bosworth looks that will take you from ceremony to reception...
Whether you're after smouldering beauty, Hollywood glamour, delicate ballerina or natural boho, Kate is a chameleon who manages to pull off every style (flawlessly, might we add). She has the ability to always look feminine, and her key is balancing her look. Kate keeps it natural, usually adding bold colour with a statement lip - but never too much at once. Her second biggest secret? Skin illuminator - she knows exactly where to highlight and we've never had such serious complexion envy! Which Bosworth look are you coveting?
29 October 2013
Once you’ve had your trial makeup and hair session, ask a friend to take photos of you to ensure you are picture perfect – from all angles! Xx
26 September 2013
We’ll say it now – because of the large amount of photographs you’ll have taken throughout the day, a shiny face can be your worst enemy in front of the lens. To help you look your best, we've hand-picked the best four products to ensure you look your absolute best in every picture...
Our personal fave product is the MAC Matte - smooth it on your t-zone to eliminate shine (it is subtle enough for hubby to smooth on too if he is prone to being a little oily). Have your makeup artist use a mattifying primer such as the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pore Minimizer and Mattifier, which is designed to instantly reduce and refine pores. The Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup will control oil and shine and is resistant to sweat so you will stay matte throughout your big day. Finally, ask your darling bridesmaids to carry a packet of Bobbi Brown blotting papers (they're so cute, in a chic little case) to touch you up before the photographer session...there’s a big difference between a glowing bride and a shiny t-zone in every photograph. xx
23 July 2013
This natural makeup look is absolute perfection for a bride. Flawless skin with a hint of highlighter in the right places, a peach blush to contour cheekbones and a berry stain on the lip is all a bride needs to look fresh and youthful. Remember not to go overboard with the highlighter - on your wedding day it's best to go more matte than you usually would, as you will be getting your photo taken all day (nothing crushes those blissful memories like a shiny complexion in photos). Add your best dazzling smile (we insist) and voila!
7 February 2013
The illusion neckline is oh so hot for weddings right now. From the bride to the bridesmaids, designers everywhere are showing off a little décolletage through sheer materials. The faithful strapless gown has been around the block and we are welcoming this stylish spin on your classic cut. Perfect for bridesmaids, a chiffon neckline will take their gowns from simple to sleek, allowing you plenty of room to play around with opulent accessories. Statement clutch bags and shoes are the perfect details to complete the high-fashion look. Bridesmaids in illusion necklines are very now and very glamorous.
30 January 2013
Can't get enough of the feminine and mystical shades of the sea? Good news! Turquoise is fresh, invigorating and on trend right now. We were inspired by the gorgeous shades of green and blue on the runway at Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 show, particularly the breezy and elegant mint dress featured below. Shades of turquoise and mint look fabulously crisp with white and will have a calming effect on your big day. Pastel nail polish and makeup was also seen all over the runways, a look that we ourselves are sporting in the office (hello, aqua nails!). Minty décor is pretty and soft, try subtle additions such as frosted mint chairs and hanging lanterns, the colour also looks beautiful with bouquets of baby’s breath. Minty fresh!
21 January 2013
Brides, the time is drawing nearer – our 2013 bumper edition of Brides of Adelaide goes on sale on January 30 and trust us, you are going to want to see what we have packed into our favourite issue yet!
With over 530+ pages of the finest wedding inspiration, we are delighted to offer you the very best our South Australian wedding industry has to offer, from the finest local wedding cakes to stunning jewellery and fabulous venues. In this issue we have brought international runway trends alive with our glamorous men and women’s editorial shoots, as well as a presentation of exquisite wedding dresses from South Australian designers. We were blown away by the quality of talent our state has produced, from designers who have been around for years to fresh new faces on the scene!
The same goes for our crème de la collection of photographers, showcased in our presentation of real South Australian weddings. This section allows you to draw inspiration from the unique styling created by real brides and grooms. We too have designed our own styling concepts, embracing the beauty of blossoms and this season’s favourite colour combination of yellow and taupe. We have included plenty of bomboniere, cakes, DIY and bouquet ideas just for you.
There is all of this and much, much more…you will read about the latest makeup, hair and fashion trends, discover the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Adelaide wedding industry and choose your ideal honeymoon location based on our professional Phil Hoffman travel tips.
Excited yet? We are! Can't wait till then? Pre-order your copy here and in the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @boamagazine for your daily dose of bridal inspiration!
18 January 2013
Our favourite 2013 spring makeup collection is the Arabesque Collection by Laura Mercier. Described as a ‘poetic blend of pinks, blues and neutrals to create a sweet, romantic and absolutely serene look’, the Arabesque Collection is nothing less than perfect for your wedding day. Highlight your cheeks, nails and lips with pretty pinks and sweep a semi-matte gradient of pinks, neutrals and smoky greys across eyelids. From Christos to Oscar de la Renta, runway wedding makeup this year is soft, neutral and feminine and in true Laura Mercier style the Arabesque Collection captures these elements perfectly. We can’t think of a sweeter colour combination for bridal makeup!
1. creme cheek colour in oleander 2. creme smooth lip colour in arabesque 3. lip stain in shy pink 4. lip glace in bare pink 5. baked eye colour palette in free spirit 6. eye pencil in stone grey 7. nail lacquer in en pointe 8. faux lash mascara in black 9. get the look: laura mercier
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