Wedding Makeup

Behind-the-scenes beauty: real bride Ricky-Lee’s makeover with Brisbane Beauty Canvas


In the Autumn issue of Queensland Brides we spoke to seven real brides about their wedding-day makeup. Here’s Ricky-Lee’s story – plus beauty guru, Sheila Rivera from Brisbane Beauty Canvas. Read about Kathryn’s makeover by Latonas Makeup, Monique’s makeover by Kylie’s Professional, Regan’s makeover by Brooklyn Beauty Bar or Selena’s makeover by Hair & Makeup Artistry Giulia, and look out for more brides’ stories to come.

Rikki-Lee and Timothy wed on 22 October 2016 at the Broadway Chapel, Brisbane, with a reception at The Landing at Dockside.

The bride’s story

Original brief:

“Something that was classic, but natural.”

Why did you choose Brisbane Beauty Canvas?

“I saw one of their pictures in Queensland Brides [yay!] and instantly fell in love. It was exactly how I wanted my makeup to look – classic, natural and with a gorgeous touch of red lipstick. They provided me with a great quote, and were always easy to deal with and quick to reply, which is something I valued.”

What was it like on the big day?

“Everything was so efficient and smooth. The team arrived mid-morning and got straight to work. They helped everyone remain calm and were constantly asking for feedback to make sure we were completely happy with the overall look.”

How did the finished result make you feel?

I was delighted with how all my bridal party looked. It was such a big task, with four bridesmaids and my mum, but they did an excellent job.”

Loveliest compliment?

“All the compliments were lovely!”

What was the best tip they gave you?

“To take the emergency bridal kit they organised for me – lifesaver!”

Photos of Rikki-Lee: Tara Croser Photography

The makeup artist’s story

With 9 years’ experience in the industry, Sheila from Brisbane Beauty Canvas is head-over-heels in love with bridal makeup. She considers it a great privilege to be involved in such a special day and enjoys sharing stories (and laughs!) with the bride and her bridesmaids while helping them get ready. Ask Sheila what’s her favourite thing about bridal makeup and she’ll tell you it’s the chance to customise a look – whether it be ‘natural and flawless’ or classic vintage – and allowing brides to make it their own.

What did you think when Rikki-Lee told you about her desired look, dress and overall wedding style?

“It was incredibly well-thought-out. Rikki-Lee was organised and I could tell she had thoroughly considered how the overall aesthetics of her wedding would coordinate. She had inspiration photos of the makeup she wanted and it included our campaign photograph featured in Queensland Brides magazine – which is how she found our business. The modern vintage look was what she had decided to go ahead with and it was a perfect choice as the style complemented her features and most importantly she was confident, comfortable and still felt like herself when wearing the look.”

Was there a trial run?  If so, how was it helpful? Did you make any changes to the original brief?

“Yes, Rikki- Lee did a bridal trial. We always recommend having one so that there are no surprises on the day. It was helpful because during the makeup trial we determined the exact details of how her makeup would look at the wedding. She could rest assured we would execute the makeup she envisioned. We asked her to bring inspiration pictures that would help describe the look she wanted to achieve, and we offered advice on what would best suit her facial features and skin type. In addition, she was able to test out the longevity of the makeup and feel comfortable with wearing makeup that she might not be used to (faux lashes, red lipstick, bold eyeshadow and eyeliner etc). We also discussed the makeup style she wanted for her bridesmaids and any special considerations such as allergies and skin care regimes (cleansing, toning, moisturising – all of which she already did routinely) to prepare the skin in the lead-up to the event.”

What was the biggest challenge of the day?

“To be honest, Rikki-Lee was our ideal bride. She had planned and coordinated her wedding so thoroughly that everything during the preparation time ran smoothly. Her bridal party got ready in Brighton at her parents’ charming home that overlooked the ocean. The view while everyone got ready was picturesque, the weather outside glorious! She’d hired all professional contractors (makeup artists, hairdresser, and photographer) who were calm and understood the dynamics of being involved in what is typically considered a chaotic time for most weddings. She had model bridesmaids who were attentive to her – helping her get dressed, making sure she’d had something to eat and bringing up light-hearted and nostalgic conversation. Her proud mum and dad chimed in on the fun, which set such a lovely tone for her special day. Rikki-Lee was poised and all smiles and she even had a tender moment with her godson. I won’t forget how she beamed while she expressed her appreciation and excitement upon seeing her makeup completed!”

What’s the one product you can’t live without and use on every bride? 

“To narrow down my number one Holy Grail item that I use for brides is difficult! Let’s just say, creating a flawless base is imperative to achieving any beautiful bridal look, so I’ll focus on my favourites that I use to achieve that. I can’t live without: my trusty moisturiser Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre – it hydrates and nourishes the skin to create a supple canvas for the smooth application of foundation; a foundation that’s suitable for the client’s skin type (e.g. Studio Fix Fluid for normal to combination, Face Atelier Ultra Foundation for mature, textured or sensitive skin); and eye shadow primer such as Too Faced Shadow Insurance to make sure the eye shadow is crease-free and budge-proof.”

What’s the one tip you give every bride on their wedding day?

“To take care of herself leading up to and on the day by hydrating, eating and sleeping enough, because the way you feel will inside will resonate in your overall look.”

What’s one word you’d use to describe how Rikki-Lee looked?


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