5 expert tips for flawless bridal makeup and hair

Hair + Beauty // by QB

Want to look your best for your special day? Not sure what to expect from a hair and makeup trial? Michael Huxley, founder and convener of the Huxley School of Makeup, shares his top tips for choosing the right look and artist for the job.

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“In my opinion, the most important component of bridal makeup and hair is the relationship you have with your artists. Reliability and old fashioned work ethic is a must, but above all, you’ll need people you gel with. Hair and makeup artists are the first of your enlisted entourage to work with you on your big day. You’ll want to kick-start your wedding on a positive note, so choosing the right artist will make sure you set the vibe!”


“Hunt down specific reference images and ideas for your makeup and hair design. A handful of over-photoshopped Kardashian pics won’t cut it.”


“The perfect complexion is a team effort. To hold up your end of the bargain, give your skin extra attention leading up to the big day with treatments and a healthy diet. Your makeup artist must be able to colour match perfectly, contour your features without overdoing it and create a natural velvet texture that will last all day. If you can pull that off, you truly can’t go wrong!”


“Don’t give your hair and makeup artist a 15-minute window and expect perfection. This is your day – take the time to enjoy the process and be pampered! If your bridal party is more like a bridal festival, consider requesting (and budgeting for) additional artists.”


Your wedding hair and makeup look is about enhancing your natural beauty – not painting a mask that will render you unrecognisable. Take the time to discuss your favourite styles and makeup shades with your team and trial a few ideas.

Famous for producing some of Australia’s finest professional makeup artists and recently named the top makeup school in Australia and the Asia Pacific, Huxley School of Makeup offers professional hair and makeup courses on the Gold Coast, Queensland. 

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