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Canberra Year 10 and 12 Formal Hair & Makeup

Canberra’s 2014/2015 Formal and Wedding season is getting so close and I’m so excited for it, I took most of last season off to have my baby girl Madelina Grace in January. but i’m back on board and taking bookings again for this season. Whilst I was on maternity leave I decided it would be easier if I just merged my website and blog into 1 big happy place of hair and makeup goodness. I’m going to be slowly putting some of my older posts back up and and of course I will be adding in all my latest work as well.

To celebrate the up coming school formal season I have the following special running;

Year 10 & 12 Formal Hair & Makeup Package $180

Formal Hair & Makeup packages includes hairstyle and makeup of your choice & false lashes.

Get 3 friends together & make an afternoon of getting ‘MadeUp’ and save 10%! (that works out at only $162 each)


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Things to pack in the Bridal Bag


Bridal Bag - What to pack

I get asked by brides all the time about what they should have with them on their wedding day.

On my wedding day I was lucky enough to have one of my wonderful bridesmaids pack an ‘emergency bag’ which she kept with her for the day. During the ceremony the bag stayed in the bridal car which made it easy to access during our location photo sessions.

Although we didn’t use most of the things in the emergency bag they were things that would have come in handy if we ran into any problems.

I have decided to do a list of things that are good to have in your emergency bag. Hopefully you find something on this list that you hadn’t thought of. I know that all I had thought of for the day was having my lipstick and lipgloss handy for touch ups!

So we might as well start there:

Lip Stick &/or Lipgloss

It is important to have the lip stick and lip gloss that you will be wearing for the day as this is the makeup that will wear off the most as your day goes on- Generally the makeup artist leaves before you are even in your dress and if you have a few pre wedding beverages and photos before hand you may need to be touching up your lippie before you even make it down the aisle.

It is a good idea to have some straws handy where you are getting ready so that your lips stay as neat as possible.

Powder/Blotting Paper

If you tend to get shiny as the day goes on it can be a good idea to have your powder and puff to fix up any shine that you may get (before having my daughter I would get really shiny in the T-zone as the day went on) You can buy blotting paper from places like Priceline which will take the oil off your face while leaving your makeup in place.

If you are getting a spray tan for your big day it is a good idea to make sure you have a powder that matches your new bronzed shade.

Bandaids/ Blister gel pads

Just in case you and your beautiful new wedding shoes turn out not to be friends a bandaid or blister guard may be one of the best things you have seen come dinner time on your big day. (Ladies who have had a horrid blister by lunch time on a work day from a new pair of shoes know what i’m talking about!!)

Flat Shoes

It might be a good idea to have some backup flats to change into – My maid of honour bailed on her heels as we pulled up to our ceremony location and decided to change into the flats we had ready in the car because she felt like she was going to fall over walking in the shoes we had, they were only kitten heels but she isn’t a heel girl- bless her:) I’m just glad we had flats for her to change into.

Safety Pins/ Needle and thread / Hollywood tape

For zipper/wardrobe malfunctions. Don’t be a victim of the nip slip on your wedding day!


The car service that we had provided beer and champagne but once I jumped in that car I really just needed a big drink of H2O!

Chewy or Mints

Don’t forget to ditch the gum right before you walk down the aisle


You do a lot of running around and the adrenalin pumps pretty hard when you say ‘i-do’ so some nice smelly stuff might make you feel that much fresher as the day goes on – You do spend most of the day with your arms up hugging all of your guests and you brand new husband of course

Tissues or maybe a nice Bridal Hanky

Don’t forget if you cry to dab your eyes, don’t rub them “Dab Up”


They say to cover and marks on your dress- this is one I haven’t tested out

Panadol/Hayfever tablets/Rescue Remedy

Don’t bring a whole chemist with you but if they are needed these little babies might make you feel so much better.

Your ID


A Nail File

Feminine Hygiene Products

Snacks for the bridal party

a good idea for when you are having your photos done

Mini Hairspray/Bobby Pins

Whilst you generally get copious amounts of hairspray sprayed onto your head when your hair has been done you may have an unruly fringe that you didn’t notice was waving right into your face until you walked out into the wind so having some spray to just tame that piece of hair will save your sanity and probably your photos as well.

Just incase you or one of your brides maids decides to go all heavy metal and starts head banging and pops a curl bobby pins just to pop that curl back where it should be is a good idea.

I know a lot of people say to pack clear nail polish for any stocking runs – But I think it would be easier to pack a spare pair of stockings if you are wearing them and you are worried about ladders – Time is generally not a luxury you have on your wedding day so applying stinky nail polish and waiting for it to dry seems a bit full on to me!

Let me know if there is something I have missed or something you wish you had packed in your bag for a special occasion or on your wedding day!

I hope this helped

May Xx

Stunning Handmade Bridal Clutches





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Real Bride – May

It was interesting on May’s Wedding day when I was doing her hair and her friends and family would ask ‘May’ a question it was hard to know who they were talking to (most of the time it wasn’t me!)

May’s upstyle was a side bun made up of 3 rosettes, Mays bridesmaid had fairly short hair so we curled it and pinned it slightly to give it a bit of volume.

May Just had the sweetest knick knacks for her wedding – I was lucky enough to be given a bomboniere of a little tin of tea with my nam stamped on it ( Just so beautiful!)

It was a windy day for May’s Wedding so it was a good thing that she had chosen an up style for her big day. May’s hair style was finished off with 2 handmade flowers from Percy Handmade which just finished the style off perfectly.

I am such a big fan of the bridal accessories that Tania from Percy Handmade makes, A canberra based lady who is just so lovely and the detail in her work is divine!

May’s wedding was chosen to be published in Cosmopolitan bride! May talks about her hair and MadeUp by May gets a big mention!!

Photos are taken by

Article from Cosmopolitan Bride Australia

Hair by MadeUp by May

MadeUp by May Wedding up style with flowers

MadeUp by May Wedding up style with flowers

MadeUp by May Canberra Bridal Hairstyles

MadeUp by May Canberra Bridal Hairstyles


MadeUp by May Canberra Bridal Hairstyles

MadeUp by May Canberra Bridal Hairstyles




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