"How long does a makeup application take?"
We recommend allowing a minimum of 45-60 minutes for makeup appointments. However, let us know before the booking of any time restraints and we can adjust.
"Do you provide a mobile service?"
Yes, Margaret provides a fully mobile service, however a travel surcharge may apply for some locations. On most occasions we charge $0.72 per km outside the 20km Brisbane radius. Please contact us for a detailed quote.
"What makeup products do you use?"
Margaret uses various high performance and cruelty free brands such as Hourglass, Chantecaille, Ellis Faas, Ilia, Laura Mercier, Westman Artieler, Tatcha, Dr Dennis Gross and many more. Margaret chooses the best products from a variety of ranges and constantly updates her kit to reflect style trends and advancements in makeup and skincare technology. She also carries Giorgio Armari, Nars, Too Faced, M.A.C. Nars, Napoleon Perdis and many others.
"I prefer a natural look - will I look or feel overdone?"
You are not alone, many women feel this way. Margaret takes care to listen to your wishes/ concerns and design a look that's perfect for you as an individual.
"Do you travel?"
Yes! Margaret can travel to wherever your wedding, special event or photoshoot may be, domestically and internationally. Please contact us for a detailed quote of travel fees for your booking.
"Do you provide a hairstyling service?"
Yes, Margaret can provide hairstyling. For groups of three or more, it is best to have a separate hairstylist; it's more time efficient because Margaret and the hairstylist can work on two people at the same time.
"What hygiene processes do you have in place?"
Margaret Macpherson Beauty observes strict hygiene practices; using a hand sanitiser between clients and masks when requested. Her makeup brushes are sanitised between each client and thoroughly washed and disinfected each day.
If your skin is sensitive, Margaret will use what is best for your skin's needs. If you are concerned and have known allergies you can discuss your specific needs with us over the phone or at the trial.
"Do you offer gift certificates?"
A gift certificate is a wonderful idea and most women love the idea of being pampered. Margaret Macpherson Beauty is happy to arrange a personalised gift certificate to be mailed out to you. Complete the Bookings and Quotes Form, send us a message and we will prepare this for you.
"What methods of payment do you accept?"
We accept most forms of payment, direct debit, eftpos and cash. Please contact us for further details.
"Do I need to prepare for my makeup trial?"
The more information we have about you, the better! Collect pictures from magazines, Margaret loves to see your dress and jewellery; details of the flowers, the bridesmaid's dresses and a picture of how your hair is to be styled. All this provides us with a guide to your tastes and personal style.
"How should I prepare my skin?"
Leading up to your event, regular facials are ideal along with a good daily skincare routine. Have your waxing completed at least two days prior to your special occasion. The night before gently exfoliate your face and use a hydrating face mask. On the day ensure your face is freshly cleansed and moisturised. It's is also advised that your eyebrows are expertly shaped. Margaret will send through a
"How should I prep my skin before my wedding day?"
If you want to treat yourself, Margaret recommends you go for an exfoliating facial at least 1-2 weeks before your wedding day. You can lightly exfoliate and apply a hydrating moisturiser the night before. In the morning, gently wash your face with a gentle face wash and warm water and you can apply a light moisturiser. Avoid any products that contain sunscreen as this can cause “flashback” (a white face) with any flash photography. If you don't have anything you think is suitable, no worries- do not apply anything, Margaret preps all her clients with a mini hydrating facial for your skin before applying your makeup. Any facial waxing/tweezing should be done over a week before the wedding day as this can sometimes cause breakouts.
"How should I prep my hair before my wedding day?"
Wash your hair the night before. Use two shampoos to the one conditioner, but do not use any products that have a silicone base to it. (e.g. Pantene, Palmolive, Tresemme, Sunsilk) These will make the hair too slippery and it will not hold style well.
Do not use any products in the hair, e.g. Serums, smoothing creams, argon/morroccon oil etc.
Blow dry your hair as smooth as possible, please DO NOT use a straightening iron. If you do not feel comfortable blow drying your own hair, speak with Margaret who may have time to blow dry it for you on the day (extra $40) or you may want to go to your local salon and have it professionally blowdried.
On the day wear a loose cotton button up shirt or cotton robe so your hairstyle is not affected when you change into your dress.
"Will I need to touch up my makeup?"
Your foundation and eye makeup is applied to ensure maximum wear, so it will last for hours without a touch up. If your skin is prone to oiliness, we recommend a powder compact or blotting papers. You will need to touch up your lipstick, Margaret will provide a small pot of lipstick for you to touch up. It's a good idea to allocate one of your bridesmaids as 'makeup attendant'. She will check your makeup before the photos and keep an eye on you throughout the evening to ensure you look your best.
Margaret can also supply an optional 'touch-up' kit which may include essentials such as blotting paper, compact powder and lipstick. Alternatively we can make a list of products for you to purchase.
"Should I have my hair or makeup completed first?"
It's preferable to have your hair done first followed by makeup. If your hairstylist is present, our artists will liaise with them to determine the best outcome for you. For large wedding parties and groups, Margaret Macpherson Beauty will create a 'Run Sheet' with timings for makeup and hair to run smoothly.
"How do you organise the day with timings etc?"
Margaret is well known for her fun, relaxed and well timed services. Allow 45 mins per person for makeup (1 hr for the bride) and 45 mins per person for hair. This can depend on the hairstyle chosen, and also allows time for touch-ups. It is always recommended that hair and makeup is completed at least 1 hour before you need to leave for the ceremony. This is a basic guide, as Margaret will personally talk with you to organise a schedule for your morning so it runs smoothly and everyone has a lot of fun!