Q & A with Makeup Artist, Jess Connolly (Makeup by Jess)
‘I love being apart of the wedding day preparations and helping brides to bring their makeup dreams to life and create the perfect look for them for their big day.’
Jess has over 15 years experience in the makeup and beauty industry and provides her clients with professional and personalised makeup services across the entire Sunshine Coast. She prides herself in providing makeup services that are long lasting, current and personalised leaving her clients looking and feeling their very best for their big day. A Sunshine Coast local all her life, Jess is completely in tune with our weather, the challenges of make-up in our humidity and how to get that look last all day long! Jess is also a brow specialist, and with beautiful brows being an integral part of your bridal regime, she’s an expert at getting those brows in shape, it’s a pure and beautiful dance – Jess and her bridal brushes.
Jess’ wedding makeup services are a completely mobile service while brow styling treatments are performed from her studio located within a beauty space in Maroochydore, we chatted to Jess about the latest buzz in beauty moves!
Tell us your story, the journey behind your brand, the reason for your business.
I am a passionate and professional Makeup Artist based on the Sunshine Coast. My love for beauty treatments, makeup and brows started at a young age, which has seen my passion become my career. After my study I began my career as a Beauty Therapist but quickly realised my passion was specifically in bridal and special occasion makeup and with brow shaping and design. Soon after that ‘Makeup By Jess’ was born. I have been so fortunate to have shared so many wedding days with my clients across the entire Sunshine Coast over the last 15 years. A perfectly and professional shaped brow is also essential to bringing your entire look together and framing the face. Brow shaping and design is the perfect service to accompany and complement the makeup side to my business and brides love the convenience of this specialty service.
What trends have you noticed in makeup styling and how do you see this being adapted into bridal looks?
A flawless foundation coverage is always in fashion. Lashes and brows have been very on trend this season and we’ve definitely seen this being adapted into bridal looks to complete the style and ensure a pretty and romantic makeup style. Instagram is a huge influential social media platform. Most brides will show me many images that they’ve sourced from Instagram of makeup styles that they like. There has been a very strong influence with heavier makeup styles this season, with bolder matte lips, and deep tones heavily applied to the eyes. Although these makeup looks are beautiful to the naked eye, once broken down – most brides have preferred to go with a tailored version of these images with slightly softer tones.
It’s important to make sure that your makeup look is fresh and current, while maintaining that timeless feel too. Your makeup artist will be able to help you personalise your look so you feel and look like the most beautiful version of yourself for your big day.
Are you mobile?
Yes I absolutely am!
What advice would you give brides to be searching for that perfect bridal beauty look?
When choosing your bridal makeup look it’s important to make sure your look is current yet timeless. Something classic, pretty and romantic personalised to your wedding style and theme. Choose a makeup look that you will feel comfortable in. You need to look and feel like the most beautiful version of yourself on such a special day. I always suggest using a long lasting, durable foundation base to ensure your flawless coverage lasts the distance and is kiss and hug proof!
Tell us a little bit about your process, from enquiry to booking stages, to delivery of your services on the wedding day.
After your initial enquiry with me I will send you through my rates and full information sheet. In this document there is everything you’ll need to know about the makeup services for your wedding day including trial information, professional makeup brands that fill my kit, makeup timing for the day and even brow design and tinting treatments to ensure your brows are in perfect shape for the big day too! After your deposit it received, the date is confirmed and you’re secure in my diary. Then we begin the wedding countdown! In the lead up to the wedding I always suggest for brides to have a makeup and hair trial, preferably on the same day so you get a clear visual on how your overall look with come together on the day.
At the trial we chat about colours, styles and themes for your makeup. I also like to have a look a bridesmaids dresses, shoes, accessories, floral choices and any other decorative pieces to get a feel for your theme for the day to ensure the perfect look is created for you. At the trial I will complete a detailed face chart for you so that your bridal look on the day is an exact replica from your trial to ensure consistency. I allow 45 minutes for each makeup on the day. Eye lash extensions are also available upon request to complete your look and add that extra bit of length and volume to the lashes.
Before I leave I will provide everyone with their own personalised touch up kit which will include some foundation and a lip kit with your own disposable applicator, lipstick and gloss to ensure your beautiful face is ready for a candid snap at any time during the day…and night!
Given the opportunity, what are your three make up items you would take along to a deserted island?
~ Brow Pencil
~ Illuminating bronzer/blush
In 5 words describe your favourite bridal beauty look!
Flawless coverage, peachy cheek, thick lashes, a full brow and a lots of illuminator to ensure that beautiful dewy glow!
Is a makeup trial an essential part of the wedding makeup styling process?
I always suggest a trial. It saves times and stress on the day and you can just sit down in the makeup chair and enjoy the process and relax as the full consultation and makeup discussions have already been done prior.
When is the best time to engage and book your services pre-wedding planning?
12 months out from your date if possible, to ensure you secure all your preferred suppliers. Especially during peak wedding season, get in early to avoid disappointment.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I feel very grateful that I get to work so closely with women on one of the biggest, most important days in their lives. There is so much planning and preparation that goes into a wedding day and to be there on the big day helping brides dreams become a reality, really is something special.
After 15 years in this industry and hundreds of brides later, I still get butterflies and the biggest sense of accomplishment when I see my beautiful brides look in the mirror and say things like “I love my makeup. I feel absolutely beautiful. I feel like a bride!” That type of feedback never gets old and I never get sick of hearing brides tell me that they’re makeup lasted them all day and night and they’ve never felt so beautiful! Sometimes I pinch myself and think how lucky am I!
Hot tip for 2019 and beyond bridal beauty trends?
It’s all about the skin, lashes and brows! Get these 3 right and all the rest will fall into place perfectly!
A full coverage foundation teamed up with soft contour, peachy, sun kissed cheeks with a beautiful illuminator to highlight the cheekbones and bring a beautiful glow to the skin.
Fluffy, thick lashes are a must and a professionally shaped brow is the perfect way to complete your bridal look.