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Professional bridal makeup artist providing mobile services to Canberra and surrounding areas

Hi I’m Kathryn, the makeup artist behind KM Makeup. Makeup is a real passion of mine and I absolutely love seeing my clients look come together. Especially on their wedding day.

Having those amazing images that last the test of time, come down to the details. I love creating a radiant, timeless and natural look that leaves a lasting impression. One that will be a part of your many treasured memories.

I started KM Makeup in 2013 after completing the Certificate IV in Makeup and Diploma in Specialist Makeup from the Canberra Makeup Academy. I have continued my learnings through Val Garlands Mastered Makeup Course where my love for makeup has continued to flourish. I pride myself on continuous learning and trying out new techniques.

I am truly honoured and very humbled to be have been the winner of the 2022 Wedding Industry Award, presently finalist in the 2022 ROAR Awards and Local Business Awards. I have been the recipient of the Brides Choice Awards, Top 10 makeup artist in Canberra for 2019 and 2021. All these awards would not have been possible without my valued clients.


Wedding Industry Award Winner 2022

Australian Wedding Awards Finalist 2022

Roar Awards Bronze Winner 2022

Local Business Award 2022

Brides Choice Awards Top 10 winner in 2019 and 2018.

Formal Training:

  • Val Garland Mastered Makeup Course,
  • Diploma of Specialist Makeup from CMA Training,
  • Certificate of Attainment Spray Tanning from Ellebana School of Beauty


For me there is nothing more rewarding, more fulfilling than seeing a client looking and feeling radiant, stunning and absolutely beautiful. I started my makeup business in 2013 and am truly blessed by all the fabulous brides I've had the pleasure of being a part of their wedding days.

Mrs Kathryn McDonnell

Business Owner



Service Area Canberra, Sydney and Surrounding areas

Canberra, Sydney and Surrounding areas
Canberra, Sydney and Surrounding areas


Yes I do bridal trials. They go for about 2 hours.

Yes absolutely although having some sort of direction or general idea is essential. Being a visual person there is a difference in verbalising your idea and showing me. An idea of something natural might be another ladies overdone.

If you don't like it, tell me. It is best that you say it while we are there with my kit and brushes still out. A preview is for exactly this reason. As a makeup artist it is my job to ensure you are happy with the look created for your wedding day. If you are unsure about something we can tweak it. This is also why we schedule 2 hours for previews.

Applicable service fees will be added to the invoice as needed and if applicable.

Please ask for more details regarding travel and possible assistants.

Additional fees apply for Holidays such as:

  • New Years Eve/Day
  • Valentines Day
  • Halloween
  • Australia Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Easter Sunday/Monday
  • Good Friday
  • All Public Holidays
  • Christmas Eve/Day

It's good to be read 45 mins before your ceremony. When factoring in timing also allow for travel time to the venue and a buffer as a just in case.

If you are planning on having waxing done (eye brows, upper lip etc.) this should be scheduled at least a week or 3 days before the wedding or makeup service in case of irritation. Makeup won't sit well on a freshly waxed face.

There are a few things I can suggest. These are not limited to the following:

  • drink plenty of water
  • cleanse skin morning and night. If you skin feels dry after cleansing you might need to try a different cleanser
  • moisturise. It's good to have a moisturiser with an SPF in it for the daytime, night creams don't require SPF   

15 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

February 2019

Kathryn - such a beautiful person to deal with. Patient, friendly, reliable, a true professional service with great quality products - makeup stays put, even for 24 hours! Thank you !

Jacquie C.


Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have been a part of your special day

April 2018

Kathryn was amazing, she answered all my questions and was such a massive help when it came to working out the timing on the day. she was so professional.

Emily L.


Emily, thank you so much for your beautiful review. It was my pleasure to have been a part of your special day.

February 2018

Katherine completely made me at ease. She did the trial with me as well. I don't wear a lot of makeup. She definately has a knack for what she does

Tracey B.


Tracey, thank you so much for your review. It was a delight to have been a part of your wedding day.

May 2023

Kathryn was so lovely, she did such an amazing job! She catered to the styles and personalities of every one, we all looked stunning! She made everyone feel so special, everything ran so smoothly and at the end gave us a Polaroid photo of us all with our finished looks, such a lovely touch!

Laura D.

January 2023

Kathryn did a brilliant job doing makeup for myself and four others on my wedding day. She was very considerate of the fact that we hadn't worn much make up and she made us all feel beautiful whilst still feeling like ourselves. Kathryn was also conscious of the colour scheme for the wedding and helped incorporate that in our make up. We had a small space with lots of people where we were getting ready and she was very accommodating and able to work effectively with the space we had. She was also kind enough to squeeze me in for a trial in the limited time that we had and her home studio is lovely and bright for this purpose. I highly recommend KMmakeup.

Rebekah S.

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