Gamine Dynasty

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As a wedding professional, Gamine Dynasty offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Is it normal to have two make up artists and two hairstylists for five people?

Hi. Wondering whether it's normal to have two make up artists and two hairdressers for a wedding party of 5 people? Thanks.

Gamine Dynasty

In the event you require an earlier finish and would prefer to not have to wake at the crack of dawn it can be the norm. 

If you are having a later ceremony time you can save money on the additional travel fees for the extra stylists. It really is a fun day doing the hair and makeup prep and it goes by really quickly because everyone is laughing and having an enjoyable experience so you honestly will be stunned when it's all done because it felt so fast. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of stylists have a minimum number of services / minimum spend for group or wedding bookings so just keep that in mind because it might cost you more or mean you can't get the artist you originally wanted ??

How can I ensure great wedding makeup?

Gamine Dynasty

It all starts with prepping the skin so best to start weeks ahead. I’ve had some brides with textured / blemish prone skin and they have no idea what to do and are using products not suitable for their skin type. I suggest going to a beauty therapist or dermatologist and getting some microdermabrasion done or other treatments to help get their skin perfect for the day. Things you can do yourself is hydrate regularly, use products that are great for your skin and get a good nights rest. 

Picking a great mua is also key but you should have some extra things for after he/she has left so you can touch up yourself - translucent powder that doesn’t flash back, lippy and anything else you find you might need. 

Hope that helps ??

what is the price to get my makeup done?

I am after a quote and whats included and what costs extra.

Gamine Dynasty


Price can vary from stylist to stylist but you would expect, for a good mua to pay between $90 - $150 pp for a makeup application or event hair whether for a wedding or not. This does not include pricing for travel, early or late appointments or public holiday surcharges etc. Some stylists have their prices on their website and others choose to not to display so you have to get in contact to find out. We choose to be about midway of this bracket in hair and makeup and are booked almost every appointment 6months ahead of time. 

I hope this has helped you work out a rough budget for makeup.

Kind Regards

Isabella Palmer | Creative Style Director

Gamine Dynasty

Tape VS Clip-In Hair Extensions: Which is better for the big day

Looking to add length to my hair (currently medium length with thick hair) and wondering which is better, tape or clip in extensions. Also the price ranges of both and some recommended salons/companies. Thanks!

Gamine Dynasty

It all depends on what look you would like to achieve, you budget, maintenance and your existing hair type. Tapes give a more natural and less bulky look in styled down looks because they sit flatter but in a hair up, if they aren't positioned correctly the tapes buckle on the head, can be quite uncomfortable and can make the style look lumpy. They tend to cost more than clip ins and require someone to remove them after 6-8 weeks. Clip ins or halos are a bit more versitile but they frustrate me a bit being a stylist because they are made for a larger head meaning they are over sized for the clients head making it hard to hide them sometimes. Best to sit down with your stylist and find out the best solution for the style you want and what they recommend. 

Good Luck : )

Any advice on if I should get eyelash extensions before the wedding?

Gamine Dynasty

I prefer to use false lashes rather than have the client wear lash extensions. It's not recommended to use mascara on them and when there is eye shadow that sprinkles on the lashes, you can't cover it with mascara. I personally think that false eye lashes look more natural than the extensions but that's just my opinion.

Good Luck : )

What is the most popular wedding hairstyle?

Gamine Dynasty

It really depends on time of year and changes often. I find that soft waves either centre part or the Hollywood "one-side tuck" is popular for styled down and for hair ups, low softly waved ponytails with a centre part or side braid or a soft textured low bun. 

Good luck choosing! : )

HELP! Last Minute Wedding

Hi there, my wedding in Bali has been cancelled so we are having a wedding in Perth. I can't seem to find any hair people or cake people. If someone could help with that has the availability on Saturday 2nd Dec that would be fantastic.

Gamine Dynasty

Hello Breana, 

You poor sweetheart I heard about this on FB and responded with the list of people I recommend. All of my staff is currently booked now and I have a fully booked day from 7am. The only time I could do would be at 5 or 5.30am to do your hair. If you would like to discuss more, please go to my Easy Weddings page under Gamine Dynasty or go to my Facebook page using the same name. 

I hope everything can be pulled together for you. 

are flower crowns out?

Gamine Dynasty

HELLZ NO! When done beautifully they are absolutely stunning! I'm not even engaged and I know I will want flowers in my hair on my wedding day haha.

When should my HMUA arrive if my ceremony is at 12pm (12.30 start)?

Gamine Dynasty

The best way to work out your schedule is have the last person / people completed 1 hour before you are scheduled to leave for your ceremony. This will give you enough time to get dressed, eat something, take photos in your dressing gowns, in your dress and with your family and bridal party before you leave for the wedding. Most makeup artists take between 45-60min pp and hair can take between 30-60mins depending on the style. 

Good luck and I hope that helps : )

Trying to decide on hairstyles for the bridesmaids they all like different styles

My maid of honour has chosen a hairstyle but the other two girls prefer somthin else will that still work if they have different hair styles

Gamine Dynasty

As of late, many brides choose to have their bridesmaids pick their own styles. Since she is the maid of honour, it would give her a point of difference having a different style from the others so I say go with it. If you always imagined that you would have matching bridesmaids in all aspects then get them to compromise. It’s your wedding after all. Good Luck : )

Is it better to book one specific make up artist, or a makeup artistry company with multiple artists

Gamine Dynasty

There are pros and cons to both depending on the company or the artist you choose.

Depending on the size of your wedding party, you may not need multiple artists to help you on your day and sometimes you may not get the same person for your trial as you do for the day if you go with a company. However, in the event of an accident or illness, they will be able to replace the artist they had scheduled and have worked really hard to create their reputation by providing amazing work for their clients.

I always recommend to ask freelance artists if they have insurances and what are their procedures incase of illness or an emergency. You'll be surprised that a lot of freelance mua don't have insurance or any back up if they can't be there for you on your day. It's always good to cover yourself so don't be shy, ask the questions you need to know.

Enjoy your planning. I hope this helped you decide.

How much should hair and makeup usually cost?

Is it more cost effective to pay for one person to do both? :) I am happy to pay for quality.

Gamine Dynasty

I agree with Emilly. You can save money on travel having the one do both but it might also cost you in time. You can have 1 person having their hair done while another gets their makeup done. You would expect to pay for hair between $100-$180 from the market research I have done. For makeup between $100 and $150. Travel is then applied on to of this price. I have makeup artists work for me as I do not do makeup personally myself.

I hope this helps : )

How long should I set aside for my make up trial?

Gamine Dynasty

Hello Lucy P.

Makeup trials are usually about an hour and a half depending on the stylist and the consult. Best to not book anything else (ie hair trial or dress fittings) too soon after just in case you run over time.

Good Luck with your wedding.

When should I cut and colour my hair before the wedding?

Gamine Dynasty


I recommend to my brides between 7-10 days so you can wash your hair a few times to let the colour and texture settle from your services. Depending how much you like your hair after the services. Sometimes you might like those few millimetres of regrowth. You may not.

Good Luck

Do I have to wear my hair up on my wedding day?

I prefer my hair down but everyones saying I should wear it up because it's more elegant and formal. Do bride's traditoinally have to wear their hair up?

Gamine Dynasty

Hello Jordyn,

You can do absolutely anything you like to do on your wedding day. There are pros and cons to both but it all depends what style of dress you are wearing, what your theme is and most importantly what suits you and what you like. Don't let anyone dictate to you what you have to have on your wedding day. It is your and your fiances day.

Good Luck

How much does wedding make-up usually cost?

Gamine Dynasty

Hello Sarah,

It all depends what stylist you go to but I charge out makeup at $120 per person with lashes included. We use only high quality products such as Mac, Nars, Stilla and many more.

I hope this has helped you. Good Luck

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