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Ash Quinn is a Sydney based makeup artist and high profile beauty blogger at Oz Product Junkie, who has almost 40k Instagram followers alone! Her flatlays are some of the best I’ve ever seen and she’s just simply gorgeous.
Keep reading for a typical day in the life of Ash, within the midst of wedding season 2016.
Today I’m off to Kangaroo Valley to do bridal makeup. Most Saturdays, and some Fridays and Sunday, are consumed my bridal makeup so this is a pretty typical bridal makeup day intertwined with my blogging life!
7:00am | My alarm goes off. I’m not a morning person so I usually snooze once and then spend 10-15mins replying to Instagram comments that have come through overnight and any key emails.
07:20am | Time to throw on my all black ninja makeup artist uniform and a basic face. I always keep my makeup minimal when I’m working so I usually apply my morning skincare followed by;
* Something with a light coverage and an SPF, like It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF50+ cream,
* Filling in my brows with Benefit’s Precisely My Brows,
* A quick wash over the perimeter of my face and eyelids with a bronzer, my current staples are PUR Cosmetics Bronzer, Sportsgirl Bronze Me or Thin Lizzy,
* Some highlight to the tops of my cheek bones, my favourites are Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit ‘Sun Dipped‘, BECCA in ‘Champagne Pop’ and Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips,
* A lick of mascara, right now I adore Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir or ESSENCE I Love Extreme Crazy Volume and finishing off with Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in ‘Seduction’, a neutral your-lips-but-better lip colour!
If I have time I’ll shoot a face of the day flatlay for Instagram. When you see a FOTD from me it is quite literally what I threw on my face that day.
7:35am | Grab something for breakfast to take with me. Usually it’s just a Milo milkshake and some toast #fitspo. Terrible but honest.
7:45am | I load my makeup kit and chair into my car and I’m on the road. I always leave around 15-20mins earlier than Google Maps tells me. Even thought I find the timing very accurate I hate being late! And I especially don’t want to be late to a bridal makeup job because the last thing a bride needs is worrying about where I am.
10:45am | I arrive at the brides accommodation early so I use the extra time to reply to more emails and post an Instagram pic/catch up on other peoples pictures.
11:00am | Bridal makeup starts! I spend about 10 minutes setting up. I like to make sure everything is laid out nicely so I can easily access any product I need quickly. Then we’re into makeup. The first person in the chair is usually the mother of the bride, followed by the bridesmaids and the bride always goes last. I allow 45mins per person for makeup (inc individual false lash application) and extra time for the bride because I’ll also spend time on any parts of her body that are exposed such as décolletage, arms etc. In between each person I spend about 3-5mins cleaning all of the brushes with a sterilising, spot cleaner. Hygiene is a priority! Today I’ve got MOTB, 3 bridesmaids and the bride so that takes me through to 3pm.
3:00pm | The bride is all done and now I begin final touchups for all of the other clients and set their makeup with a setting spray. Everyone is good to go! I then pack up and help the bride with any last minute bits she needs. It’s all hands on deck so I’m usually pinning flowers to the lapels of Dad’s jackets, helping bridesmaids get into dresses, put on shoes etc and fluffing up the brides dress so it’s sitting right in the photos the photographer is usually taking at this stage. Things great crazy at the end so I’m happy to help.
3:30pm | The bride is out the door and so am I. Back in the car for the drive home.
6:30pm | Arrive home to hubby having done 2 loads of washing and a tidy house. I’m so lucky that I married a real team player! I’m usually pretty tired after a wedding job, especially with travel. I find my eyes get strained from driving and makeup all day so I just take some time to have a nice, long shower, relax and order some take out. Since all of my makeup is off I lather on my nighttime skincare and make the most of my no-makeup face.
7:30pm | Food and Netflix! At the moment some TV shows I’m loving are Peaky Blinders, Vikings (thought I’d hate it but I’m loving it!), Suits or maybe some Bachelor catch up if I’m feeling trashy. All the while I’m probably scrolling through Instagram and watching Snapchat in between eps.
11:00pm | Bedtime which usually involves more Instagram scrolling, Snapchat catch up and emails. I really need to cut that out and not lay in bed for ages on my phone but I can’t help it.
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