So you’ve decided on the dress, the hair and the makeup and your look is nearly complete. But you just can’t find that perfect lipstick shade. It shouldn’t be too bold or to bland and there are so many to choose from so where do you start? Well do not fear, here at Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry we do over 200 weddings per year so we know a thing or two about the perfect lip shade for … Read more

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  Wow. It’s been a big year for us at Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry. We have recently grown to a team of 10 wonderful artists which I am hoping to turn into 12 very soon and Caroline, my rock, also known as my PA came on board in August as I was busy spending my days working at the Channel 9 studio. We did countless hair and makeups for events all year which kept Susana busy during the … Read more

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The questions I get asked the most has to be “what’s in your makeup kit” and “what are your favourite products?” So here is my makeup kit, ok not all of it, but all my favourites at least. Skincare – Bioderma, Embryollise Primers – Laura Mercier, Kiko, Mecca, Hourglass and Bobbi Brown, Foundations – Nars Sheer Glow, Armani Luminous Silk, MAc Face and Body, Bobbi Brown BBU palette, Veri Vera Perfecting Blushes, Highlights and Bronzers – Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, … Read more

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So I know how you all love a before and after makeup photo so two of my beautiful clients took part in our latest shoot. As per usual we did not use any lighting tricks (just good old plain natural light) and no photoshop, not that either of our models need it! I don’t like to create dramatic makeup that completely changes someones appearance so my before and after photoshoots are not meant to be highly dramatic. Instead I use … Read more

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There are so many different hairstyles to choose from when selecting the right style for you and your outfit. To help you choose a style that is trending but wont date here are our top 3 hairstyles with wow factor inspired by looks seen on the red carpet. The Textured Ponytail The ponytail has made a huge comeback. Last year it was slick and polished and now it’s the opposite, the more texture the better. It’s a simple style but … Read more

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Sometimes it can be hard to articulate what you want when you get your makeup done because you aren’t familiar with the terminology or trends. So we’ve put together a few of our most requested looks by us and described them so you know exactly what to ask for. I have tried to include 2 examples for every look as I want you to see that a similar look on two people can look totally different to one another. All … Read more

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We all want to look perfect for our wedding day … understandably! After all, that is why you have booked us to do your hair and makeup. But, there are things you can do in the lead up to your big day to make sure your ideal hairstyle is achieved. We have covered everything you need to know – so, read on to get the hairstyle of your dreams!   Colour Crazy! When planning your hairstyle and choosing inspiration photos, … Read more

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bouquet and bride with bright lip and hair in a high bun

Some bohemian bridal inspiration for you all, our shoot was published in Vintage Bride Mag Blog. Late in the afternoon on a beautifully sunny Autumn day in Sydney, we ventured to the stunning Centennial Parklands to photograph our glowing bohemian bride.  With her earthy toned eye makeup, this seasons must have a berry lip and textured, whispy hair done by Gemma (www.gemmanichols.com.au), our beautiful model Daria transformed in to the glowing bohemian bride of our dreams. Wearing intricately beaded and … Read more

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For this before and after I wanted to show that some small and subtle changes is all you need to enhance your best features, there is no need to go really dramatic to look striking. I just adore my sister Xen’s eyes so I used some purple and warm terracotta tones to really enhance them. She doesn’t like dark eyes so I did a soft smokey look so she would be comfortable. She has a six month old baby (my … Read more

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So in case you haven’t heard contouring is out and strobing is in. As a makeup artist I am overjoyed because there is nothing I hate more than seeing people walk down the street with a thick, muddy stripe down their face. Yes it works with a strong filter on Instagram or for the Kardashians but let’s not forget they  have an expert to sculpt them every day. They also have professional lighting crews to soften the severity of the … Read more

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