Before and After – Sarhn’s make over

 My last post had beauty tips written by celebrity hair and makeup artist Lynne O’Brien. 

Now for this post, Lynne thought it would be fun to do a ‘make over’ on me and I thought it would be fun to record the event on video and photographs.  Being very brave I have added below not just the ‘after’ photographs but the ‘before’.

Check out the Youtube video below and listen in as Lynne and I chat about film sets, style techniques, boys and Bollywood.  For those who subscribe to my posts via email you will need to click on the title of this post to view the blog or click this link to go to Youtube.

Lynne thank you for my new look.  The whole experience was a lot of fun.

Before and After make over of Sarhn


Conact Lynne for your wedding day hair and makeup


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Wedding Day Beauty

Lynne O’Brien is one of Australia’s most recognised and popular make up and hair artists in the film industry.

Lynne takes care of many celebrity’s beauty needs not only on the film set but also on their wedding day. I asked Lynne to share some of her wedding beauty ideas for Wedding Planning Tips’ readers.


Lynne’s response:

“Every single Bride (and if the truth be known … Groom) wants to look beyond amazing on that day. Sure you may choose a simple dress and want to look the ‘same you’ that your partner fell in love with but you will still want the most incredible version thereof the world has ever seen.

This is your chance to be the star and have all of it’s accoutrements.

Make up is something that has to be booked ahead to make sure you are taken care of. But who? Which one? Sometimes a good standard is to ask a finicky friend (you know some one not pleased easily) and ask if they were happy with their make up person. Or find a makeup person with a strong history. Remember years after your wedding is finished and you are on your tenth wedding anniversary the few things you will always have will be the photographic evidence, make up and hair, your dress and a confident and relaxed smile on your face in the photos knowing you look your best.

Remember the one thing is to leave nothing to chance … just because it worked for a friend doesn’t mean it will work for you. Spend the time to

Things to remember … Just from the beauty perspective

  • Facial – more than 7 days prior so no break outs immediately before the wedding day.
  • Spray Tan – 3 days before (this way excess has washed off and you are still left with a good colour for the wedding day and the honeymoon (remember to test spray tans prior to the wedding day a few times and choose the one you are the most happy with as each spray tan varies vastly from the other due to the brand and the applicator).
  • Test hair colour and style prior to day (no surprises) . A bit of pre planning goes a long way.”

You can personally contact Lynne for your own wedding hair, beauty and make up needs.




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Things to Remember to take with you on your Wedding Day!

I write this post from my sunny balcony overlooking the ocean in Thailand (enjoying some time out).  Back in Sydney soon……..



8 Things to Remember to take with you on your Wedding Day – for the girls:



1)     Lipstick for touch up’s during the day.

2)     Hankie or tissues (there may be tears).

3)     Your speech notes for the reception.

4)     Bobby hairpins.  This is especially a good idea if it is a windy day, as your hair and veil my give you some issues.

5)     Needle and thread.  I don’t see bride’s doing this much anymore but from time to time a button will come off or a hem comes down.

6)     Band-aids for the back of your shoes when you can’t take it anymore.

7)     Maybe a sugar lolly or two, which you may need especially if you suffer, low blood pressure (it can be awhile till dinner).

8)     Along the lines of the band-aids, you may consider taking some comfortable slip on shoes when you are ready to ditch your high heels.


8 Things to Remember to take with you on your Wedding Day – for the boys:


1)     Your speech notes for the reception.

2)     Safety pins because often the florist doesn’t supply enough or strong enough pins to secure the boys flowers to their jackets.

3)     The rings (don’t laugh as forgetting the ring happens more often than you think).

4)     Refreshments for after the ceremony.  Sometimes the hire cars will offer this as part of their service.  You will appreciate been given a drink of wine, water or soft drink along with crackers and cheese as soon as you arrive at the photography location.

5)     Wedding day schedule.  Everyone has some kind of list or timetable for the running of the day.  If you do, don’t leave it at home.

6)     Mobile phone numbers of the photographer, wedding hire cars, videographer, minister/celebrant, ceremony musicians and reception venue.

7)     Are you walking down or up the aisle to your own favourite music?  Don’t forget the CD!

8)     If for some reason you go over your allocated time for the hire cars (e.g. the bride was running late, photographer took longer than they should etc), they may ask you to pay the extra amount when you arrive at the reception.  Make sure you leave with some cash in your wallet for these unexpected expenses.

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Seven things to do before putting your wedding dress on!

Believe me, I have heard many times these bride’s words “oh no I have forgot to…..” straight after stepping into her dress.


Though you may think this list of ‘forget me nots’ obvious, let me assure you that they are easy to overlook and forget during the excitement of getting ready.

  1. Go to the toilet even if you don’t need to go, as it may be awhile until you get another opportunity (might even be the reception).
  2. Put your deodorant on and allow for drying time.
  3. Eat!  Your wedding day is not the time for low blood pressure or passing out due to hunger.
  4. Be sure you are wearing the lingerie you wanted to wear (and not your comfortable yet unattractive attire).
  5. Many brides have found wearing their shoes while putting their dress on, is easier than putting their shoes on later (especially if wearing a larger traditional dress).
  6. Brush your teeth.  You may not be keen to do this after your make up is finished but if you intend to brush, it is a good idea to do so before your dress is on.  
  7. Though not imperative for the bridesmaids to be dressed before the bride, however I feel it is better for photography.


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