Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride October 28th 2008


I’m so excited today to launch the brand new Polka Dot Bride series! This is one I’ve had planned for many many months (and then I went and thought about Groom’s month and life happened so it got delayed!)

‘What Would They Know’ is all about meeting the experts, learning about who they are and getting some great advice!

Today’s expert is Maude Toohey. She’s the Nivea brand ambassador and professional makeup artist. Maude has worked with some of Australia’s best – including Kirstie Clements (editor of Vogue Australia), fashion designer Peter Morrisey, Donna Hay, Erika Heynatz, Gwen Stefani and many many more!

Maude sat down to give Polka Dot Bride readers her best tips for sun care and makeup for your wedding day.

What is the truth about a bride wearing more makeup than normal on her wedding day?
Its great to have good coverage on your wedding day, its more effective for the photos but you do want to look like yourself. It’s nice to just enhance your features.


Image courtesy Maude Toohey Makeup

What should a bride do to ensure she is adequately protected from the sun for her wedding day?
NIVEA SUN Light Feel Daily Face Veil is perfect for a bride on her wedding day – the cream gel formula is non greasy and instantly absorbing, leaving your skin feeling silky and light, especially perfect for a hot day.

How can a bride keep her makeup fresh on a hot day?
On a hot day I always recommend a blot powder, just for the T zone to eliminate shine. It’s definitely important for the photos.

What is your number one makeup item for brides?
Individual lashes are great to complete a bridal make up just on the outer corner of the eye – they really make the eye stand out in the photos.

What are the current makeup trends you’re seeing for brides?
Brides often request a brown or grey smokey eye, with very bronzed skin peach or pink cheeks and a nudie pink lip, And lots of lashes .

How do you keep up with all the new trends and styles? How do you use them in your work?
There are lots of great beauty websites that I check regularly and of course I buy all the glossy magazines religiously. It’s great to try different trends on shoots to keep updating your book.

Should brides take notice of trends?
Its important to do make up that suits the individual, it is fun to follow them to a certain extent, however you do have to be careful to avoid certain fashion faux pas.

How can a bride best prepare her skin for her wedding day?
It’s great to have a few facials leading up to the big day, drink plenty of water and eat well.
And make sure you are always protected from the sun.

What suggestions do you have a for a bride when choosing her makeup artist?
Make sure you look at the make up artist work and always have a trial so you know what to expect on the day.

If we took a peek in your makeup kit what would we see?nivea_light_feel

NIVEA Sun Light Feel Daily Face Veil Sunscreen – I’m always working on shoots outside so sun protection is very important.shu_curlerShu Umera Eyelash Curlersbronzer-powder-by-nars-cosmeticsNars Laguna Bronzerdallas-_-benefit-cosmeticsBenefit Blush in Dallaslaura-mercier-flawless-face-secret-camouflage-wwwlauramerciercomLaura Mercier Secret Camouflage

MAC Blot Powder

You’ve worked with some amazing stars and starlets- who stood out to you?
I love working on Australian personalities – they are always so friendly and down to earth. Kate Richie, Erica Heynatz and Lee Furlong are all great girls.

Thank you Maude for joining Polka Dot Bride today! Stay tuned to Polka Dot Bride for more of ‘What Would They Know’?