Cairns - Palm Cove - Port Douglas - Atherton Tablelands

Weddings - Formals - Film and Photographic - Special Occasions

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jessica Lawler's Wedding

Jess has just sent me these stunning photos from her wedding in Port Douglas last month.

Soft curls, a floral hair piece and Jessica's natural red hair offsets this look beautifully.

MAC's fluidline really helped define Jessica's eyes, making them pop.

Finesse Makeup offers a complete Cairns wedding makeup and hair styling service for your home, hotel room or salon. We are a mobile service travelling from the Daintree to Mission Beach and the Atherton Tablelands.

Read more about Cairns and Port Douglas wedding makeup by Finesse Mobile Makeup.

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Weddings   *    Formals    *    Commercial Photography    *    Special Occasion

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hannah and Evan

Hannah has sent me some beautiful photos from her wedding in Port Douglas last month.

There were a few tears in the morning as I was getting the bride, her bridesmaids and the mother of the bride ready but no problem because I always use a waterproof foundation which is designed to resist tears, heat and humidity. Waterproof mascara is also a must!

MAC, Makeup Store and Napoleon Perdis are my favourite eyeshadows along with MAC fluidline eyeliner for a really clean finish.

Making the eyes the focus we went with a soft pink lip gloss to complete Hannah's bridal look.

Subtle contouring and highlighting really bring her face to life. Without these professional techniques the features look dull and flat.

Finesse Makeup offers a complete Cairns wedding makeup and hair styling service for your home, hotel room or salon.

Read more about Cairns and Port Douglas wedding makeup by Finesse Mobile Makeup.

Or for some makeup tips and advice check out the Tricks of the Trade section on my website. 

Professional Makeup Artist for:
Weddings   *    Formals    *    Commercial Photography    *    Special Occasion

Friday, September 16, 2011

Adele and Ivan

We love seeing amazing results but sadly we don't always get to see our beautiful bridal parties just before they walk down the aisle.

That's why it's so exciting to receive a copy of the stunning wedding photos and videos that our extremely talented local photographers take!

I just got these professional photos through from Adele and Ivan's wedding at the Novotel Oasis in Cairns.

Adele's hair is naturally curly but on the day of her wedding we put some hot rollers in and also used a GHD iron to really define her curls and place them so that they perfectly frame her face. Don't her highlights look amazing!

It's all about accentuating your best features, like Adele's beautiful almond eyes.

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Weddings  *   Formals   *    Commercial Photography     *     Special Occasions

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kerri Kang's Wedding Photos

Kerri just sent me this lovely email with photos from her wedding day which I thought I would share...

Hi Abigail! How are you? Hope you have been busy! Thanks so much for your awesome talent. If I ever need make up done again there is no doubt you will be the person I call. I will send you some pics but they will be in separate emails as I don't know how to attach multiple pics to one email from an iPhone (technophobic!) Feel free to use the pics if you need them to spread word about your business. You really are a star!!!!

Kerri Kang :) 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

To look right or white... That is the question

If you are having photos taken then make sure you book a professional to do you makeup.

Leah Hall chose Finesse Makeup for her head-shots and here's the result...

Products are the most important consideration when applying makeup.

Have you found that no matter how well you apply your foundation it makes you look white in photographs where a camera flash is used? Want to know why? Visit our Products Page to find out.

At Finesse Makeup we use professional camera finish products so you have lifelong memories to cherish.

What is the point of paying for the services of a professional photographer if your makeup spoils the images?

The professional Arbonne foundations that we use are water-proof and designed to resist heat, humidity, tears and perspiration, which means they are ideal for the tropical Far North Queensland climate.

Even better for you, they are available online so you can continue using these professional products at home. Email me if you'd like to know more or to book a FREE consultation.

Arbonne make a highly regarded, ultra-premium range of Swiss Skincare, cosmetics and body products. These products are all botanically based (plant based), inspired by nature and enhanced by science. Vegan Certified, they don't contain any nasty chemicals and the Swiss herbs are all Certified Organic. Visit my website for more information.

Professional Makeup for all occasions

Weddings   *    Commercial Photoshoots    *    Formals     *    Special Occasions      *      
Film and TV 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kristy Swynw's Wedding

Hi Abigail,

Thank you so much for the beautiful make-up you did for the girls and I for my wedding.  I was so happy with the Arbonne make-up that I just had to buy some for future events.  It lasts so long and goes on so easily, I just love it.
All the girls loved how natural looking it was, and we all looked amazing.
Thank you for being a part of our special day.
Kristy Swyny

Bridal   *   Formal   *   Photographic       
Special Occasion

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The best product ever!

I can tell you that Arbonne's Swiss formulated cosmetics are hands down better than any other product on the market and better for you because of their botanically based ingredients. I can tell you that the perfecting liquid foundation with SPF 15 is waterproof, sweat proof and smudge proof. I can tell you that a little goes a long way, it glides on with a glowing finish and it feels incredibly light on the skin.

But first, I'd like to share a story with you.

I had a client who was a bridesmaid for a wedding. Let's call her Sue. Now, Sue had terrible skin. The worst pigmentation I've seen and she told me she was plagued by rashes and burning breakouts on her face. So I asked Sue what she was using and discovered it was a mineral makeup brand from the supermarket. Sue had no idea about the ingredients in the products she was using so we had a look. It's no wonder she was having problems. Clearly her skin was sensitive and she was doing herself no favours by smothering it in a cheap product full of chemicals and skin irritants. Sue was paying me for a full face of makeup that day and she was having professional photographs taken but because of her painful experiences with previous foundations she was really frightened about the foundation so I started by doing her eye makeup and lips. I'd already done Sue's sister's makeup and her mother and grandmother's makeup. Ninety-year-old Ada only wanted foundation and mascara and her skin absolutely loved the Arbonne perfecting liquid foundation - which did just that. If only I'd taken a before and after shot. The lines on her face vanished as the foundation took years off Ada's face and gave her skin a beautiful youthful glow – she said she couldn't believe the transformation and she wasn't the only one! She honestly looked 20 years younger. But I digress.

As I finished Sue's eyes and lips I was happy with the result, but disappointed that she hadn't reached her full potential. I knew no matter how good her eye makeup, her skin was just so bad that it would hide her true beauty in the photographs. As Sue looked at herself in the mirror, I reassured her that there was no need to be afraid about the Arbonne foundation, that she wouldn't experience the rashes and irritation caused by other brands, and she trusted me. In less than two minutes, Sue was a new woman. Again I should have taken a before and after photo. Gone was the awful pigmentation, the dry patches and uneven blemishes. Replaced by a beautiful, glowing, even complexion. And the way Sue's face lit up the second time she looked in the mirror, I'll never forget it.

I gave Sue a call a few days after the wedding to see how her skin reacted to the products. It didn't.

So let's talk shop and I promise I'll keep it simple. From an industry perspective, the fact that the Arbonne cosmetic range includes a primer proves it's a professional range.

As a professional makeup artist working on fashion shoots, weddings and photo-shoots under hot bright lights, a primer is normally an absolute must if you want the makeup to last. Arbonne is the only exception to that rule. Yes, they make a primer, proving they're a professional range, but their perfecting liquid foundation is that good, it lasts for 12 hours with no touch-ups and no primer.

I work in a very humid, tropical climate and I enjoy putting products to the test in 31 degree heat and 90 percent humidity. Where other brands sweat off, Arbonne's perfecting liquid foundation just doesn't budge.

Another great test is to jump in a pool with a full face of foundation. I can't name names but leading brands streak and run with the water. Do the same with Arbonne's perfecting liquid foundation and it's water off a duck's back. Tears, perspiration, humidity no sweat.

By the way, I've never been a liquid foundation fan, they're always too heavy and really clogging. But that was before I discovered Arbonne's perfecting liquid foundation. As for application, it's as easy as applying suncream – you don't need a brush, use your fingers. Blending? What blending? There are 15 different shades so you don't have to mix colours. Smooth it on and you're out the door.

I've recently discovered the Arbonne sheer pressed powders – I could write another thousand words! They give fantastic coverage, there's no itching like other brands and the finish is absolutely flawless. You don't even look like you're wearing makeup, let alone powder!

It's just too easy to look fabulous with Arbonne and these are just some of the things my clients are saying.

“It doesn't even feel like I'm wearing makeup.” Sue, bridesmaid from Melbourne.

“What was that foundation you used on me, it was amazing.” Kristy, bride from Perth.

“Wow it looks so natural.” Sarah, bride-to-be from Cairns.

Abigail Stanbridge is a professional makeup artist and the owner of Finesse Makeup, a mobile makeup business in Cairns. You can contact Abigail at or by emailing

Monday, July 4, 2011

Professional photos

Stacey has just emailed me some of the photos from her wedding day at Palm Cove so I thought I would share them.

Bridal   *   Formal    * Fashion    *    Photographic          Special Occasion

Monday, June 27, 2011

Stacie's Palm Cove Wedding

I had two weddings over the weekend and I managed to get a couple of photos which I thought I would share. I'll also put the professional pics up once I get them back.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bikini Shoot Photos

I've got the professional photos back from the bikini shoot with Yvette Green.

Because her photos were being taken on the beach, Yvette wanted a really natural look for the makeup.

* Photoshoots * Formals * Weddings * Special Occasions *

Abigail Stanbridge of Finesse Makeup is a professional Makeup Artist offering a fully mobile service

Saturday, June 11, 2011

*** SPECIAL OFFER *** Formal Hair & Makeup Package

Thinking about your high school formal?

Why not beat the bustle and stress of a busy salon and have fun getting ready at home with your friends?

Book a professional fully mobile service and we'll come to you!

This month Finesse Makeup and Cairns Bridal Hair are offering you the chance to SAVE

To make an appointment  

please phone Belinda - 0400 769 784

or Abigail - 0408 587 025

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wedding Trial

Sarah Fairhall is getting married in June next year.

Today we did a makeup trial to decide colours and the bridal "look". 

Sarah wanted the camera to focus on her eyes so I combined a smokey and classic eye with false eyelashes to really draw attention to her eyes.

Weddings  *  Formals  *  Special Occasions  *  Photoshoots

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Just wait till she's in the dress...

Just got back from Port Douglas, doing trial makeup for Amy McLennan who is getting married tomorrow at St Mary's By The Sea.

We went with natural tones to accentuate Amy's blue eyes.

Professional Bridal, Formal, Photographic and Special Occasion Makeup

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Alisha & Aaron

Alisha and Aaron tied the knot on their beautiful property at Emerald Creek Heights today.

Alisha chose a very soft natural look for her makeup and I really brought her eyes out with some very subtle individual false eyelashes.

The final look... a beautiful glowing bride.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Are You Eating Aluminium?

Did you know that the average woman applies 515 different chemicals to her face every single day?

Skincare, haircare, makeup, perfume, lotions and other beauty products are all contributing to a toxic brew which is causing serious health problems for so many women.


In the article below, Natural News reveals just some of the harmful ingredients which many women are absorbing on a daily basis.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Finesse Makeup launches new Product Line

I'd like to introduce a new brand which I have discovered and absolutely love.

The company is called Arbonne and they make ultra-premium Swiss skincare, haircare and cosmetics.

The products are all completely botanically based and they don't contain any of the harmful ingredients found in many other ranges.

I have been using the Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation for several months now and I can honestly say it's absolutely brilliant. It is water-proof, easy to spread and a little goes a very long way. Even better than that, it has SPF15 broad spectrum sun protection, skin-firming properties and I am told clinical trials have shown it increases the moisture content of the skin. And that's just the foundation!

I'm also using Arbonne's RE9 Anti-ageing skincare daily luxury routine and my face is glowing. You only have to use the tiniest amount of each product and it smells and feels beautiful. The moisturisers don't leave any oily residue or film on your skin, they soak right in and they're great in the tropics.

Did you know that only 10% of ageing is genetic (and the passing of time) and the other 90% is environmental ageing. That's good news as it means 90% of the visible signs of ageing are within our control!

So if you are ready to outgrow ageing start using Arbonne's beautiful ultra-premium Swiss skincare, I guarantee you will absolutely love it.

Send me an email if you'd like to know more.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Very Tropical Wedding

It was a busy day at the Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns today with a flurry of people all preparing for an afternoon wedding.

And it was certainly tropical! The humidity was unbelievable and with a thunderstorm looming on the horizon it was lucky the bridal party had mainly planned for an indoor event.

Very trying conditions for makeup but that's exactly why I use a waterproof foundation which is designed to resist heat, humidity, tears and perspiration, absolutely perfect for the Far North Queensland climate!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The proofs from City Life Magazine's December Issue

I finally have the proofs from the makeup I did for the photo-shoot with Toni Jones which appeared in the December issue of City Life Magazine.