MAKE-UP DIRECTOR & HAIRSTYLIST – BONITA
Born in Hong Kong, schooled in Melbourne, arriving Sydney late 1993, Chinese-Australian Bonita began work as a PA after a few failed attempts at Uni but found her interests always came back to all things related with beauty, hair, cosmetics and make-up. Whilst working as a weekend children’s party entertainer, she began a make-up certificate at 3 Arts Make-up Academy in Chippendale in 2000. There she met a friend who introduced her to the Lancome “Travelling” team and has never looked back.
Bonita’s make-up career with the famous cosmetic house was short lived however, and she quickly moved onto a senior make-up artist role at Mecca Cosmetica by mid-2001. Their extensive training on all their high-end skin and make-up brands, allowed Bonita to develop a broad knowledge of their range and a great general understanding of many skin and beauty products and their cosmetic ingredients. She is regarded as a very talented and technical make-up artist amongst her peers, and has continued to train with “guest” artists to constantly improve her skills at Hair and Make-up. Teaching and hosting Mecca make-up workshops and events, she once dealt regularly with the Beauty Editors looking for the latest make-up trends. Her Commercial and Fashion work can be seen at www.bonita.com.au
Bonita also had the privilege of gaining fast-track industry experience formerly assisting (and perfecting her make-up skills) with some of Australia’s top, elite fashion and highly acclaimed beauty make-up artists including Dotti, Liz Jones, Linda Jefferyes, celebrity make-up artists Craig Beaglehole and Rae Morris; also a best-selling international beauty author, trainer and former Australian Make-up Director for cosmetic giant L’oreal.
Bonita’s beauty training reflects in her flawless and gorgeous make-up work; although Bonita’s Brides enjoy her sophisticated, natural, elegant style, she can certainly create something more dramatic, or make-up something especially suited to your individual heart’s desire.
Upstyle Expert Consultant / Trainer & Hairstylist – Joanne
Joanne had been on leave but recently moved with her family interstate and resides in Noosa now where she has taken a training position. She still advises and works with Your Big Day in a training and consultant capacity.
Her hairdressing and hairstyling skills were honed and perfected firstly in NZ where she began her apprenticeship with award-winning Chagall Hair in Auckland, and then continued when she came to Sydney to work for the acclaimed RAW by Anthony Nader boutique salon (previous Australian Hair Expo – Hairdresser of the Year award winners.)
Jo has previously worked doing high-fashion session styling with many models and Celebrities and so also brings a high-calibre standard of work from her experience; she is always up-to-date with the latest trends and styles with hair.
Bonita, Diane, Jo and their team of assistants work closely together, and the combined talents enable many satisfied and Happy Brides to confidently experience a smooth process, professional service, hassle-free and quality assured results so they can fully enjoy [their] Big Day!!
Diane brings a wealth of experience to the Your Big Day team, starting out over two decades ago in a prestigious Paddington hair salon, she then moved overseas to pursue her dreams, and having worked internationally on magazines, parades, catalogue and advertising work (particularly in Europe for seven years), she gained much experience and international acclaim before returning to Sydney only five years ago.
She continues to extend her skills attending new make-up workshops, and having started her career as a fully qualified Hairdresser, she is also a talented Make-up artist (under tutelage of the late, famous Australian MUA Richard Sharah) and now also holds a Certificate IV in Training. Diane enjoys hosting Training workshops, teaching Students and anyone else who wants to learn how to apply their Make-up properly, or how to style their Hair in a special way. A program can be tailored based on your personal requirements.