Today we are over the moon to introduce to a Niki Simpson Hair & Makeup. Recently, Niki was part of Ali and Nick’s big day, making all the girls’ hair look incredible for a beautiful celebration at one of our fave Sydney venues, The Boathouse in Palm Beach. Ali said of her day with Niki there, “Nikki was fantastic – I had another trial before her where I was nervous I’d only be able to get ‘prom’ hair for my wedding. I didn’t want to feel too done up, and Nikki found a perfect mix of polished but relaxed for me, and incorporated the Johanna Johnson headpiece I’d fallen in love with.”

So lets learn a little more about this talented Sydney based vendor!

Tell us a little about your background? I am one of those creative people who always has to be busy and looking for the next challenge. I have had a few different careers, from acting to photography to media and now makeup.  I feel I’ve learnt so much along the way that now helps me to run my own business.

How did you get into the H+M game? In 2008 I was looking for a new creative skill and a friend suggested we do a short makeup course together.  I have always loved art, painting and photography and acted on the stage since I was young, so combining elements of both loves sounded like a lot of fun.  I did the course, fell in love with makeup and ended up going on to complete my Cert 4 in Makeup and run my own business.

Talk us through a typical day in the Niki Simpson H+M studio? With a young baby there’s no typical day really, but I do try to attend to my emails each day Monday to Friday and respond to inquiries from potential clients within 24 hrs plus check my Facebook page and post some pics from a recent bride’s wedding or a beauty tip.  I also do makeup for photo shoots during the week and scour beauty blogs and Youtube reviews to keep with with latest products.  The week may also include a trip to MAC or some online shopping for new products!  Weekends are mostly weddings in Autumn, Spring and Summer and spending time with my hubby and daughter.

Where do you find your inspiration? Inspiration can come from anywhere really, but I keep up with makeup and fashion trends online and in magazines.

Do you have a favourite ceremony and/or reception venue? Where I got married!  Summerlees at Sutton Forrest in the NSW Southern Highlands…I love the rustic charm and elegance of a country wedding.

Fave makeup tip? If you accidentally blink and smudge your mascara don’t rub it off!  Wait for it to dry first then using the tip of a cotton bud it should just flake off.

Product you can’t live without? Moisturiser and a good lip balm.

Advice to brides…Make sure you have a series of facials and a fruit peel in the lead up to your big day.  The difference to how the makeup applies is incredible and your skin will look plump and glowing!

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CREDITS Photos Silk Truffle Photography // Rings Anton’s Jewellers and Camelot Jewellers // Dress Luomo // Flowers Floral Craftsman Matt Bisaro // Headpiece Johanna Johnson // Bridesmaids dresses  Leona Edminston // Bridesmaids jewellery Kate Spade // Grooms Tux/Shirt Jack London // Groomsmen pocket squares Farage // Grooms tie Paul Smith // Ceremony venue Lucinda Park, Palm Beach // Celebrant Danielle Ledgerwood // Reception venue The Boathouse // Catering The Boathouse // Reception stylist / any decorations / details The Boathouse and the bride and groom // Hair Niki Simpson // Makeup Sparrow Makeup // Music The White Tree