Want to know the secret to perfect skin on your wedding day?

We interviewed the talented Simona Janek to find out her tips for having perfect skin on your wedding day.

It’s rare to find someone so well rounded in their expertise as Simona Janek. Her business card says Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, Photographer but in her time, Simona has worked commercially and in advertising; her artistry has appeared in Modern Wedding Magazine countless times; she’s even spent time in front of a camera as a model before making the natural progression to the other side of it. It’s little wonder that Simona is so highly sought after in the wedding industry. We caught up with her to get some pointers to help our brides make the most of their wedding hair and makeup.

FOR THY SWEET LOVE: Simona, where are you based?

SIMONA JANEK: I’ve got a studio in Sydney’s Inner West where I do trial hair and makeup sessions as well as my Boudoir Photography but I travel all over the state for weddings – The Hunter Valley, Bowral, Southern Highlands, Wollongong, Orange, I’ve even gone as far as Hamilton Island.

FTSL: Do you have a signature style that you’re famous for?

SJ: No, not at all – every bride is different so I haven’t done the same makeup or hairstyle twice. Depending on the requirements of the bridal party, I’ll often work with a team who bring a diversity of skills and experience. I love working with different clients and using the different techniques required for different ethnicities and occasions. Over the years, my team and I have done every kind of wedding including several Asian weddings that often include a tea ceremony where the bride wears a cheongsam (usually red) before changing into a white gown for a western-style wedding. We’ve also done a few Indian weddings that can go over 3-days or over a couple of weeks and also involves a dramatic changes from strong, bold colours with significant headwear into a subtle white gown with a delicate veil. Obviously these different outfits require different hair and makeup and I love working with brides to transition them from one style to the other. Even with traditional weddings, brides often want a different look for the ceremony and reception so we’re able to work with them to make that change as smooth as possible.

FTSL: What are your top tips for perfect wedding day skin?

SL: Be organised on your wedding day! You’ll know from your trial how long you need to set aside for hair and makeup – it can be up to 4-5 hours depending on the size of your bridal party – but that can quickly blow out if you’re trying to deal with a hundred and one other things at the same time. If you’re not already working with a Wedding Planner, consider an on-the-day coordinator so you can relax and enjoy the day.

In terms of getting your skin and hair to look its best on the day, well that starts long before the day itself. I can’t stress enough how important good sun care is - there’s nothing as ageing as sun damage so be sure to protect your face, neck, decolletage and hands especially.