Introducing Melbourne Bridal Henna and Makeup Artist Faadhilah Buksh of Fadziies Mehndi And Beauty
For renowned, Melbourne bridal henna and makeup artist, Faadhilah Buksh, creating mehndi and beauty looks for Indian and South Asian brides is an absolute passion.
What started as a hobby has now blossomed into almost a full-time business for the talented Melbourne based artist. Faadhilah, or Fadziie, has been bringing joy to brides’ faces (and hands of course) all over Melbourne and she hopes to very soon spread her creativity across Australia.
Fadziie has kindly offered her insights and knowledge on bridal henna and makeup for our audiences only. We’re also covering trend predictions, questions that you should ask a pro artist like her and so much more.
Fadziie, I am so thrilled to finally have you on board the TMD bandwagon! Tell us about how you got started as a henna artist to begin with, and how long you have been doing it for?
My earliest memory or recollection of mehndi art, was when I attended a wedding around the age of 4 or 5. I remember crying out to my mum, saying how badly I wanted to get my mehndi done. The henna artist at this wedding was down to her last cone, but happily applied it for me.
Growing up though, I finally found my passion and fell in love with creating mehndi designs featuring swirls and flowers and I incorporated these designs into my art.
By the time I reached the age of 10, my parents realised that I had so much love for mehndi and purchased my first cone. Ever since then, I have practised and practised, and never stopped. It wasn’t until Year 12, after much convincing from friends and family, that I started my own little business. It’s been so amazing since then.
You are also a talented hair and makeup artist. How has the hair and makeup side of the business complemented the henna art and do you find more brides are booking in for both services now?
I completed my Diploma of Specialist Makeup in my first year of university. I found that it was a slow transition though. However, over the past couple of years, I have definitely grown a lot. I have found more brides enjoy having the same bridal henna and makeup artist.
More recently, I have worked at many weddings and events, covering both henna and makeup. Indian and South Asian brides find it more efficient to have the same bridal henna and makeup artist present at her wedding events.
How did you make the transition from hobby to professional Melbourne bridal henna and makeup artist?
Honestly, at the beginning, understanding the business side of things was difficult and challenging.
I didn’t have much idea about price structure. Slowly though, I gained inspiration and insights and I learned from other people working in the wedding industry.
The transition was challenging, but I did a lot of research, had a lot of conversations with vendors and finally found my target market. It took quite a bit of work to understand what brides wanted from their bridal henna and makeup artists too. So the transition involved plenty of research, initially, a bit of free work and a good camera.
Apart from Instagram of course, where do you find the inspiration to help you create unique mehndi designs and bridal makeup?
Surprisingly, quite a bit of my inspiration comes from Indian and South Asian fashion. I love the detailed embroidery design work that I feel I can easily incorporate into my henna patterns. I also tend to look back at previous brides to inspire both aspects of my business.
Can you tell us a little about what you think is currently trending in the bridal market with bridal henna and makeup looks?
Custom mehndi designs are so popular at the moment. I work with a lot of Indian brides who love the idea of being able to make their looks more personal and about them. Brides prefer spaced out, relaxed mehndi designs with a modern twist. It is no longer about the crazy extravagant looks anymore.
The same applies to bridal makeup, I have noticed brides are no longer leaning toward the traditional bridal makeup look. No more gold eyes and bold red lips, it is more subtle, classy and adjusted to complement their outfits.
For bridal hair, my brides are opting for low up-do brdial hairstyles and messy buns. I also find that the classic 80’s waves are coming back into fashion for the reception day look.
For new brides to be out there, what’s your consultation process? Do you conduct trials with them?
For all bridal appointments, first and foremost is holding a proper introduction session where we go through a proper consultation. This includes meeting at a convenient location, going through designs, ask them questions about dates, timings and price range.
From there, we book it all in and ask for an initial deposit. Closer to the time of the wedding, we meet again and discuss the designs in more detail as well as conduct trials for hair and makeup.
Do you personally have a particular style of mehndi design that you absolutely love?
One of my favourite bridal henna artists is Henna by Divya. Her work is classy, beautiful and absolutely out of this world. She inspires many bridal henna artists out there, including me.
I lean more toward the traditional bridal mehndi looks with a combination of modern design. I like the modern negative space designs, with thin lines with a bit of traditional design elements too. I also love experimenting with floral designs too.
It’s a big market out there and in 2020, brides are so lucky now to have so much choice for hair and makeup and mehndi too. What sets you apart and how can you help guide brides to create a style that is unique to them?
I always listen to my brides. I listen to what they want and try my best to include all their tastes.
It’s important for me to accept the feedback. Another thing that also sets me apart is my consulting approach with brides. I sit down with them and have a conversation,
I understand their needs and we work collaboratively, to bring their vision to life.
What are a few helpful tips or words of advice you can provide to our brides who are thinking about booking you in? For instance, are there any questions that you would love for them to ask themselves before they consult you?
Yes, this is a great question. Some good questions for brides are:
- Can we do something unique?
- What time do you have to start?
- How many hours can a customised design take?
- What do I need to do to prepare myself for the mehndi?
- Should I have someone with me on the day?
Brides should feel relaxed before their wedding events. The most important thing to remember is, your mehndi party event may be the only day you don’t do anything. Take this as an opportunity to relax and honestly enjoy every moment of peace you can.
Lastly, what are your plans for the year ahead?
Like all of us in the industry, I as well had many plans this year. But, as soon as quarantine is over, I do want to work on a couple of photoshoots.
I also want to work on more bridal mehndi jobs as I love it and hopefully expand on my bridal hair and makeup styles too.
Sadly, I can’t attend the Henna Pro event this year due to the uncertainty around large gatherings and events. I will have to wait until next year. I also wish to attend Pink Orchard Studio’s hair and makeup masterclass to build on my repertoire and provide brides with the best services.
Fadziie, you are such a pro and it is such a pleasure to feature this post for our brides to be.
If you are a 2021 bride to be, then now is the time to book in Melbourne bridal henna and makeup artist, Fadziies Mehndi and Beauty. You can contact her directly via our website here, for bespoke packages for our audiences only.
Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pastimes and she also enjoys donating her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.