Our staff go through rigorous training. We ensure their skill set's reflect what we consider a high standard. Therefore meet Bianca Dowling; a senior hair technician at our Mona Vale salon, who has just recently evolved her offering here at the salon as a professional makeup artist.

Enjoy reading the following spotlight:

Hey Bianca, just wanted to take a minute or two of your time for a few quick, rapid-fire questions for a feature on the journal. You game?

Hahaha sure. Always.


Ok, here goes: How long have you been with the PORTFOLIO Mona Vale salon?

I have been with PORTFOLIO Hair for seven years this past Christmas.


You seem to have a great energy about you and just constantly moving. What's your role at the salon?

To provide cuts, colours and styling (as one of the salon's senior hairstylists) to all my clientele, whilst ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable experience.


You specialise in both hair + makeup for PORTFOLIO - can you tell us a little about what you offer with the makeup service within the salon?

Absolutely. I offer makeup services to suit all of my clientele; whether it be for a wedding, special occasion or to help compliment a new hair style. I only provide the latest quality products, sanitised tools and always a relaxing service to make the client just feel a million dollars...


What is your number 1 product in your makeup kit that you couldn’t live without?

I couldn't live without my 'Anastasia Beverly Hills' brow pomade!


Any quick tips for applying makeup at home? What advice would you give when in a rush to get out the door?

For quick and easy makeup looks when youre in a real rush I'd recommend applying a shear foundation or tinted moisturiser, with a bit of bronzer (on the cheeks) and mascara (on the lashes). This will freshen your look without too much work.


Any funny customer stories whilst working in the salon (names withheld)?

Oh, there's always several great stories on a regular basis. That's part of the fun of this type of job. We once had a lady who showed up for an appointment which she had accidentally booked through another salon - just adamant it was us. She was so embarrassed after we showed her the confirmation text we sent her earlier in the week. It was all in good jest.


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into 'Hair and Makeup' for the first time?

Realistically, just do your research on salons to train within, as well as colleges to attend. I was lucky enough to have such great staff at PORTFOLIO take me under their wing, to guide me to be the hairdresser I am today.


Which artist do you have playing on repeat at moment?

Drake and his new album! I love his music (haha)


If you could spend three months anywhere, where would the dream destination be?

Hmmm...a toss up between either Greece or New York. Both are just amazing destinations for different reasons.


Whats the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Cook a big breakfast. I love my food!


Describe your ideal man in three words?

Funny. Affectionate. Supportive.


If you could raid any woman's closet, who’s would it be?

Ahhhh - i'd just love to raid Amrezy's closet. She's a makeup artist in the US and has the BEST clothes!!!