Founder of Illuminate U Kelly Donovan has been creating both glamorous and functional hair styles on the Gold Coast and beyond for over a decade. Illuminate U does as the name connotes; promising to bring forth and accentuate your unique style and beauty. We apply exceptional cutting expertise and professional colour techniques adapting these to each individual’s specific lifestyle, age, facial structure and of course fashion.

Senior stylist Kelly is considered progressive in creating styles and fashion up styles for all occasions, from board meetings to photo shoots to entire bridal parties. Illuminate U prides itself on fast turn around times so if you are wanting to rise to that special occasion and don’t think your efforts can get you there Illuminate U will endeavour to get to you and get you there on time looking sensational. We cater for after hour’s requirements on weekdays.

Kelly’s attention to detail and professional stylist expertise has launched into the luxurious world of make-up artistry and executive daywear applications. Napoleon Perdis products offer the perfect palette for all occasions and we are able to offer consultations for your specific colour co-ordinates for all occasions.


We are located in Helensvale, Gold Coast, by appointment only.
We offer upstyles, makeup-conventional & airbrush, kids, men & ladies cuts, colours- tints, semi’s bleaching, foils,streaks, colour correction, treatments, chemical straighten, blow-drys, ebw, elt, ebt, extensions- tape & micro beads.
In order to secure your wedding day with illuminateU a deposit is required. This deposit in NON REFUNDABLE. Banking details and your reference number will be emailed out in a bridal information pack.
If there is a group of 4 or more then yes we do a group discount.
All Trials are done at my studio located in Helensvale, Gold Coast by appointment only.

You have a choice of a 60min or 90min trail depending if your wanting to trial 1 or more looks, if just wanting the 1 look for hair is 60mins and also makeup is 60mins if your getting both hair and makeup done together then it is 2 hours. Bring along any ideas or pictures of what you like and for makeup if you can come fresh faced for us that would be great. If you are getting your hair trialed then we would appreciate it if you could wash it the night before. If you have a Veil or any hair pieces you are going to use on the day . If you have a white or ivory top, depending on your dress, I recommend you wear that aswell.

If at the end of the makeup trial you are not satisfied with the end result, I will offer you a complimentary makeup trial on another day, but before you leave the studio we will remove the entire makeup including lashes. If you leave happy with the end result and then change your mind once you leave the studio then full payment will be charged if you decide you would like another trial.
The same rules apply for Hair trials, if you are not satisfied with the end result I will remove all Pins and take it out and will offer a complimentary trial on another day.
Yes, we do Eyebrow waxing and also offer Eyebrow tinting & Eye lash tinting.
Yes we do offer vouchers as it makes for a lovely gift for someone special. You have a choice of services such as Makeup & Hair for a special event. We can do any other one of our services that we offer aswell and we will put together a package that suits your budget.
We do Tape & Micro Bead extensions, the extensions all come at the same length of 22inches long and we blend cut to your desired length choice and style aswell.
We have 1 hour hair or makeup lessons available. We can do 1 on 1 or in a group so you can learn how to do a particular look.