How did you become a tutor at SRA?
I first met Samala fifteen years ago when I attended one of her Beauty Night courses that she was running when she was head of makeup at TV3. I was lucky enough to end up working with her at TV3 as a result. Since then I've been a working makeup artist, and have worked in most areas of the industry at one time or another. I decided it was time to turn to teaching so that I could pass on what I've learned over the years - and it seemed natural to come back to Samala which is where it all began for me.
What excites you most about your work?
I love the creativity and collaboration with other talented people, hairdressers, stylists, photographers, actors, etc. I also love to meet new people and make them feel beautiful and confident no matter what their age, size or skin type.
What kind of work have you done in the past?
I started out at TV3, did some freelancing at Shortland Street, moved to Fashion and Beauty freelancing for most of our local publications. I've worked with photographers on commercial work, with some amazing hairdressers on their portfolios and fashoin shoots, done runway, lots of bridal and ball work, and worked as a national visiting consultant for YSL for five years. So, lots of variety for me!
What is your signature makeup look?
I love soft, well-blended makeup. This looks amazing on everyone. Choosing colours that enhance your client's/model's complexion and best features. No hard lines and... soft and smokey.
What is your top makeup tip?
Look after your skin, be careful with the sun, stay hydratred, eat well, sleep well. It all starts with skin. Also don't take it too seriously... experiment - it's only makeup - you can always wash it off!
What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your students?
Confidence and Professionalism. You need to back yourself to be successful in this career. It is artistry and therefore subjective. You need to be able to understand and grow from criticism and critique and not take it personally. Everytime you collaborate with other creatives you have a chance to learn and get better. I'm also a stickler for blending.
What are you passionate about personally?
I love fashion, music, movies and pop culture and of course my family and friends.
Where can we find you when you’re not working?
Like everyone else, my spare time is often spent freelancing, but when I'm not, I love to catch up with friends and family or sneak off to the Coromandel for some beach time.