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12 Jan, 2014 Beauty Blog


Over the course of my long & varied career as a makeup artist, I have met so many amazing people; Celebrities, Musicians, Sports Stars & Supermodels…. they have all been in my makeup chair! There is one person however that stands out as not only one of the most amazing talents I have ever witnessed, but also one of the most adorable, kind & gorgeous girls ever- of course Im talking about New Zealand Songbird Hayley Westenra.

My last job of 2013 was a top secret affair that I was both professionally & personally involved with & that was the wedding of 26 year old Hayley (how did she get to that age- I still think of her as 16!). I flew down to Christchurch to not only offer my makeup skills to the whole bridal party, but to also attend the wedding as a family friend.

I first met Hayley when she was a sweet & tiny 13 year old, about to launch her musical career with Universal records. I styled her for her very first album cover & from that day on I worked with Hayley on all her public performances & music videos. We always had such a wonderful time together shooting on location all over New Zealand & during these years I got to know her fantastic family. Her mum Jill & dad Gerald are a incredible support to her, along with brother Isaac & equally gorgeous sister Sophie.

Anyone who saw the Womans Day mag last week will agree that Hayley was a stunning bride. She is so naturally beautiful with a luminous inner glow & she shone brighter than ever on her wedding day. When I first witnessed Hayley & Arnauld together I was blown away with their obvious love & devotion & there wasnt a dry eye in the marquee when he spoke about how much she means to him. True love at its finest!!

Because I know Hayleys face so well, I knew exactly what to do when it came to creating a look that was going to be seen by the whole world. She needed to look natural, but still movie star glamorous with emphasis on her eyes & lashes. Watching her during the ceremony & photo session I couldnt have been happier with the makeup….. heres the rundown on what I used.

  • First off I primed Hayleys skin with Smashbox Oil free Primer as this really lets your makeup go the distance.
  • Hayleys skin is so fair that even the lightest foundation can look orange. I used Clinique Even Better makeup, in the lightest shade- 01 Alabaster. I love this liquid base as its so sheer but still manages to provide a lovely even coverage.
  • To finish my perfect canvas I dusted Jane Iredale Pure Mineral Powder in ‘Satin’ all over the face & down the neck to ensure the finish was seamless.
  • Hayleys eyes were a combo of dark brown pencil blended out with mid brown & taupe shadows. I used a sparkly MAC pigment (Vanilla) on her lids & under the brows as this really made her eyes sparkle. I darkened her lashes with Clinique High Impact waterproof mascara, then added several individual false lashes to the outer corners. Extra intensity was added along the lashline with Bobbi Brown Expresso Ink long wear gel liner- a must have product in my book.
  • I added colour to Hayleys cheeks with Bobbi Brown Nude Pink blush on the apple of the cheek & MAC Cubic along the cheekbone for contour. I then applied MAC Silver Dust loose powder across her cheek & brow bones. This product is a long time fave of mine & really shimmers in the sun.
  • My favorite wedding lipstick has always been Bobbi Browns Sandwash Pink, (apparently worn by Kate Middelton!) but now I have a new favorite. I used Bobbis Uber Pink on Hayley, as being so pale she needed some extra colour to stop her looking washed out. I finished off with BB High Shimmer lipgloss in Pastel. Perfection!!! x

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