NZ'S Top Makeup Student Named

NZ'S Top Makeup Student Named

Hawkes Bay student Sonya Bell has been named New Zealand's top makeup student for 2010.

Sonya (on the right) - a student of the Eastern Institute of Technology's Diploma of Beauty and Body Therapy course - took the title when she won the National 2010 Wendy Hill Makeup Student Award for Professional Photographic Bridal Makeup.

Sonya says the makeup represented her vision of an island wedding, and was inspired by her model, April Pereka, whose colouring and features brought Hawaii to her mind. She chose colours for the makeup that represented a tropical flower:- soft pinks on the eyes, natural rosy, dewy cheeks and a subtle warm pink on the lips. She says she wanted a makeup that looked beautiful, warm and fresh, and particularly to highlight the model's best features - her eyes and lips.

Wendy Hill, managing director of Wendy Hill Cosmetics Ltd, says entries this year were all very good, with well designed makeup that captured the bridal mood and resulted in very good photographic results.

"It was quickly apparent to the judges that the standard of makeup this year reached a new high making the task of the judges the most challenging since the competition started," she says.

"After considerable study of the before and after photos, Sonya's entry was chosen as the winner because the overall makeup was technically very well applied and very even, and because she had chosen shades that were perfect for the model.

"The makeup was feminine and beautiful and perfect for the model's young face and skin tone. The application of camouflage, sculpting and foundation was flawless and her choice of soft peachy pink shades, the perfect amount of highlighting and good application technique, produced an excellent photographic result of a very high standard. The design was most suitable for the tropical theme of an island wedding, and Sonya's makeup chart was well researched and showed a good understanding of makeup artistry techniques."

This year 275 students took part in the competition, and Wendy says it was obvious that everyone- students and tutors alike - put a lot of work into their entries. Because of the high standard of many, judges this year created a list of highly commended entries to recognise those that were particularly outstanding. These entries, which were also regional winners, were from:

  • Raelene Perese - Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
  • Candy Yin - Elite International School of Beauty and Spa Therapies, Hamilton
  • Sahra Moir - Southern Institute of Technology, Queenstown
  • Summer Garden - Aoraki Polytech, Timaru

Other regional winners in this year's competition were Elizabeth Walker (BOP Polytechnic), Tarsha Birrell (NZInstitute of Electrolysis and Beauty Therapy, Palmerston North), Halena Dobbin-Hand (Aoraki Polytechnic - Christchurch), Mel Moana (Aoraki Polytechnic - Dunedin), Nicole Gamble (Whitireia Polytechnic - Porirua), Julie Faulkner (WITT - New Plymouth), Nichola Osborne (WelTech - Wellington), Alannah Mudie (Aoraki Polytech - Oamaru) and Charmaine Seaton (SIT Invercargill).

Posted: Wed 24 Nov 2010