NZ's top makeup student named

NZ's top makeup student named

Invercargill student Carla Brown has been named New Zealand's top makeup student for 2011.

Carla, who is from Gore, is a student of the SIT Diploma in Beauty Therapy course and she took the New Zealand title when she won the 2011 Wendy Hill Cosmetics Student Award for Professional Photographic Bridal Makeup. (She is on the right of our photo with her award winning makeup on model, Rachel Dickie.)

Just over 200 students took part in the competition this year, which was down on previous years because of the effects of the Christchurch earthquake on Canterbury students.

Wendy Hill, the managing director of Wendy Hill Cosmetics Ltd, says judging gets more challenging each year, which reflects the continuing improvement in student's makeup techniques as interest in professional makeup artistry grows.

She says beauty students are presenting more detailed work and have more knowledge of products and technique, and what styling suits the individual models. But she says Carla's winning entry stood out because all aspects of the makeup were of a very high standard, reflecting a real ability in makeup artistry.

"The stand out visual details of the makeup were a flawless foundation application, the choice of shades to suit her model's skin tone and colouring, and her application techniques," Wendy says. "Carla's criteria and planning sheets described in detail the makeup applied, and the corrective work she had been done was quite advanced which showed a very good understanding and knowledge of makeup artistry. Looking at the before and after photos, the judges could see how well the makeup brings the model's face alive and achieved a good photographic result."

Wendy says the entry also reflects the efforts and expertise of Carla's SIT tutor, Gail Whalley and she says both Gail and Carla are to be congratulated on the outcome.

"From the standard of the entries we received, it is obvious once again that everyone - students and tutors alike - had put a lot of work into the competition, and we're delighted at the continuing improvements," she says. Because of that high standard, judges have once again given highly commended awards to two entries that were particularly outstanding. These entries, which were also regional winners, were from:

  • Kate Blundell NZIEBT Palmerston North
  • Lacey Parsons from Aoraki Dunedin

Other regional winners in this year's competition were Rajneet Kaur (MIT), Angie Speers (EIT - Hawkes Bay), Karyn Stachurski (WITT), Rebecca Smith (UCOL Palmerston North), Sarah Storr (UCOL Masterton), Illisapesi Sau (Whitireia - Porirua), Lenka Marda (Whitireia - Kapiti), Monica Sun (WelTech), Joanne Johnson (Aoraki - Timaru), Shelby Donohue (Aoraki - Oamaru) and Kharma Mains (SIT - Queenstown).

Posted: Wed 02 Nov 2011