Fiona Hall NZ's Top Makeup Student

Fiona Hall NZ's Top Makeup Student

Manawatu beauty therapy student Fiona Hall has been named New Zealand’s top makeup student for 2012.

Fiona is a student of the New Zealand Institute of Electrolysis and Beauty Therapy in Palmerston North, and took the New Zealand title when she won the 2012 Wendy Hill Cosmetics Student Award for Professional Photographic Bridal Makeup.

Around 190 students took part in the competition this year.

Wendy Hill, the managing director of Wendy Hill Cosmetics Ltd, says this year’s entries were all very good, with well-designed and well-applied makeup, which captured the bridal mood and achieved good photographic results.

“It was quickly apparent to the judges that the standard of makeup continues to improve year by year,” she says. “Entries this year were the most challenging to judge since the competition started.”

She says the great majority of entries reflected the tremendous amount of work that student had put into the competition, and demonstrated their knowledge of products and technique, and what styling suits the individual models. Many entries came with very detailed makeup plans and designs.

But she says Fiona’s winning entry stood out because she chose a particularly challenging makeup, and all aspects of her work were of a very high standard, reflecting a real ability in makeup artistry.

“Fiona chose to create a traditional Indian bridal makeup which necessitated a high level of makeup skill,” she says.

“Her confidence in choosing a challenging makeup shows in her beautiful finished result. Her choice of makeup shades was perfect for this occasion, including the foundation, which had been perfectly matched to her model's skin tone. Makeup shades for an Indian skin tone need to have a "jewel" like quality and her model (Shivika Kumar) certainly sparkles.

“Fiona's makeup is culturally appropriate with a nice modern touch for her young bride and photographed beautifully.”

Fiona says the excellent quality of the Wendy Hill makeup products made the makeup possible.

“My model didn’t have the easiest skin to work with, but because of the quality of the products, I was able to achieve a flawless look,” she says. “Without the use of such good quality makeup, that wouldn’t have been possible.”

Wendy says Fiona’s entry also reflects the efforts and expertise of Fiona’s tutor at the NZ Institute of Electrolysis and Beauty Therapy - Jo Kearns - and she says both 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 a highly commended award to one other entry that was particularly outstanding. This entry, which was also a regional winner, was from:

  • Paige Bower, a Certificate in Beautician student at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki.

Other regional winners in this year’s competition were:

  • Amy Conreen (MIT)
  • Michelle Van Gelder (EIT – Hawkes Bay)
  • Bailee Harnson (UCOL Palmerston North)
  • Shannon Jones (UCOL Masterton)
  • Saili Kitiseni (Whitireia – Porirua)
  • Shannon Cooper (Whitireia – Kapiti)
  • Jessica Gatward (WelTech)
  • Jess Walsh (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology)
  • Elina Yunusova (Aoraki Christchurch) 
  • Renae Clark (Aoraki – Timaru)
  • Ameldi Cloete (Aoraki – Oamaru)
  • Rachel Forbes (Aoraki Dunedin)
  • Courtney Boulter (SIT – Queenstown)
  • Cassie Cross (SIT – Invercargill)

Posted: Fri 01 Feb 2013