New Zealand's Top Makeup Student Named

New Zealand's Top Makeup Student Named

Jill Archibald of Nelson has been named New Zealand’s top makeup student for 2013.

Jill is a Diploma in Beauty & Body Therapy student at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in Nelson, and took the New Zealand title when she won the 2013 Wendy Hill Cosmetics Student Award for Professional Photographic Bridal Makeup.

Around 170 students from all over New Zealand took part in the competition this year.

Tiffany Clarke, General Manager of Wendy Hill Cosmetics Ltd, was impressed with the overall high calibre of entries received this year.

“The entries reflected the tremendous amount of work that each student had put into the competition, and demonstrated their knowledge of products and techniques and what styling suited the individual models,” she says.

“Many entries came with very detailed makeup plans and all were well designed with well-applied makeup, which captured the bridal mood and achieved good photographic results.

“But Jill’s winning entry stood out because of the outstanding work she did to create a very flattering bridal makeup of a high standard that suited her model well and showed her clear ability as a real makeup artist.”
Wendy Hill, Managing Director, says Jill truly transformed her model while still allowing her to wear the makeup, not the makeup wearing her.

“The flattering makeup was built on a flawless foundation with great colour matching and corrective work done to a high standard,” she says. “Her creative colour choices for eyes and lips worked perfectly and her model (Zoe Lithgow) certainly looks wonderful and would be a very happy bride indeed!”

Jill has paid tribute to the excellent quality of Wendy Hill makeup products, which she says made the makeup possible.

“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.”

Tiffany says Jill’s entry also reflects the efforts and expertise of Jill’s tutor at the NMIT Nelson – Chanelle Taylor - and she says both are to be congratulated on the outcome.


Because of the high standard of many entries, judges have once again given Highly Commended awards to two other entries that were particularly outstanding.

These entries, which were also regional winners, were from:

  • Ioana Pralea, a Diploma of Beauty Therapy student at Southern Institute of Technology in Queenstown.
    Ioana put together an excellent plan and makeup chart, which the judges commented was “innovative, thorough & professional, producing a beautiful makeup which was well styled and balanced”.
  • Charlotte Dunnachie, a student of Level 4 Beauty Therapy at Aoraki Polytechnic in Oamaru.
    The judges noted that Charlotte’s makeup was “well chosen for her model and produced a lovely satin finish and was over all very good”.

Other regional winners in this year’s competition were:

  • Karen Ramirez (BOP Polytech)
  • Christine Yang (Aoraki Christchurch)
  • Kezia Bowden-Turner (Aoraki Dunedin)
  • Betsy Ramalasou (Aoraki Timaru)
  • Lydia Codlin (Elite Hamilton)
  • Jessica Smith (Elite Newmarket)
  • Ashley McGarvey (Manukau Institute of Technology)
  • Brogan Robinson (NZ Institute of Electrolysis & Beauty Therapy)
  • Bridget Phillips (SIT Invercargill)
  • Alana Moss (UCOL Wairarapa)
  • Charlotte Lowe (Whitireia Porirua)
  • Jessica Tongariro (Whitireia Kapiti)
  • Jayde Coffey (WINTEC)
  • Casey McKerrow (WITT)

Posted: Thu 21 Nov 2013