Backstage Beauty Secrets From NZ Fashion Week According To An Expert

We glean some top tips from leading backstage senior artist, Kiekie Stanners from M.A.C

Backstage at NZFW 2017. Photo / Supplied

What trends are we likely to see on this year’s NZFW runways?
Well, that is yet to be revealed! But I am excited about the comeback of some big, bold lips on the runway — it’s always one of my favourite beauty looks. Plus I’m currently obsessed with colour so I’ll try inject a little neon touch if I can.

What shows are you working on?
The M.A.C backstage team are working on 15 shows this year — 12 trade shows and three Fashion Weekend Shows.

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Talk me through the process of designing a show beauty look?
Some designers know the type of look they see working with their collection, some leave it up to me. I always try to paint a picture of who the designer’s muse is, to start creating make-up from — the soundtrack, the hair, the styling — so it all comes together beautifully. Sometimes I might just see a fabric and get a bolt of inspiration.

How does a strong make-up look help amplify the garments seen on the runway?
It’s so important that everything works together. There’s no point doing dramatic make-up if it doesn’t look good on the runway or takes away from the clothes. I want that moment when the first model walks out to be magic — hair and make-up complementing rather than distracting.

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What’s your top tip to refresh your make-up when you’re running from show to show?
M.A.C Prep and Prime Fix+ is permanently in my handbag. I’ll touch up with Mineralize Skinfinish Powder then spritz my face. I can fool anyone that my make-up is recently applied.

What are the three products you’ll be working with the most at NZFW?
My backstage kit must-haves are M.A.C Hyper Real Foundation FX, Shape and Shade Brow Tints and Studio Waterweight Foundation.

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