Beauty Looks We Love – NZ Fashion Week Special

This year’s NZFW runway was a colourful assortment of glitter and graphic beauty looks


MONDAY: Knuefermann

While most eyes followed every one of Turet Knuefermann’s creations as they made their way down the catwalk, our eyes were drawn away to the designer’s accompanying beauty look. In a modern take on the traditional smoky eye, M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners used a dirty ochre hue to create a look she calls “high-end elegance with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll.”

This edginess was offset by a glowing, golden base, created by Stanners massaging M.A.C’s cult favourite Strobe Cream in Goldlite into skin, before adding a light, creamy blush and highlighter across the high points of the face. Recreate this exaggerated eye at home by using a mix of M.A.C’s Groundwork Paint Pot and Lip Mix to blend up a rich, ochre tone. You’ll note the absence of mascara here, and why would you bother when your peepers are already drawing attention for all the right reasons.

Photo / Karen Ishiguro for M.A.C Cosmetics

TUESDAY: Twenty-Seven Names

Twenty-Seven Names single-handedly proved millennial pink is not dead when they debuted their NZFW show beauty look. M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners gave an otherwise demure, natural look a punchy update with the addition of candy pink liner on lids. Barely there foundation allowed every model’s natural beauty to shine through – enhanced by products like M.A.C’s Lightful C Softening Lotion and Complete Comfort Crème. A sheer layer of M.A.C’s Waterweight Concealer was daubed onto skin only where needed.

But the real party started when it came to eyes. Expertly blending pure white with a magenta pigment, Stanners painted every model’s lash line with this candy pink hue. It wasn’t a cat eye, either, rather starting at the outer point of the eye and finishing in the corner. Radiant, youthful, and glowing, this is one look we wouldn’t hesitate to try at home.

Photo / Karen Ishiguro for M.A.C Cosmetics

TUESDAY: Hailwood

While we must admit we weren’t huge fans of the choppy fringes and red hot wigs, we did obsess over Hailwood’s glossy red lip. Oozing “Hollywood siren”, M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners created a high-shine, cherry red lip in a patent vinyl finish. Luminescent skin appeared all the more radiant when prepped first with M.A.C’s Pearl Cream Colour Base. A clear tint kept brows in place, while a blend of eyeshadow and gloss created sheen across eyelids.

For lips, a perfectly sculpted, cherry red pout. First, a combination of two different lip pencils to line then contour, creating the illusion of a fuller looking pout. Next, Stanners applied a swipe of punchy red lipstick, and a lick of lip glass.

But if you looked a little closer, even models nails were curated to suit Hailwood’s Moroccan-inspired collection. Every model wore a painterly design created with O.P.I’s new Peru collection, in shades of taupe, duck egg blue, gold, magenta, black and white. Spo

WEDNESDAY: Wynn Hamlyn

L’Oréal Professionel hairstylist Michael Beel had plenty to work with after receiving Wynn Crawshaw’s brief for his NZFW show, titled ‘Hallucinogene’. Drawing inspiration from the US government experiments with LSD in the 1960s, Beel created a look likely worn by those who were prim and proper during the week, but spent the weekends looking less so. Half the models wore soft, glamorous waves that weren’t too polished, while the remainder wore a Bridget Bardot-inspired low ponytail.

To recreate this look at home, dry in a volumising mousse to create texture, and separate strands into a soft centre parting. Use a large barrel curling wand and modelling spray to create glamour waves through the lengths. Tousle through with fingers, and spritz fixing spray to encourage movement. Pull strands into a low ponytail and set with hairspray. Leave strands loose around the face for an ‘undone’ look.

Photo / James Yang, edited by Alexander Hoyles for Pikdat

WEDNESDAY: Stolen Girlfriend’s Club

Richard Kavanagh teased that big hair would be back this NZFW, and he wasn’t wrong. The Redken hairstylist translated the Stolen Girlfriend’s Club references towards punk, new wave and underground club culture, to bespoke looks created to suit the natural hair texture of each model. “It feels lived in, with a damp, almost oily texture, and has a very utilitarian, almost home-made feel,” Kavanagh says of the show look.

To recreate this roughed up look at home, mist hair from root to tips with Redken’s One United, before adding Redken’s Brews Beard and Skin Oil (yes, really), and work through with your fingers. Take a one-inch curling wand to create a natural bend in the hair by twisting it as you wrap around the iron. Pull all strands up loosely, leaving a few pieces free at the front. Twist and tie into a topknot with a scrunchie. Flip the loose strands to one side to finish.

Photo / James Yang, edited by Alexander Hoyles for Pikdat

THURSDAY: Miromoda

Showcasing garments created by 10 Maori fashion designers, every Miromoda show brings with it fresh inspiration, colour and native influence. This year, award-winning hairstylist and WETA’s global prosthetic makeup artist Warren Dion Smith created one of the most unique hair looks we’d seen on the runway to date.

The bottom layer of hair was separated into inch-wide sections; every strand was twisted tightly and coiled around itself before being pinned at the nape of the neck. The top layer was backcombed and secured in a voluminous coif. Feathers and metallic accents were used to accessorise every dynamic hair look.

Photo / Getty Images

THURSDAY: Trelise Cooper

We had high hopes for Trelise Cooper’s NZFW show look, and it certainly did not disappoint. Big hair and bold makeup, Cooper’s return to the NZFW runway was every bit as high-shine and high-impact as we’d hoped.

At the helm for hair, L’Oréal Professionel ambassadors and Bettejman’s Owner and Creative director respectively, Grant Betjemann and Sasha Lenski appeared to have plenty of fun. Model’s tresses were teased up big, then the team used different stencils and L’Oreal Colorista spray in pastel shades to create a variety of coloured patterns applied straight to hair.

For nails, Maybelline’s silver glitter polish created a shimmering base, before shards of hand-cut silver foil were applied for a high-shine finish.

Photo / Karen Ishiguro for M.A.C Cosmetics


“Brooklyn street graffiti” was the inspiration behind Huffer’s NZFW beauty look. M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners applied M.A.C Softening Lotion and Waterweight Foundation where needed, before buffing Groundwork Pro Longwear Paint Pot into cheeks for definition. To highlight, Stanners used Pearl Cream Colour Base over the high points of the cheekbone, supplemented by a small amount of Shine Mixing Media on top (also used on eyelids).

What really piqued our interest, however, was the neon-splattered lip. Prepped with Lip Scrubitious, Stanners used a mahogany lip liner, before mixing Dionysus and Double Fudge Liptensity Lipsticks all over lips. Blend out with a 231 brush, before blotting down shine with Prep+Prime Transparent Powder. The neon splatter was a bold result of combining the magenta madness pigment mixed with water based mixing medium.

Photo / Karen Ishiguro for M.A.C Cosmetics

FRIDAY: Superette

With a title like ‘No Vacancy’ and a strong Route 66-inspired theme, Superette’s all-American show depicted the contrasts between the East and West coast of America. As the show progressed across the country, so too, did the beauty looks.

From the slick, bourgeoisie style in New York City, to the vibrancy of California, M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners created a distinct ‘Palm Springs Day-Glo’ makeup look. A clear highlight included the Los Angeles-inspired candy pink lipstick for a bold pop of colour. Offset by a dewy, bronzed base, Stanners used M.A.C’s Lip Pencil in Fashion Boost, topped with Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick.

Four-time Australian Hairdresser of the Year and Eleven Australia Creative Director Joey Scandizzo worked his magic with model’s locks. Every hair look drew inspiration from international spring/summer runway trends, and assisted in creating Superette’s ‘Palm Springs’ vibe.

Photo / Karen Ishiguro for M.A.C Cosmetics


We’d very much like to know where to buy an airbrush machine after witnessing Zambesi’s caramel-toned eye look. After spying the colour tones within the Zambesi collection, M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners opted to use an airbrush gun to side feed a mixture of M.A.C Pro Performance HD Airbrush makeup onto model’s lids and temples.

For lips, Scrubitious Lip Scrub was used to smooth lips, while Lip Conditioner ensured they were in prime condition for colour to be applied. Red lip pencil accentuated model’s natural lip shape, and was shaded in the middle. Next, Stanners applied a coat of Retromatte Liquid Lip Colour in Dangerous using an eye brush for a softer look.

Photo / Karen Ishiguro for M.A.C Cosmetics

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