NZ Music Awards Beauty: Stageworthy sirens

By Janetta Mackay

The makeup look for the NZ Music Awards ushers. Makeup / Masa Milnovic, Heather Vette & Helen Luo for Smashbox. Hair / Hayley Laing & Jonelle Eisenhut-Alleyne for Fudge. Photographer / Karen Ishiguro
The makeup look for the NZ Music Awards ushers. Makeup / Masa Milnovic, Heather Vette & Helen Luo for Smashbox. Hair / Hayley Laing & Jonelle Eisenhut-Alleyne for Fudge. Photographer / Karen Ishiguro

To work a look that won't fade into the background combine sexy and sophisticated with a rock n roll edge. We show you how with tips from tonight's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards' official hair and makeup sponsors.

Smashbox and Fudge will give co-presenter Shannon Ryan the glamorous red carpet treatment. Makeup artist Grayson Coutts opts for three changes of on-trend lip colour and eyes defined with cool metallic undertones to work back with her three outfits designed by Ruby, the official fashion partner of the event.


Read about Shannon Ryan's NZMA outfits created by Ruby.


The overall aim with Ryan and the evening's female attendants (pictured above) is to ensure skin glows, eyes smoulder and lips look vibrant.

To get the look, a layered approach to application will ensure your makeup's longevity, while delivering coverage with a light touch. Ryan's skin will be prepped with an illuminating primer and a custom mix of foundations, followed by concealer and powder and bronzer to set and contour.

A touch of blush and cream cheek highlighter follow.

Impact will be delivered from a groomed brow, her eye makeup a blend of matte and metallic shadows (using Smashbox Wondervision palette in Champagne, $84, which includes a mascara, liner and instructions for three striking eye makeups), and a bold lip with an inviting sheen. Try Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared, $45, with Ryan also wearing shade of Tangerine and Black Plum.



WEAR IT WILD
For an especially edgy hair style try turning up the volume. Fudge's global ambassador, London-based New Zealand stylist Snowden Hill says, "I love celebrity rock chic - big bouncy, sexy hair".

To get the amplified look (as seen on our brunette hair models above) prepare hair with a volumnising product applied at the roots (try Fudge Root Juice) and blowdry this in with a round brush. Then lightly backcomb hair, before tonging loosely. Next tip the head upside down and apply hairspray (try Fudge Skyscraper).

Throw head back and casually shake using fingers to place and style into a messy centre part.

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