Runway looks for Fashion Week


Christchurch make-up artist Kristen Stewart heads to Auckland this month to create some amazing looks for New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW). Metropol finds out exactly what she’s up to and her predictions for upcoming trends.

Making up a model for the 2020 NZFW Jojo Ross Collection

Often Kristen Stewart is found teaching others how to pop the wow into their make-up, however it’s her artistic skills to the fore when it comes to NZFW.

Director of the Christchurch-based Kristen Stewart School of Make Up, she’s no stranger to NZFW, having been involved with the event since her mother, Dame Pieter Stewart founded it in 2001.

This year she returns to it with her team of make-up artists to create stunning runway looks all week long, from August 23 to 29 in Auckland.

Kristen at work

One of her favourite beauty trends currently she describes as ‘fresh skin’. “I am so pleased the trend is going back that way instead of layers and layers of foundation and contouring. Keeping make-up simple and clean with a touch of something, either graphic liner, coloured mascara, cute cheeks or a stained lip.”

Looking back over NZFW memorable moments, her highlights have included spending three eye-opening days there with Pamela Anderson. “She taught me so much, like stacking three sets of lashes.”

Working on Annah Stretton’s show where she asked a model to go out with a boar’s head on was memorable also, although the funniest show for her was when organisers used some kind laundry detergent flakes as snow on the runway. “The models were slipping over and off the stage,” she recalls.


Team Jockey at NZFW 2020

Fashion week rituals
“No rituals but we have to have music. This can be a little tricky catering to everyone’s needs and wants but it is a must.”

Favourite NZFW look
“There have been so many, but I am a lover of beautiful fresh skin with an impactful singular focus point, like Adrian Hailwood’s collection where I used fluffy feathers as eye lashes.”

Current favourites
“My favourite Instagram pages are @jamesmolloymakeupartist,
@lochiestonehouse and @nettart to name a few. Always super inspiring.”



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