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WHILE ONE MAKE-UP CATS AWAY, THE OTHER WILL PLAY: STEFAN KNIGHT TALKS TO MAC NZ'S HEIRESS APPARENT, KIEKIE STANNERS, ABOUT WORKING WITH THE LIKES OF TOM PECHEUX, DIANE KENDAL AND TERRY BARBER, THE 'GROWN UP GIRLY' LOOK, BAD ASS VIBES AND BEING
'KIEKIWI'. PHOTO: MARISSA FINDLAY
Stefan Knight: Hi Kiekie, First of all congratulations on your new role as MAC NZ National makeup artist. Kiekie Stanners: Thank you, it’s pretty exciting! So what does it mean for you? It means that I’m going to be co-ordinating the MAC NZ events team, which we’re also developing.so it means that we’ve got a really strong team of makeup artists that are going to be out in the industry, familiar faces that are going to be doing shoots and shows and editorial work, it’s a really great way to develop and mentor the rest of our MAC artists too. The events team can go back in store and educate customers and the rest of their teams about trend makeup and what they’ve seen out in the industry, bringing that back to the customers and keeping the fashion focus too. Will you be doing a lot of travel? I will be doing International fashion weeks, I’m going to Sydney in a couple of weeks. Also travel in NZ to all the stores for events. Speaking of international fashion weeks, you recently got back from Milan fashion week. How was that? It was pretty amazing, I got to work with 7 different make-up directors, learnt how they direct their teams, the style of make-up of the moment, and also the style of make-up for Milan fashion week is quite a distinct look. It was a pretty amazing experience. Very cool, who were the different artists you worked with? I worked with Tom Pecheux, which was great - he called me Kiekiwi. I got to work with Diane Kendal on Cavali, Lucia Peroni at Moschino… I love her! Yes, obviously the Moschino look was 90s supermodel inspired, so that was a really cool make-up to do with her. I worked with Lucia Pica, Maud Laceppe, Mark Carrasquillo and Terry Barber. One of the big things I found in Milan this season, was that it was really going back to makeup basics. At a lot of shows we did precise mascara and precise brow work. With Terry Barber deliberately chunky lashes, that weren’t clumped together, we used the new Studio Sculpt Mascara from MAC. Just got that, it’s great! Yup, we used that as a singular coat on all the lashes and then we went back in with an Extreme Dimension Mascara to dot the rest of the mascara on. Mascara is often the finishing touch rather than the main event, it’s interesting to flip that around. I wanted to ask you what you find women have trouble with in terms of make-up? Any wisdom you’d like to share? Well I’m obsessed with skin! When I’m doing someone’s make-up, skin is everything... You must be excited about the new Prep and Prime and CC products that MAC has coming out? I’m so obsessed with Prep and Prime Natural Radiance radiant pink, it’s not even funny. I actually have to stop myself using it all the time, it’s beautiful. I’m obsessed with BB creams too, you know, multi purpose products that are so advanced, they do so many different things that save you time, the finish is always naturally luminous. They’re amazing. You know, people want to look like supermodels now, and it’s so much easier for people to achieve that with these products. I think it’s exciting that there are so many products that can help you create that look now, I mean we’re not all going to look like 15-year-old supermodels, but you can get close. For sure! Let’s talk about fashion trends for next season. What are the key trends that you think will be important for the coming season? Skin, skin, skin, skin. Glowing, illuminated, highlighted skin. There’s a particular trend called light effects at the moment which is all about pearl pigments on the skin. So, adding a pop of a white creamy tone to make the skin look really luminous, or using cream textures on the skin to create that. There’s also a bit of a trend of using white tones on your skin. Maybe using a white eyeliner or a white pearly oyster colour around the eyes, making everything really glowy and slightly sci-fi, it gives you really healthy-looking skin which is
a little bit harder to create in the winter than it is with summer skin. Adding these creamy highlights gives that illusion of luminosity. I love that idea of having a sci-fi looking skin texture. So what else? In terms of make-up styles, it’s definitely very feminine. There’s nothing too dark or too heavy, it’s kind of ‘grown up girly’. Great description, I’m all about that! How about eyes? I noticed when I was in Milan, the eye make-up is done but it’s not quite perfect, it’s a little bit slept in, a little bit smudged and sultry. Maybe it’s a liner that you’ve played around with doing an unusual shape; a little bit abstract, with a bit of a badass vibe to it, that’s not too dark. I was also loving that 60s French vibe from the collections in Paris, at Saint Laurent and a few of the other shows, it was almost a fake-looking lash but it was done with layers of mascara so it had a real edge to it. Exactly, it’s wearable, it’s a little bit chunky but it’s not costumey we’re not doing a 60s throwback. I heard a lot of people talking about Nico as a muse, which makes the look a bit more rock n roll. It’s that look that you can get after a night out with some leftover eyeliner the next morning. So the look is women looking beautiful again. Yes, there’s definitely no androgyny coming through, it’s all about strong feminine women who are a little bit more sophisticated, it’s not cutesy. Also still hanging around is that grunge throwback look from the 90s, but it has an interesting updated feel to it. Exactly. Like a smokey eye thats done with cream so by the time she’s had it on for a while it’s kind of worn in, it has that grunge look to it. Beautiful. That whole rock n roll thing sounds like it’s right up your alley. You have that edge to your own personal style. What inspires you personally with your look? I’m inspired by rock ‘n’roll, and motorcycles, and hot cars. I guess I just always wanted to be that cool girl on the back of a motorcycle. I’ve always loved fashion too, I used to work at Zambesi before I started makeup and I studied fashion, so I think that the way you present yourself is a form of self-expression and I think I’d be lost if I didn’t have a chance to do that everyday. I love that! Do you have any personal make-up tips to share with us? Personal tips, hmmm… Well I would say don’t wear false eyelashes on the back of a motorcycle, I did that once and it felt like my eyelids were being forced open by the wind… Oh my God that’s hilarious!! Also don’t wear lip gloss on the back of a motorcycle your lips just get completely covered in hair, wait until you arrive and then apply your gloss. Ha ha ha… Thats brilliant! Kiekie it’s been so cool talking to you, thank you for sharing all of your wisdom and your amazing tips, I will never wear false eyelashes, or lip gloss, on the back of a motorcycle, again! Ha ha ha… Thank you it’s been fun.