Kiekie Stan­ners

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HER WORK HAS LONG GRACED THE PAGES OF BLACK MAG­A­ZINE BUT MORE RE­CENTLY AM­BER D HAS BEEN SWEPT AWAY FOR A YEAR TRAV­EL­LING THE GLOBE WITH OUR LORDE, AS PER­SONAL MAKE-UP ARTIST, CON­FI­DANT AND DI­RECT LINK BE­TWEEN M.A.C COS­MET­ICS AND THE KIWI SU­PER­STAR. STE­FAN KNIGHT DIS­COV­ERS THAT SHE

MISSES US ALMOST AS MUCH AS WE MISS HER...

Ste­fan Knight: Hi Am­ber, how are you do­ing? Am­ber D: I’m great! I re­ally thought that tour­ing would be ex­haust­ing but while the hours are long and un­pre­dictable, it has been prob­a­bly the most en­joy­able thing I have done so far. I’m full­time jet­lagged but other than that... You're tour­ing the world with Ella (Lorde) at the mo­ment, I un­der­stand that you guys are in Amer­ica right now, how’s that go­ing? We have just fin­ished the Amer­i­can tour which in­cluded 21 shows in the US, shows in Mex­ico, Ar­gentina, Brazil, Chile, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Nir­vana and two week­ends at Coachella! Be­fore that we were in Europe do­ing press and The Brits. It’s so hard to be­lieve we have man­aged to tick all of those boxes! At the be­gin­ning it seems like you’ll be away for­ever and be­fore you know it it’s all done and you have a mil­lion sto­ries, new friends ev­ery­where, and too much lug­gage! We have a lit­tle break for a cou­ple of weeks now then we head back out again... ha ha my life in a suit­case is all too real! It must be very cool watch­ing her in­cred­i­ble tra­jec­tory as a per­former from the side of the stage, are you like a proud older sis­ter loving the whole ex­pe­ri­ence? Oh man, that’s ex­actly how I feel. We have spent all of our time to­gether and along with the small tour team and Ella’s fam­ily we are a re­ally tight unit. I feel so proud of her as she con­stantly ac­com­plishes so many in­cred­i­ble things and we all freak out ev­ery now and then and say, "Oh my God... that just hap­pened, what the hell?!" type stuff. There are days where I feel like I’m in a dream and I feel pretty proud for my­self as well. This is a re­ally big deal for me too. It’s amaz­ing, we are all so proud if you here. Are you shoot­ing along the way as you travel? Any amaz­ing shoot sto­ries to tell us about? We have done a cou­ple of things along the way but mostly it’s all con­certs and tele­vi­sion. The amount of travel doesn't al­low much time for any­thing else at the mo­ment. Most days we have been at sound checks, play­ing shows or trav­el­ling some­where and when there is a spare sec­ond we sleep! I bet! You’re mak­ing time to hit the shops though right, you're well known for your love of shoes, is the col­lec­tion grow­ing daily as you travel? Is there a favourite pair that we need to know about? Ha ha ha this is true! It’s amaz­ing how ef­fi­cient I can be when it comes to shop­ping. The lug­gage con­straints have kept me from go­ing too crazy but I did get a pair of Ba­len­ci­aga an­kle boots when I was in London and the new Proenza Schouler SS14 bas­ket weave show shoes when we were in NY... so I’m happy. But there’s al­ways more as you know! What's your top shop­ping high­light so far on the world tour? Al­ways Bar­neys, I love Bar­neys... it’s a prob­lem. Trav­el­ling is so great for cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion, what are you feel­ing in the way of makeup trends right now? It’s funny be­cause I am think­ing so much more about tex­ture and light at the mo­ment, con­trast­ing the two and think­ing more about the struc­ture of things from na­ture, ar­chi­tec­ture and ob­vi­ously how this can be re­flected in what I do and the work I pro­duce. I tried to keep up with the AW14 shows while we were on the road as I was sup­posed to do Mi­lan and Paris this sea­son. I loved the clean min­i­mal­ist looks that were com­ing through - any­thing too com­pli­cated or over the top just isn't res­onat­ing with me at the mo­ment but prob­a­bly be­cause I’m not re­ally shoot­ing or do­ing shows! I am think­ing a lot about avoid­ing typ­i­cal celebrity beauty and try­ing to pull the clean cat­walk looks I’m so used to into that world a lit­tle. Less glam­our smoky eyes, more fresh faces. MAC is such a huge tal­ent pool of artists, so many in­cred­i­ble peo­ple are as­so­ci­ated with the brand in­clud­ing your lovely self, you get to work along­side so many of th­ese greats, who do you find re­ally in­spir­ing as an artist work­ing to­day? Oh for sure, I am beyond amazed at some of the in­cred­i­ble peo­ple I have had the chance to work along­side and learn from. Work­ing on the in­ter­na­tional shows most sea­sons with so many in­cred­i­ble tal­ents is like food for me. I’m al­ways want­ing to learn and de­velop and try and take it all in as much as I can. There are many ex­pe­ri­ences that have been so won­der­ful but I think the whole MAC team would agree that work­ing on a team with Val Gar­land is al­ways es­pe­cially mag­i­cal. She takes an idea, cre­ates a brief and many times lets her team breathe their own life into the looks with un­be­liev­able re­sults and I feel so lucky to have been a part of that so many times. As Se­nior Artist for MAC you get to work with the prod­ucts that are be­ing cre­ated and for­mu­lated for the brand be­fore any­one else, what’s com­ing up in terms of new things for us to play with? Oooh if I told you I would have to kill you! The MAC Se­nior Artists are al­ways so giv­ing with feed­back and ideas on new things. It’s pretty great to be able to speak on be­half of other artists and also MAC Cus­tomers who let us know what they wish they could have and have those things lis­tened to and put into de­vel­op­ment. We sat in a pretty mind blow­ing meet­ing at the be­gin­ning of the year with MAC Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment where we tried a whole lot of cool things - but alas I can­not speak of what they were! As far as mod­els go, who is your favourite beauty face at the mo­ment? I think as far as Ki­wis go we are so spoiled for amaz­ing faces at the mo­ment - Holly Rose Emery, Ash­leigh Good, Anmari Botha - it’s so cool to have those del­ish faces in my port­fo­lio and to see them at the shows. I’m re­ally ex­cited about the new MAC Prep + Prime range and the CC prod­ucts, the for­mu­la­tions and colours are fan­tas­tic. Do you have any tips from the top about how best to work with th­ese. I guess I’m

think­ing about how th­ese prod­ucts are more than just your typ­i­cal usual bases and primers. I love how MAC cre­ates prod­ucts that are a step up from the run of the mill type things that other brands of­fer, they re­ally un­der­stand that their cus­tomers have a so­phis­ti­cated knowl­edge of prod­ucts and how to use them. I agree!! The CC thing can seem quite over­whelm­ing at first but it's re­ally so sim­ple and vi­tal for a makeup artists kit es­pe­cially. When you break it down I think any good makeup artist is al­ways look­ing to make skin look brighter and more alive so the Prep & Prime CC prod­ucts make that easy: what is the tone of the skin and which of the tones will bring it to life? Any beauty con­sumer surely wants that as well, to look the best you can with­out look­ing like you are wear­ing a tonne of makeup - th­ese are game chang­ers for sure. It’s quite a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing as a per­sonal make-up artist for some­one, are you look­ing for­ward to shoot­ing ed­i­to­rial again and are you keep­ing an in­spi­ra­tion jour­nal for when the tour is over and you’re back in the world of mag­a­zines and run­way shows? I to­tally feel open to what­ever might lie ahead but am al­ways try­ing to keep what I do as a "celeb's makeup artist" rel­e­vant and more fash­ion fo­cused so it doesn't feel like they are sep­a­rate things for me at the mo­ment if that makes sense? I am how­ever se­cretly en­joy­ing the whole one face at a time thing... the whole 50 girls in a cat­walk show thing can be quite in­tense! How do you col­lab­o­rate to­gether with Ella? She has such a strong sense of her­self and who she is style-wise, do you chan­nel her vi­sion or are you bring­ing a big slice of your­self to the make-up looks you’re cre­at­ing to­gether. How has work­ing with such a vi­sion­ary per­son in­spired your ideas as an artist? I think that as our re­la­tion­ship has grown we are in sync with each other, more and more I am try­ing to think from her per­spec­tive you know? What would she want in this sit­u­a­tion? How can we make this new? Ella to­tally re­spects my ideas - we are in col­lab­o­ra­tion all the time. We talk about fash­ion and style a lot in gen­eral so we work from very common ground to come up with new things to­gether. As an artist I think the big­gest thing I have learnt from her is to be au­then­tic - I have a unique voice and skill and need to hone that. I'm def­i­nitely much more aware of my per­sonal im­pact on things in ev­ery as­pect of what I do and how I live my life. That’s so cool, this whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been such a life changer for you, amaz­ing. So what's com­ing up for you? More tour­ing! Beyond that who knows? Ev­ery day of my life with MAC has been dif­fer­ent so I'll just keep on this crazy roller coaster that is my ca­reer and see what comes up next! We miss you down here, when can we ex­pect a visit back to NZ? Ha ha, I’ve just had an un­of­fi­cial visit but I’ll most likely be back in a cou­ple of months from now. I miss ev­ery­one a lot. I have a lot of FOMO at the thought of an is­sue of BLACK com­ing out with­out me in it! We feel the same way my dar­ling, we're miss­ing you too.desert Is­land time, if you had to choose 4 prod­ucts as a cap­sule kit for a shoot what would they be? * Stu­dio Fin­ish Con­cealer Pal­ettes - easy to cor­rect and con­ceal plus th­ese can be blended with mois­turiser to make any foun­da­tion shade if needed. Also great as an emer­gency blush or cream eye­shadow - they are so es­sen­tial! * Clear brow Set - I al­ways say this is the most bor­ing prod­uct ever but don't un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a per­fectly groomed brow. * Ex­tended Play Mas­cara - the ul­ti­mate mas­cara. Its thin ap­pli­ca­tor gets to ev­ery lash and is great for lower lashes. It's all I use for ev­ery­thing at the mo­ment and lasts a solid 16 hours! * Lip­mix in Cyan, Ma­genta, Yel­low and White - by hav­ing th­ese 4 shades it is pos­si­ble to make almost ANY lip shade at all. (they save my tour life daily!) Thank you so much Am­ber. Keep on be­ing amaz­ing!

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