Tiffany wins big in makeup contest
Porirua hairdresser Tiffany Williams has won more than $2000 worth of makeup in a national competition.
The 24- year- old former Tawa College pupil was one of seven national finalists to attend the first annual Make Me Up competition in Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on July 6.
The competition was open to makeup artists, makeup students and hairdressers.
Applicants were required to submit a photo of an original makeup design related to their cultural heritage, with a fantasy theme.
Once selected as a finalist, Williams and her model, sister-in-law Lisa Cherrie, flew to Auckland, where she had four hours to recreate the look.
Afterwards it was modelled on a catwalk at the 2013 New Zealand Beauty Expo.
Williams said she was shocked to be a finalist, let alone to win the contest.
She started her makeup training only in March this year. ‘‘I’ve always had a passion for it. ‘‘I love that you can make someone look totally different,’’ she said.
A hairdresser at Rachel’s Barbershop in Porirua, she started an online course through QC Makeup Academy, based in Australia, in May.
Williams had four hours to complete the model’s hair, makeup and outfit during the final, and ‘‘used every minute of it’’, she said.
‘‘Because I’m half-Maori I did the sea god, which is Tangaroa.
‘‘I used all the colours of the sea to match a sea god and kind of created my look from a paua shell.’’
The contestants were judged on their complete look, colours and techniques and relation to their cultural theme, she said.
Williams won the overall prize, receiving a $ 1500 professional makeup kit from Prosperina Cosmetics, a $600 Dermalogica gift pack and $500 worth of makeup accessories from Kandystore.
After completing her course this year, she plans to study special effects makeup and prosthetics at WelTec in the hope of becoming a film makeup artist.
Sea god: Porirua’s Lisa Cherrie models a winning makeup design by Porirua hairdresser Tiffany Williams.