The secret is out! Take a look inside makeup artist and hairstylist kits


Hair guru Danny Pato

The co-director of D&M Hair has been in the industry for nearly 20 years.  As well as working on the salon floor, he’s a high-demand session stylist for catwalk shows, advertising campaigns and magazine editorials.  It’s no wonder celebrities like Kimbra just keep coming back.

  1. Cloud Nine Original Iron, $350: “These irons have seven different temperatures for different hair textures and styles. A must-have.”
  2. Davines Oi/All in One Milk, $37
  3. Mason Pearson brush, $276: “It’s perfect in salon for bridezillas, and amazing for session styling on models’ hair.” Comes with a cleaning brush, above left
  4. Parlux Hair Dryer, $250:“A hairdryer is one of those essential tools, and I love my good old Parlux because it’s powerful and sturdy.”
  5. Moroccanoil Molding Cream, $60
  6. Remington silk ceramic heated roller, $150 for a set
  7. O&M Frizzy Logic, $39: “This serum smells utterly delicious and makes hair smooth and shiny with argan and macadamia oils.”
  8. Davines More Inside Texturising Dust, $43:“A perfect fit for your handbag, this one is excellent for providing instant volume and texture.”

Makeup artist Lisa Matson

Makeup artist Lisa Matson

The L’Oréal national makeup artist and founder and director of Makeover Masters has been doing makeup for more than 20 years. Whether it’s for TV or magazine shoots (including NEXT covers), she’s one of the best in the biz.

  1. L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Excess, $30
  2. Bobbi Brown Eyelash Curlers, $42: “The majority of the time I curl my clients’ lashes to get maximum length and shape before adding my mascara.  These curlers achieve a fantastic curl in only a few seconds.”
  3. Lucas’ PaPaw Ointment, $9: “It’s a bit of a cliché for a makeup artist to add this as a fave, but it is a kit essential.  I use it on dry skin (lips mostly), add it to eye shadow when I’m getting creative and have it as medical back-up if I accidentally burn myself when using hot tools.”
  4. L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Eau de Teint, $30
  5. L’Oréal Paris Gel Intenza Eyeliner, $29
  6. YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Concealer, $76
  7. MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Medium Dark,  $64:  “Of late I’ve become a big advocate of contouring.  This contour blends beautifully into foundation, so I can create subtle, or not-so-subtle, results depending on the look I want.”
  8. L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique, $38: “This is my go-to product when I want to create dewy, luminous skin on models or add a youthful sheen/highlights to more mature skin. It always looks so natural.”
  9. Tweezerman Tweezers, $49
  10. MAC 217 Blending Brush, $48
  11. YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara, $64

Skin expert Marianna Glucina

The founder of beauty salon About Face started with her own clinic in West Auckland almost 20 years ago. Glucina has an excellent reputation for treating skin health and has been a pioneering force for many advanced technologies.

  1. Ultraceuticals SPF30 Sheer Tint, $75:“A daily moisturiser containing a broad spectrum sunblock, antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. Great for women on the go as it can be used as a lightweight foundation too.”
  2. Priori Even Tones, $199: “An anti-ageing product that is ideal for uneven skin tones, pigmentation and sun damage. It contains lactic acid and idebenone to give you a flawless-looking complexion.”
  3. Environ Roll-CIT (left), $203 “This at-home pin prick roller will infuse your skincare deeper into skin.”
  4. Priori CoffeeBerry Cleanser, $122:“This 4-in-1 cleanser brightens the skin using natural enzymes. It also cleanses and exfoliates, as well as removing eye makeup. And it helps with pigmentation.”
  5. Environ C-Quence Eye Gel, $108.50.
  6. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, $70: “The ultimate pick-me-up and the original BB cream. This amazing product can be used under makeup, as a mask or mixed in with foundation for a more minimal look.”
  7. Ultraceuticals B2 Serum, $89.
  8. Pure Fiji Dilo Gel, $45: “Every bathroom should have a bottle of this to treat bites, sunburn, inflammation and eczema. It’s great as an aftercare product for waxing too.”
  9. Environ AVST Pre Cleansing Oil, $48.50:“This pre-cleanser will remove excess oil, cleanse makeup and remove environmental debris from  the skin’s surface ready for the next step.”