Permanently Pretty

Miranda Hill


Article published in Style Magazine  | promotion section – Month issue No.

We talk with Wake Up With Make Up’s new South Island licensee Miranda Hill about the art of micropigmentation, otherwise known as permanent makeup, and her talent for creating facial masterpieces.

When did you know that the beauty industry was the place for you?
When I was about 10 years old… I would go into my parents’ bathroom and mix up potions like toothpaste and cleanser and put them on as a face mask! It’s in my blood! At age 14 I began working for my sister in her hairdressing salon and there was a beauty therapist working there, so I guess it all just thrived from there.

What has been a highlight of your 26 year career so far?
It has all been a highlight, however my seven years at Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown would have to be up there. I began working out of one room at the Millbrook gym, from there I grew an amazing team of girls from all parts of the globe to become voted 6th best spa in the world. And, of course, having worldwide celebrities to do treatments on was a definite highlight! The clients I have met along the way and their stories they share are also a highlight for me.

What does a micropigmentation artist do?
Also known as permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation is an advanced form of tattooing in which medical-grade pigments are infused into the dermal layer of the skin using pre- sterilised needles. The technique creates a shadow of colour that perfectly mimics applied makeup in soft natural tones of colour. I thrive off creating a customised brow that suits the shape and style of your face, with eyeliner and lips being popular treatments as well.

How does your varied beauty experience contribute to your micropigmentation work?
As a micropigmentation artist, it is vital to understand the skin, the different textures, pigments and enhancements. My experience specialising in age prevention, acne and pigmentation and alongside appearance medicine nurses is hugely beneficial for knowing the techniques used and the placing of the facial muscles. Combining that with my experience as a makeup artist, knowing the shapes of clients’ facial features and how to define them, is a huge advantage for doing cosmetic tattooing.

What does it mean for you now to be a licensee of the national Wake Up With Make Up?
I am excited to join a family business with Michelle and Kirsty (mother and daughter), and recently my own daughter Charmaine joining our team to concentrate on
Central Otago clients. We see an opportunity to grow the Wake Up With Make Up brand and remain at the forefront of the NZ permanent cosmetics industry through
continuing education, advancing our knowledge on current technology and fashion trends and always meeting and exceeding regulations.

How do you split your time between Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill?
With lots of multivitamins!! I am very fortunate to have a great support network in all three places. When I’m working I have a team cooking my dinners and running around after me and get lots of grandchildren hugs.