Natural, preservative-free and organic are the buzz words of the culinary world, as we increasingly seek foods which are equally as good for our bodies as they are for our planet. Yet it’s not just our food which is getting the natural makeover, as we seek safer and simpler products to fill up our bathrooms.
Clean, green and organic are just some of the terms that have crossed the culinary divide and made their way into mainstream makeups with, even more surprisingly, vegan and gluten-free also making an increasing appearance on cosmetic packaging, alongside fragrance-free and paraben-free.
Thankfully, New Zealand and Australia are proud homes to some pretty powerful players in the natural beauty space, including Plantae and Ethique.
And it’s not just the ingredients list that these top talents are taking more responsibility over, with brands such as the Goodness range of skincare products and Christchurch’s own Lauren & Louise makeups choosing to source and supply only cruelty-free products.
Germany was first to this consumer consciousness party, banning animal testing in 1986 and, by 2009, the entire European Union had joined in. Since then, Israel, India, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and parts of Brazil have all banned cosmetic testing on animals. We’ve roped Australia in too, with the country now committed to banning all cosmetic animal testing by July 2018.
Kristen Stewart’s two businesses couldn’t be more different – there’s the bold and there’s the beautiful. And now they’ve come together under the one roof.
First there’s Kristen Stewart School of Makeup (KSSM) – an innovative training school, which provides a professionally focused Diploma of Make-up Artistry for those passionate about make-up art in the fashion and photographic industry.
Then there’s the bold – Kristen Stewart School of Special Effects (KSFX). The only school of its kind in New Zealand, KSFX offers fast-paced courses in techniques such as SFX (cuts and bruises), airbrushing, prosthetics, TV makeup and working with facial hair and wigs.
Previously housed in Victoria Street, KSSM has now moved into KSFX’s space at unit 4, 75 Peterborough Street, close to the library.
“It’s a much bigger premises,” Kristen says.
“And it’s a much more suitable premises. It means we can have the beautiful side of the business upstairs and the industrial side of the business downstairs, bringing two separate identities under the one roof.
“It’s been really hard operating from two different spaces, so we’re excited about the future.”
There’s some more exciting changes in the pipelines for these innovative local makeup schools. Kristen says they will soon be offering more specialist short courses, in areas such as airbrushing and hair styling. “We have a photography studio and hair basins here, so the new facility will enable a much greater range of options.”