With over 10 years’ experience creating the perfect base for celebrities and brides-to-be in New Zealand, Grayson is a wealth of knowledge on all things beauty. One of New Zealand's most loved makeup and hair artists, Grayson also has a beauty blog, travels and owns a truly gorgeous dog, Yoshi. Grayson fitted in a chat with us to share his story and beauty advice.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a make-up artist and hair stylist.
What does a regular day look like for you?
There is no such thing as a regular day. I’m either up really early or staying out super late on shoots and shows so every day is completely different.
How would your friends describe you?
Probably a little bit dry, good sense of humour.
Video shot by: Kor Creative. Make-up by: Grayson Coutts
"The secret to a flawless complexion is all in the prep"
What’s your most memorable project to date?
My most memorable project to date would be an underwater photoshoot that I did make-up for.
Three essentials you carry with you to every job?
Primer, Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner and my brushes.
Most annoying thing people do when getting their make-up done?
Look down at their phone.
Instagram filters, for or against?
You’re known for creating the perfect base. What’s your secret to a flawless complexion?
It’s all in the prep. So I like to start with a good cleanse and really nice moisturiser, little bit of primer and minimal foundation. Just what you need.
Contour or highlight?
Both in moderation.
Matte or dewy?
Both, I like playing around with texture.
What’s the most common beauty mistake you see people make?
Too much. Just too much brows, too much foundation, too much product.
Favourite accounts to follow?
Jen Atkin Hair, Make-up by Mario and Together Journal.
And finally, what’s one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring makeup artist?
Learn how to style hair.
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