Grayson Coutts is a professional makeup artist with nearly 10 years industry experience. he has worked with New Zealand’s biggest names including
Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Boh Runga, Kimbra, Keisha Castle-Hughes and was the personal makeup artist for Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy, and Rachel Platten (singer of the hit song Fight Song) when they were visiting New Zealand. With a strong background in fashion and beauty he works on location and also from his private studio in Auckland’s Ponsonby.
-What is your skincare regime, and which products you use and why?
I wouldn’t say I have a simple regime however it’s not as specific as it sounds and products sometimes change depending on what I’m reviewing at the time. At the moment I cleanse twice, both morning and night (I’m a big fan of the Double Cleanse), starting with dermalogica precleanse, then their dermal cleansing clay. This gets my skin incredibly clean but doesn’t strip it. In the morning I use Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream (strange to use a night cream in the morning I know but for my dry skin it works). At night I use Dr Hauschka Night Serum followed by a few drops of Trilogy Antioxidant+ Rosehip Oil.
-What are your favourite makeup products and why?
Smashbox Photofinish clear primer. It doubles the wear of foundation, fills in fine lines and pores, and smooths out the texture of the skin. They have like eight different primers and I carry a few of them but the Clear works well for every skin
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. Hands down the best mascara. It lengthens, volumizes and curls. I’ve yet to use the actual brush that it comes with (for hygiene reasons I can’t reuse the same mascara brush on multiple people so I use disposable wands) but I’d bet this improves results even further.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Lipliner in 1C. You can’t yet buy it in NZ directly but you can order online and it’s worth it. All of they’re lipliners are creamy, waterproof and long wearing. 1C is the perfect all rounder nude tone.
Smashbox BB Water. Water foundation is the new trend to hit the market and this one is a good one. Really lightweight but decent coverage, it comes with a glass dropper in the bottle so you can disperse the perfect amount. It’s also SPF 30 so good for wear during the day in summer.
Karen Murrell Lipstick in Poppy Passion. The most amazing colour for spring/summer and all their lipsticks are 100% natural, cruelty free and smell like cinnamon.
Benefit Ka-Brow cream-gel brow pots for the most flawless brows. You can get feather like fine strokes or fill in larger areas and it sets to last you the day.
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. Probably the most used colour in my kit. It’s a good base for shadows to go on top and covers any discolouration on the lids.
-Do you have any makeup tips/tricks you swear by?
Always do your eyes first before you tackle the rest of your face. It’s easier to clean up the fallout from your eyeshadow and you won’t smudge and ruin the foundation when you’re applying your eye makeup.
If you only have a few minutes to get ready in the morning, make brows your number 1 priority. Good brows will make your face look finished and put together and it takes very little time. Get them shaped professionally and then fill them in every day. Still have a couple seconds to spare? Apply concealer under the eyes and one to two coats of mascara and you’re out the door.
Invest in regular facials. Even if it’s just four times a year with the change of the seasons it’s the best thing you can do for your skin and a wise investment in your beauty future.
-What are your favourite hair products and why?
L’Oreal Air Fix Anti Frizz hair Spray for hold and control without wet stickiness
Redken Diamond oil as a prep product for the perfect shiny healthy blow out
Davines Melu Hair Shield to protect hair from any heat damage and full of natural goodness
Schwarzkopf OSiS dust powder is the best for adding texture and volume to soft and silky hair. Ideal before an updo.
Kerastase Fluidissime heat and frizz protection with incredible shine for health looking hair.
L’Oreal Paris Everstrong Texturising spray for all over texture, volume and hold for updos
Kevin Murphy Hair Resort for that beachy, natural hair texture. This will also be the best product you’ve ever smelt.
What are your favourite fragrances and why?
I alternate between Tom Ford Noir in winter/evenings as it has a dark sort of spiciness to it and Chanel Allure Homme Sport in summer for its fresh citrus appeal.
What/who are your beauty inspirations/icons?
Grace Kelly for her timeless fresh look that showed restraint and effortless class.
Beyonce - I don’t think this requires any explanation
Angelina Jolie because I’ve loved her look in recent years of paired back makeup and soft natural hair
Gwen Stefani - she’s often looked like a psychiatric escapee but she doesn’t care and somehow it just works for her and I love her for it. Plus how many nearly 50 year olds can wear what she wears and look good!?
Describe your favourite makeup look or trend of the moment
The “i woke up like this’ look. Of course no one actually wakes up looking half decent and if you do I don’t want to know about it. But there’s something incredibly skilful and modern about looking fresh and groomed without looking overdone. It’s about enhancing your features and concealing minor imperfections rather than covering everything up and starting from scratch. To me it’s more impressive.
Favourite YouTubers or Instagram accounts?
Madeyewlook does amazing special effects transformations. Lilith Moon has great quick hair tutorials and of course Michelle Phan wins the youtube.
Any last words of wisdom? :D
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
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