She’s among the country’s Top 10 beauty professionals and she’s Townsville’s own — meet make-up artist extraordinaire Kristin Martin.
When Kristin Martin decided to step out on her own as a freelance make-up artist in 2014, it was a big call… but well worth it.
“After two years of managing the MAC Cosmetics counter in Myer Townsville when it opened in 2012, I decided the time was right to become a freelancer,” Kristin says.
Since then Kristin, who is based in Willowbank Estate, has gone on to apply make-up for prestigious production crews such as 60 Minutes and numerous TV and print campaigns for local and national businesses alike, not to mention countless editorial shoots (including for DUO), awards ceremonies and weddings. Kristin also made the Top 10 in this year’s Makeup Artist of the Year Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA)!
Top left Bridal makeup on bride Rosie Cummins Top right Avant-garde creative makeup – Painted Vision Beauty in the Making Photography Exhibition Bottom left Editorial beauty makeup – Pearlescent Beauty in the Making Photography Exhibition Bottom right Beauty makeup for MARA Swim Look Book
“The ABIA are seen as the true benchmark of excellence, so to be a Top 10 finalist in my first year competing has been a real confidence boost,” Kristin says.
“I’m constantly researching the latest in application techniques, products and make-up looks so it’s very rewarding to have that acknowledgment by the ABIA.”
Kristin’s career as a make-up artist has taken her all over Australia, networking with some of the country’s most creative minds. One of the most glamourous events she’s worked on this year was Miss Universe Australia.
“I was on the state finals make-up team in Brisbane and was thrilled to be invited to join the national finals team in Melbourne,” Kristin says.
“The event is meticulously organised — it’s nothing short of a red carpet Hollywood event — and the backstage hustle is addictive. I really enjoyed creating personalised make-up looks to suit the contestants’ gorgeous gowns.”
“I want to make sure everyone who sits in my make-up chair feels and looks their best.” – Kristin Martin
So what’s trending in make-up currently? Believe it or not, natural beauty!
“The ‘no make-up’ make-up trend is being taken to a new level. The trick is to create a flawless base, add a sun-kissed glow, define your lash line and add coats of mascara to create separated and wispy lashes,” Kristin says. “Brush up your brows and only fill gaps to a full, natural shape. Next, add a pink or peach gloss on the lips and only mattify your skin where necessary. Definitely no cakey or creasy foundation or concealer!”
If you’ve spent hours in front of the mirror trying to perfect your make-up without much success, don’t fret — Kristin offers one-on-one make-up application lessons too.
“Above all, I want to make sure everyone who sits in my make-up chair feels and looks their best,” she says. “A little know-how can go a long way.”