Are you ready to take your wedding look to the next level? Planning a wedding can be overwhelming but finding amazing hair and makeup artists doesn’t have to add onto that stress. As a professional wedding photographer, I have learnt that the magic we create in your portraits comes down to a team effort. Having an amazing Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Team is truly a key factor when it comes to stunning imagery. Plus, if you live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand – you are in luck. In this blog post, I will share with you the 7 local makeup artists I recommend in the region who can help give you show-stopping looks for your special day!

With all the other tasks on your to-do list, it’s easy to overlook what can be one of the most important elements for looking picture perfect on your wedding day: finding expert hair and makeup artists. You don’t want to leave this important detail up to chance – let’s review the seven top Bay of Plenty experts I’m confident will provide you with gorgeous results! Whether you are planning a boho or traditional style look for either yourself or members in your bridal party, these professionals have got you covered from head to toe! They each possess unique talents and techniques that will make sure no client leaves unimpressed by how breathtakingly beautiful (or handsome!) every single person at the altar looks!

Read on and unlock the secret (or secrets!) to fabulous bridal beauty… Woohoo! 🥳

Prita Fermah – Makeup Artist, BOP

When it comes to your wedding day, you want to look and feel your absolute best. That’s where Prita, one of the best makeup artist’s in the Bay Of Plenty, comes in. With years of experience and a passion for making brides shine, Prita knows exactly how to help you achieve the perfect look for your special day. From natural glam to flawless makeup, Prita will work with you to create a look that enhances your natural beauty and complements your style. With Prita by your side, you can relax and enjoy the day, knowing that you will look stunning and feel confident walking down the aisle. So, if you’re seeking a skilled beauty expert to elevate your look, look no further than Prita! This girl is a true beauty, inside and out 🥹

(Note: Although she’s been my bestie since the age of fifteen, I promise you this isn’t a biased opinion 🙊 But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself! 😉)

Kia Ora, my name is Prita, I have been working as a professional makeup artist for coming up ten years – wow, time flies when you’re having fun! 

After The Cut Above Academy (where I trained as a professional makeup artist), my journey in the industry kicked off with a stint at MAC cosmetics. I had the chance to hone my skills across the cities of Aotearoa and London. The experience has undoubtedly shaped me into the artist I am today..

Now, I am self-employed, working in the wedding industry, which I consider a privilege. Not only do I get the opportunity to forge connections with couples on their special day, but also with the fellow vendors, making it a truly exceptional field.

Being a part of people’s special events brings me immense joy and is a true privilege. Enhancing their natural features and fostering confidence is an honour.

I am there to make you feel your best on the day, not just physically but emotionally too!”

– Prita

Feedback from one of Prita’s brides:

“Prita – not only did our makeup look absolutely gorgeous the whole day and night but thank you for being such a calming energy for us!”

Ashlee Hastings – Makeup Artist, BOP

If you’re looking for a talented makeup artist in the Bay Of Plenty, look no further than Ashlee Hastings. With a keen eye for detail and a true passion for her craft, Ashlee creates stunning looks that enhance her clients’ natural beauty. It’s the little things that make a big impact on your overall style and she has the knack for bringing out the best in every face she works on. Her friendly personality and dedication to client satisfaction make her a favourite among locals seeking makeup services for special events. Rest assured, Ashlee’s artistry will leave you spellbound! 🥹

“Hey babe, I’m Ashlee – your local Professional Makeup Artist in Papamoa. I’m here to help you look and feel like the absolute best version of yourself for your upcoming event, shoot, or wedding! 

I first launched my makeup business in the Waikato in early 2017, specialising in weddings. I worked for MAC and Bobbi Brown over the following years which enabled me to branch out into the community, refine my skills, build my client base, and make some lifelong industry friends. Fast-forward to now, I am living and working in the Bay (lucky me!) and have established the perfect work dynamic between my corporate marketing/comms role and makeup, which enables me to take on weekend and weekday clients at my home studio in Papamoa.

I am so passionate about ensuring all of my clients feel their absolute best while having a fun, easy, creative experience. The extensive range of high-quality products in my kit, plus many years of experience with all ages, and genders allows me to create beautiful, long-lasting makeup looks to suit each individual client’s preferences. I have a wide range of shades and textures in my kit to cater to literally everyone – that’s my job! Although I am known for my full glam work, whether you’re after natural, soft, or full glam, I’m your gal!

Weddings are my true passion. I spend the winter counting down the days to jump back into the next wedding season! I count myself very lucky to be so booked and busy every season, meeting and connecting with beautiful souls every week that choose me to glam them up on their special day! I primarily take on weddings in Tauranga, Waikato, and Coromandel but I am an avid traveller, and have been branching out into destination weddings in recent years which makes me love my job even more!

Reach out if you have any questions about what I do or just want to chat about your upcoming wedding or special event. I would love to meet you and be a part of the action! Let’s make some magic together.

Ashlee xx”

– Ashlee

Feedback from one of Ashlee’s brides:

“Ashlee did myself and my bridal parties make up for my recent wedding. Not only did she do the most phenomenal job on all of our make up for the day, but she was so fun and easy going to have there on the morning, and made us feel so relaxed like we were just chatting away with one of the girls. Communication leading up to the day was so fast and consistent which meant a lot to me as a stressy bride! The make up turned out so beautiful and she really listened to me and just nailed the brief. She couldn’t have been more professional, used amazing products, and made sure we were all happy. Thank you so much Ashlee, I would love to have you do my make up again 100%!!!”

Lissy Steens – Hair and Makeup Artist, BOP

Looking for a talented makeup artist and hair stylist in Bay of Plenty? You might want to check out Lissy Steens, who is known for her exceptional skills in both hair and makeup! With years of experience in the industry, Lissy has mastered the art of creating looks that suit each client’s unique preferences and personality. With an unsurpassed dedication to quality, it’s no wonder she’s always been one of the most sought-after hair stylists and makeup artists in the region. Her keen eye for detail, professionalism, and beautifully friendly nature makes her a tip-top choice for anyone in Bay of Plenty in need of expert hair and makeup services 🤗

“Lissy is a talented Hair and makeup artist whose passion started at a young age. Now with over 12 years experience in fashion, runway, bridal makeup and special occasions. Winning awards, such as Makeup artist of the year. Her fun loving personality will make your day just that little bit more special and always going the extra mile to make anyone in her chair feel amazing!.

“My love for Hair and Makeup goes beyond what I create on a client’s face, it’s how I am able to make them feel I could never imagine myself doing anything else!”

– Lissy

Feedback from one of Lissy’s brides:

“I was lucky enough to have Lissy do my hair and makeup for my wedding in February this year. From the get go, I knew she was the one for us. She did the hair and makeup for myself, my two bridesmaids, my mum, and the hair for my daughter all on her own, and she made it seem so easy! She was phenomenal. We all felt so beautiful right into the early hours of the morning. I recommend Lissy a million times over. 5 stars is no where near enough. Thank you Lissy, you are incredible.”

Natalie Dawson – Makeup Artist, BOP

Natalie is an incredibly talented makeup artist in Bay of Plenty that has a true magic touch when it comes to flawless makeup application. Her attention to detail and ability to enhance features leaves her clients feeling like they just stepped off the damn runway! With a keen eye for colour and texture, Natalie knows just how to create a look that suits each individual’s unique style and personality. Whether you’re looking for a natural daytime glow or a glamorous evening look, Natalie’s skills are unparalleled! Her passion for the craft and dedication to her clients is evident in every makeup application, making her a go-to choice for anyone in the Bay Of Plenty area 😍

“Hey, I’m Nat

I love all things makeup but most importantly I love helping others feel beautiful about themselves.

Everyone deserves to look and feel their best self and I love to be a part of helping people achieve that. I am super passionate about enhancing someones natural beauty rather than completely changing it. 

Creating gorgeous skin and eyes that pop are two elements of makeup that really excites me and that I take a lot of pride in. 

Wedding makeup is a big chunk of my work and I feel extremely honoured being part of someones big day. I work with you to help you achieve your dream look for your dream day, whatever that may be. I strive to create a beautiful version of YOU to ensure that you feel both comfortable and confidence on one of the most special days of your life.

As well as wedding work, I also have a strong passion for fashion and love working on editorial and commercial photoshoots.

I look forward to meeting you!

Nat x”

– Natalie

Feedback from one of Natalie’s brides:

“WOW! I was blown away when I found Nat on Instagram and my expectations were made pretty high because of her photos, and damn did she deliver!!

Everything was perfect, she made me feel so beautiful and my mum and bridesmaids were stunning.

She made all my hopes come true and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. Nat was so funny, she made us laugh so much and was just a dream.

If you’re looking for a top- tier make up artist, Natalie is your women!”

Yvana Sanders – Hair Stylist, BOP

If you’re on the hunt for a skilled and dedicated hair stylist in the Bay of Plenty, look no further than Yvana!! With years of experience under her belt, Yvana is passionate about helping her clients look and feel their best. Whether you’re after a simple yet effective up-do or a completely dramatic new look, she has the skills and expertise to make it happen! Her eye for detail and commitment to providing top-notch customer service will leave you feeling completely pampered and satisfied. Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to your hair – book Yvana for your Wedding! 🤩

“Hello! I’m Yvana Sanders – an expert Bridal Hairstylist & Educator based in Tauranga.

I turn brides (just like you) into the most beautiful version of themselves on their wedding day. 

It’s a job I take very seriously, too. I’m not a hairdresser who does weddings on the side – I specialise in bridal hair full-time. 

My mum was a hairdresser, so I’ve always been a creative soul. After years of styling, training, competing and owning my own salon in Gisborne, I became the go-to-stylist in the area for bridal hair. When I moved to Tauranga in 2018 with my husband and two boys, I decided to go all in – leaving the colour world behind to focus entirely on my brides-to-be.

I’m in love with creating – my husband says I’m addicted! I’m also a self-confessed perfectionist, so I’m forever practising and taking every opportunity I can to invest in my skills. 

During the winter months I tour around New Zealand and Australia to teach other passionate Bridal hairstylists sharing my knowledge and techniques with them. I believe every bride should have access to an expert hairstylist for her wedding day.”

– Yvana

Feedback from one of Yvana’s brides:

“Yvana did my hair for my wedding and my 4 bridesmaids. We each had different looks and she styled them to individually suit with absolute perfection! Yvana is the BEST in the game, and that is the reason I emailed Yvana as soon as we had a wedding date because she is so talented and popular! She is kind, down to earth and dedicated. We loved you Yvana, you made us all feel so beautiful, my hair even lasted two whole days! Can’t wait for our next event so I can have you do my hair again soon xx”

Laura Jane – Makeup Artist, BOP

If you’re looking for a beautiful makeup artist in Bay of Plenty, Laura Jane would be an amazing addition to your big day! Laura has honed her skills and developed a true passion for making her clients feel and look their absolute best! She has a true gift when it comes to creating natural, glowing looks to bold and dramatic statements. She can create the perfect makeup look for any occasion! Not only is she talented, but she also has a very warm and friendly personality that will put you at ease during the entire process. A truly kind heart with a real talent. Trust Laura Jane for all of your makeup needs in Bay of Plenty! 😍

“I’m Laura! A Bridal & Event Makeup Artist based in the Bay of Plenty, NZ. With a lifetime of love for art, creativity and beauty – I fell into the world of makeup at 17 & truly found my passion and purpose here. 

Weddings are my happy place; I’m a bit of a sucker for love, so I really enjoy sharing what I love with you on your special day, and helping to make your bridal vision come to life! 

There is so much power in makeup & I like to use it wisely, enhancing your beauty in whatever capacity feels right to you; super glam and dressed to the 9s or enhanced and natural, I always want you to look and feel like your absolute best self. 

With 8 years experience under my belt my makeup style is fresh and versatile. Perfected skin, more blush and an angelic glow are things I’d use to describe my favourite look – I am so excited to create yours, with you.

Obsessed with all things beauty, I’m also a qualified lash and brow technician with a studio based in Rotorua, NZ”

– Laura Jane

Feedback from one of Laura’s brides:

“Laura is the most amazing and talented make up artist! We were so incredibly lucky to have you do our make up for our wedding. Thank you for all your incredible knowledge that you bought to our wedding – you were so skilled, relaxed and professional. We had so many people commenting on how well our make up was done and I felt like a princess because of you. You are so relatable and funny. So thank you again for being such a vital part of our day and making it so memorable.”

Desiree Osterman – Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist, BOP

In the bustling Bay of Plenty region, a hair stylist and makeup artist that creates buzz with her awesome skills is Desiree. She is a skilled beauty professional who’s been enhancing the natural beauty of her clients for years. Her work has been praised by countless individuals who have had the pleasure of working with her. If you want to look your best for any occasion, be it a wedding, photoshoot, or special event, Desiree is an amazing option! 💖

I trained as a makeup artist under the guidance of Bobbi Brown (Cosmetics) and Mr Uemura (Shu Uemura Cosmetics) in London. I learnt session hair styling with Toni & Guy and have worked on London fashion week for Abe Hamilton, Red or Dead, Central St Martins, and Paul Frith. I also worked with BBC on their BBC Live Show, Central St Martins, Animal Amnesty, The University of London Aids Benefit Show, and for international hair companies Toni & Guy UK, and Vidal Sassoon UK.

Back in New Zealand my freelance work has included fashion shows for Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Trelise Cooper and magazine editorial work for Pavement, Oyster, Pulp, Staple, Next, UNO Magazine, Woman’s Weekly and Women’s Day. Often my freelance work is television commercial work or a corporate event show, clients have included Glassons, Coke and Leviis.


I provide a professional makeup application that produces beauty that’s your own, only skilfully enhanced using current up to the minute makeup products and techniques, ensuring your makeup will last your entire wedding day and still look amazing in your wedding photographs and videos in years to come.

As a freelance hair stylist I can provide you with a complete package for both hair and makeup for the entire bridal party including a team for larger wedding parties. I’m based in the beautiful Bay of Plenty but I’m available throughout New Zealand and afar. 

I use makeup brands in my kit that I trust because I’ve used these companies for long enough to know that they will last the distance in photo shoots, film work and weddings. I look for products that are waterproof but have good ingredients. Foundations I choose have a skin like finish, have buildable coverage and are heatproof. Eye makeup and lip products need to be blendable and have an amazing lasting quality. Brands I use include Natasha Denona, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Huda Beauty, Stila, Too Faced, Shu Uemura, MAC, KatVonD, and Laura Mercier. Hair brands I gravitate toward include Moroccanoil, Living Proof and Osis Schwarzkopf.”

– Desiree

Feedback from one of Desiree’s brides:

“Desiree is an absolute professional! She and her team helped transform me (the bride), my maid of honour, and my 5 bridesmaids on my wedding day. Her make up skills are flawless and she is so lovely to work with. Nothing was a hassle. I felt so calm and so beautiful on my big day. Highly recommend!”

To conclude, let me tell you that meticulous preparation for your big day is super important! You want everything to run smoothly for your big day, that’s why booking a top-notch hair and makeup artist in the Bay of Plenty is super essential! And guess what? There are some amazing artists out there!

Prita’s makeup skills are unparalleled, while Lissy’s got pouts and up dos down to a T! Natalie can gift you that runway-glow that makes heads turn, and Laura’s infectious and bubbly energy will leave you smiling for days. Ashlee’s signature looks are nothing short of amazing, Yvana’s dedication to hair makes her a master of individual masterpieces, and Desiree’s passion for the craft is a true work of art.
These amazing women are the professionals and experts when it comes to making their clients shine on their special day! Why not take the next step and give them a call? Trust me, they’ll make sure you look and feel your best! 😍

Happy choosing!

Love, Me xx


June 6, 2023

Unveiling some of the Best Wedding Hair and Makeup Artists in the Bay of Plenty

Eilish Burt


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