New Zealand Fashion Week
22 - 28th August 2016

HITO Hot New Talent Mentors

2016 HITO Hot New Talent Competition Mentors

Kristen Stewart - Makeup

It all began 20 years ago, whilst Kristen was a photographer’s apprentice and discovered make-up artistry. It was not, however, until she worked in a modeling agency that she ventured into learning how to apply make-up on others.

Deciding that make-up artistry was the right career path for her, she went to London two years later to study at the Glauca Rossi School of Make Up. A whole new world opened up for Kristen and she consequently landed some of the most amazing jobs in the UK and Europe.
Afterward, Kristen moved to Auckland where she worked with MAC and built a strong relationship with the cosmetics brand. There she was able to work with the major magazines and fashion shows, as well as some of the biggest catalogues that New Zealand has to offer.

Her passion for make-up extended to teaching people make-up application on themselves and on others. And so when she moved back to Christchurch after having her daughter Harley, she taught at a make-up school.


Mana Dave - Hair

“My career is a living, breathing testament of what hard work, impactful education and a great apprenticeship can create and I’m excited to part of this mentoring process” Mana is the current NZ Hairdresser of the Year and Educator of the Year for the NZ Hairdressing Awards 2015.

He is one of New Zealand’s most highly awarded hairstylists as a multiple winner of some of the industry’s prestigious awards including Wella Trend Vision, Loreal Colour Trophy and the Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year Awards.

As the Creative Director of two successful Newmarket based salons BLAZE and Pony Professionnel and an International Platform Artist for Redken 5th Ave, Mana is an advocate for ongoing education and training.

His work with Redken allows him to travel to here and abroad showcasing our unique kiwi aesthetic for hair to a global audience.


Chinney Yeap - Hair

Currently based at the boutique award winning salon Buoy salon and spa, Chinney has been part of the NZ hairdressing scene for 10 years.  She have a strong passion for editorial inspired looks and works closely with some of the industry's top photographers, makeup artists and models.
Chinney has always jumped at opportunities to travel abroad to advance her career, learning amazing new skills and working on fashion weeks.

Most recently Chinney represented New Zealand at an international colourist  competition in Europe and received the bronze title, the first kiwi to place at the live competition for our country. She last year won the title of NZs industry colourist of the year.

“I strongly believe in education in our industry and sharing knowledge as well as constantly upskilling. Being a part of the Buoy salon and spa team is an exciting opportunity for me to push myself further to be a strong woman mentor in our industry and I'm excited to be a part of this dynamic brand”.


Samala Robinson - Makeup

Samala Robinson is the founder of New Zealand’s leading makeup academy, SRA - Samala Robinson Academy - and Director of Samala Cosmetics.

Samala’s passion is helping women from all walks of life, look and feel beautiful. It is a passion that led Samala to train as a professional makeup artist internationally, from Sydney to New York. It was on this world stage that Samala learned how to express her own creativity while making her clients feel fabulous and glamorous – ready for a fashion shoot or the red carpet. Samala brought this worldwide knowledge and expertise back to New Zealand in the early 90’s, where she became head of makeup and styling at TV3 for 10 years.
Whilst in this role and driven by necessity, Samala discovered a new talent which soon became an ambition – training talented young makeup artists, helping them develop their own skills and confidence and preparing them for the fashion makeup industry.

Through this experience she came to the realisation that there was a distinct lack of training available to budding young artists, so in the year 2000 the Samala Robinson Academy of Fashion Makeup was born. Since it’s humble beginnings the Academy has gone from strength to strength and after 16 years SRA has become NZ’s No 1 Fashion Makeup training institution.

Samala’s latest venture is the launch of her very own makeup range, simply called ‘Samala’. This beautifully crafted and highly practical range caters for not only the pro makeup artist but the everyday woman who wants to look and feel her best.

Samala carefully developed this range over two decades with the exacting skill and precision that she applies to everything. The result is an amazing collection, with combo sets of products that create looks that pro makeup artists are raving about.

So, this is the Samala story thus far, I am sure there will be more to come from this high achiever in the near future.

Richard Kavanagh - Hair

2014, 2015 and 2016 Australian Session Stylist of the Year, internationally published author and Global Creative director for Rodney Wayne, New Zealand's largest salon group, Sydney based Richard Kavanagh is responsible for developing and interpreting global hair trends through seasonal campaign shoots for hair brands, fashion brands and the world’s fashion magazines. 

Inspired by his work travelling the globe creating looks for clients like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Redken, Garnier, and many other fashion, hair and beauty brands Richard’s role as Rodney Wayne’s Creative Director sees him writing and implementing an education and coaching program for the 12 elite artists who impact the lives through training of the 600 or so staff in the group. Developing an award winning culture has been a hallmark of his tenure as Creative Director.

As a hair director at Fashion Week in New York, Sydney and New Zealand, Richard is the go to commentator for emerging trends and has a knack for translating these into easy to understand language for everyone.

His celebrity client list reads like a who’s who and includes - Lorde, Kelly Osbourne, Adrien Brody, Nicole Warne, Black Eyed Peas, Dannii Minogue, Kimbra, Keisha Castle Hughes, Banks, Shanina Shaik, Kylie Bax, Julia Nobis, Robyn Lawley, Eizabeth Debicki, Jessica Gomes, Rebel Wilson, Delta Goodrem and many more.

Louise Mills - Makeup

Louise always knew that she wanted a creative job. Deciding that make-up artistry was the right career path for her, after stumbling upon an article about being a make-up artist, she studied at Cut Above Academy in Auckland before returning to Wellington to gain practical experience in the field.

Louise worked on numerous sets assisting established make-up artists, while also doing freelance work on the side. She then joined MAC when they opened their second location in Wellington as a Counter Manager for 3 years before joining The Body Shop as the National Make-up Product Manager and Trainer – a role which she continues to adore as she comes up to her 12 year anniversary with the company.

Today Louise continues to train and develop the skills of staff at The Body Shop, encouraging them to explore current trends and create through an annual nationwide Make-up Competition.

For the 10th year running, she is thrilled to lead their National Make-up Team at New Zealand Fashion Week.