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About Michelle

MICHELLE WISTUBA

CHRISTCHURCH

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MAKEUP

ARTIST

My Story

Born in Finland but raised in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it town in New Zealand, my journey into the world of makeup artistry was far from conventional.

Growing up surrounded by sheep and hills.

Makeup? It might as well have been rocket science.

But even in the middle of nowhere, I had big dreams.


Makeup wasn't just about looking pretty for me; it was my escape, my passion, my rebellion against the mundane.

Growing up, I devoured every magazine, music video, and YouTube tutorial I could find, soaking in tips, tricks and inspiration like a sponge in water.

Armed with nothing but determination, dollar store makeup and a handful of brushes, I started painting faces at the tender age of 12,

I took matters into my own hands, experimenting on myself, my friends, and even my mum and anyone who dared to sit in my makeshift makeup station.

 

Self-taught and hungry for more, at 16, as I honed my skills, I hustled my way into the local scene, working as an assistant makeup artist for dance performances, burlesque shows, and fashion events.

But I hungered for more.

In 2012, I took the leap and enrolled at the Design and Arts College in Christchurch, where I delved deeper into my passion.

Those early days were all about honing my craft, diving headfirst into collaborative photoshoots and soaking up every ounce of knowledge I could.

 

But my hunger for growth knew no bounds, so I jetted off to Finland to attend the prestigious Makeup Forever Academy in Helsinki in 2016.

And boy, did that decision pay off.

Back in my motherland, armed with newfound skills and an unshakable belief in my vision, I carved out a niche for myself, creating roles that didn't even exist yet.

Landing a gig as an in-house makeup artist and beauty buyer for an alt clothing store Cybershop was just the beginning.

 

The grind paid off when I snagged a spot on Finland's #1 live TV show, MTV Tähdet Tähdet, and dabbling in everything from fashion to short films.

Then came Bologna, Italy, baby.

Paid to prance around the biggest beauty expo in Europe, Cosmoprof,

I scouted new brands for the store.

But home is where the heart is, so in 2019 I packed my bags and returned to Christchurch,

where I'm now the co-owner of Bassface.

Nowadays, you'll find me setting up makeup stalls at festivals and outdoor doofs during New Zealand summers, as avant-garde festival makeup gains popularity.

 

Themed corporate events and fully booked Halloween seasons keep me busy, while my annual visits to Helsinki offer a chance for clients to book me for summer projects, events, and parties.

And as I plot and conspire new visions for the future, one thing’s for sure:

my journey is just getting started.

SERVICES

  • EVENTS MAKEUP
     

  • EDITORIAL MAKEUP
     

  • PHOTOSHOOT MAKEUP
     

  • PERFORMANCE MAKEUP

  • FESTIVAL MAKEUP
     

  • GROUPS MAKEUP
     

  • HALLOWEEN CHARACTER MAKEUP
     

  • SPFX MAKEUP

CLIENTS/COLLABORATORS

KMS HAIR -NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL -ELECTRIC AVENUE FESTIVAL - MYOB - FAST FIVE NETBALL WORLD SERIES - HOUSE OF TRAVEL - OSTRA HOLDINGS - MTV TÄHDET TÄHDET - CYBERSHOP - COSMIC CORNER - TIA PRODUCTS - STUDIO ELITE - SYNCHRONICITY FESTIVAL

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