UCOL Wairarapa Beauty student Renee Tomuri is no stranger to the industry but says it’s great to be encouraged to learn new things.
The 29 year old was recently placed second in the national Wendy Hill Cosmetics Student Bridal Makeup competition and acknowledges her UCOL Beauty Lecturer Riki Anderson for his contribution to her success. "He really makes me push my boundaries," she says.
The Wendy Hill Cosmetics Student Bridal Makeup competition is an annual event among the top regional Beauty students from all over New Zealand. The students are required to make up their 'bride' and submit the best photograph of their model as their entry into the competition.
Renee was selected from ten UCOL beauty students from the Wairarapa campus who vied for the chance to represent the region at the national competition.
Riki says Renee's work was absolutely beautiful. "I was incredibly proud of all of our entries as they were all of a very high standard."
Renee is nearing the end of a Certificate in Beauty Services (Level 4) programme and plans to continue studying for a Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) next year.
Born and bred in the Wairarapa and of Ngāpuhi descent, Renee completed a six month WelTec Make Up Artistry course four years ago and has since worked as a make-up artist for bridal parties and photography shoots in Wellington.
On her return to Masterton to live, she decided it would be good for her career to do some more training and broaden her skills.
"I love doing makeup for weddings but since doing the UCOL Certificate, I've decided my future is as a beautician."
The judges said Renee created an excellent makeup in all aspects for her model, Hollie Renata, which demonstrated a high standard of artistry. "The makeup looked flawless and was beautifully blended, and we particularly liked the shades chosen for her model's skin tone and the style of her makeup."
Riki says the competition is included in the UCOL Beauty programme curriculum and gets tighter and tighter as standards improve. "We got a highly commended last year, second this year – next year we want to win!"