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Phoenix Renata

Diploma in Makeup

Since the age of 15 Phoenix had a dream of developing her own brand of cosmetics, and since graduating Cut Above, she’s gone on to do just that!

Phoenix enrolled at Cut Above at the age of 16, having already completed a couple of short courses and dabbling in film due to her parents connections in the industry.

“I chose to study makeup artistry at Cut Above Academy because I wanted to do a Diploma, it was the longest course in Auckland and the most vast in terms of topics and skills it covered. It was a great stepping stone, and provided a lot of general life experience as well as the technical application lessons and industry experience.”

Phoenix is now the founder and owner of Phoenix Cosmetics, her own makeup brand, with 12 makeup stores nationwide and one in Australia. “We do a lot of work with NZ designers for shows, Australia and New Zealand Fashion Week, events, photoshoots, film and TV. I always use Cut Above students to assist whenever I have events and shows on. Cut Above teaches you the fundamentals of makeup and I think the most valuable thing they gave me was all of the work experience, and the relationships with students, tutors and industry which has meant I have kept an on-going relationship with the academy throughout my career.