Directory Beauty, Hair & Makeup in Auckland Central
Grayson is a professional freelance makeup artist with over five years industry experience. Having worked on literally hundreds of weddings and on women with different skin types and skin tones, he has a wealth of experience to make you look your absolute best on your wedding day.
He’s worked with New Zealand’s biggest names, including Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Boh Runga, Kimbra, Kimberly Crossman, Keisha Castle-Hughes and was the personal makeup artist for Carly Rae Jepsen and Jessie Ware when they were visiting NZ. He’s also a Senior Artist on the Pro Team for Smashbox Cosmetics.
Grayson refined his talent through working with some of the top professionals in the beauty industry and he stays on top of the latest trends to bring fresh ideas to his clients. From cutting edge to classic beauty, he’ll create the perfect look with you in mind and can also arrange for a professional hairstylist too.
“My clients always get the best quality of makeup design available. I’m friendly and reliable, and would love to create the perfect look for your special day”.
Grayson has a makeup studio based in Ponsonby, Auckland and is also available to travel to your destination.
From the first email I sent, right up until our wedding day Grayson was professional, calm and organised. I really appreciated Grayson’s quick responses to my emails and queries - he made our experience stress-free and seamless.
Not only was Grayson happy to travel for our wedding and take an early ferry, but he also recommended a fantastic hairdresser (Amelia Motuliki).
Grayson did make-up for myself, my four bridesmaids and my Mum - it was superb! We all wanted slightly different looks and Grayson accommodated everyone beautifully. He gave great advice and was a calming presence on the day. The make-up lasted so well - the only thing that needed retouching later in the day was our lipstick. It even stood up to plenty of dancing!
I’d highly recommend Grayson to anyone looking for a reliable, friendly and extremely talented make-up artist.
Wedding Date: March 1, 2014
I love Grayson, he’s amazing makeup artist. He did my makeup, 2 bridesmaids, 3 sisters and the mother of the grooms makeup. Everyone was really happy with their makeup and everyone looked stunning.
My makeup lasted to the end of the wedding, I didn’t even need to retouch it apart from the lipstick.
I found Grayson after I had my original makeup artist cancel on me, and I think this has worked for the best because I wouldn’t have found Grayson if she didn’t cancel.
He will be my go to makeup artists for every special event I have. I even had few people contact him after they saw my wedding pictures and they were amazed by the makeup.
Wedding Date: October 27, 2013
Grayson, I would like to thank you for the wonderful experience and for making me and my bridesmaids look and feel amazing!
I will recommend you to anyone I know looking for a makeup artist, you are just the best!
My now husband couldn’t take his eyes off me, he was amazed on how gorgeous I looked
Thanks so so much x x
Wedding Date: 08/12/2012
Grayson did a wonderful job of my wedding makeup, and the mother of the bride. He’s professional, friendly, and I was really pleased with the finished look.
Wedding Date: May 18, 2013
I had been referred to Grayson by my bridesmaid who would not recommend anyone else - and she’s a magazine editor! Grayson did not disappoint. Myself and two bridesmaids had a consultation with Grayson in preparation for my wedding in Rarotonga. As we were doing our own make-up we needed some expert tips and tricks to take with us. He did a FANTASTIC job of recommending what to think about when applying make-up in the tropics. He also took the time to apply make-up with detail on what to do and how to apply each step. In the end we all had a style that we were able to replicate at my wedding. I will be recommending Grayson to brides all over!
Wedding Date: May 10, 2013
Grayson is AMAZING! I could not recommend him more highly. I have had my make up done many, many times over the years but no one has ever done a more beautiful job than him. Myself, five bridesmaids and mother looked absolutely gorgeous. My make up was done at 11am and when we wrapped the wedding up and I left the venue at 2am it was still completely perfect - I didn’t have to do one touch up except lipstick. Grayson was also such a pleasure to be around - getting married is a big deal and naturally your emotions run high but he was so calming and relaxed on the day. I also had a bit of a hair drama and did an incredible job of touching up my hair to make it completely perfect. Thank you, Grayson! I can not wait to use him again for my next event.
Wedding Date: February 23, 2013
I’ve had my make up done by Grayson a few times & have always found him to be very professional & goes above & beyond. Nothing is too much of a hassle (eg- me & fellow bridemaids deciding very last minute to go with false lashes).
I would definately use him for any future events.
Wedding Date: 27 October, 2012
Grayson is an incredibly talented MUA. He works to accentuate your natural assets, and doesn’t hide you under a ton of makeup. The result is really breathtaking, I felt incredibly beautiful after he did my make up, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. His home studio is chic and private, and I felt super pampered the entire time. He is my go to for any future event!
Wedding Date: NA
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Grayson as an amazing, talented and gifted makeup artist. He is a true professional, always punctual and always a pleasure to deal with.
He created a stunning, natural look for me and I looked and felt beautiful as reflected in my gorgeous wedding photos. I received countless compliments on both occasions I have been lucky enough to use him and will definitely be booking him again for any future occasions as well as a masterclass.
Wedding Date: May 24, 2013
Simply THE BEST make up artist. I have used Grayson for my wedding and for several other occasions and have been blown away every time. His attention to detail, talent, professionalism and friendly nature award him 5 Stars. Amazing, you will definitely not be disappointed.
Wedding Date: November 24, 2012
I had a large party to have their makeup done. Grayson and his team ensured that they got to work quickly and were very time efficient and calm. We had a great time and all of my bridesmaids commented on the professionalism and the amazing job of their makeup. As the bride, I was so impressed with my makeup especially as I did not have a pre-trial. I was struck especially by the great price also.
It was easy to communicate with Grayson in the time leading up to the day - right from booking to payment to time and location arrangements and was always treated with the utmost professionalism.
My sister was so impressed she booked a tutorial with Grayson because of his amazing talents.
I would recommend Grayson for any occasion - including weddings hands down!
Wedding Date: January 23, 2013
Grayson did a truly beautiful make up for my wedding. I was interested in having some pops of colour and he suggested the most beautiful bright pink lipstick. It was stunning with my dress (blush coloured) and looked outstanding in the photos. Everyone commented on how gorgeous my make up was and I felt beautiful! It lasted extremely well - I wore it for 14 hours and only needed to touch up with powder and lipstick a couple of times.
Grayson also did a lovely natural make up for my mum and she looked really beautiful.
Grayson was also super professional to deal with, very prompt at answering emails and questions and very accommodating with arranging a trial at short notice. He also asked me if I had ideas about colours I’d like and made suggestions where I wanted advice.
I would recommend Grayson without hesitation if you want to look absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day. He has loads of industry experience and knows how to suggest looks that suit you and your day and what will work in photos. Thanks Grayson!!
Wedding Date: April 5, 2013
Grayson is always so friendly and charming and professional, but what I love most if he really listens and gives advice, and makes sure everyone feels happy and relaxed.
Not to mention we all looked great for the whole day, so many people commented on how lovely we looked in the photos in particular; I am sure the makeup hid my bad points!
Wedding Date: October 27, 2012
I was unsure about having my make-up done professionally but I was talked into it by my daughter who goes to Grayson. I was so pleased that I had it done. Grayson was just lovely and did a fabulous job of my make-up. I would definitely use him again.
Wedding Date: 11/8/12
I have been to Grayson’s studio in Herne Bay a few times to get my make-up done and am always impressed with his set-up there. His studio is really professional and he does a fantastic job of my makeup.
Wedding Date: 11/8/12
I found Grayson to be exceptionally good at what he does; he’s knowledgeable, professional and makes you feel at ease - which is important on your wedding day! I would recommend him to anyone who’s looking for a highly skilled and talented make-up artist.
Wedding Date: October 27, 2012
Grayson Coutts is simply amazing and incredibly talented. He really gets to know you and creates the vision you are going for.
I have had my make up done by Grayson for all of my special events and always made me look like a star.
So for all brides-to-be or whatever the occasion is and you are looking for the best makeup in town, he is the artist!
Wedding Date: December 8, 2012
Grayson is a fantastic make-up artist and he made all five of us feel so beautiful and special on the day!
He is very skillful, organised and a pleasure to work with.
Grayson performed very well under pressure on my wedding day as he still managed to make me look like a movie star when I was running behind schedule. And my make up still looked perfect at the end of the night - apart from re-applying my lipstick, I didn’t have to touch it up at all.
I would definitely call upon his services again and would recommend him highly to my friends and associates!
Wedding Date: January 26, 2013
Grayson did a fantastic job on the bridesmaid’s and brides makeup for my friends wedding. Extremely professional, with a great set up, I would highly recommend his services.
He was very knowledgeable when it came to suggesting looks that would suit each of us and we were pleased with the finished make-up (which lasted all day abduction looked awesome in the photos!).
He made the whole process stress free and easy for the bridal party!
Wedding Date: October 27, 2012
Grayson did the most amazing job on mine and my bridesmaids makeup! I cannot begin to describe how gorgeous he made us all look! Grayson does a particularly good job at creating flawless skin and creating a delicate balance between being slightly sexy but still beautiful and feminine for your wedding day.
Aside from Grayson’s obvious talents, he has high professionalism. Grayson was someone I learnt I could rely on and this goes a long way when planning a wedding.
Finally I think what made Grayson so special was his relaxed demeanour. It is very easy to get highly anxious on the day but Grayson had this wonderful calm about him that was infectious.
I cannot say enough kind words about Grayson or his obvious talent.
Wedding Date: April 20, 2013
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