Midge Holding is a BBC television trained Makeup Artist with decades of industry experience. Whilst working in London with the BBC Midge worked on many productions ranging form Dr Who, Period Dramas, Modern Dramas and Light Entertainment shows. It may sound glamourous but the truth is Midge has spent time filming in a sewer and has spent many nights filming in graveyards in the pouring rain. Midge has met many many famous people, one of the nicest being the late David Bowie.
After many years in the industry, Midge went freelancing and also completed a Certificate in Adult Education at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK.
After emigrating to New Zealand in 1997 with her husband Stuart and small son Laurence, Midge became the Faculty Director at the Design and Arts College in Christchurch for over seven years. Since then Midge and Stuart purchased Minifies Ltd from David Minifie in 2009.
In 2013 Midge and Stuart opened a Kryolan City City store in Newmarket, Auckland but despite all the earthquakes, choose to remain living in the beautiful countryside of North Canterbury.
Midge remains very interested in the educational side of makeup artistry because Minifies and Kryolan City employ Makeup Artists so was delighted when Kristen asked if she could help develop this unique Special Effects course for KSFX.
Midge will remain as a mentor for the course and will also be a guest speaker for her chosen specialist area of TV Makeup.
22 years ago, whilst Kristen was a photographer’s apprentice and discovered make-up artistry. It was not, however, until she worked in a modelling 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.
When she returned home to Queenstown, she had the wonderful opportunity to work on the movie Vertical Limit.
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.
It was there, though, that she discovered that the students didn’t learn much after a year of study. Recognising the gap in the market coupled with a need for stability, Kristen resolved to set up her own school; one that would be completely different from the rest in the country. After further research and planning, she realised that even Australia had nothing like the boutique school she envisioned.
And so in 2008, she launched the Kristen Stewart School of Make-up. This school has been Kristen's life and soul for the last eight years. After many trials and tribulations and thousands of earthquakes, KSSM has become the leading specialised fashion and photographic make up school in New Zealand. Now Kristen is onto her next challenge, opening the first and only specialised Special Effects school in New Zealand, KSFX!
Rebecca has worked in the Make Up industry for the past 14 years. After studying art in Nelson she moved back to Christchurch in 2003 to study Make Up and production Design at the Design and Arts College. Her tutor was Midge Holding who now is also a specialist adviser for KSFX and owner of Minifies Makeup. After graduating she went on to work as a freelance makeup artist working in all aspects of the industry combining her skills for costume design and photography.
In 2009 Rebecca went to work for Midge at Minifies Makeup becoming senior makeup artist, this is where her passion for teaching began. From running special effects training days to teaching theatre makeup to schools. Halloween being one of the most fun times of the year gave her a chance to use her skills to transform the client’s ideas into reality. Body painting became an exciting part of her career, using her art and costume back ground to create classic designs, winning the Body Painting competition in 2011 at Christchurch Cup Day.
Having left Christchurch in 2013 and moved south to be closer to her grown children and grandchildren Rebecca set up her own business working out of her home. Still teaching makeup and working again as a freelance artist focusing on makeover shoots, weddings and photography.
Returning to Christchurch in 2015 she continued to work in the industry as well as taking up a job as a PA.
The opportunity came up for Tutor at KSFX at the end of last year, it was an offer she couldn’t refuse. After the huge success of Kristen’s Makeup school Rebecca is excited to be a part of her New Special Effects School and getting back to teaching and passing on her knowledge and skills.