Best-rated Tauranga Wedding Makeup and Makeup Lessons

Belief in the power of makeup to transform a person both inside and out led me to become a qualified makeup artist, but the desire to put that power in the hands of everyday women is what drove me to create my own business (and perhaps industry segment) as a personal makeup consultant.  My work centres around interactive makeup lessons and helping busy, smart or makeup-clueless women become their own makeup artists.

I studied Fashion & Photographic Makeup through the School of Makeup Art Technology in Tauranga.  My qualification through the London CIBTAC authority is internationally recognised. Then - a twist!  I became in-demand by brides for their wedding makeup - bridal makeup that’s totally customised to suit the individual, with hassle-free booking and communication.

To join my adventures with makeup, subscribe to the popular monthly Beauty Bulletin.  It’s free and is packed with real tips, insights on makeup and beauty, latest photos and exclusive subscriber-only specials.

Finally, click  the link on the left to follow me online. And if you have a question that isn’t answered here, chat to me yourself. I welcome your call or email.

Lillybeth values:

UNBIASED INFORMATION - Honesty about products and ingredients.  Recommendations based not on potential income but on the needs of the customer.  The No-Pressure Promise is my promise to never ‘pressure-sell’ products at any appointment.  Product recommendations may be offered, but after a paid makeup lesson or makeover, my customers are free to spend their beauty budget wherever they like!

AUTHENTIC BEAUTY - Inner beauty, personality and character as the true strength of outer beauty.

INSPIRED ACTION - Deliberate action to improve one’s own health and appearance, based on conscious and well-informed choices.

PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS - Skin care essentials and beauty trends being translated into routines that are effective and ‘do-able’ in real life!   Options for customisability to fit lifestyle and budget so skin care is given priority as a necessity, not a one-off luxury.

Two more values drive how I do business:

Global Connectedness - I’m is a passionate a member of the global online community and use the people, tools and information available through the internet to the advantage of Lillybeth customers. 

Local Relevance - I network with and pursue business friendships with successful, local Tauranga business-owners to provide extra value to Lillybeth customers, with honest recommendations and contacts for specialised beauty products and treatments available locally.  I also offer a unique fundraising opportunity for schools and clubs - ask me about it!

What’s your makeup story?  Here’s mine:

Expecting a clichéd “from the age of four I was fascinated by my mum’s red lipstick” story?  You might hear various versions of such romantic memories from other makeup artists, and that’s great for them.

But my story starts when I am nine years old.  I get my first pimple.  Acne was the cause of some pretty clever insult-names when I was 10 and 11.  For my intermediate school play, I was last in line for the teacher-applied makeup, in case the makeup sponges they used on me transferred my spots to the other students.  When I was 12, I was wearing foundation to school every day.  Bad skin messed up my school photos (helped by the addition of braces) and didn’t improve through high school.  Acne was near the top of the list in my teenage prayers.  I wondered if my bad skin was given to me for a purpose - maybe to teach me something I could use later in life... I struggled with red scabs that took months to heal. See photos in the video below. 

I know the embarrassment image-challenges can create; the frustration, hurt, feelings of inferiority or victimhood.  But after years of skin and makeup mishaps, plus professional experience, I’ve discovered how makeup can be used not only to conceal flaws but to release a person to greater things than worrying about how they look. 

I’ve discovered when you feel attractive, a sense of freedom and gratitude powers your day.  You tackle tough times with more resilience, as a victor, rather than a victim.  And when you see the beauty in yourself, you start to see beauty everywhere.  Now I use professional makeup to release joy, self-appreciation and potential in others.  I aim to transfer what I’ve discovered and the Hope I’ve found to women of all ages, offering a refreshingly honest, sane approach to the crazy world of beauty. 

Want to chat with me about this?  Contact me. Or find out more: Makeup consultations and lessons / online shopping service / wedding makeup / makeup for balls/events/photos / makeup for commercial projects / creative face painting.


What does the tagline “A Beautiful Education” mean?

The cosmetics industry is alluring...but potentially dangerous to your personal beauty AND your budget.” 

Most of the beauty ‘advice’ we receive from magazines and salespeople has been skewed by commercialism; too often it’s commission-driven, rather than focussed on the customer. 

In early 2008, I saw there was nowhere in Tauranga for women to get unbiased beauty advice without the expectation or requirement to purchase product.  I’m convinced a woman’s appearance is too important to risk on commercially-motivated advice, so I created my own brand of makeup lesson - one based on hype-free, non commission-focussed recommendations - and called it ‘A Beautiful Education’.

Treat yourself to a unique brand of makeup lesson - ‘a beautiful education’ - designed to give women of all ages unbiased beauty advice...without the ‘salespitch’.

If you’re in the Bay of Plenty, NZ, contact me to discuss your ‘beautiful education’ now!

As her youth fades...[Character] can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful - Jacqueline Bisset

Lillybeth’s mission:

  1. Engage the hearts of Kiwi women by promoting beauty that reflects personality, releases inner courage, and helps them live lives of significance

  1. Educate women about personal beauty, beauty products and the cosmetics industry with honest, unbiased advice in a hype-free manner

  1. Encourage women toward an intelligent, principled and healthy pursuit of personal beauty

As her youth fades...[Character] can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful - Jacqueline Bisset
Makeup Artist Lillybeth / Phone: 07 578 4226 / Mobile: 021 150 1605 / Email:

Makeup Artist Lillybeth / Phone: 07 578 4226 / Mobile: 021 150 1605 / Email:


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