Welcome to Road To Beauty; MAKEUP ARTIST, Wedding Specialist, Makeup Expert, Special Occasion Professional and Beauty Treatment provider in Wanaka, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Southland, Mt Cook, Te Anau, Central Otago, Lake Tekapo and beyond.

I PAINT! - faces, body's (as in spray tans), nails and I do fine art..... I love a blank canvas...I can see one's true potential -  always.

I am a creative person who can see and visualise what the client is describing to me. 

In my extensive makeup kit I have:  I have: NARS, Lime Crime, Kylie Jenner, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Two Faced, Hourglass, Benefit, Bare Minerals, Shu Uemura to name a few.... I am not brand exclusive as I truly believe each cosmetic house has their individual areas of strength whether it be foundation, concealer or a highly pigmented lip colour...  I take the best from each brand and utilise it in my kit.

FREELANCE Makeup ARTIST and Beauty Therapist

Deirdre Read  - qualified, Experienced, Reliable & PROFESSIONAL

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2016 Makeup/Hair for:

Wanaka Living re-brand

Central Oil Fashion Shoot - Cow Lane Queenstown

Christina Perriam Spring Summer 2017 Range

Wanaka True Skin re-brand

Augustine - Kelly Coe - Winter Range

Womans Day - Feature story

New Idea - Feature Story

TVC/Fashion/Editorial Work

Having a person with 25+ years of experience with you at your important event, means you can rest assured I work within your time parameters, understand a run sheet and care about listening to and following your instructions, meeting all your needs. 

I am reliable, on time, hygiene aware, emotionally sensitive and also have a great sense of humour... 

Conveniently mobile and also with a Wanaka based charming salon, every client's needs are personalised and bespoke.

LIGHTING BY GLAMCORTEC:  I have the latest lighting technology under which I apply my make up. I am able to match any lighting condition with the colour consistency guarantee offered with these premium LED lights. The lamps are the latest LED technology used by Makeup Artists all over the world including industry giants like L'Oreal, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, Inglot, Temptu, Make Up For Ever, Paul Mitchell, CNN, ABC, SKY TV, (really, the list goes on and includes everyone from broadcast television stations to studios/salons). 

It can replicate candlelight to daylight enabling me to inspect work under all lighting conditions from a 4am shoot in darkness to the cool hue of winter days - the result is ... absolutely flawless makeup with no surprises when you step outside.  I can test how the makeup looks under any condition and you can see exactly how your make up will look through the camera lens and more.  Often I can turn up at accommodation / locations and the colour of the walls/interior/time of day etc can distort your look, but this technology takes all the light distortion away meaning you will walk down the aisle, attend your special event and look amazing - no white lines or strange skin tones - just gorgeous! 



Here is where we showcase our latest work and also show you what is currently on trend with us and other our friends. 

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“I cannot recommend Deirdre enough for the absolutely fab job she did on my wedding day. Deirdre is an expert at working with all types and tones of skin and she listens and does exactly what you ask her to. I had stressful last minute breakouts and Deirdre did such a fab job, that you just wouldn’t be able to tell. She was very flexible and patient during the make-up trial and really helped me choose the perfect skin shade, lipstick shade etc. She provides a complete package,,with her wonderful hair stylist team too! Deirdre made sure till the last minute that I looked absolutely perfect and did her job with a warm heart and lots of smiles. A big THANK YOU once again.”

— Jaya Daryani - June 2015
“From the start, Deirdre was the height of professionalism and a delight to work with. Given I am someone that doesn’t wear a lot make-up and don’t know much about it Deirdre took the time to get to know me and what I wanted to achieve with my wedding right from venue, hair, flowers and dresses.”

— Lucinda Hogan Wedding - Nov '13

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