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It's my wish that I could experience my wedding day pampering at the hands of Alana every single day.

From the very first engagement I felt like I was in safe, creative, inspired hands. And that feeling only grew the closer it got to the day.

Alana is the master of asking the right questions to really understand her clients and then bringing a vision to life in a collaborative way. Talking through her approach and suggestions, in a way that you feel entirely comfortable if you wanted to try something different (which I did, she nailed it!)

Having a small wedding it was incredible to find someone who was able to do the hair and makeup - and do both to the highest standard!

I had a lot of skin insecurities for my wedding day and I honestly didn't even think about my skin once! Every time I looked in the mirror I only felt like a million dollars and the photos are incredible. The look kept for the entire day too.

Will be looking for any excuse to use Alana's services I can in the future too.

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Tania

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I had a private make up lesson with Alana and she was absolutely amazing! I've never really had a great relationship with make up and to be honest it's always been a bit of a mystery to me. Alana gave me loads of really great advice, talked me through a number of different products, how to use them and how to get different looks. She took into account my personal preferences and based her recommendations on that. She's given me an immense amount of confidence in shopping for and applying make up! Thank you Alana!

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Naina

Alana is a pleasure to work with - she took my ideas and created a fantastic look for my book launch. She was a calming presence before I had to go on stage. Her communication skills are wonderful and I felt confident that we would achieve the look I was hoping for on the night. I highly recommend her.

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Whiti

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Alana was amazing and hit the brief perfectly. She was punctual, professional and did an amazing job with my hair and makeup for a charity black tie event. Made me feel like a million dollars. Would definitely recommend her work and use her services again. Thank you so much Alana.

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Lupe

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Alana was very warm and welcoming. She understood what I was looking for and gave me a simple set of skills that were suited to my needs. She also recommended things I could buy which was great because it is hard to know what products are right for you and good! Great session, would highly recommended!

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Jo

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I absolutely loved my wedding hair, it turned out better than i imagined and looked amazing all day and night! Alana was super accommodating with my last minute changes - I decided to add the gypsophila at the last minute, and it was perfect. My hair sat really nicely any way i had it (even when i kept moving it around for photos and playing with it and wind etc) and even looked perfect after a super hot muggy day and dancing all night! Thanks Alana!

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Kirsty

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Alana did my hair and make up for my wedding and it was one of the best decisions I made to make the day stress free and chill. Alana was super professional, attentive to my needs and created such a beautiful bridal look - I got so many compliments on the hair and make up throughout the night. I specifically loved the way she styled my hair to create so much movement and texture but also staying in place (especially handy if you're getting married in windy Wellington), I asked for my make up for be super natural and soft which she did effortlessly which was exactly what I wanted. I highly recommend Alana to be your go to MUHA for your wedding day - you won't regret it!

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Sarah

Alana James is one of my very favourite H&MUAs in New Zealand. My clients love her, she makes them not only look fantastic - she also makes them feel incredible. I work with her whenever I can!

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"I had a 1:1 session with Alana and I loved every minute! Alana was a great teacher, passing on her many tips and tricks of the trade and insights into beauty products. Her training has been such a to help me on the start of my journey, as a budding MUA".

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Beth

I highly recommend Alana! She is so talented and did the most amazing job of my bridal hair and makeup. It stayed beautiful all day! She also did my little flower girls hair and glitter and she felt like a princess and looked so gorgeous!

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Georgia

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Alana is an incredibly talented make up artist who demonstrates a genuine passion for her work with a service that is provided with excitement and care. Thank you for the halloween Pennywise look, it was awesome. Can’t wait for next halloween 😎

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Apostoli

Having Alana do my hair and makeup for my birthday high tea was absolutely magical. She made me feel very relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process and checked in with me regularly to make sure I was happy with the final look. Alana is super talented- I could not recommend her enough!

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Poonam

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Alana did the hair and makeup for my wedding and did a perfect job! The makeup looked awesome and was exactly what I had imagined - and everyone's hair looked great and stayed up all night! Would 100% recommend!

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Mamaeroa

Alana was incredibly accommodating and made my first full makeup experience so easy and amazing. She asked for inspiration and discussed the look I was going for - and completely nailed it! My glorious glitter beard totally stole the show. I would recommend Alana to everyone.

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David

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Alana is fantastic at what she does!!

I got my hair and makeup done by her for my brothers wedding and it was spot on and lasted perfectly all night. The whole process of being done up was great as Alana is super professional but also chill and just great to talk to! I will definitely be looking to use her again in the future :)

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Sam

Alana comes with such a talent. She was so amicable and made me and mum feel really comfortable while doing our hair and makeup. She allowed us to choose all our make up and hair styles and kept on checking while delivering her services. Such a friendly soul, myself and mum loved being glammed up by her. Will definitely recommend her and use her again :)

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Amisha

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Thank you so much for your work on Saturday! You are so talented and are going to go so far in this industry!! All of our hair lasted amazingly, even through a bit of wind and a light shower of rain. Your work was beyond expectation and we all got so many compliments 🤍🤍 thank you so much for making our day perfect and saving me 3 weeks out! xxx

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Tabby

Alana did my hair and makeup for a branding photoshoot. She did a fantastic job - the photographer even commented on how impressed she was with how the makeup showed up in the photos. Alana made me very welcome and I left feeling beautiful and confident. Alana, thank you very much. I love your work 🤩

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Kat

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Literally the loveliest!! Got my hair and makeup done for my year 13 ball and Alana nailed it. Felt so pretty and got so many compliments and honestly had a blast chatting while I got it all done. Couldn’t reccomend more !!

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Maddie

Alana did my hair and makeup for my 30th birthday party and it was everything I could have hoped for! I sent Alana a couple of photos and she nailed everything! Was an incredible result (I felt like a model) and to top it off, Alana was easy to deal with and an absolute sweetheart! I would recommend her for your wedding or special event any day.

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Leah Chamberlin-Gunn

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Alana is so amazing! I had my hair and makeup done by her for my 30th birthday party. It was a 70s themed party and we worked together with the ideas I had and she created such an awesome look. She made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole process while also being super professional and knowledgeable. Would 100% recommend her!

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Jennifer

Alana did full makeup for my mum and I for my graduation. She was so professional, and great at listening to our requests. We were both extremely happy with how our looks turned out and felt absolutely stunning! Alana also was able to paint a small seashell ocean scene just beside my eye, and it was intricate and lovely. I would recommend her services to anyone!

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Hannah

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I had Alana do bridal hair and make up for myself my mum and my maid of honour. It was an early morning start (5:30am!!) and Alana arrived ready to make magic happen! Everyone was done on time and looked fantastic. She made my star wars inspired day perfect with my beautiful hair buns (a nod to Princess Leia) which I adored and make up which matched perfectly. I couldn't have asked for anything better. Thank you Alana you're amazing!!!

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Kylee

Such an amazing and friendly hair stylist, she did the most beautiful hair style for myself on my wedding day it was exactly what I wanted. Thanks Alana for making my day even more perfect.

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Natalie

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I had such a wonderful time with Alana doing my hair!! She listened to what I liked and created such a romantic plaited bun that highlighted my ombre hair. It literally withheld Wellington wind and stayed all night :) Thanks so much Alana! You are a pleasure to work with.

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Magda

I booked Alana to do my make-up for a costume event, and she did a better job than I could've hoped! She was patient, friendly and had a great attention to detail. It was my first time wearing false eyelashes and they were beautiful and made my smokey eyes pop. The make-up also lasted right through the night, despite a lot of dancing and sweating! I'd book Alana again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend her for any of your make-up needs.

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Denise

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Thank you for your efforts to get me ready for our "pre-elopement" lunch with family and friends in Wellington.  Over the course of a month I had my hair and make up done by three sets of artists, which was wild because each time had a different outcome.  Your take on soft glam made me feel beautiful but I still looked like me - I wanted "me on a really good day" and that's exactly what you gave me. As Dave and I ran across the road to Dockside to meet my family I felt so happy and relaxed, and a bit part of that was I felt really confident with how I looked.  Thank you, you really helped to make the day wonderful. 

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Chelsea

Thank you for the amazing job you did - so easy and accommodating we were all thrilled with the results.  I would not hesitate in recommending your services and will definitely be in touch again.

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Wiki

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My makeup was OUTSTANDING!

I loved it so much ... and had sooooo many amazing compliments. You were outstanding thank you so so much.

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Libby

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Alana is absolutely WONDERFUL! I have collaborated with her many a time and she is so talented. She prepares well for her clients with a clean space, clean brushes and a clear idea of how she will do your makeup and/or hair. She's open to criticism and always wants her clients to feel happy and confident with how they look. She's environmentally aware which I love! We've had many chats about what products she uses and she always ensures that they are up to a high standard. She's a gorgeous wahine who has confidence in her work. I'd recommend her to all of my friends.

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Kate

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Would recommend her to anyone. I will definitely be going back to Alana to get my make up done again.

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Alana works with an artistic finesse - I am always looking forwards to her finished product! - Private client

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Was fantastic to work with. Such an amazingly talented person. Highly recommend!!!

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We hired Alana for hair and make up for our vow renewal. We all loved our hair and make up and she was super lovely to deal with. - Private client

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Absolutely loved Alana, so creative, professional and easy to chat too. My makeup for my University graduation was perfect. Alana made me feel very special and I would recommend her to anyone for any makeup occasion 😀 - Private client

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A dream to work with ❤️

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So much talent and a ball of fun! Would recommend any day ❤️ - Private client

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Loved working with Alana!! Such a fun and talented girl. Highly recommend for anything and everything!! ❤️

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