• Auckland based professional makeup artist Dara Wakely - Creating equisite Makeup & Hair

“I offer an exceptional on-location beauty experience to every client, whether it be Bridal, a fancy wee soirée with your girlfriends or just any of life special moments where you want to look and feel a million bucks!"

I am a professional Makeup artist and hair stylist with 14 years experience and have been lucky enough to work in Film, T.V., Advertising and Fashion, balanced with Bridal and special event work. The fun of working in both these worlds is sharing my wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of how light and colour works to transform clients.

While makeup was my first love, I’ve always had the knack for hair styling meaning I am in the unique position to create a complete look for you. My exposure to international artistry serves as an invaluable source of inspiration and by regularly attending workshops, I keep my techniques current & my eye for hair styling fresh.

I will travel to you anywhere within the Auckland region (and beyond) with everything necessary to beautify you in your home, hotel or venue. My kit is brimming with both the iconic brands you’ll know and love, packed right next to exclusive pro artist favorites. Clients always come away with a shopping list for new discoveries they’ve fallen in love with!

Dim hotel lighting or planning to get ready in the evening? No problem! 14 years of working with Photographers mean I truly appreciate the benefits of good light, that’s why I always travel with my Glamcor pro lights to ensure the perfect lighting is available, thus giving you the ultimate Mobile studio experience.

When choosing a Makeup Artist/ Hair stylist for your special occasion I recognize that it’s my personal style and portfolio of work and personality that people are looking for. That’s why I’ve chosen not to have a team working under my name, so when you book …it’s me who will be working with you.

Appointments book up quickly so if you have a special date in mind, get in touch now!

“You’ll always be glad you looked and felt your most beautiful on your wedding day"

"I am passionate about making your getting ready experience amazing, that’s why I never take more than one wedding booking in a day. This is your celebration and I want to take the time to make sure everything is just as you wish it to be"

I never tire of the look that comes over a bride face as she sees the final touches come together. A sense of calm and a confident, sassy smile that says “Lets do this baby!"

My approach is to work with a light hand and using professional products, so you look as beautiful to your groom standing right next to you as you do in your photos for many years to come



Lalita and Lemi

Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome job you did on my hot bridesmaids, my mother and of course ME! You made us all feel like a million dollars! My make up lasted all day even through the tears during the day (tears of joy that is)! You were calm and friendly and very professional especially amongst all the chaos that was happening while getting ready! And you were so lovely to deal with! I got a lot of comments about my makeup so I have forwarded your details on and I am totally recommending you to other brides to be!


Thanks so much for doing the makeup on the day – you were terrific. I had so many comments from people about how great my makeup and hair looked. You were also a real pleasure to have around while we were getting ready! The bridesmaids loved you too. .

Alex Aloiai-Robinson

I just wanted to say a “Giant” THANK YOU to you for all of your hard work, time and patience on my wedding day! You were just wonderful and you made everyone look stunning! You worked hard to make everything perfect and you gave everyone exactly the look that I wanted! I was so thrilled to bits with my hair and make up, it was divine! It was everything that I wanted and that I had envisaged for my big day. The makeup felt so comfortable on and it lasted all day and night, it was just beautiful! There was not one person who didn’t tell me how gorgeous or stunning I looked. Thank you so much Dara, you’re amazing! I will be sure to recommend you to anyone who will listen!

Balls & special occasions

Balls & special occasions

Natural radiance, all out glamour, anything in between or beyond! For your next night out or Special occasion allow me to create a look that will dazzle and amplifies your personal style.

My Pretty Power Lessons

My Pretty Power Lessons

I believe taking the time to apply your make up can be something you really enjoy, a pause in the day where you take a moment for yourself. That’s why I now offer make up classes where you can learn the techniques to suit your face shape and skin type - Giving you the skills and the knowledge so that when you apply your own makeup you’ll be confident and happy with the results every time.

Commercial Bookings

Commercial Bookings

I have 14 years experience in all areas of hair, makeup and special FX. You can be confident in my ability to put your talent at ease and deliver the desired result on time. Contact me for full and half day rates. Standing by for your next your photo shoot, look book or commercial!