The Evolution of Wake Up With Make Up Cosmetic Tattooing

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Posted 19 June, 2024
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Cosmetic Tattooing, which is also known as micropigmentation or permanent make up, has seen significant advancements over the years driven by both technological innovations and growing demand for more natural looking results.

Miranda Hill and her two daughters, Kaysee and Charmaine, are the women behind the local permanent makeup specialist brand, Wake Up With Make Up. They have seen the evolution of the popular and highly specialised service.

“We are always advancing, such as one of our most popular techniques that includes hyper-realistic eyebrow tattooing, which uses a combination of strokes and shading to create the most natural looking brows.” Wake Up With Make Up’s Miranda Hill says. “This is often referred to as nano brows and involves using ultra fine needles to mimic the appearance of hair. Another technique gaining popularity is the use of digital machines for lip blushing – this enhances the natural colour and shape of your lips giving them a fuller more youthful appearance without the need for fillers.”

Hill explains the appeal of the services offered at Wake Up With Make Up saying, permanent makeup or micropigmentation is a highly specialised service most commonly seen on the eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. It can enhance natural beauty and minimise the time spent on your daily routine. The procedure uses pigments that are embedded beneath the skin to add colours and enhance the eyes, brows, and lips.

Hill built Wake Up With Make Up from the ground up after an illustrious career in the beauty industry. Now, the trio each have different roles in the business that offers beauty services in Queenstown, Christchurch, and Invercargill.

Wake Up With Make Up was started by long-term Queenstown local Miranda Hill in 2022. After spending many years in the beauty industry working in diverse and demanding roles, she was formally trained in cosmetic tattooing and opened a beauty therapist business on Beach Street in 1995 before venturing to Millbrook Resort, where she was part of the team that built The Spa at Milbrook.

“From there, I headed to Christchurch and went into Spa Management and was lucky enough to be a part of putting together a spa operation including their set up and design/layout.” Hill says. “I got to the stage where I wanted to slow down, work part time on my career and become more creative, especially with medical appearance medicine which has always played a big part in my career, but cosmetic tattooing is where I always anticipated going, and the timing was perfect!”

In 2016, Hill began her tattooing career and has never looked back. She purchased the trademark Wake Up With Make Up NZ two years ago and is so happy her daughters are also now part of the business, describing it as a real success for her personally.

“Kaysee is the operations manager and runs the day-to-day organisation including the administration of the business, and the social media and marketing. She does everything besides the tattooing, which also takes some of the pressure off me. Being a cosmetic tattooist means long hours with most of my time spent tattooing.”

She’s appreciative that Kaysee can relieve her of any of the additional tasks that are required when running your own small business.

“Charmaine is an internationally trained beauty therapist and has been working locally as an advanced skin therapist. She began her training in cosmetic tattooing over three years ago, following in her mother’s footsteps!” Hill smiles. “Between us we cover Queenstown and Invercargill, and Miranda is based in Christchurch but comes down to be around her family and grandchildren frequently.”

In the ever-evolving field of cosmetic tattooing, staying ahead requires continuous learning and adaptation to the latest techniques, participating in workshops and collaborating with leading international artists.

Miranda, Charmaine, and Kaysee are committed to the highest quality services, and are dedicated to advancing their knowledge and skills, particularly by incorporating cutting-edge techniques and the newest developments in pigments and products from around the world.

As a family business in the cosmetic industry their goal is to combine their passion for art with the latest advancements to provide clients with unparalleled service ensuring that clients receive safe and pain free solutions.

You can read about Wake Up With Make Up’s full range of services and learn more about permanent makeup solutions, or make a booking at

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