About Mariessa

It is a pleasure and privilege to help you discover, express and accentuate your unique beauty. When you look and feel good you have the confidence to express your inner beauty too.

I'm of Spanish and French descent and this European heritage has given me a love of beauty, with everything detailed to perfection. As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be involved in the hair and beauty industry.

When I left school I went into hairdressing then progressed into makeup. Being a qualified hairdresser and professional makeup artist has allowed me to gain vast experience working nationally and internationally for a number of cosmetics and hair product companies.

When I became a mother I didn't want to travel as extensively anymore, which led me to work for a local makeup artist for a short while before starting my own company. I researched and sourced a wonderful makeup range and haven’t looked back!

Women often ask my advice about clothes so my work now also includes personal styling, grooming and shopping services. I love staying in shape and work as a professional aerobics instructor, so can provide advice on how to get in shape too!

I enjoy helping all kinds of women make the most of their natural beauty regardless of the event or setting. I invite you to learn more about my experience by browsing some of my recent work below or viewing my gallery.

About Mariessa Waddington


  • Front cover of Canterbury Bride Magazine 2013 with 4 brides – Lauren, Holly, Kelli-Ann and Tanya
  • All the hair and makeup for the bridal models at the  Great New Zealand Bridal show in Christchurch  Addington (2005-2012)
  • 5 brides in the 2012 Canterbury Bride Magazine - Annabelle, Lauren, Emma, Anne Marie and Yayoi
  • Wedding of Lisa Kirk and Jorgen Andersen, featured in the Autumn 2012 New Zealand Weddings Magazine
  • Wedding of Pauline and Sam Cockroft, featured in the Summer 2012 New Zealand Weddings Magazine
  • Wedding of Tanya and Iain Calvert, featured in Wedding of the Week -  Stuff.co.nz 1-June 2012
  • Wedding of Kylie and Glen, featured in Astra Bridal, February 2011
  • Wedding of Jasmine O'Neil and Mark Uhrik, featured in the Winter 2010 New Zealand Weddings Magazine
  • 2 Brides in the 2010 Canterbury Bride Magazine - Julia and Emma
  • Wedding of Megan Jenkins and Troy Russell, featured in the Spring 2010 New Zealand Weddings Magazine
  • Bride of the Year Winner 2009, Megan Jenkin. Megan won this at The great New Zealand Bride and Show in Christchurch against 80 other competitors



  • Woman's Day editor Sandra Henry and beauty editor Amy Houlihan
  • TV presenters Ingrid Mole and Hillary Timmins
  • Photo shoots for New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Woman’s Day and New Idea Magazines
  • Photo shoots for Metropol and Avenues Magazine
  • Photo shoots with Australia’s Women's weekly and That’s Life Magazines
  • Ali Pugh, Breakfast Reporter and Producer
  • Brett McGregor, NZ Masterchef and wife Tracey
  • Mike Pero and wife Rachel
  • All Black Andy Ellis and wife Emma
  • Charlotte Bellis, Prime Television Presenter
  • Jax Hamilton, runner-up NZ Masterchef 2011
  • Zoe Marshall, Great NZ Food Race
  • Jo Seager, Chef


Modelling Agencies

  • Clyne Models & Talent
  • Renaissance
  • Portfolio Models & Talent
  • LMC Models & Talent


Sports Personalities

  • New Zealand Silver Fern Netball Player - Maree Bowden
  • Black Sticks Hockey Player - Honor Dillon
  • All Blacks - Issac Ross and wife Arnia
  • All Blacks - Andy Ellis and wife Emma
  • Black Caps - Shane Bond and wife Tracey
  • Black Caps - Nathan Astle and wife Kelly


  • Gillian Melhop
  • Robyn Cliffe Couturiere
  • Brides of Merivale
  • Louise Anderson Bridal Designer
  • Millie Fueille Bridal


Fashion Shows

  • Victoria’s Closet
  • Rosa Cole
  • Brides of Merivale
  • Dfusion Clothing
  • Man Style
  • Aria


  • Yulia
  • Christmas in the Park
  • Frankie Stevens
  • Tina Cross
  • Ariana Tikao
  • UB40
  • Nesian Mystik