AARON DE MEY
GRADUATED IN 1995.
NOW NORTH AMERICAN ARTISTIC
AMBASSADOR FOR SEPHORA.
FREELANCE HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST,
MAKE-UP DIRECTOR FOR
VOGUE KIM & KANYE COVER
Aaron De May is arguably one of the most successful names to come from New Zealand in the beauty industry. He was named “One of the year’s Top Beauty Geniuses” by Elle Magazine and was the creative director for Lancome from 2008-2013. His titles include Makeup Artist, Hairdresser, Model and Designer.
Originally from Tauranga, Aaron De May moved to Auckland and attended Whitecliff College. Studying Fine Arts, it was here that he explored his creative passion and honed his artistic skills. In 1995, Aaron won the Servilles Sunday Star Times scholarship to attend the very first Servilles Academy intake, making him one of the first students to ever attend the Academy. His time at the Academy was spent learning the craft of hairdressing and honing his creative skills. The skills and lessons he learnt, along with his ever-building passion for creativity became integral to his later work. After graduating from the Academy in 1995, Aaron went on to peruse a career in makeup. In the late 90’s De May started working in the New Zealand Fashion industry, and as he had both hairdressing and makeup skills, he was in high demand. Aaron worked on music videos and editorials and even worked with Helen Clarke for an editorial for NZStyle Magazine.
After feeling like he had achieved all he could in New Zealand, Aaron De May embarked on a new chapter of his life, in New York. He had hopes of working as a makeup artist and specialising in high fashion. It didn’t take long for his dreams to come true. After just 3 weeks he got a job working on supermodel Naomi Campbell for a 1997 magazine cover of i-DMagazine. From there, his career blossomed. Lancôme signed De Mey as their International Creative Director of Makeup in 2008, and he remained there until 2013.
Since his time at the Servilles Academy Aaron De May has gone on to work with some of the biggest brands in the Fashion Industry, including Balmain, Calvin Klein, Dior, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen. De May has also worked on some of the biggest names, including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Scarlett Johansson and he was even responsible for the Make up for Kim and Kanye’s wedding.
Aaron is currently living in New York and is represented by the Art Partner agency worldwide.