Winefield’s days start early, polishing newsmakers for TVNZ’s Breakfast, before a return later in the day for Seven Sharp. A big part of the job — even before she has a brush in her hand — is setting nervous guests at ease.
“I like to make sure that from go to whoa, that they’re comfortable, that they look good and they’re well groomed,” she says. “A lot of them are incredibly nervous so my job is to calm them down and do a little bit of sweat-control.”
It’s a fast-paced role, with a guest normally spending about 20 minutes in the chair — in which time Winefield will do both their hair and makeup. “I always like to get on the main things, like a bit of lipstick, foundation, powder, then I’ll work to the eyes if I’ve got a bit more time.”
“You don’t want to take away people’s individuality and you don’t want to make them all look like they’re presenters on TV, so their individuality still has to show through.”
And there’s no avoiding makeup for male guests: Winefield says it’s for their own good. “When they go on screen, they are in our archives for ever, so I like to make sure that they haven’t got, you know, a little bit of hair sticking up that’s going to come back to haunt them ten years down the track.”
Estée Lauder is Winefield’s go-to brand for TV work, and she always uses its Illuminating Perfecting Primer ($68) before applying foundation, plus concealer under the eyes to hide early-morning dark circles. Everyone also gets a thorough sweep of powder, to take off any shine from the bright studio lights.
Winefield says her earlier career in hairdressing, including as a technical consultant with Schwarzkopf, is an essential base to her current roles — and her backcombing skills are always coming in handy.
After the autocues stop rolling, Winefield squeezes in film work, including on productions like The Hobbit, along with weddings and magazine makeup artistry. But the TV role is her favourite, because of the quick turnaround, and getting to work with so many different people — from sports stars to politicians and everyone in between.
“It keeps me up with w
hat’s happening in the news, and it’s a nice in-and-out job. The people that we get through are interesting and intelligent — there’s always something you can learn about, or someone you can learn something from.”
Dark circles are inevitable with the early starts, but Winefield uses this Estée Lauder ‘fatigue fighter’ to combat them on camera: “On the back of your hand, mix a little bit of Advanced Night Repair ($129) with a small amount of Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer ($55), and use your ring finger to gentle pat under the eye.”