In focus: Rae Sacha

In focus: Rae Sacha

Rae photographed by: Holly Burgess


We introduce Rae Sacha, the next up in our journal series. Rae is the Makeup & Beauty Artist for the fashion & beauty brands in Aotearoa you want or need to know. 

Has makeup & beauty been something you’ve always wanted to do?

I grew up living above a convenience store until the age of twelve. I have fond memories of always admiring the covers of high fashion magazines and flicking through the pages analysing the makeup and clothes. My Mum also played an influence on me. I remember excitedly accompanying her to monthly About Face facials, I would sit in the lobby for an hour looking at all the skin care and makeup waiting for the day I would get to take a product home for me!

What is a scent you always find yourself drawn to and why do you think that is?

I am almost always drawn to more depth and richness with scents. Anything with notes of amber, sandalwood, cedarwood and oud instantly feels like ‘me’ in a scent. For me, scent invokes an emotional response taking me back to my favourite places I have travelled to. DUSK has to be my favourite Arc scent, the notes of tobacco leaf gives a beautiful depth to the scent without being too overpowering.

How do you use scent in the home or life?

At home we use scent in multiple ways. Whether it’s lighting up agar wood chips in the oud burner, an Arc candle, or finishing the house clean with a room spray, It plays a really important role in our home. 

How would you describe your style?

I would best describe my style as refined, minimal, tailored with a few pieces of colour to inject some fun. I am always drawn to the quality and feel of fabrics, and appreciate good tailoring.

Photographed by: Holly Burgess


I find myself to be the most relaxed when I am on holiday. There's something about being in a new place that brings so much calm to me.

Do you have any favourite self-care practices that you swear by?

I feel recently my version of self care has become more about listening to my body and acknowledging its needs. I am very mindful about getting enough sleep each day, and this has helped bring some balance to the body and mind. Winding down with a tea in a dim room is something I enjoy after a busy day.


 Vogue Australia / Georgia Alice: HMU @rae_makeup Photographer @rob.tennant Hair @mattbenns Model @rainer_zara

Your makeup radiates the inner beauty of the person you work on. We’ve been enchanted by your work since we were first introduced by Editor and Stylist Zeenat Wilkinson of Sauce Magazine 3 years ago. How would you describe your beauty ethos?

Thank you! So kind of you to say.
My personal beauty ethos is pretty simple I’d like to think. Take good care of your skin, drink lots of water, consume some sort of greens daily. When it comes to makeup, I follow my mood and have days where I like to wear more or days where I feel more comfortable wearing less. The same goes for my clients, it’s not necessarily about matching makeup to an outfit, I like to ask how one would like to feel with their overall look and base the makeup off that.

This past year has been difficult, Makeup & Beauty artists alongside others were hard hit with inability to work lockdowns here in Tāmaki Makaurau. Are there any special rituals that have kept you calm throughout this tumultuous time that you will continue?

It was definitely tough seeing the makeup kit sit idle for quite some time. However, knowing we were all in this for the collective good of our country and communities gave the mind perspective.
I really enjoyed slow moving mornings during lockdown, and trying my best to incorporate this into daily life. It was so nice to start off the day calm, eating breakfast with intention and not rushing to leave the house thinking how bad traffic is going to be haha.

When do you feel the most beautiful?

I feel the most beautiful when I feel confident within myself.

What are you working on now that excites you?

I am hoping to bring some more creative content and share industry insights on my platform!

Mugler SS20 : Pinterest
Alida photographed by: Holly Burgess

Can you name 3 beauty products to give a glowy, clean beauty look?

For that effortless look with a glow I’d suggest finding a radiance based moisturizer. Not only does this hydrate the skin to impart a healthy glow, the dewy base shines through any base products to give you a natural highlight. (Emma Lewisham illuminating brighten your day Creme). Next, buff a medium coverage concealer under my eyes and softy through the face focusing more of the product on redness and uneven tones (Kosas revealer concealer). Lastly, using either a dusty pink, coral peach or warm brown shade of a creme blush or lipstick, softly diffuse the cream into the apples of the cheeks, a soft sweep on the eyelids and tapped on to the lips to give a monochromatic look.


And lastly. Who would you invite to a dinner party if you could invite anyone past or present?

I have so much curiosity about my family history. Sadly both of my grandmothers have now passed, but if I had the opportunity to ask them questions about their upbringing and journey through life I’d be all ears!

Bernie photographed for Bronwyn Footwear by: Clara Pafundi HMU: @rae_makeup

Rae photographed by : Holly Burgess

When do you feel the most beautiful?

I feel the most beautiful when I feel confident within myself.


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