Our Team 2017-10-06T11:41:56+00:00

Our Creative team at The Magic Brush are New Zealand’s event entertainment specialists, dedicated to adding a touch of magic to your event. We are a collective of makeup artists, face painters, body painters, special effects makeup artists, prop makers, prop designers & costume designers who work in close collaboration with each other to bring your event to life – artistry with a touch of magic!

The Magic Brush is the most sought after Entertainment Company when it comes to providing entertainment and custom artistry services in New Zealand.

No event is too big or small and although we are Auckland based, we are available for travel as well as service cities New Zealand wide. We have a large network of artists, dancers, models and actors that we work in close collaboration on a regular basis with. We have a range of artists available for work New Zealand wide, all specializing in various areas of expertise.

Our artists experience ranges from 5 through to 20 years in the industry! By booking a team from The Magic Brush, you are guaranteed service, professionalism and artists who excel at their areas of focus. All bookings made by The Magic Brush are overseen by Samantha Fernandes, owner and creative director who has been active in the industry since 2003.

With over 13 years’ experience in the industry, Samantha has won several awards as well as trained professionally at the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, worked on a few fashion shoots and events in Hollywood. She has even worked with Weta Workshop on Project Born in Wellington, assisting with body painting and special effects makeup applications alongside Daniel Falconer & Sir Richard Taylor.

No request is too big or too small and any custom job or deadline can be met. We are an agency of experienced makeup artists. We can call upon any sized team at short notice & have access to facilities and knowledge to be able to breathe life into your idea.

We work with private clients, corporate clients as well as event management & large scale event organizers on projects. We can arrange everything from booking your performers through to the costumes, props and event supplies needed to run a successful event.

International travel & projects considered. Please contact us for a quote.

SamanthaSorceress, Owner & Creative Director
Sam lives and breathes makeup transformations and event entertainment. She’s a talented artist and organizing extraordinaire, with a passion for bringing new, creative ideas to life. The crazier your idea, the better, nothing is impossible!

Sam has completed a Bachelors in Fashion Design as well as the Master Makeup Course at the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, Hollywood’s professional makeup school. She is also business savvy and focused on finding creative solution to bring you results.

Sam is passionate about promoting & supporting the industry; as of Jan 2017, Sam was invited to be a member on the board of trustees for the New Zealand Body Art Trust. The NZ Body Art Trust is a charitable trust with Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop as it’s patron. The Body Art Trust focuses on the development of highly creative projects embracing the enthusiasm and passion that young New Zealanders can bring to the creative arts, through the NZ Body Art Showcase.


OliviaBehind the Scenes Fairy, Face Painter & SFX Artist
Olivia is an artist who found a passion in taking her painting techniques and bringing them to life through makeup. Olivia has studied Hairdressing, Make Up and Special Effects at Cut Above Academy.
CharisseSocial Media & Fairy helper
Charisse is passionate about make-up, fashion and creative self expression. She is multi-talented and assists wherever needed behind the scenes as well as keeps our online shop updated. You will often find her at events assisting with video & social media.
Róisín Media Guru
Roisin is our resident media guru. At big events you’ll often find her shadowing our team with a camera. She helps us come up with new and exciting ways to showcase our work.
KazMakeup + Artist Extraordinaire
Kaz is our all round makeup-artist extraordinaire. She has a degree from the London College of Fashion & has traveled the world; working in London, Sydney & now calls New Zealand home. Kaz has worked on TVNZ commercials, the History Channel and much more.
AlyssaBookings, Shop & Behind the Scenes Assistant
SaniArtist Extraordinaire
Sani is an in-real-life fairy with a paint brush. Her mantra is “paint every day until l die.” A creative soul, as well as helping behind the scenes, she loves creating artworks on people, face painting and kids.
KayseyMakeup, SFX Artist & Loves all things Art
Kaysey is passionate about the world of art, particularly Body Painting and Special Effects Make-Up. She loves how art can transform a person into an extraordinary character. She professional working Makeup Artist & has graduated from Cut a Above Academy achieving Excellence.
CourtneyMulti-Talented Artist & Entertainer
Courtney is a sparkling and passionate painter with a flare for floral designs. You can usually find her excitedly creating new balloon sculptures or painting little faces. A recent addition to our team she loves brightening people’s days with a bit of colour.
AmandaMulti-Talented Artist & Entertainer
Kiwi-born Singaporean Amanda Grace Leo is a third-culture kid, an actor and singer for her jazz band Amanda & Her Fancies. Her loves include Murakami, driving her pink car and cooking up a storm.
AnnabelleFace Painter & SFX Artist
Believing in self expression and being you, she’s a bright excitable whirlwind of personality. Annabelle has a background in hairdressing and has been drawing and painting all her life. She discovered SFX and body painting in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since.
LisaFace Painter
Mum of 3 kiddies. Always enjoyed art and crafty stuff & started exploring the world of facepaint when attending playcentre with youngest child . Self taught & still love the reward of interacting and seeing all those kids gorgeous smiles!
ArjayFace Painter & SFX Artist
Arjay is a colourful personality with a wide range of interests from costume and prop making to special effects makeup and painting. She has a background in software engineering & 3d animation and loves anything creative.

Want to get to know our team better? Check out Samantha’s Awards & Education as well as a list of Projects, Film & Music Videos our team has been involved with.

Awards & Education

Special Effects Makeup, World Body Painting Championships 2015
Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria
7th Place


Makeup Battle, World Body Painting Championships 2015
Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria
11th Place

Best Body Art at the Races 2014
Alexandra Park, Auckland, NZ
3rd Place

Accepted into the Leonard Engleman Associate Program
Cinema Makeup School, Los Angeles 2013

HR Giger Style Workshop & Concept & Composition Workshop
World Body Painting Festival 2015
Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria

Cinema Makeup School
Diploma in the Master Make-up Program 2013
Los Angeles, California, USA

Creature Maquette Sculpture & Z Brush Digital Sculpture
Los Angeles, California, USA 2013

Bachelor of Design in Fashion
Auckland University of Technology 2008
Auckland, NZ

Certificate in Fashion Design
Auckland University of Technology 2005
Auckland, NZ


Music Videos, Commercials & Films

Dark Avenger 3 Commercial

3 days of filming, team of 15 MUA
Prosthetics & SFX Makeup
Behind the scenes prep
Creation in under 2 weeks
Auckland, May 2017


ASB Visa Platinum
On-set MUA
Camistry, Auckland
May 2017
The NZ Film and TV School, Wellington
Director – Madison Forward
Creature suit & on-set work, May 2017

Kings – What We Supposed To Do
Head of Makeup Department
Director – Paul Innes
Thirty One Forty One Media, May 2016

Fungi – She Can’t Come in
Head of Makeup Department
Director – Paul Innes
Thirty One Forty One Media, April 2016

Rive – Wanna Change
Head of Makeup Department
Director – Karl Lear
Red Yeti Films, June 2015

Sol3Mio – The Rose
Makeup Artist
Director – Jordan Arts
Fish & Clips, Jan 2015

Makeup Artist for Broke – K Road Stories
Director – James Solomon
Makeup & SPFX, 2015

Head of Makeup Department – Last Star
Director – John Ratcliffe
Prosthetic Application, 2014

Head of Makeup Department – The Heist
Director – Laurence Van Camp, Level 212 Productions
Old age Makeup, 2012

Past Projects

Cuisine Good Food Awards
Kenwood – Fashion meets Food
Interactive Art Installation created
Collaboration w/ Fairfax Events & The Human Agency
Auckland Museum, August 2017


Weta Workshop – Project Born
Body Paint & Prosthetic Makeup Application
Wellington, New Zealand 2013

ME Magazine – Body Art for Front Cover
Auckland, New Zealand 2012

Spark Digital Factory, Event Entertainment
Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, MC
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch 2016 + 2017

Face Painting at all Mexico Restaurants
Store openings & celebrations
New Zealand wide 2012 – 2017

Sky City Breakers & Mystics
Sky City Federal Street Festival
Sky City’s 20th Birthday Celebrations
Face Painting & Balloon Twisting

Auckland Council Events:
International Cultural Day
Kauri Karnival
Snow in the Park
Music in the Park
Movies in the Parks
Face Painting/ Entertaining
Auckland Council 2016, 2017