Our contributor, Fiona Connor, caught up with the up-and-coming singer to find out her make-up and skincare must-haves…
Watching Maya Payne kick off the Charli XCX gig in Auckland was utterly captivating. Her soulful voice created an airy feeling throughout the crowd as she unleashed her powerful tones and belted out a fresh and unique sound over an electronic track singing the words straight from her heart; it was both mesmerising and inspiring.
Leaving the gig I felt empowered by both Maya and Charli as if the two were working together to form a showcase of young female talent. Her vocal ability is beyond her years but off the stage Maya is still a humble, sweet, 18 year old girl. However, her passion and determination is clear.
After finishing high school last year in Christchurch she is now ready to take on the music industry, not only here, but also internationally. Her first two singles ‘Fragile’ and ‘If only’ have gained her some notable mentions, and with the impending release of her first EP this year, Maya’s well on track to achieving her dreams of sharing her music with the world.
I couldn’t wait to catch up with her to find talk more about her exciting career ahead, and to chat about all things beauty.
Here she answers some questions on how she achieves her signature fresh and natural look…
I had really curly ringlets when I was younger, but they’ve straightened out a bit and it’s wavy now. I don’t like to straighten it too much because my hair is already a little damaged from my terrible hair colour experimenting days. I clean my hair with Organic Care Shampoo and Conditioner, $5.99 each. I love the smell of them and they make my hair smooth and shiny!
I use M.A.C Matchmaster SPF15, for my foundation, and also a MAC concealer, blush and bronzer. I also love my Urban Decay NAKED 3 Eye Shadow Palette, Maybelline New York Colossal Volume Express Mascara, $23.99, and ecostore Mint Beeswax Lip Balm, $5.99.
I don’t really wear much make-up during the day and I stick to lip balm usually, but if I’m feeling fancy I’ll put on some lipstick. I’m into bright pink, gold and nude colours for lips right now. Sometimes mascaras can be far too thick for my liking, but my Maybelline New York Colossal is perfect for me because is makes my lashes look really thick and long without clumping.
I don’t really need to do much in terms of skin care, I wake up and wash my face then use my Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, $16.99, all over. I love it because it has no scent and it makes my skin feel really soft. My skin does get a little dry sometimes and can make wearing foundation a little more difficult.
Victoria’s Secret Sheer Love! I always get complimented on it! It smells like fresh flowers.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF…
Younique 3D Fiber Lashes! You have to try them. I was amazed at how effective there were.
Oh, and my favourite lip balm, ecostore Beeswax Peppermint Lip Balm. It’s all-natural with almond oil.
Lip balm, earphones, my charger, concealer, gum, wallet and my mini ECOtanka drink bottle.
BEST BEAUTY BARGAIN?
I went to a huge make-up sale the other day and I saved $30 on some new M.A.C Foundation.
BEST BEAUTY ADVICE?
Sleep well, eat well and drink lots of water! Keeping hydrated is essential to glowing healthy skin.
Shaaanxo – That girl is super talented and a fellow kiwi.
Pic cred: @shaaanxo
Do you share any of the same beauty must-haves as Maya? Tell us in the comments below why you love them so much too…
Text: Fiona Connor
Images: Supplied & Instagram