Nikki Milina

Nikki Milina

one of SRA's most highly experienced Performance tutors, teaching makeup for Film, TV and theatre

Nikki is a very experienced Film & TV makeup artist, having worked on many high profile movies. She is also a qualified hairdresser, and like all our tutors also has her own freelance business. Nikki is the Performance & Special Effects tutor to our part time classes


How did you become a tutor at SRA?

I originally trained as a makeup artist at the Academy of Film and Television Makeup, studied hair at The Cut Above academy, and then worked as a hairdresser for a few years. It was always my passion to be a freelance makeup and hair artist though, so after a while I decided to chase my dream. I have been working freelancefor just over 10 years now, and have worked alongside tutors from SRA on various jobs. It was one of these tutors who suggested I should apply for a job with SRA, and so I jumped at the chance to extend myself and help others on their journey.

 What excites you most about your work?

The incredibly, inspiring and creative people I work with, and the different opportunities that come along. No two days are the same so this is a job rich with variety, which keeps my creativity alive.

 What kind of work have you done in the past?

I have worked in all areas of the makeup industry, from fashion to television to film and special effects. Some of my more memorable jobs include working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in England, The Evil Dead in New Zealand, and Spartacus, also filmed here in New Zealand. I also work with photographers and advertising agencies for catalogues, lookbooks etc, and I look after my personal clients for weddings and other events.

 What is your signature makeup look?

For me, it’s all about the eyes, so my signature looks are all based around enhancing the drama or emotion in the eyes.

 What is your top makeup tip?

Make sure you are really looking after your skin properly. Makeup can be so much more than just a cover up for blemishes and to “fix” flaws – it can be a form of self expression, and having a good base to work with is invaluable.

 What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your students?

I get a thrill out of guiding and advising my students so that they learn how to solve the problems themselves, and are able to make their own choices and decisions.

 What are you passionate about personally?

I am passionate about well being, living up to my potential, healthiness and mindfulness. So in my personal life I try to surround myself with wonderful people who are living their dreams, loving life, and following their passions.

 Where can we find you when you’re not working?

Chasing the healthy mind, healthy body ideal. So I do yoga, nature walks, dancing, and I love to cook up a storm with fresh ingredients.