London-based Kiwi makeup artist and hairstylist Michael Ashton, who is behind the signature look of superstar songstress Adele, is thrilled to bring his boss home. The charismatic star asked a stadium of her fans to sing him Happy birthday on Thursday. Two days earlier, Spy was at his 35th birthday and homecoming celebration, which he hosted at Soul Bar and Bistro.
Ashton treated local A-list friends, including Helene Ravlich, Olivia Hemus, and a sizeable number of the crew from the 100-strong Adele Live contingent — who had flown in that morning — to Champagne and canapes. Sadly the stunning songstress wasn’t among them and we were not to ask questions about their charming boss.
Just like his cheeky cargo, a stage guy among the crew told us he was the one who wheeled out Adele in the box. The crew intended to make the most of being in one of the world’s best harbour cities and hit the water on Friday after Adele’s first concert here on Thursday night.
It’s been a decade-long relationship between Ashton and the multi-Grammy-Award winning singer. They were introduced through a mutual friend, and the casual call-out for a trim and a bit of eye liner has seen a collaboration flourish on the canvas of Adele’s perfect porcelain skin. The industry took notice. Ashton has just been appointed “Global Artistry Ambassador for Marc Jacobs Beauty”.
Helene Ravlich, Michael Ashton and Olivia Hemus. Photo / Carmen Bird
If a woman can’t go out without lipstick in her purse, Adele won’t go out without Ashton’s touch.
That “look” was seen on the cover of Time magazine last year and on the cover the singer’s album 25, as well as at countless award ceremonies and of course, the last 15 months of touring, ending with three sold-out Mt Smart concerts.
Ashton’s local friends couldn’t have been prouder — and his tour family think he’s pretty fantastic too.
With the tour ending tonight, Spy thinks this time Adele will join her crew to party. Perhaps with a toast at private club Seafarers.