March 19, 2008


KISS AND MAKE UP: Jo Cox models make-up artist Megan Kemplay's handiwork, a recreation of KISS frontman Gene Simmons' famous makeup. Kemplay is offering concert goers the chance to be made-up like rock icons for Saturday's Rock2Wellington concert.

The power of KISS and makeup could see Wellington overrun by glam rock lookalikes.

The first night of the Rock2Wellington heavy metal concert on Saturday is headlined by 1970s United States glam rockers KISS, known as much for their painted faces as for their music.

On the support card is another make-up junkie, mascara-loving Alice Cooper.

Wellington mobile make-up artist Megan Kemplay couldn't afford a concert ticket, so she will be raising cash to buy one by painting the faces of old rockers on their way to Westpac Stadium.

Lip gloss, face paint, hair lacquer and black nail polish will all be in use at her temporary studio outside Hotel Waterloo's Stadium Bar from noon on Saturday.

She thinks the painted face of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, famed for his long tongue and radio-friendly riffs, will be the most requested among the thousands of metalheads expected in the city.

The running-mascara look of Alice Cooper would be a cinch, the qualified hair and makeup artist said. She is charging $10 for the 20-minute makeup jobs.