Max May


The revolutionary Max May is an influential force in the fashion industry. Most of his ‘covert operations’ take place behind closed doors in the dressing rooms of actresses and models in the minutes before the catwalk lights up and the camera shutters open. A legend and visionary icon among those in the know, Max is one of Australia’s leading hair and makeup artists. Max’s work is instantly recognisable in his bronzed, strikingly contoured looks, as well as his bold use of colour.

If it’s made by Max May, chances are it’s appeared on the flawlessly sculpted visages of the high-end fashion models that grace the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Elle.

Following in the footsteps of fashion makeup heroes such as Kevyn Aucoin, Max is more than willing to take risks and constantly push the boundaries between art and beauty.

Starting out as a hair stylist, Max’s love of drawing and painting soon moved him to working with makeup. Despite being self-taught, Max displayed an intuitive sense of artistry and skill, as he conceived his own interpretations of classic techniques used in visual arts, bringing them together with unconventional colour palettes.

Max has partnered with brands such as La Mer, MAC, Becca and L’Oreal, working alongside high-profile clients such as Rose Byrne, Abbie Cornish and Lara Bingle.

In-demand both at home and internationally, Max continues to build his empire and follow his dream to empower women by making them feel beautiful, self-assured and unique.

When we discovered Max was currently going through a beauty trend obsession with pink, we simply had to enlist him to join our Rosé Rising revolution. Max has been tasked with one of his most important VIP missions yet – to transform the Barangaroo House staff into a formidable pink army with the application of rose-inspired makeup.