Launching on Friday 20 May, Highpoint’s new immersive event and branded experiences festival, Highpoint: Close Up, is set to create, inspire and ignite conversations that explore self-care, debunk trends and allow guests to discover their own path through the world of beauty, skincare and wellness. The 10-day retail festival includes interactive workshops, educational masterclasses, Q&A events, pop-up activations, giveaways and more by industry experts, thought-provoking leaders and globally renowned brands.

Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil will join the line-up of talent participating in Highpoint: Close Up, alongside beauty creative Chantelle Baker, makeup artists Sophia Pafitis, Marielou Makeup and Daniel Tan.

Australia’s most celebrated contemporary South-Asian media personality, Maria is a driven diversity advocate, content creator, commentator, panellist, writer, model and speaker – using her voice to create meaningful dialogue and campaign for change. She is a current panellist on Channel Nine’s ‘Talking Honey’ and ‘Today Extra’ and is a contributor and columnist for top lifestyle website 9Honey and national publication Stellar Magazine. Many of Maria’s discussion topics and projects focus on social justice issues
including anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, representation, youth empowerment, mental health, sexism, gender equality and LGBTQIA+ issues.

On Highpoint: Close Up’s opening weekend, Maria will be a guest panellist at Australian LGBTQIA+ charity Minus18’s forum event on inclusive beauty, as well as the host of an intimate Highpoint beauty retailer masterclass on the closing weekend.

The stellar line up of beauty, skincare and wellness retailers and brands joining the 10-day immersive event and branded experiences festival include AllKinds, endota, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, FOREO, Hairhouse x GHD, MECCA MAX, MECCA x Drunk Elephant, Sephora and more. The festival encompasses interactive workshops, educational masterclasses, Q&A events, pop-up activations and giveaways across multiple stages – each created to inspire and ignite conversations that explore self-care and debunking trends
to suit your own look.

Some of the sessions are ticketed so check out the program and links to purchase tickets at

Highpoint: Close Up begins on Friday 20 May until Sunday 29 May 2022 at Highpoint, 200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong 3032.

About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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