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When she isn't oogling over a new wonder mascara, London-born Tamara can be found practicing yoga or cooking up a Nigella Lawson-esque dinner for family and friends. She is expecting her first child in August.
1. What is your favourite ever beauty tip?
Fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil/shadow. It makes you look more groomed, lifts your features making you look younger and finishes off your look.
2. What 3 products could you not live without?
Chanel Sun Illuminator Makeup base- a matte bronzer that lasts all day and perks up your complexion giving skin a natural glow. Lancome Galateis Douceur- a gentle cleanser that removes all makeup, including waterproof mascara, without irritating sensitive eyes and Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara - a smudge proof, light mascara that gives eyes a natural finish without a panda eye in sight!
3. What is your biggest beauty disaster?
My biggest beauty disaster was definitely having a perm. I didn’t realise until I grew up what a godsend straight frizz-free hair was I just wanted to follow a trend, but the trend didn’t suit me and I realised that only when it was too late and I burst into tears at the hairdressers!
4. Describe your look 10 years ago
Disco diva- Permed hair, kohl rimmed eyes with tons of lipgloss. The lips are the only thing that stood the test of time!
5. What has been your career highlight so far?
Contributing as a beauty expert on Gok Wan's How To Look Good Naked and winning a prestigious P&G beauty award.
6. What's in your make-up bag?
As well as the ones I mentioned, Clinique Bronzer brush, Estee Lauder clear lipgloss, No7 Soft & Sheer Tinted Moisturiser, Urban Retreat Blush on Blusher, YSL Lip Twin lipstick, Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow, Clarins Instant Light perfection Touch and Dior Hydrating Concealer, Max factor Masterpiece Max Mascara and Rimmel Soft Eye Kohl Pencils.
7. What is your favourite celebrity look/ which celeb do you think has the best make-up?
I love Scarlett Johansson's dramatic lips and 40's glamour. She has a very sexy yet modern Hollywood look. However, I also love the natural beauty of Penelope Cruz- gorgeous skin, bouncy hair and neutral makeup palette.
8. If you weren't in the beauty industry, what would you be doing?
I would probably use my beauty knowledge to create a range of holistic affordable products for men, women and kids. If that fails, I'd follow the photography path. Being fortunate to have worked with amazing beauty photographers has only inspired me to pick up my camera more and be creative with visuals. I love being behind the camera.
9. What do you envisage being the 'next big thing' within beauty?
I think the eco green issue is going to get bigger and bigger.
10. What's the worst beauty myth you have ever heard and want to put straight?
You don't need SPF in the winter. This is complete rubbish. Whether you live in the UK or Miami, you need to wear an SPF everyday. The easiest way to do this is to choose a makeup base or day moisturiser with SPF.
11. What is your opinion on natural and organic products?
This is a growing sector in beauty. With green issues being in the forefront of everyone's lifestyle, it's no wonder beauty companies are jumping on the bandwagon and producing eco- friendly lines. I think women need to be educated in organic beauty and the difference between natural and organic. I think we're extremely lucky at the moment that we have the choice to choose natural/organic brands for skincare, haircare, bodycare even makeup, which all work just as well as their counterparts.
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