Expert of the month Caroline Barnes

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Beauty Uncovered

Written on09/09/2010

Expert of the month: Caroline Barnes

Renowned make up artist Caroline Barnes takes some time out to tell us all about her career and love for beauty and fashion. Plus, get her favourite expert make up tips.

Caroline Barnes has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry to create stunning make up looks on the runway. We caught up with her to find out about her career so far and her trend predictions for the next season.

You've worked on some amazing shows in the past – which was your favourite show to work on and why?

My favourite show was for the brand Frost French. We created a circus film and had Helena Christensen as the ring master and Jerry Hall as the lion tamer. It was really creative and a refreshing change from the super slick looks of the traditional catwalk.

What is your personal favourite backstage beauty tip?

Not to rush skin preparation. Hydration is key to a perfect complexion so I always encourage my team to concentrate on giving the girls a facial massage before they start the base.

If you could work with any model or celebrity, for any show, who would it be and why?

Grace Jones. She has amazing presence.


Stella McCartney spring/summer 2010

Can you tell us your trend predictions for Spring Summer 2011?

A complete colour blast! Pastels were very hot this year, but I predict make up artists are going to be much braver with their colour choices and use all textures, powders, creams and glosses in a less traditional way which will inspire all of us to add a few new shades to our summer make up bag. It's a very exciting, experimental time for make up.

Which Spring Summer 2011 shows are you looking forward to?

Stella McCartney works a summer wardrobe like no other designer.

Which Autumn Winter 2010/11 trends will you be wearing this season?

I'm a big fan of smoky eyes but this season I'm going to be adding a hint of colour to my lids and blending it into the charcoal black. It feels and looks really fresh and modern.

Which other make up artists do you admire?

Pat McGrath is a total inspiration; she is in a league of her own. Alex Box has the most amazing capability to merge her artistic visions to the face. I love to study her work and absorb her unique use of colour in her creations.

Where do you get the inspiration for your make up looks?

I can't really pin point that. Make up comes very naturally to me. Usually I arrive to a job with very little info on what I'm doing but, once I start working and communicating with someone, I absorb their features and it follows from there!

Which products do you always have with you on a job?

I wheel a massive family suitcase of make up around with me each day so there is very little I don't have!

What's the best way to prime skin before make up application?

Hydration and massage – you can't transform a dry, lacklustre complexion.

What is your beauty philosophy – what does "beauty" mean to you?

Confidence. I've worked with incredibly beautiful women who are very unsure about the way they look. But I have learned that the most average looking man or woman can be utterly beautiful and captivating when their positive energy shines within them and their eyes. To be confident you need to love yourself first.

Can you suggest one make up trick that will instantly update a look?

Use a cream eyeshadow rather than a powder, as the texture is totally different and looks much fresher and more modern on your eyes.

Do you have any tips for finding the perfect lipstick shade?

Don't try it on your hand as your hands aren't pink. The lipstick shade you choose will look totally different on your lips. Always test on your lips and, for the most natural shade, opt for a tone two shades darker than your own.

Which make up trend do you think is due a revival?

We as British women need to bother more. Make up for eyes and lips is back on the catwalk but the majority of women's attitude is not to look like you have even bothered to put make up on. I think we need to revive the power of a full make up. Let's take a leaf out of the French ladies' book and celebrate more personal grooming.

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