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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Chatting to the brilliant make-up artist to the stars Carl Stanley

There are many make-up artist out  there that call them selves "Celebrity make up artists " But not many can claim to have done everyone from Twiggy to Naomi Campbell and a host of  other stars  , he is as rocking 'rolling as many of his clients and his new book autobiography "Kiss and make up "   is due out soon.  The  wizard of make up Carl Stanley  gives us some tips

What are five products that every girl should have to hand  and why?

1) Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre – a 3-in-1 cream that is a fabulous moisturizer for under make-up, which can be used as a cleanser, and also works brilliantly when applied thick as a moisturizing face-mask.

2) Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – it’s the best on the market, and curling your eyelashes will open up your eye.

3) Garnier Roll-on Concealer – for under-eye circles, the texture is lightweight enough that it doesn’t emphasise lines or crow’s-feet, and the rollerball applicator is wonderfully soothing on puffy eyes. It will wake-up even the most tired-looking eyes. 

4) Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara in ‘Blackest Black’ – the brush is superb, and grips even the tiniest lashes.

5) Bobbi Brown Apricot Blusher – this fabulous shade instantly brightens your complexion, and works on all skin tones

Is it a mistake to apply a foundation to the eyelid before applying eyeshadow?

I always use NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base – apply directly onto the eyelid, then apply eyeshadow directly onto this base. It holds eyeshadow in place far better than foundations or concealers, and even when I am working in temperatures of 80+ degrees, the colour stays true and free of any creasing all day.  

Sometimes ladies don't want to wear a full face of makeup, so what do you recommend for a natural glam look?

A great bronzer, not too sparkly, applied to cheeks and eyes; two or three coats of mascara; and a slick of Estee Lauder Lipgloss in ‘Bare Glow’ on lips and a tiny dab on browbones, just below the arch of your eyebrow, as a highlighter - instant ‘Charlie’s Angels’-style glamour!      

I've noticed that coloured eye liners are gaining in popularity; what would you say are the hottest colours to use this season?

Bright-bright greens and turquoises are very big right now, and suit all eye colours. For those looking for something really fashion-forward try canary yellow – it’s not as scary as it sounds!   

What would you say is the "secret" to the perfect winged eyeliner?

I always use a gel-eyeliner; it doesn’t set instantly so you have time to get it right! Starting at the inner eye, paint across the lid while very gently pulling the eyelid taut with the index finger of your opposite hand, then, reloading the brush, paint a line from the outer corner of the eye about 5-10mm depending on how dramatic an effect you’re after, then extend the liner from where it stops on your outer eyelid to meet the end-point of that line to form a triangle, filling in any space if necessary. Maybelline Gel Liner comes with a great brush.

How can we get longer, fuller-looking lashes?

Eyelash growth products really do work! I’m Molly Ringwald’s make-up artist whenever she’s in England, and the second time I worked with her, after she had been using Revitalash for a few months, her lashes were 100% thicker and noticeably longer. I’d been rather cynical about such products beforehand until I saw the results Molly had experienced. Far better to invest in a treatment product like this than thickening mascaras which can make lashes look too clumpy.     
Carl has done everyone and i mean everyone, with Mrs Thatcher 


It's winter, so obviously that can cause the skin to be very dry. What should ladies be doing to fill fine lines in their lipstick?

I recommend applying Lanolips lip ointment before lipstick. It has a very rich texture - a little goes a long way, so a tube should last you for at least six months. With prolonged use, your lips will become smoother, and the smoother your lips are, the better your lipstick will look, as well as staying in place longer.      

When choosing a lip liner, should it be an identical colour to the lipstick or can it be used to create contrast? Are there certain lip colours that make the lips appear fuller? What tricks can women use to plump thinner lips?

I always outline the lips in a colour as close to their natural tone; my favourite is Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil. You can use this to rectify any unevenness in your lip shape, or to create a fuller lipline. This is a perfect base for any colour lipstick (which you should apply with a brush, over and right up to the edge of your pencilled lip line) and it also acts as a magnet to prolong your lipstick. 

Make Up Carl Stanley 

Shades like blush pinks or vibrant corals are great for making lips look fuller, but NEVER go for matte or pearl textures as these will create the impression that the lips are thinner than they really are. Look for gloss-stick lipsticks (Estee Lauder and Christian Dior do fabulous ones), as they have the convenience of a regular twist-up-tube-lipstick, but all the comfort of a gloss but with better wear. Don’t think a darker lipline will create the impression of fuller lips; it will just look unnatural. And dark lipline with a pale pearly lipstick is ALWAYS a no-no…unless you want to look like a guest on Jerry Springer!        

Carl on location in South Africa relaxing before shoot

Kiss & Make Up

Carl Stanley

A wayward son and his manic-depressive mother must battle to discover themselves before they can start to love each other in this riotous memoir.
It’s the dress-to-excess `80s, and a mom-hating, vodka-soaked, drug-fuelled, shoplifting Birmingham schoolboy who’s reinvented himself as Boy George is desperate for the love she’s never been able to give. It’s the `90s and her skeletons are out of the closet. Today, now that he’s sober, it’s time for them to kiss and make up…

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