Game-changing make-up artist Val Garland shares her best advice to help you experiment with your look. She tells Stylist the little tweaks you can make to your routine to freshen it up without going too far out of your comfort zone.
She’s the fashion industry’s leading make-up artist, who has spent two decades working with the world’s most creative names, including Alexander McQueen and Björk. She’s also worked with Stylist on a number of beauty features.
Now, she’s releasing her first ever book, Validated, setting out her individualistic style. Beauty director Anita Bhagwandas caught up with the influential make-up artist to talk about the ways you can add some unique elements to your own look.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
“When you’re young, that’s when you can wear a box on your face and call it make-up; you can experiment. It doesn’t feel like there’s much of that around any more with Instagram beauty trends. But there will be a backlash soon – the clothes on this season’s catwalks were quite crazy with lots of Eighties looks, which will follow through to make-up.”
“You’ve got to start off subtle when you’re experimenting or it won’t stick. Coloured mascara looks great instead of black or brown. Or a navy or deep burgundy eye pencil over a black one. How chic is that?”
Don’t ditch your signature style
“That said, if you love a specific look, you can experiment within that. I’m a hypocrite because I always wear a red lip (L’Oréal Color Riche in Haute Rouge, £6.99 – vintage red). You could try deeper or more orange-toned red, or play with glosses and textures to update it.”
Think about unusual placements
“I love grown-up glitter – especially in these colder months. If full-on glitter is too much for you, take a dot and put it underneath the eye instead, below the iris on the waterline. Or why not just wear your make-up completely normally and just have a glitter beauty mark or freckles? It doesn’t have to always be loud and big.”
Image credit: Val Garland, Getty