Makeup application is a superpower
Caroline Barnes is a professional makeup artist with a career spanning the TV, fashion and music industries. Caroline talks to 35 Thousand about traveling, her career with L’Oreal and passion for making women feel fabulous.
“I have been a professional makeup artist for 27 years. I am fortunate to have had a fantastic career spanning the TV, fashion and music industries.I have travelled all over the world and met some incredible people and shared experiences I would have never been exposed to, if it not had been for my job. I love people and I’m passionate about making women feel fabulous, as well as the artistry of makeup.”
“I have a small office at home which I painted and made more pleasing to spend time in over lockdown and it’s a better environment to film in. I’m either on location or in a studio across London.”
“Creative images and people. I am a makeup addict and I love all the new innovation and formulas that are being created.”
“Everyday is usually different. New address, new team, new talent. Whilst this is also inspiring having no regular pattern to your working week, it can be exhausting.”
“When I signed on the dotted line for my first makeup contract – it was for L’Oreal and fortunately I have been contracted to big makeup companies from thereon in. It is an absolute privilege to have a platform to help communicate the art of makeup and cosmetics to consumers.”
“Life is long. Sometimes you are winning and sometimes you aren’t in the lead. The story of the hare and the tortoise is always reassuring when you feel you are falling behind. Keep the faith that success ebbs and flows, and remain positive always.”
“Husband, three gorgeous boys, a dwarf chinchilla rabbit and a goldfish who is 10 years old, which is a massive achievement for a goldfish! I have many of friends and our house is always a mess but I’d rather the hustle and bustle of a busy home compared to a tidy, quiet home. My new found love is running, either alone or with my dear friend. This small effort is really keeping me balanced.”
“Oh gosh like most working mums, balancing family life with a hectic work schedule and trying to keep everyone happy!”
“I’m not working as a makeup artist as much as I used too. Instead I’m in my office creating content and communicating my love of beauty and the best products to buy via my social media channels.
I much prefer to be painting peoples faces but at least I can still remain part of my community and remain inspired. Hopefully this will change soon and the industry will return to normal. Fingers crossed.”
“Professionally yes. I worked so little last year it was terrifying. Fortunately I can still earn money via my channel and social media but it is not my happy space, nor one I solely want to do.”
“I’ve always been rubbish sleeper. Anything and everything wakes me up. My husband breathing (poor man) or a worrying thought from the day I hadn’t processed.”
“Not the gym but definitely gin! Really not keen to go back to the gym nowadays. Happy with my running and so long as I can keep this up that will be the exercise tick box TICKED for me.
I love a gin and tonic. Especially one early evening, as it just has the ability to soften the day and bring on relaxation.”
“Knowing that we are lucky to not be in hospital or grieving the loss of loved ones. It was also important to reassure the boys that it was OK to feel fed up and we just had to try and let time pass until better days arrived.”
“Uummmm… Just how much I love people in my life, they give me ENERGY! Also just to slow down and not pack my days with endless actives.”
“Yes desperate to go away to feel the sand between my toes and stare endlessly at the horizon. We have plans that we had last year to Greece and America but we will have to cross everything and wait and see.”
“Mask, hand sanitiser, toothbrush (currently having Invisalign), around three lipsticks, phone and my keys. Pretty standard I guess.”
“Up at 6.30am. Take a probiotic. Coffee. Skincare – Vitamin C in the morning Retinol at night.
Camomile Tea before bed. Neom Oil Diffuser daily in my office. The rest is always varied and different.”
“I have alway been a bit of a tomboy and because I have a feminine figure I like simple clothes and not too many patterns. Comfy and effortless I would like to say.”
“A great bra, an oversized hoodie, a long soft dress, skinny jeans, a cashmere jumper.”
“Working with credible, interesting clients whom I like and respect and to carry on communicating to everyone with the super power that is makeup application.”
“A press-up! God knows I’ve tried. I blame my big boobs but that’s just an excuse.”
“In the end, everything will be OK. BUT if you sit back and wait for it to happen nothing will change.
Dig deep, be tenacious and never say no to work.”
“IT IS WHAT IT IS. This covers everything from the deepest grief to clients letting you down. Acceptance is key in order to move forward happily in life and this mantra just allows me to do just that.”
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