Words: Jessica Clark

Wendy Rowe is a celebrity makeup artist, and creative consultant for Burberry Beauty, creating looks for the likes of Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Gisele Bundchen and Nicole Kidman. Here, she shares the top tips of her trade.

What is the signature ‘Wendy Rowe’ look?
I would say I am the master of nudes. I also know how to achieve amazing skin, Kate Hudson will vouch for me on this. I work with people’s faces rather than just putting makeup on.

What are your ultimate kit must-haves for on the job?
I’d like to say just 10 things but I need quite a lot different things for me to be able to achieve a few looks. Baring in mind my kit is 30kg, here are a few things I couldn’t go anywhere without:

Skincare – Crème de la mer- The Moisturising Lotion and Decleor Nourishing Lip Balm

Concealer – Burberry Sheer Concealers, Estee Lauder Maximum Cover

Foundation – Burberry’s Fresh Glow Foundation, Fresh Glow BB Cream and MAC Face and Body

Mascara – Shu Uemura Ultimate Mascara and Bobbi’s Brown No Smudge Mascara

Eyelash curlers – Shu Uemura

Eye pencils/brows – Burberry’s Effortless Eyebrow Definer, Kevyn Aucoin and Sue Devitt Eye Pencils

Lips – A red – Burberry’s Military Red and a nude Burberry’s Tulip Pink

Finishing it off with a pressed powder, my favourite is MAC Blot Powder.

Any funny mishaps/disasters you’ve experienced in your travels as a makeup artist?
There is always a funny incident when travelling because people tend to be quite busy and can become overtired. Sometimes people can misjudge things – for example falling off chairs is a classic! I’ve had a meltdown (twice actually) at an airport before. Along with entertaining mishaps, travelling can also be quite disastrous when flights are cancelled or connecting flights become delayed, as you need to get to a job and can’t be late.

What do you use on your own face?
When it comes to applying makeup sometimes I won’t wear any. But if I do, I use Burberry’s Fresh Glow BB cream and Sheer Concealer; I then curl my lashes and use Shu Uemera’s Ultimate Mascara. For skincare I can’t live without my Joelle Ciocco moisturisers, I also love Tracie Martyn’s LotuSculpt Eye Pads or SK II’s Signs Eye mask.

You know the best practitioners and professionals in the trade; what’s one beauty treat/treatment you’re loving right now?
At the moment I love non-invasive treatments by Dr George. They’re amazing – you can read more about my experience on my blog http://wendyrowe.com/goodbye-jowls

You’re all about the inner health for optimum beauty – any diet/exercise tips you’d care to share?
I try to keep to a routine when it comes to looking after my inner health. In the morning, I have a spoon-full of organic apple cider vinegar to detoxify and help regulate my blood sugar. I then drink a raw cold pressed coconut water with an added teaspoon of The Super Elixir from Wellco. After eating, I drink a Skinade drink to boost my collagen levels and make my skin glow. When it comes to exercise you can’t beat Body by Simone in NY and for everyone not based in the US they also offer online classes. Barrecore is also a great class offered in London.

Any beauty advice for tired mums to make skin look more alive?
My advice would be to sleep more! Knowing that isn’t always possible an old favourite is Clarin’s Beauty Flash Balm. Other quick fixes are Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA, LotuSculpt Eye Pads from Tracie Martyn, SK II Hydrating Mask and Bliss Skin-reviving Rubberizing Mask – all of these will help you cheat more awake-looking skin.


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