It’s real pleasure when I get to interview someone who is passionate about what they do. It radiates and it’s infectious. On a very sunny afternoon in Dublin, celebrity make up artist, Rachel Singer-Clark is happily situated at the Elizabeth Arden counter in Arnotts, here to promote the brand’s latest collection Rose Aurora through a series of masterclasses being held today and tomorrow (1pm, 4pm and 6pm) in one of the city’s most prominent retail institutions. Having training five years ago at make up mecca, Greasepaint, Rachel went onto assist world famous MUA Wendy Roe, the bi-product of which was the opportunity to work at the Oscars and fashion weeks from NY to LDN. Over the last year and a half, she bravely went out on her own and hasn’t look back. Even on her days off, she constantly draws out ideas and is happy on her freelance adventure and with her association with this New York make up giant, Rachel is on the way to MUA stardom.
Picking her brains on the hottest make up looks and tips for summer, it all comes down to one simple theory – less is more. A fan of mineral base products, Rachel says keeping your look fresh and dewy can create an easy look that does not need to take up your entire carry on luggage allowance. Her summer make up bag contains some colourful and holiday-inspired items.
First up is a selection of lip products in coral shades from lip stains, to lipsticks, gloss and of course, lip liner. Secondly, as part of this new Rose Aurora range, Rose Illuminator (€30.50/£23.00) will give you all the highlight you need but Rachel advises to avoid your T-zone with and keep the illumination high on your cheekbones for a sculpted look. Thirdly, and one of the most important make up must haves, bronzer (Pure Finish Bronze Powder (limited edition £25.00/€33.00) will matify the look and enhance the shadow on your cheekbones. Next up is a pencil, you don’t need to bring every eye shadow you own! Simply apply the pencil in black, brown or gunmetal to the eye and smudge with your finger. You can intensify the look by adding more pencil with a brow brush. And lastly, mineral skin finish make up will be the perfect, but light foundation to use while basking in the sunshine!
Given that there are so many products on the market, I asked for her take on BB creams and we agree on several aspects of this latest cult product. Yes it’s great to have several products in one, but everyone’s skin is different and applying an “all-in-one” product all over your face may not suit you. These products can leave an intense shine on your face which you have to matify. As a solution, mineral based make ups can give you the coverage, and highlighter can create the perfect balance of shine. And of course, with a good skin care regime, including moisturising your skin, the combination of this will leave your skin looking flawless.
I spent an hour with Rachel chatting about wedding make up, the unbelievable benefits of 8-hour cream (ever her boyfriend is a fan!) and working and living in London. I have to say that experience counts for everything, and Rachel’s knowledge and fascinating experiences (she’s interned at Grazia and Vogue) make for a very enjoyable interview. Rachel will be in Arnotts until tomorrow and all products in the Rose Aurora range are available at the store.