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German make-up artist Barbara Braeunlich speaks to Itee Dewan about her experience and profession while on a visit to Delhi.
Hindustan Times | By Itee Dewan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2008 03:07 PM IST

She has made models for magazines like Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire sizzle like divas. Supermodel Naomi Campbell who is rather infamous for her tantrums, dare not throw her weight around when the lady is at work. Internationally-acclaimed German make-up artist Barbara Braeunlich, who has taken over as Oriflame’s beauty advisor, tells us more about her experience, and profession while on a visit to the Capital.

How long have you been in the industry?
I have been a make-up artist for 12 years now. I started with doing make-up for films but eventually moved to the fashion industry.

Any formal training?
Yes, I went to London School of Fashion to learn film make up.

Any memorable experience?
Yeah, I especially remember putting this model in a pool of gold paint. The picture looked awesome and I got rave reviews for it. Which all faces have gone under

Your brush?
Oh many. Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and many others.

How was it working with these supermodels? Any tantrum queens?
No model has given me a hard time. I agree Campbell has that reputation but honestly, with me she was never a ‘I-am-the queen’ woman. Schiffer is a very down-to-earth person and a thorough professional. But yes, the film actresses have given me a tough time but I can’t take names here.

How has the beauty industry changed or evolved in the last few years?
Make-up has become a lot more natural. Twelve years ago nobody could even dream of a shoot featuring a model with no face foundation. It was unthinkable. Now, the natural texture counts. Of course, the lipstick and the eye make-up have been kept intact.

What is the colour of the season?
Purple. In fact, I would call it the colour of the year. Yellow is in for summers, but purple has been sort of reintroduced in a big way, especially on the eyes.

Anybody from India whose face you would love to work on?
Aishwarya Rai. She is gorgeous. I can imagine her with purple eyes with a tinge of turquoise. I think she can carry a lot of make-up.

What do you like about India in terms of your profession?
I have been in India before. What I like about the country is the respect that people give to my profession. I have travelled to many countries and when I have told people that I work as a make-up artist, I have always got these looks — ‘What? What do you a do for a living? A make up artist?’ But in India everyone knows the profession. I think it's all because of Bollywood that they are conscious of their looks.

Barbara’s make-up tips
Pluck your eyebrows regularly, keep them in shape.

To achieve a J Lo style nude pale lips, apply a bit of foundation on your lips before you apply lipstick. It hides the natural redness of your lips and gives your lips a caramel-kissed, coffee tone lips.

Stay away from bluish red shades or very cold red lippers. If you want to apply a darker shade, go for a brownish red colour.

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