Beauty Tips, Tricks & Top Trends With Make-Up Artist Angèlique Turner

Meet the mastermind behind our Think Pink beauty shoot
Beauty Tips, Tricks & Top Trends With Make-Up Artist Angèlique Turner
Nina CattBy Nina Catt -

She’s worked her magic on celebrities and influencers across the globe, including the beautiful Alanoud Badr (AKA Lady Fozaza) for Cosmo’s June cover. Here, Australian-born international hair and make-up artist Angèlique Turner shares her top tricks, must-have products and what it takes to make it in the Middle East...

We're in love with the make-up looks from our Think Pink beauty shoot in the October issue of Cosmo (below). Which shades of pink suit which skin tones best?
Pink has such a vast spectrum and there is something for everyone. Especially for eyeshadow colours which I feel has only really become a trend over the past year or so. Choosing a pink shade is very personal so I recommend playing around with colours to see what you like, however; FAIRER SKIN TONES can work beautifully with baby pinks and subtle pops of hot pink. Avoid brown-toned pinks (darker shades of dusty roses) – depending on the undertone of your skin they can make your complexion look dull. MEDIUM SKIN TONES are most versatile. I love using brown-based pinks on medium toned skin. And, if the skin is bronzed then hot pinks can be really fun! DEEPER SKIN TONES should avoid baby pinks as they often show up on lids and lips as ashy, and washed out. Bright and bold tones look amazing – as do deeper tones of pink berries. My personal favourite pink lipstick is a drug store brand! Soap and Glory have a satin finish shade called Barely Pinking. It’s a beautiful colour and formula – plus it suits pretty much everyone’s skin tone. 

Women across the globe will be wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness, this month. What does this initiative mean to you?
I lost my Nana to breast cancer when I was 18 so to me, it’s the most personal of all the causes. The movement seems to grow every year so it’s great to see awareness building around the subject, and women becoming more aware of the need to get regular checks.

You've worked with television personalities, sports stars, and socialites including Gordon Ramsey, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Ascia Al Faraj, Kal Penn and Joelle Mardinian; what are your tips for foolproof long-lasting make-up?
The best way to make the look last is in the skin prep and finish. If the skin is oily or you’re concerned about the heat, use a mattifying primer and ensure any traces of natural oils are removed, before applying foundation. For the eyelids, a primer is a must to help eyeshadow and liner stay in place. And for the overall base use a setting spray and/or translucent powder depending on your skin type and the look you are going for (powder tends to make the look matte, so if you want a glow then avoid a setting powder all over the face, and just stick to the areas that might get oily with time – like the T-zone).

What are the top five brushes for beginners to invest in?
(1) It’s not technically a brush but a Beauty Blender is top of my list for makeup tools. It applies foundation, concealer, any liquid/cream products (highlighter, blush, bronzer etc) as well as loose and compact powders. It gives the most flawless finish. 
(2) A Sigma fluffy eyeshadow blending brush. It’s a must-have in every kit for a flawless finish. Sigma brushes last forever.
(3) An angled powder brush – perfect for contouring and applying blush. The Glossy Makeup Slant Contour brush is super soft, and it’s pink!
(4) An angled liner brush – perfect for applying both brow and eyeliner products. The Raer Beauté brushes are incredible quality. Brush 10 is so precise.  
(5) A Sigma flat definer brush – this seems like a weird one, but this is my secret weapon. I use it to clean up, and define brows and lips.

What are your go-to hair products?
The entire range of The Ouai. It’s not just the fact that they’re totally innovative and perform at the highest standard, but the scents are gorgeous too! My standouts are the Texturizing Hair Spray, and the Wave Spray.

What is the biggest make-up trend at the moment?
Coloured eyeshadow! It’s everywhere and it’s so great to see that the fear of wearing colour is starting to disappear because some incredible make-up artists, including one of my favourites, Hung Vanngo, are using it in such a chic way. Whether it’s a pop of colour or a full lid statement look, the colour trend is major right now.

What advice would you give to someone that wants to become a hair and make-up artist in the Middle East?
Firstly, start with the right education. For me, that was going to Los Angeles to train with Lilit Caradanian and for you, that might be training with an artist that you admire in this region. Once you feel like you’re ready to start, take every opportunity, make connections, always be professional and don’t be a diva. Approach local artists that you admire and ask to assist them. Be loyal. Work hard and never stop learning and developing your craft. It isn’t an easy business to get into (or stay in) but if you give each and every client your best, you will see success.

You're also a beauty educator. Tell us a little more about what you do?
Education is something that came along as a surprise to me. I never considered myself someone that other women would resonate with, but it’s been a very natural progression. I hold masterclasses every other month (depending on my schedule) and teach women in a very hands-on environment how to create a modern, and clean day look that can be transitioned into a classic evening look. I think every woman should have the ability to be able to pull both these looks together for any occasion. It’s empowering to be able to make yourself feel and look your best – and that’s what I aim to do. Beauty education is a powerful thing and we talk not only about make-up and product knowledge in my masterclasses, but it really becomes an environment to talk about women’s wellness too.

What's the one beauty product you couldn't live without?
I could not live without an eyebrow pencil, because when my brows look great I can go make-up free and be happy. It’s ALL about brows. Brows are life!

If you could get one person in your make-up chair, who would it be?
I have a whole list of beautiful and strong women I’d love to work with. Sandra Bullock, Gal Gadot, Gwen Stefani…. but if I had to choose just one then Oprah Winfrey. I’m so looking forward to doing her make-up (yes that’s me just manifesting the dream client!). Celebrities haven’t really been something that has ever phased me, but I think I’d get pretty weird if Oprah sat down in my chair, lol. I don’t think I’d ever let her leave. She’s not only beautiful inside and out but she’s transcended boundaries of race and gender, and continues to bring people together to find common ground. She’s amazing.

Follow Angèlique Turner on Instagram or visit her website for more information on her make-up masterclasses (the next one is October 27th, 2018!).

Here are the five stunning looks from our October issue...


Flash back to the eighties with runway-inspired high-gloss lids and lips. Cool-girl make-up doesn’t get any better than this.

Base: Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation SPF25, Dhs190 Sephora, Rodial Instaglam Glow Stick, Dhs175 Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct, Dhs66, Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Palette, Dhs350 Charlotte Tilbury The Dubai Mall. Eyes: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Pop)ular, Dhs110 Sephora, Lime Crime Wet Cherry Lip Gloss in Extra Poppin, Dhs99, Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Dhs140 Sephora. Lips: Becca Liptuitive Glow Gloss, Dhs120 Sephora. Earrings: Golden Basics, Dhs39 Scarf: Beauty director’s own

A feminine flush of pretty pink on lips, lids and cheeks is punctuated by natural skin with radient highlights. Meet your new girly fave.

Base: Rodial Instaglam Glow Stick, Dhs175 Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct, Dhs66, Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, Dhs80 – both, Becca Luminous Blush in Foxglove, Dhs164 Sephora. Eyes: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette (shades: Flamingo and Shy), Dhs263 Sephora, Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Dhs140 Sephora. Lips: Soap and Glory Lipstick in Barely Pinking, Dhs116 Boots. Earrings: Starfish studs, Dhs62

Rock-star liner and lashings of mascara collide to make your peepers pop. Go bold or go home – the brighter the better.

Base: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer, Dhs220 Charlotte Tilbury The Dubai Mall, Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct, Dhs66, Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Colour With Goji Berry-C Complex, Dhs158 Sephora. Eyes: Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette (shade: New Money), Dhs283 Sephora, Tarte Fake Awake Eye Highlight, Dhs97 Sephora, Sephora Collection Volume On Mascara in Colour 05, Dhs75 Sephora. Lips: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Sweet Escape, Dhs130 Sephora. Headscarf: Beauty director’s own

With party season around the corner, liven up your look with this season’s hottest trend, the statement ombré lip. All eyes on you, guaranteed.

Base: Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct, Dhs66, Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, Dhs80 – both, Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter in Rosy Glow, Dhs142 Sephora. Eyes: Ardell Individual Lashes, Dhs21, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Dhs121 Sephora. Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi, Dhs110 and Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Milkshake, Dhs111 – both Sephora. Earrings: Faux Marble Parrot Earrings, Dhs20 Scarf: Beauty director’s own

Forget cleanly lined lids and show off your rebellious side with graphic eyeliner. Use your artistic licence to create a look that’s nothing less than #extra

Base: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer, Dhs220 Charlotte Tilbury The Dubai Mall, Clove + Hallow Conceal + Correct, Dhs66, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in C Pop, Dhs183 Sephora. Eyes: Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Junkshow, Dhs104 Sephora, Ardell Individual Lashes, Dhs21, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Dhs121 Sephora

Skincare prep and brows throughout: Harlow Skin Co. Youth Dew Face Elixir, Dhs205, Repère Care Daily Repair Moisturiser, Dhs140, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Dhs103 Sephora

Check out the October issue of Cosmo to see the shoot in print.

Beauty and creative direction: Nina Catt
Photogrpahy: Richard Hall
Hair & make-up: Angèlique Turner
Model: Elina G at Bareface Model Agency
Videography: El Tamer

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