Top tips: brush strokes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2008, 12:00am

Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist Val Garland seeks to create beauty that's 'beyond stereotypes'.

'I like the idea of one defining moment - like the punctuation of the brow, the liquid lid of a perfect lash line and the power of an expression. Bad taste is seeing a demarcation line. Good taste is being aware of the person, not the makeup. Nothing is forbidden, but be careful of red-browns and red-purples around the eyes because they can make the whites of the eyes look yellow.

'I like to work with whatever medium enables me to get the best results, I don't like to follow any specific rules. I like the painterly feel of using brushes - each stroke of a brush seems entirely individual and unique, whereas sometimes fingers do not allow the same precision.

'Much of my work is close-up beauty and requires complete attention to detail. Using a magnifying glass enables me to more thoroughly understand how makeup sits and reacts with different skin types and gives me more visual control in designing a look.'