Tuesday, 25 September 2012

My Interview with 17's Make-up Artist Vanesa Guallar!

 Whilst I was at London Fashion Week with 17 a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview the lovely Vanesa Guallar (17's Make-Up Artist), which was amazing to say the least. And this afternoon I received a copy of the interview to share with you. I must say it's an interesting read and I really hope you enjoy and like the questions I asked! 

What was it that made you want to start a career as a make-up artist?
As a child I loved experimenting with different colours and textures and always loved doing my friends’ hair and make-up or painting their nails – anything I could get my hands on really! So for me it began as a hobby.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like how each day is different: I could be working on fashion editorials or with celebs one day to working with the 17 brand team on next season’s products the next. Working on Zoe Jordan’s show at London Fashion Week was fun – such a great atmosphere and some lovely people.

If you could do anyone’s make-up, who would it be?
It’ll be between Beyonce, Rhianna or J-Lo but it’s a difficult one to call!

What's your favourite 17 product?
It changes all the time as they always bring out great new products. Right now I like their 17 Smoulder Gel Eyeliner £3.99, which is a gel eyeliner that has a soft, silky finish. It’s perfect for creating a quick smudgy black eye and is so easy to use – just dip the mini brush into the pot and dab the gel across the lash line, smudge and blend. You can layer up for a serious smouldering look or use as a base on your eyelids, like an eyeshadow for an intense smokey eye. 

Have you got any tips for getting the perfect winged liner?
My tip for winged liner is to draw the line with a pencil liner that is really soft and easy to remove such as 17 Eye Khol Pencil £2.89. My absolute tip is to always make sure you follow your eye shape and line. To give it bolder darker colour, add the 17 High Drama £3.99 over the top, which is a liquid liner that has an easy to use applicator, which means it’s so easy to add a smooth line along your lash line for a natural look.

What's your favourite type of look to create?
I love the red carpet Hollywood glamour look, which is full of vibrant colours like bright gorgeous lips and big bold lashes. To re-create it, try 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick £4.79 in Hollywood, which is a hot red and has a handy mini mirror hidden in the lid, and coat your lashes with 17 Blow Out Blackest Black Mascara £6.29. It’s added glamour in an instant!

What make-up looks/colours are you most excited for this season?
I’m really interested to see the new crimson shades this autumn which are all very showbiz and just what I love.  To get ahead of the trend this season, add a slick of dramatic dark colour with 17 Mirror Shine £4.79 in Scrumptious or Roasted Red for a delicious berry look.

What secrets do you have for keeping your skin looking fresh and dewy?
Here are my three secrets: number one, always eat healthily and drink plenty of water which is crucial for keeping skin looking radiant and healthy. Number two, make sure you use a light and soft formula that isn’t aggressive on your skin such as a BB cream. 17 has one (£6.99) which blends really well into the skin, covers up imperfections and makes your complexion brighter. Finally, number three, always remember to remove your make-up properly before you go to bed as it not only removes dead cells and improves circulation but means your moisturiser can get to work on your skin better! 

*Mirror Shine hits the stores on 3rd October 

I really hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did thinking up the questions! And also reading about some new upcoming products - I have no pictures I'm afraid! Thank you so much for stopping by everyone! Hannah 


  1. Pretty cool Blog – I’ll be passing it on...

  2. I admire this girl! Being at the age of 17 didn't become a hindrance for her to reach this kind of achievement. I'm sure she has more to come!

  3. Thanks for such a lovely post its really great to know about such an young Make-up Artist, really admire her and its quite an inspiring post should say...


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