Masters At Work: Diane Kendal

Masters At Work: Diane Kendal

For V107, we highlight the superstar makeup artists and hairstylists who have earned a spotlight of their own.

For V107, we highlight the superstar makeup artists and hairstylists who have earned a spotlight of their own.

Photography: Schohaja

Text: Priya Rao

For British makeup artist Diane Kendal, who works with visionary designers like Marc Jacobs and Chitose Abe, perhaps the greatest compliment she has ever received in regards to her work is: “You always make me look so beautiful.” “That’s my thing, I want girls to feel and be as beautiful as they can be,” she says.

Though Kendal’s looks can range from otherworldy (she got her start in special effects and prosthetics at the London College of Fashion—“I loved the BBC,” she says) to natural (think Jacobs’s Fall 2017 smudgey lashes and pops of fake freckles), she understands that much of her work for editorial doesn’t adapt to real life and fittingly, real women. “A lot of the products that you use on photo shoots or the runway do not actually translate to use for the everyday person.” Spoken like a woman herself!

So Kendal has converted her magic through products for Marc Jacobs beauty and MAC, the latter of which was released earlier this year. “The nice thing about it is that they can all be mixed together,” she explains of their functionality. “You can use a little bit of the foundation with the lip to mix color, or you can use the lip on the cheek, you can use the eye on the lip. It is all interchangeable, and I think that is what I like about makeup. I like products that you can shift and change, and mix and match.”

That’s not to say that Kendal isn’t thoroughly inspired by fashion and culture. For instance, her recent work for Abe’s Spring 2017 Sacai show was iconic figures in the music industry, like David Bowie or The Sex Pistols. Seemingly o -kilter references for women, but intended to show their strength: “Makeup has the ability to make you feel beautiful, but also really powerful.”

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