By Shivani Dahiya
Celine Bernaerts leads the movement that celebrates real women while deflating the Barbie culture.
It’s no secret that the arrival of digital age has set impossible standards of perfection. A tiny waist, an airbrushed complexion with perfectly arched eyebrows accompanied with #Iwokeuplikethis does no good for the self-esteem. Every now and then, we need someone to make pores and fine lines a normal thing, to maintain the social equilibrium. Enter, Celine Bernaerts. A hair and makeup artist based in the Netherlands, Celine went to an art school to pursue photography. Raised by a beautician mother, it took her a while to connect the dots. She later trained at the House of Orange and now she is full-time into debunking the online culture where imperfections are not welcome. “I am afraid we are creating a world for the next generation in which we are not allowed to be humans,” she says. Excerpts from a free-wheeling interview with her.
Do you have any favourite makeup artists?
I fell in love with the ‘60s, especially Penelope Tree. If you look at it from an artist’s point of view, you will see a generation of artists like Pat McGrath, Val Garland, Peter Phillips, and Tom Pecheux who pushed the boundaries in terms of makeup. They elevated it from being just a beauty device to an art form.
What has been the most defining moment for you?
I think it was when I first saw pictures of an Alexander McQueen show. It made such an impression on my young mind.
Who is your muse?
The list is long… Anna Cleveland, Slick Woods, Diandra Forrest, Coco Rocha, Rianne Van Rompaey, Alek Wek.
Tell us about must-try makeup trend for winters.
After a few years of extreme minimalism, I believe we are going back to bold makeup statements. We have seen some Goth statements at Fenty and Valentino or extreme oversize eyelashes at Alexander McQueen. The graphic liners at Moschino, Mugler, Oscar de la Renta and Prabal Gurung will also be in. And then really black smokey eyes returned with Saint Laurent and Versus Versace, making me very happy.
Three beauty lessons you would like to give women.
That you are beautiful, if you touch up your eyebrows always use your products in the hair growth direction, and a little goes a long way, so try to touch up, not cover up.
What beauty trends do you think should surface?
And the one that should retire?
I think the world is being overthrown with American beauty trends such as the carved out eyebrows.
What is your work-life essential that you can’t live without?
Amazing brushes and skin food by Weleda.
What are your must-have products of the moment?
Game changing Mascara like The Shock Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils by YSL Beauty.
Lipstick or Lipgloss?
Blush or Bronzer?
Red Lips or Nude ?
Dewy skin or matte skin?
Liquid Highlight or Powder Highlight?