Makeup Artist Diana Carreiro Shares Her Beauty Secrets

A pro's top picks.
Michelle Villett
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A pro's top picks.

You can tell just by looking at this week's Babe in the Biz, Toronto-based makeup artist Diana Carreiro, that she's one of the good ones. Although I have a deep appreciation for makeup artisty—think Kevyn Aucoin, whose M.O. was completely painting out your features and then adding everything back in—when it comes to my own face, I like things to be as minimal as possible. (I've had as many makeup disasters as hair ones, thanks to over-eager makeup artists wanting to demonstrate their brand's ENTIRE collection on my face. At one time.)

But Diana is a kindred spirit, I just know it! (Even though we've only "met" when I've interviewed her over the phone for an article.) Look at her here—you know she's wearing makeup, but it's not even detectable! THIS is what I really aspire to on a daily basis.

Diana's work can be seen in Dove's Real Beauty campaign, as well as magazines like Flare and Fashion. (Cool tidbit: my beauty editor friends Jill from 29 Secrets and Janine from BeautyGeeks tell me she always uses my new discovery, Mary Kay, on set!)

Diana was kind enough to let me pick her brain on her top makeup artist products and tips, so read on...

Beauty Insider Credentials I've been a makeup artist for 20+ years. When I'm not shooting with a magazine or advertising client, I'm devouring fashion and beauty magazines and websites from around the world. I love learning about the latest beauty products, etc.

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Top Five Beauty ProductsTinted moisturizer with SPF, tweezers, concealer, an eyelash curler and tinted lip balm. I can look polished in five with five!

Beauty Splurge Splurge on foundations products (i.e. concealers, foundations and powders).

Beauty Bargain Scrimp on lipstick and glosses.

First Fragrance Chanel No. 5. It's what my mother wore.

Current Fragrance


Trish McEvoy No. 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk

Weird Beauty Habit Not really weird... I don't think... but I do an Aspirin (ASA) mask once or twice a week to exfoliate my face and hands.

Biggest Beauty Fail How much space do you have in this column? I'd have to say the my worst beauty fail was sporting square tipped, 1 1/2 inch long acrylic nails in the '80's that I painted everyday to match my outfits. One particularly embarrassing combo was brown with gold sparkles. Thankfully, there are no pictures.

Beauty Pet Peeve Spider lashes. Lashes that are so laden with mascara, they're clumping and drooping all over the place.

Best Beauty Tip Drink as much water as you can and wear your SPF.

Career Advice This is a very tough and competitive industry. It takes years before one can make a living at it. However, if you've the passion and the drive (and a few part time jobs!), it can be most rewarding. Take a course on colour theory, shadow and/or assist a working artist and practice, practice, practice.

Next week's Babe is beauty blogger Ellen Mirza from Lipstick Powder N Paint!