I remember very well the first time I met Angelique. It was at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, between the sea and the boats, she had created a little beauty parlour and I remember thinking "a make-up artist that can perform by 45°C must be a good one". The smokey eye she performed on me did prove me right. Angelique is calm, she has a soothing presence, she's the kind of person you want around on your wedding day. Her style is refined and elegant, she goes for classic Hollywood and parisian chic looks. You simply can't go wrong with her. She flew from Australia where she used to work with Revlon and Christian Dior cosmetics, to Dubai in 2009 and has been freelancing since. Have a look at her portfolio here.
HOB: If you could live in a painting, which one would it be?
A.T.: Renoir’s “Bal du moulin de la Galette”. It is a painting of a lovely day in Montmartre, Paris. Whenever I visit Paris I stay in Montmartre as a good friend of mine lives there and there is an incredible Friday farmer’s market across the street from the hotel I stay in. The people in the painting are happy eating, drinking and dancing in the sun. I don’t think it gets better than that.
HOB: If you could live in a different era, which one would you pick and why?
A.T.: I always felt like I missed out on the glam rock era of the 1970’s. As much as I loved the fashion of the 1950’s, the 70’s was an era of liberation, rule breaking and anything outrageous. As a makeup artist it was an inspiring time to look back on as it was centred around expression through costume drama, glitter soaked makeup and wild hairstyles all set against a soundtrack of some of the greatest music of all time; David Bowie, Roxy Music and Queen to name a few.
HOB: What piece of clothing reminds you of your mother/father?
A.T.: My parents were the IT couple of the 80’s. On nights out Dad would wear his Duran Duran-esque shiny suits and Mum would wear the most awesome sharp sweetheart necklined silk taffeta dresses. She was the ultimate 80’s maven with her thick eyebrows and permed hair. I idolized her style.
HOB: What scent takes you right back to your childhood?
A.T.: Poison by Christian Dior. My Nana wore it and it is a scent special to me with many good childhood memories.
HOB: When do you feel on holidays?
A.T.: Whenever I smell coconut tanning lotion.
HOB: What designer would you take with you on a camel ride?
A.T.: I wonder if both Stefano Gabbano, Domenico Dolce and I would all fit on one camel. I’ve always loved their ultra feminine lines and use of lace and embellishments. Plus I’d want the inside scoop on their tax evasion drama.
HOB: Your favourite recipe to make?
A.T.: I haven’t made it since I was a kid but chocolate slice. It’s the most calorific thing known to man but you can’t go past chocolate biscuit base with chocolate icing and coconut sprinkled on top.
HOB: Best piece of advice you were ever given?
A.T.: As a stubborn Taurus I’m more of an ignore advice and learn from mistakes kind of girl.
HOB: What book changed your life?
A.T.: My Mum bought me the Roald Dahl collection when I was a child. His work opened my little mind to the world of imagination and fantasy. I would spend hours immersed in his words. Lovely times and wonderful memories. James and the Giant Peach was my favourite.
HOB: The movie you've watched already 30 times but might watch again tonight?
A.T.: Although he totally creeps me out these days, I’m a sucker for 80’s Tom Cruise films. I’ve seen them all a million times but I’d happily have a Risky Business and Cocktail movie night in.
HOB: Three favourite spots in Dubai?
A.T.: 1- Sephora in Dubai Mall – I love to restock my supplies there as they stock Urban Decay and all my other favourites.
2- Betawi Café in Karama – a little Indonesian restaurant that makes the most incredible food. Cheap, cheerful and extremely tasty.
3- Talise Spa, Al Qasr – I take yoga classes at Talise so it’s my little zen spot in the chaos that is Dubai. Every so often I’ll treat myself to a massage and a day by the pool there. Instantly uplifting.