L’Oreal powder on Ian’s nose
By Andre Bagoo Wednesday, October 16 2013
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A touch of make-up: Make-up artist Aurora Chantal Tardieu powders UNC candidate Ian Alleyne's face on the People's Partership platform in Fyzabad on M...
IF YOU want to know which brand of foundation is used by Ian Alleyne to keep looking good under the glare of television cameras and, now, political rally lights, just ask 27-year-old make- up artist Aurora Chantal Tardieu.
Tardieu was the “make-up girl” who on Monday night twice powdered Alleyne’s nose at his first political rally since being announced as the UNC candidate for the St Joseph bye-election. In front of a large crowd at Coal Mine Trace, Fyzabad, Alleyne called out for her.
“Where is my towel? Where is my make-up girl? I am not seeing her,” he said. Tardieu, dressed in a black dress and bearing a sleek make-up bag, was soon on stage, bearing a towel and a powder-brush, applying make-up to Alleyne’s face. She even wore white spectacles, seemingly mirroring Alleyne’s signature style. “Thank you,” he said with a smile as the crowd lapped up the theatrics.
A few minutes later, Tardieu was back on stage again, this time of her own volition, to refresh Alleyne’s appearance for the second time during his half-hour speech.
“Powder is necessary for the shine, although there is only so much you can do: it often cannot be helped as those stage lights are like the sun shining straight at you,” Tardieu told Newsday yesterday as she prepared for yet another Alleyne appearance at a UNC rally at Princes Town. “With regard to Monday night, the brand we used was L’Oreal. But I will tell you a little secret. Sometimes I mix things up a little with other brands like Black Opal.” She said with Alleyne’s face the main issues are, like all faces, the control of shine and dealing with an occasional blemish.
Paramin-born Tardieu has her own make-up company, Flutter Limited, which she set up in March with a registered address at Fairways, Maraval.
She also maintains an active Facebook page through which clients can reach her.
“I am a social media manager. I am also a make-up artist and eyelash technician,” she said. “I’ve been a make-up artist since I was 18 years-old. I was doing my friends make-up. I eventually took classes from Yvonne Popplewell and worked at Mac, the make-up outlet at West Mall, for a while.”
Tardieu said appearing in front of the political rally crowd did not faze her, as she is also a stage- performer.
“I’ve done musical theatre before so I am used to large crowds,” she said. She has appeared in productions such as Little Shop of Horrors. She has also worked as a copy-writer in advertising, meaning her make-up work is not her primary career. Perhaps this is why she is keen on not delving too much into politics. Tardieu said she approaches her job professionally and stays out of it.
“On the job, I stay away from politics. I am the make-up artist, that is my role so I would rather not talk about that,” Tardieu said. “I do have my personal opinions and I would not work for someone I thought was immoral, but professionally this work has nothing to do with politics. It is a job.”
Of Alleyne, she said, “He is a very courteous person, even when there is pressure.” She said she is hoping to open a second company geared at social media management and is currently continuing her studies. Asked how she got the Alleyne job, she preferred to not comment.
“I would prefer to keep that private,” she said. She said she did not work with Alleyne on his television show but has worked with him on and off for various events subject to either’s availability.
Still, political rallies are now a big change from her normal pace of life. But Tardieu is well prepared for the long and late hours, especially during what is set to be a frenetic St Joseph bye- election political campaign.
“I can work at other things such as my social media management work backstage on my phone,” she said. “And I have a Kindle e-book device. I am an avid reader. Sometimes I will read long biographies, but I am particularly into fantasy books. Right now, I am reading The Seven Habits of Highly Efficient People.”
Alleyne is not the first male politician who has employed a make-up artist. Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning once used the services of a make-up artist behind the scenes, such as before appearing at post-Cabinet media briefings which were televised live.