Q+A with Amanda De Cadenet

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Photo Victoria Mahoney

Posted by Kay

Amanda and I have known each other since she was 15, and I was 19, at various stages of our lives. First, as ardent clubbers in the heady 80’s, then via mutual friends in the 90’s NY fashion scene, and later via the world wide web when we realised that we’d both arrived at a similar page via our mutual exploration into positive media for all women. I’ve since enjoyed contributing as a beauty editor for The Conversation.com

I’m thrilled that her brilliant TV show The Conversation is now in the UK on Lifetime/Sky TV.

What is your earliest make-up memory?

I do not really remember too much. It was probably when I had a ‘Girls World’- one of those weird dolls- a doll head that you could put make-up on. She came with blue eyeshadow and pale-pink lipstick. That was probably the first make-up experience where I was like ‘Oh, this looks good on the Girls World, blonde-haired, blue eyed doll head I have, it might look good on me. images-3

I feel most beautiful when…

That’s such a good question..you know what? I think when you do my make-up Kay, I’m not just saying that but you really enhance people’s natural beauty.

I also feel the most beautiful when I’m happy. It doesn’t matter what my make-up looks like, what my skin is like, what my weight is like or what my hair is looking like. It’s really when I’m feeling okay about myself that I feel the most beautiful.

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When you were a child, what was your Mother’s beauty routine?

I don’t remember much. I seem to have blocked out my entire life prior to age 18. But it was pretty simple, my mum is a kind of mascara and lipgloss lady-which I tend to be and I think Atlanta, my eldest daughter is certainly that way too. So her beauty routine? I just remember it being very simple. Washing her face, some moisturizer but I don’t remember much.

Is make-up a chore or a delight?

It’s fun! I mean I’m good with my eyelash curlers and my mascara-as you know! My RMS Cover up. So most of the time I’ll do my make-up en-route, wherever I’m going, I don’t consider it a chore at all. Sometime I feel at night it’s a chore to take it off, but certainly not to put it on.

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Kay get’s Amanda ready for The Conversation press tour in London photo Victoria Mahoney

Did your father refer to your Mother’s beauty, and how?

NO. Not really, he kind of referred to her body, and the shape of her body. Er yeah. That’s what he talked about. Not her beauty per se.

What’s been your worst beauty mishap?

Gosh. Well there hasn’t been a big mishap but I’ve only had a spray-tan three times in my life-I had one recently and to me, I don’t know….it looked like I’d had a spray tan and that is really bad.. No one else seemed to think so but I think they were being polite. I’m sure before I really understood how to wear make-up when I was a young teen, I probably wore foundation that was the wrong colour or something-I’m sure I’ve done that.

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Do you mean a product? If it was a product I would say the RMS Un Cover Up, that is just the jam, it is amazing, I love it. I use it for red carpet, I use it to be on TV, I use it to be in everydaylife-it does everything I need it to do. Plus eyelash curlers! That’s two I know, but I can’t just pick one.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve done your make-up?

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Hair Touch Ups with Lok before Sky TV Interview Photo Victoria Mahoney

I’ve done my make-up everywhere, I’ve done my make-up in the back of a car getting out to do a red carpet, I’ve done my make-up- it’s awful to say this and I’m going to get in trouble for saying it but- whilst driving- I’ve done my make-up-at the stop sign. I have everything on my lap and at the stop sign I put the mirror down and I do whatever I need to do. I do that-quite frequently because I don’t have time. So I do it wherever I can.

What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?


Rita Ora on The Conversation UK

I would like to see more diversity. I would like to see more skin colours, skin-tones, different-shaped faces, different types of beauty, different body types, I think we’re not representing the women of the world by not allowing women with different shapes, sizes, colours, skin-to see themselves reflected so I’m a big advocate of diversity, as a photographer and as someone who creates media for women. One of my goasl is to always highlight as many women, as much diversity as I can. You’ll see that in my photography and you’ll see that on my show The Conversation.

When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?


All female crew, Caitlin Moran and Amanda shooting The Conversation

Did you use waterproof make-up on me the other night for my ladies dinner for the Conversation? I think you must have because I was crying then…                           I mean probably going swimming with mascara on!That’s probably when. I don’t really mind when my mascara runs, I’m someone who’s like ‘alright, just clean it up’ I’m not perfectionist about make-up, I’m really not. I can’t afford to be with my life and my job, my kids, I just don’t have time to be a perfectionist about it so if it runs it runs, just wipe it off, with whatever you’ve got hopefully you have a tissue, if you don’t, use an article of clothing that you’re not wearing, and if you don’t have that, use an article of clothing that you are wearing and just wipe it and apply more and get on with it.

See The Conversation website here

Follow Amanda on twitter here

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Thank you Victoria Mahoney, filmaker and photographer extraordinaire


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  1. Love it! love Amanda, and now I’ve found someone else fabulous to read! xoxo

    November 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

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  3. Deb Johnson

    Absolutely love The Conversation! So glad it has now come to the UK.

    November 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

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