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Drawing imaginatively on beautiful faces, adding prosthetics and blurring the lines between fashion and art, fashion icon Val is Lady Gaga and Nick Knight’s go to cosmetic designer of choice. Born in Bristol, but emigrated to Sydney, it was in the sunny climes of Down Under where Val trained as a hair colourist, with her love of all things colourful eventually leading her to make-up. Moving back to Blighty in 1994, Val’s been painting the faces of fashion’s glittering elite ever since. The chosen make-up artist of Vivienne Westwood, Tim Walker and Mario Testino, Val works with flawlessly clean skin as her base and uses a bold lip to create her signature look. Citing Dot Cotton and the Queen as her poster girls for timeless elegance, Val was the icon in i-Ds The Time Is Now Issue, No. 325, Summer 2013.


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