Every week, millions of viewers count on Carmindy to teach them about the latest makeup tips and tricks on TLC's hit show "What Not to Wear."
Over her 20 years in the industry, Carmindy has painted the faces of models and celebrities in the studios of Paris, on the beaches of Brazil, and on the streets of Havana. Her artistry can be seen on the editorial pages of leading magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, InStyle, O, Essence, Self, Lucky, Seventeen, Marie Claire, and Glamour, and she's worked with commercial clients like Maybelline, Sephora, Covergirl and Avon.
But it wasn't until Carmindy started on "What Not to Wear" seven years ago that she found her true calling - finding beauty solutions for real women.
"Real women want to learn to look like themselves - but better - and follow a makeup routine that fits into their daily lives, "says Carmindy. This realization led to two fabulous beauty books titled The 5 Minute Face and Get Positively Beautiful, and a website - www.carmindy.com - all devoted to teaching women her light-handed approach to makeup application, which allows them to use less makeup to create huge impact while simplifying their beauty routines.
Most recently, Carmindy co-created a natural line of cosmetics called Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy, available in over 5,000 stores nationwide. "I wanted to create a makeup line that's the highest possible quality, but also easy, fool-proof and sold in drug stores. Real women are busy and don't want to spend that much money." Her complete line of paraben-free cosmetics incorporate all of Carmindy's tried-and-tested beauty tricks ("I only use waterproof eyeliners - anything else ends up all over the place!"). Infused with natural antioxidants and botanicals, they come in sheer, blendable textures. "You can still see your skin," says Carmindy. "It's like watercolors, for your face."
Carmindy is always looking for the next great way to communicate with her fans. She writes a monthly e-newsletter featuring answers to questions submitted through her website. Visit Carmindy at www.carmindy.com.
CARMINDY'S FASHION CREDITS:
For the following videos: Prom Makeup, Summerproof Makeup; Wedding Makeup; Eyeliner 101; Mascara 101; Concealer 101; Blush 101; Covering Up Acne; Formal makeup for over 50.
Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, $425; available at dvf.com. Earrings and Ring: Lena Skadegard, $990 (earrings), $955 (ring), available at fragments.com.
For the following videos: Makeup Over 50; Color Choices; Your Best Lipstick Shade; Foundation 101; Eye Shadow 101 - Quick, Basic and Dramatic; Spray-on Foundation; Your Perfect Red Lipstick.
Dress: Issa, $600; available at Beyond 7, 601 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, 646-619-6857. Shoes: Casadei, $880; available at Hotfoot Boutique, 215-969-9626. Jewelry: Meira T: necklace (style 1n5497), $799; ring (style 1r2457), $899; bracelet (style 1b3484/tt), $1705; all available at laurenklein.com.
For the following videos: Smoky Eyes, Stayput Red Lips, Bronzer, 5 Minute Makeup, Day to Night Makeup, Brighter Eyes, False Lashes, Cream Blush, Concealer, Enhancing Your Lips, Look Refreshed, Perfect Brows.
Dress: Vena Cava, $505, Saks Fifth Avenue; Belt: Malandrino, $260, catherinemalandrino.com; Earrings and Ring: Lena Skadegard $2,665 and $1,890, fragments.com.