By Katie Segal
United Kingdom | Tuesday 28 June 2016: 9:09 BST
Cindy Mollineau has provided make up for some of the most established mas bands on the road in the UK and for beauty pageants across London, including Miss Face of Kenya. She also sells natural, mineral-based products by Younique Cosmetics, whose mission statement, to ‘empower, uplift and validate women’, mirrors Cindy’s own; her aim is to enhance a woman’s natural beauty, instead of transforming her into someone unrecognisable. She says, “I believe in helping others, which is probably why I pursued a career in mental health nursing. I like to see people reaching their potential and will always give a hand to upcoming and aspiring make up artists.” Cindy also loves carnival. Her two passions first merged when she had the opportunity to explore make up artistry for Shipwrecked Carnival’s masqueraders. She realised how much she enjoyed it, which led to work with TriniposseUK mas band – and Bacchanalia, Isis Mas Band and Genesis Kiddies Carnival soon followed. Cindy believes that you cannot have a perfect carnival without perfect make up, because part of enjoying carnival is embracing the beauty of the costume. With her creative flare and keen eye for detail, she says, “I see beauty in everything,” - that when looking at a blank canvas she lets her creativity take over, but always relates her overall look to suit a masquerader’s costume. She has also dabbled in design, another interest that inspires her to create the perfect look for the masqueraders. Inspired by Tyra Banks, host of America’s Next Top Model, which is where most of her knowledge has come from in terms of angles, posing and applying make up to create a desired effect, and Wendy Fitzwilliam, since her look is always flawless, Cindy says, “My goals are to start my very own workshops for everyday women wanting to gain more confidence in their make up application, continue being a role model for others and be able to create a brand that is synonymous with beauty and confidence.” You can get in touch with Cindy on Facebook: CindyMollineauMUA or Instagram: cindy_mollineaumua. Cindy is offering one masquerader a chance to have their make up done by her for Notting Hill Carnival this year. T’s&C’s apply; to enter, go to socanews.com/competitions by Thursday 14th July.