Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. World-class make-up artist Val Garland, author of Validated, saves the planet one fleck of glitter at a time and talks to angels. By Kathleen Baird-Murray
What makes you feel wild?
Dancing to great music.
What one thing are you currently doing to make the planet greener?
Using biodegradable glitter.
Where does your soul most happily reside: city, countryside, or both?
Both. I am both a city and a country girl. They both give a different feeling and I like changes all the time.
The DJ fails to show up. What’s your go-to track to get everyone dancing?
“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester.
Who is the hero or heroine you’d be tongue-tied to find yourself sitting next to at a dinner?
The message to your younger self?
Listen to your instincts.
Which world conflict would you like to see resolved first and how would you do it?
Gender inequality – I use make-up to empower fluidity.
You’re on a raft adrift in the ocean and the sharks are circling. Who is your companion to get you to shore safely - and who would you feed to the sharks?
My bestie Maureen Vivian would get me to the shore safely. I would feed any rats or mice on board to the sharks.
What do you look for in a deputy?
Hard-working, forward-thinking, trustworthy.
What’s the key requirement for a lifetime partner of the romantic kind?
What’s the retirement plan?
Gardening in my country house garden.
What’s your favourite lazy-at-home dish to cook?
Career advice for the Val wannabes?
Be your bestest self.
What do you wish you had said to someone who has departed this earth?
I wish you didn’t have to go.
The last time you prayed, who did you pray to and were your prayers answered?
I constantly pray to my angels and I believe they hear me.
Who do you currently have a crush on?
What would your Tinder profile say?
Do not approach if you are normal.
What superhero power would you most like to have and why?
To be able to fly from one place to another with there being no time difference – instantly! This will save me a lot of time given my current schedule.
Where do you get your therapy from?
I get my therapy from my garden, my books and a cuppa.
Your book at bedtime?
Educated by Tara Westover.
Options! Give me options!
What did you learn from the toughest time in your life?
Stay true to yourself, nothing else matters.
And from the happiest?
Enjoy the moment.
You’re blowing out the candles on the birthday cake. What one thing do you wish for?
The one thing that I wish for is to have more wishes!