Happy New Year 2018


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RosepicofmeSmallWhen I closed my Soho Boutique/Workshop. I thought for a moment that I would discontinue my makeup line and focus on my Art. Some wonderful art projects followed with hopefully many more ideas to be realized in the future. However I did feel a pang when my makeup clients were begging me for a makeup product of mine they could not replace and I took some of them shopping to try to find replacements.  I swore that I would never go back into the business without financing and a great team working alongside!
Never say never, I have just launched a new website www.beautyartmakeup.com. making it much easier for customers old and new to make purchases. I discovered a limited supply of my signature metal compacts and could not resist the offer of a friend to make a new website for me…so thankyou Kevin, you did a great job!  Most of you really missed my concealers which are on the new site and also the “OOM” compact with transluscent powder which I am in the process of making so you will have them to offer as Christmas gifts . Unfortunately I don’t have those foundations you miss so much. If you buy lots of products over the holidays then maybe I will be able to   manufacture those in 2018.

And thankyou to the Infamous Rose Hartman for this fabulous photo you shot of me at the end of the summer.




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Reliving the 80’s




Thefirststrokethirdstrokefourth stroke GrandsonI think often about the past but not with sadness or regrets, just enjoying and reliving every fabulous moment in my memory. So how wonderful to be able to actualy relive a moment from the 80’s thanks to Apple and an old friend Mark Bozek. Last week Mark  called me and explained to me about this fabulous movie he had been able to make about Bill Cunningham  with old footage he had taken a few years before Bill’s passing and how there were to be some fun promotional events in the Apple Stores and would I come as my “old partners in crime”  Max Vadukul and Wendy Goodman would be participating along with the one and only Pat Cleveland . He had used Pat’s song “Tonight Josephine” as the music for “The Times of Bill”. I went along to the event and took a few colors and brushes and we were able to recreate a blast to the past on the streets of Williamsburgh. It was as much fun as ever with the same energy  from all the photos you can probably see on Instagram. My daughter documented the part I played. Here are the photos by Daisy Mason.
1. Going in for the Kill.
2.The colors I have decided to use .
3. Pink
4. Green
5. Pale yellow.
6. Another green stroke with Max documenting.
7. Packing up with my grandson watching.

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Going with the Flow:Yoga from Mars


I love the twists and turns of life and was impatient  when I was younger but have fortunately learned patience (proof that its never too late for anything) and to aknowledge that there is a time for everything. This Youtube video that a friend  Eddie Teboul made is proof of that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmevEN_nZJQ
Eddie Teboul is  a very talented hairstylist whom I happened to know when he first started out in Paris  in the 80’s when  we worked together on the fashion shows of Rei Kawakubo (Comme Des Garcons) and Yojhi Yamamoto.  About  5 years ago  Eddie explained to me his passion for Yoga and how he had become a yoga teacher, he told me  about a beautiful dream he had of me painting him. I wanted to make this dream come alive so we arranged for him to come over to my studio at The Art of Beauty on Grand Street , where I was at the time, and spend a couple of hours together.

The  room was sparse and white there was  just a couple of my paintings. Eddie set up his Iphone camera on the floor. “Et voila” fast forward to today and this beautiful video he has made of our work together. The film has been made with such sensitivity I highly recommend it for not just yoga and makeup lovers but anyone interested in special moments. He commentates over the video and it was  touching to hear him talk about my method of painting as I  feel it is quite magical  but have difficulty decribing it myself. I just know that for each person I paint it is a very different individual experience. Thankyou Eddie for capturing this

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Playing with Images

Cynthia144combinedThree different images of Cynthia combined digitally. Limited edition print 18″by36″ Makeup by Yuiko


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The many faces of Actress Sarah Villegas


Sarah144_1599Sarah144_1602Sarah144_1583More photos from the shoot with the visiting class of  Makeup Artists from The New York Makeup Academy of Japan.  The Actress Sarah Villegas modeled for the editorial class and was so expressive (with a resemblance to Meryl Streep) we asked her to model the following day too, the photoshoot day. Makeup by Yukari.

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I enjoy teaching makeup and also taking the photos at the end of the classes as this enables me to see the progression and development of each artists individual style. IBF, NYMA of Japan have been a faithful client  for 15 yrs and each year is so very different and always lots of fun. We laugh now when we remember Hurricane Sandy and how we had to work in the dark and cold and the artists had no hot water for a shower. For the students it was not easy, for me it worked out fine, I am rather a fan of the unexpected and love to work in daylight. This is something I learned working on location on photoshoots, we had to adapt to lots of different situations as we had to come back with the photos. My beautiful nieces were visiting and were stuck in a hotel near the Art of Beauty vanessa_144_2518 so they modeled for us everyday with other young women from the neighborhood. The  interesting thing about the class that year was the fact that we had two students who were spoilt brats. This was very odd as always the Japanese students are truly wonderful, attentive , involved  enthusiastic and every other flattering adjective I can think of. They were meant to be here at that time for a life’s lesson and I hope that looking back they have come  to appreciate  it. Thinking about myself at their age (they were the youngest of the group) maybe I would have reacted as they did..maybe…maybe not. I shall never know.

These two photos of  the model Vanessa from Click agency were taken during the last class. Her natural makeup and her more creative one. The hair is by Almog. Makeup by Atsuko.

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Shooting Photos for the Makeup Artist’s Portfolio

Sadaf_144_1365 Sadaf_144_2061 Dahlia_144_1220dahlia_144_2015Just before I left for vacation at the beginning of July I finished another truly wonderful class  for The New York Makeup Academy of Japan. We were  fortunate to have the use of the  classroom at Temptu which gave us the opportunity to play with their great products. We especially enjoyed working with  Temptu air with pod’s available in many shades including ones I tend to use often and have difficulty finding. Such as 01, a pale ivory, and good shades with yellow undertones, there is also a white with which I was able to make 01 even lighter. Bravo to all of the students, they were focused and talented,  their work at the final photoshoot was excellent.  These shown are the results of two of the students work. The instructions   for their first photos of Sadaf and Dahlia were “fresh and natural” . I was very happy with the results and how well they had understood what I wanted. Although I did discover that an excellent student who had trained with me a few years ago was now their instructor in Japan! The second photos are their more creative work. Hair by Almog. Makeup on Dahlia by Yurika and on Sadaf by Haruna

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The Real Housewives of New York City

CaroleforArtSite_5054Portraits as opposed to photos are timeless. I love doing them be they mixed media like this one of Carole Radziwill http://lindamasongallery.com/current-exhibition/   or a more classical portrait such as the acrylic on canvas I do of both children and adults   . http://lindamasongallery.com/portfolio/classic-childrens-portraits/   Portraits add Mystery and warmth to a home. If they are of the Host or Hostess, a good one will let you discover a different side to  them. If they are of people that you don’t know, you can use your own imagination to create a whole story around them. Great artists such as Mark Kostabi  capture a depth of human  nature without any facial features I capture that in the facial features, each artist is different. Many Americans are afraid to have paintings of people on a wall preferring more impersonal Art such as Abstract or scenery. Are we afraid of  Intimacy  ? A person is a “paysage” equally as deep and as interesting as The Grand Canyon. Watch out on Bravo June 7th at 9pm. The Real Housewives of New York City episode 10, part of this episode was filmed at my Solo show at the Gallery Vendome here in Soho, New York in December of 2016. To get a sneak peak and see how much fun the filming of the show was  check out my new Facebook page Linda Mason Art. To discuss comissioning portrait  call the number on the website:- www.lindamasongallery.com


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Happy New Year 2017


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