An inspiring Woman

One of my favorite women, Betsey Johnson, was interviewed by one of my favorite magazines, Paper Magazine. They explored her apartment which did not disappoint. She is such a fun loving truly liberated woman who really enjoys life and color…and makeup. Prominent in this article was a great photo of her 1960′s original Knoll “womb” chair. For those of you who fall in Love with Betsey’s chair October is Breast Cancer awareness month so check out this auction. Three unique pieces of furniture all the same pink covering as Betsey’s. All the proceeds of the sale of these chairs will go towards Breast Cancer awareness charities. You can see the details  here: I had the good fortune to work with Betsey on “Tanaka Mason Kostabi” a book that was released in Japan in 1992. The photo she inspired that appeared in the book is above.

xx Linda

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My Love of Makeup will not go away!

I guess that you check into my blog to hear about makeup and see if you can learn something new. The thing is this past year I have spent a lot of my time doing my Art and working on a variety of different projects  incubating for many years as well as being a Grandmother.  I thought that I needed to abandon the makeup to be able to move on but have discovered that it is such a part of me that I am still passionate about that I don’t want to abandon it, so I will be searching for different ways of integrating it into the other things I will be doing. I am so thankful for being a makeup lover and enjoy “putting my face on” and looking at the most amazing women who continue to brighten up the World with their great makeup. Above is a painting I did of Kryolan Aquacolors pallettes. This is the same makeup I use for my Freestyle makeup . The majority of you will not be using this type of makeup but I hope that the colors inspire you in your everyday makeup. It’s a  classical combination but one that always works!
Talk to you soon….Linda

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Matchmaster. Just over a year!

How time flies! This is an apology to all of those clients who have stopped by The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason on Grand street here in the city only to find us replaced by a shoe shop (the Gallery)  and a shirt shop (the workshop) I could have notified  you but what to say?I loved my time on Grand street and really enjoyed all of your visits but it was time to move on. We have still kept our phone number so you can order over the phone or through our site We no longer have our liquid base as to make it in small quantities as I used to do is no longer possible. I am recommending Matchmaster MAC foundation to my clients .. It is not exactly the same but I discovered it when I did the MAC seminar in June and love it. It has more coverage than my liquid base but goes on just as smoothly and lightly and a little goes a long way.

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La Danseuse Du Japon

People  ask about the person in each painting and each one has a story behind it of a person who has inspired me. Therefore each Mini Masterpiece which is a hand decorated replica of the painting has that same story. So it is not just a makeup compact a customer is buying but a story too. This one is of a  model living in Japan working as a dancer I painted her while she was dancing Onstage she had a strong outgoing personality yet was well grounded. Her character inspired me to paint  in Fiery tones of oranges and pinks then to ground her with earthy green and brown. There are multiple things you can do with the brick& hot pink lip colors inside the compact. The obvious is to wear them separately depending on your mood. More conservative use the brick, more flirtatious use the hot pink, if you mix them together you will get a very pretty  coral. Outline the lips with the brick and fill in with the hot pink for a cool yet voluptuous effect and apply a dot of the brick to the center of the lips over the Hot Pink to appeal to fashionable vampires.

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Makeup Brushes made in the USA

Thank you FMBrush for making such great brushes for me. I’d just like to mention that all my products are made in the USA  this  makes it easy to visit my manufacturers and  is one of the nicest parts of having a cosmetic company. It is such a pleasure to visit the factory and everyone is so helpful and kind. It is pretty amazing when you see how much work goes into the details  of each brush, the women making them are very talented. I have been manufacturing with FMBrush for many years now as I have a very good Japanese client who orders regularly. The orange brush you see is a slightly wider squarer version of the pink lip brush next to it. I use this for a lip brush on fuller lips but made it for my Japanese students to use as a concealer brush. Their under eye area is not as deep as that of the Caucasian and needs less coverage. The square flat synthetic brush is my concealer brush. To clean my brushes I  massage the hair with soap and water and rinse them well in very hot water, dip the hair in alcohol, rinse again, then press them into shape and leave them to dry naturaly. Never ever rub them on a towel.

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Hand Painted Silk Scarves

I came across some fabulous silk dyes on sale at Pearl Paint a few weeks ago and although I didn’t know what I would use them for, being a sucker for color and not able to pass up such a bargain , I bought them.  I had  some silk scarves I had colored light aqua  a couple of years ago and had not had time to screen them so I chose a mix of dye colors which would make a flattering makeup palette for this spring, colors that brighten a face, and threw them on the crepe de chine and silk chiffon. Only 8 available, $175 each, individually painted 36″ by 36″. One scarf is $125,  24″ by 24″  available by phone at 2126250490.

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The Portrait Process step by step

When I started doing makeup I never thought I could find anything that I would enjoy as much but I found it in painting and especially portraiture. As  makeup, it is a discovery process, where one learns about the person. I work the materials in a similar way to makeup too, very fluid. I just had to share with you my latest portrait of this beautiful child.


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Makeup Brushset

“When I’m on location with my Linda Mason brushes, I get all the attention. Between the other makeup artists swooning over the bristle shape, and the photographers shooting my workstation cluttered with brightly colored brushes. Linda Mason brushes are the star of every show. As I’m sure you could guess, they also dominate my personal makeup kit. The select “mini” sized brushes are perfect for creating or maintaining a photo-ready makeup on the go, regardless of whether I expect to be in front of a camera or not. Linda’s brushes are masterfully shaped, and come in a perfect variety of shapes and textures for all your makeup needs. do yourself a favor, and get yourself the tools the professionals use.” Thalita.

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Valentines Day gift ideas!

Happy February, makeup lovers! Is everybody ready for valentines day? If you answered “no”, don’t fret! You might still have time to give your Significant Other the gift of Linda Mason!

-Make this years Valentines gift last with one of our Mini Masterpiece makeup compacts! Available in a wide variety of designs, each hand-made compact is adorned with images of Linda Mason’s original artwork and are carefully decorated and signed by Linda. To top it off, we allow for you to choose each Linda Mason solo color (eyeshadow, lipstick, gloss, or blush) that you want in your Mini Masterpiece, resulting in a one-of-a-kind, unique compact which is tailored to your personality and preferences. Each compact is made to last, and can be easily refilled and reused (ask us about maintaining your mini masterpeice).

-Want to know why our Graffitigel Eye Liners are so perfect for Valentines day? The Gel formulation dries fast and stays in place, (no matter how late you’re up dancing til), they come in a large array of colors, and you can kiss as much as you want without having to worry about ruining your makeup! have a look- we might just have your favorite color!

-If makeup isn’t the way to go for your Valentine, maybe a limited edition, hand printed love-poetry book is! With illustrations by Linda Mason, “Dancing with words” by Gene Washington is a cover-to-cover treasure trove of touchingly romantic poetry, which masterfully describes emotions you never knew could be vocalized. But don’t delay! These Limited-Edition books wont last long.



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Teen Makeup Q&A: Suzanne

I hope you all liked last weeks Teen Makeup interview with Aziza, because today we’re featuring Suzanne. Suzanne’s a real renaissance woman (pun definitely intended), with a strong passion for the arts! Having majored in art history and French, she’s no stranger to beauty, and with her experience curating galleries I’m certain you’d agree. We asked her to answer our survey questions, right after I did this gorgeous purple smokey eye on her!

Q: looking back at the beauty tip related questions you answered in the beginning of the book, how has your answer to those questions changed over the years?

A: Having ripened in age over the past decade since this book came out, I now concentrate on looking as realistically young and well-rested as possible when applying makeup. Mascara has definitely remained a must-have for me, but I’ve also started using a brow liner on a regular basis (Linda’s Blondie brow pencil is my favorite, and I’m not just saying that). A well done brow can negate the need for mascara or liner for me, especially with a dark lip and some brown shadow.  I’d say that I use a lot less bright eye color and like a more natural look these days, but if I’m going out at night, I do still love a brightly colored cat-eye liner.

Q: what was your most memorable experience while working on Teen Makeup with Linda?

A: I most vividly remember the day that I came in for my “outrageous” look with one of my favorite old pals, Sarah Y. Linda free-style painted us and applied temporary tattoos – I had a large, angry tiger covering my back that I wish I could pull off in real life. The pictures of us together in front of the old diner on Grand Street across from Linda’s store were deemed too racy for a teen book by the editors, but I love looking back at them occasionally. I also loved being air-brushed to look like a tan surfer girl for my “Sporty” section.

Q: what section of the book is your favorite/most referred back to?

A: Sometimes I like to leaf to the beginning of the Cool section so that I can remind myself that “Being cool means being confident and secure about yourself.” In terms of makeup, I think the classic looks are most attractive to me to apply to my day to day makeup regimen. I also really like the Star Power section, and have always loved how Linda connects your astrological sign to color and makeup.

Q: how would you say your teen makeup experience affected the way you do your makeup today?

A: I think the time Linda did my glamorous look was one of the first times I’d had a cat-eye, which I think works really well with my eye shape and is a go-to when I’m patient enough to do my makeup properly. I’ve pretty much learned everything I know about makeup from spending time in Linda’s shop and watching her give classes over the years, so it’s hard to say what else I took away about makeup at that time.

Q: how would you say your teen makeup experience affected your interest in makeup at the time?

A: I was always pretty interested in makeup, but I definitely became more experimental with it and started diversifying my look. For the majority of high school, I was traipsing around with black-rimmed eyes to compliment my bedazzled and shortly hemmed uniform skirt. I think the experience of doing this book reminded me how creative and fun doing new things with makeup can be, and that being pretty or sexy doesn’t mean having to do your eye-liner like a highway diner waitress.

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