The Beauty Tray


Another fruit of my collaboration with Sonia Kashuk for Target. I definitely want this one and the tray will not be in the Bathroom but in my living room.

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Beautiful makeup bags


These are my favorites from my collaboration with Sonia Kashuk, I truly love them and was not only impressed with the respect for my Artwork and the attention to detail such as the yellow tags to open the bag but  at the quality of the bags themselves..first class!

You now have a reason to go back to Target every week .To gift yourself one of these every week as each one is very different. You could use them for all sorts of things and if you have trouble remembering what you have put in each bag, no more messy labels, just take a magic marker and write on what is in there. It will  definitely not look out of place. Thankyou Sonia
xx Linda

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Rush to Target

Sonia KashuksmallI’ve mentioned in previous Blogs about the many great assistants and interns who have worked with me over recent  years.  I have had a very long career, so lets take a look  further back at my first assistant when I moved from Paris to New York , Sonia Kashuk. Sonia assisted me in the 80’s when she was already an excellent makeup artist who  had a burgeoning career in Mineapolis. She made sacrifices to come and work with me and was truly a pleasure to have around already possessing the many qualities necessary to make it to the top.

It is so exciting to see the fruits of our recent  collaboration  these wonderful Sonia Kashuk accessories clothed in one of my designs and to  have had the opportunity to see Sonia in action as a very sympathetic cosmetic tycoon. These are just two of the brushes from the brush roll together with a brush container…you should see the beautiful cosmetic bags and  tray  which I will show you later in the week and there is even a pretty hairbrush .  So rush to Target!



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Great Makeup Classes

sam_8199_144For this past year I have not been giving makeup classes. It is a very intense process and takes alot of organizing, something I used to do with the help of my interns. I have a lot of admiration for Michael DeVellis and James Vincent of the Powdergroup  and  the way they work non stop on the organizing of such great classes and seminars for the Industry.
This photo of a makeup on Sam is one of the many photos I would take of the makeup my students would do during our classes. I would always have them start out with natural makeup on the photoshoot then build it up so that I was sure they could handle color.
The Jacket is by the designer Jane Wilson Marquis.


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Test Shoot

It is great to be able to experiment although not having my great assistants anymore makes it a little more complicated. Daylight shooting with someone new such as the model Inga above is  fabulous and freeing, you never really know what you are going to get but not having to deal with technical instruments frees you up to try to get that special expression. I like to start of with a natural makeup ( not shown here) then explore.

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Yasmin Heinz

yasmin_144_6978In the late 80’s Yasmin Heinz was working in the US and assisted me for a short while. Her career has been phenomenal and she is just working on her second book (which will be published in English) and has asked me to do a portrait of her for the book. I’m not going to spoil things for her by publishing the exact one that she will be using but as I did a few versions I’m giving you a peak at this one.


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daisysmall_7778What better to wear with a fabulous mask! A fabulous red lipcolor. This one on my favorite model, my daughter, is a mixture of Ruby and Scarlett. From a series of photos I did in 2000 with the hand made masks of Luis Rivera Torres. It is great to be able to hide behind a mask. I have vivid memories of a wonderful masked party I attended in Cyprus many years ago. Everyone imagined I was someone else they knew and would come up to me and have lengthy one sided conversations. See Luis’s beautiful site .


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The Door

MO_8600Everything has a story.  This door is a beautiful old wooden door with a glass window and was the “The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason” door. It was plain glass. One day a couple of years after opening. I ran out to the post office, chatted with a friend outside the post office and was taking my time getting back to the shop. I turned the corner of Grand and Thompson to see Fire engines infront of the shop and thought  “some poor guy has a problem” then realized that it was me that had the problem. The shop was filled with smoke and Firemen. They had done an amazing job.  A fire had broken out through an overhead missplaced light in the back of the shop. Fortunately my neighbor upstairs was home and called the Fire department. All that was damaged was  glass in the door and the wooden partition that was burnt by the light bulb. I was amazed at how respectful the Firemen had been and how they had avoided just sending foam all over the place. Instead of ripping out the glass I decided to work with it using another layer and placing  pieces colored glass between.
The Art of beauty is no more,  but I kept the door!


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neema144_9583I pulled out this photo that I did for my student Laura a couple of years ago just to remember what a true snow storm is like and how mesmerizing it is. The majestic makeup  by Laura and hair by Pasqui on the model  Neema blended with the beauty of the environment. The clothing is screened  silk and linen with the Betty Face image used on some of my packaging.Neemadarkstrokes144_9443

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Moving on

Lacking a couple of important paint colors I headed over to Blick to buy them only to find it closed because of the anticipated snow storm. So instead of painting I ended up on the computer updating a site that not many of you know . In the process of looking I came across photos from the last Artshow/Cosmetic event at “The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason”. Life has been a  whirlwind since closing so I didn’t have much time to recap everything. This is not a nostalgic trip down memory lane just a belated thank you to my assistant Thalita and Interns Gaby and Lynley. I was so very very fortunate to have Thalita (on the right),  with me for so many years not only was she one of the most thoughtful and kind people I have ever met she was also one of the most talented and generous. She never ceased to amaze me with her depth of understanding and knowledge. She started working with me when she was 14 and has moved on at the ripe old age of 21.  Gaby (in the middle) also started pretty young interning with me, and is now studying business and fashion, working and doing freelance makeup work. She is also very talented and made these dresses with material I had silk screened with my astrological images (notice the sketches, Lynley and Gaby are in Gemini dresses and Thalita is in Aquarius). Lynley on the left came from the South to Intern with us our last summer. I must say she was a “God send” , her amazing enthusiasm and Joy at life lifted us up during what could have been a rather sad time. The laughter and fun she brought was matched by her incredible work ethic and thirst to learn.  I have been blessed with wonderful interns and assistants so shall mention the others from time to time.

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