Happy New Year to you all. I spent the best New Years Eve ever, with my Grandson 2 1/2 . Now I’m beginning 2015 rearranging my environment and my life and painting (painting paintings, not my apartment, although that is on my to do list for this year). It is snowing outside so this is a great time for reminiscing. I love blending the old with the new and surrounding myself with things that have a life and memories . So I will tell you a little about the life and memories of these objects in the photo. Lets begin with the Ox. I purchased this Amber Ox in the late 60’s in Beirut as a gift for my parents and now it has come back to me. This was one of the first times I had enough money to make a beautiful purchase . So this not only brings back memories of my friends in Beirut but also of my family. The Art Nouveau porcelain statue behind was a purchase to myself from the French Flea Market in the 70’s. I used to spend every Saturday there having lunch with friends and sometimes even the Sunday. Here, I am flooded with memories of the fun times and great learning experiences with friends at the flea market.
When setting up the shop I had friends come over and help paint the colors around the walls, a large old mirror was broken . The breaker was devastated, but I was ecstatic. The pieces of glass were beautiful and inspired the first pieces of “Reshaped Reflections” the first Art Show at The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason”. 1999.
Linda …Maybe I’ll talk about makeup next time!
Here are the dates and times of the premiering of my movie “First Base” at the ASVOFF film festival at the Centre Pompidou for those of you who will be in Paris next week . I think you will enjoy the movie…I hope so and I hope that you have as much fun watching it as I had making it. I will be at both viewings and would love to see you! 22nd November in Cinema 2 at 8pm and the 23rd at 8.30pm in The Petite Salle. This is a film I directed and naturally did the makeup for. I was so lucky to get such great talent and generous team. Dmitry Korikov (Request Models) and Jenna Earle (Next Models). Producer Nicole Devilaine,Director of Photography Mamadou Niang,Hair stylist Ahbi Nishman and my assistant Regina Izacullava.
My clients have been asking me for some time now a small brush set easy to travel with. So I have made them this mini brush set of 7 essential brushes to make their life easier. I love to travel so this is really handy for me too. There is (from left to write) a firm Mini shadow in sable, my perfectly shaped eyeliner brush and an angular brow brush. My neon yellow blusher brush always had a short handle so it’s just the same as in my professional set. A curly lash/brow brush is next then a small eye shadow brush followed by the pink sable lip. The holder is no more than 7inches high and made of washable canvas so you can throw it in the wash when it starts to get grubby. A few months ago I mentioned my US Brush manufacturer FM Brush and how much I love working with them and visiting the factory. The brusholder is also made in the US by another wonderful manufacturer but from further afield. For the moment I’m silk screening these by hand so they are not perfect. Once I get lots of orders they will be done at a factory nearby…in Brooklyn. They make great gifts. Until I have them on the site you can order them by phone or email me (you can get the info on the site at www.lindamason.com). The retail price for each set will be $111 but for my returning clients there is a discount of 20% on the price for the near future.
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: http://www.regencyshop.com/charity-auction.html 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.
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
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 www.lindamason.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.