In honor of the 10th anniversary of Linda’s book, “Teen Makeup” (fueled by our recent violet infatuation), we here at The Art of Beauty couldnâ€™t help but coax a couple of the olâ€™ Teen Makeup girls to come share some of their experiences with us. And what better way to convince them to swing by than to throw in a fun, violet evening makeup! We snagged Aziza and Suzanne from Teen Makeup to come answer a few questions, who of course were more than a little enthused to have their makeup done (and had a blast looking gorgeous together at dinner after the shoot). We asked Aziza, now a dancer, to tell us about how working on Teen Makeup influenced her as a 17-year-old, as well as today:
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: Since my â€˜teen makeupâ€™ days, Iâ€™ve gradually darkened my look, but have kept my makeup regimen relatively the same. Instead of using bright, colorful eyelinerÂ applied under my eyes, I now gravitate to using a heavier dark mascara under my eye giving me more of a bold , clean, more â€œgrownupâ€ look. Iâ€™m still a pretty blush fan, but these days less rosy, more so fresh and dewy.
Q: what was your most memorable experience while working on Teen Makeup with Linda?
A: It was the day Linda taught me the makeup that Iâ€™ve used every single day since. Not to apply my eyeliner all the way into the [inner] corner of my eye, because it makes my eyes look smaller. But rather to finish the line just passed the center to make my eyes look more open and brighter. I felt SO cool getting a tip from Linda, whom I admired so much, and has done the makeup of so many icons I absolutely adored and idolized. Now she was doing mine and giving me a little makeup knowledge gold of my own!
Q: what section of the book is your favorite/most referred back to?
A: I would have to say the â€œsweetâ€ section of the book. I remember at the time, it was not often that I saw other teenage girls with a soft, and delicate look. That section of the book was what taught me that it was possible to wear makeup, while not appearing as though I was trying to look older or wearing a ton of makeup. I could wear makeup and look still look fresh, young, and 17. Ten years later (yikes!), I still use what I learned from that section in an attempt to rewind time, or at least look 17 again.
Q: how would you say your teen makeup experience affected the way you do your makeup today?
A: Observing Linda throughout the teen makeup experience is the sole reason I can manage to apply makeup today, without ending up looking like some sort of swamp creature. I would have no idea what to do otherwise. Everything I learned throughout that process is everything I still do today.
Q: how would you say your teen makeup experience affected your interest in makeup at the time?
A: This experience was what allowed me to see makeup as more than just makeup, but an art and science thatâ€™s way more involved than Iâ€™d realized. It helped me to think about makeup in a different way, which has helped tremendously in several ways over the years whether I was performing or working in styling, Iâ€™ve always been able to use that experience as a tool to shape, and polish my work.
Thanks so much to Aziza for being available, and for wanting to participate (and of course, for letting me do your makeup)!!