I hope you all liked last weeks Teen Makeup interview with Aziza, because today weâ€™re featuring Suzanne. Suzanneâ€™s a real renaissance woman (pun definitely intended), with a strong passion for the arts! Having majored in art history and French, sheâ€™s no stranger to beauty, and with her experience curating galleries Iâ€™m certain youâ€™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 Iâ€™ve also started using a brow liner on a regular basis (Lindaâ€™s Blondie brow pencil is my favorite, and Iâ€™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.Â Iâ€™d say that I use a lot less bright eye color and like a more natural look these days, but if Iâ€™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 â€œoutrageousâ€ look with one of my favorite old pals, Sarah Y. Linda free-style painted us and applied temporary tattoos â€“ 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 Lindaâ€™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 â€œSportyâ€ 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 â€œBeing cool means being confident and secure about yourself.â€ 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 Iâ€™d had a cat-eye, which I think works really well with my eye shape and is a go-to when Iâ€™m patient enough to do my makeup properly. Iâ€™ve pretty much learned everything I know about makeup from spending time in Lindaâ€™s shop and watching her give classes over the years, so itâ€™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 doesnâ€™t mean having to do your eye-liner like a highway diner waitress.