As most of you know there was a time when I did makeup everyday, all day. Some very creative jobs, others not so interesting creatively but interesting in other ways, the team of people working on them, maybe the dynamics of the team and/or the product or people we had to sell. Just figuring out the simple makeup needed to contribute to complete the picture and realizing how this seemingly small detail could be so important and add to the success of the image. Everyday was different and an opportunity to learn something new and luckily enjoy my work and meet wonderful people. Sometimes it was much later that I learnt from these photoshoots, all of a sudden the light bulb went on and I realized, “Oh that’s what it was about” but most often it was gradual and a building process.
I was recently given the opportunity by @macpro to use my makeup talents and enjoy another wonderful experience. Working with Maripol @maripolarama on her shoot for Macpro. Initialy it was rather daunting as we were a group of makeup artist “doing our thing” so to speak and to be next to these excellent artists who were my piers (not in age, but in talent) and who I grew to admire was a little intimidating. We usualy don’t work together in a group like that. Each one had such a different approach but because of the atmosphere that Christian Mitchel De Beaupre the Artistic Director of Macpro and Maripol the Artist/photographer created we all without exception relaxed, created and enjoyed. You will see this from the results which you should search out #macproxmaripol. @macpro@maripolarama@lindamasonnyc. This day will certainly remain one of my most memorable. Here are some photos I took of the model Kalyn @kalynjoy while I was preparing her for Maripol before she steps infront of Maripol’s camera. The great hair was by @bok_hee
I knew that Maripol was very talented and reknowned especialy for the work she did for Madonna, but it is only really through working with someone that you get a true appreciation for their generosity, knowledge and talent. Thankyou Maripol.
Fujiko Kondo the makeup artist on these photos was incredibley talented, able to chose colors for their fashion impact as well as create intricate artistic designs on one of our favourites Liz of Click Models.
All of the students who take my classes have very interesting stories and very different reasons for taking the class. Harumi Honda in this photo is 4th generation of a family of Barbers in Japan. Harumi is definitely making a difference with the addition of makeup and visiting New York to further her studies. We were very lucky to have the beautiful and gracious Anelisa as a model for two of the artists at this session and both did very different makeup.
Most of you know my daughter Daisy as my first Muse, but I also have others who have helped me out over the years and have become Muses. Many are Daisy’s friends others daughters of friends who I have known since they were babies and others friends of friends looking to have photos taken or just help out. They usualy end up with a collection of very different photos over the years. Sarah has a stillness inside of her that makes it easy to be creative on her. Stillness does not mean asleep. She is always very present which is important for a good model. This was a demonstration I did on her in June for the New York Makeup Academy of Japan. Check out www.beautyartmakeup.com where I have another article on her with more photos .
Satoe did an amazing job on Rose from Click. I was so impressed with her foundation choice and also the choice of blue for the strong lip makeup. It is these seemingly simple things that can make or break a photo. Roses strong presence, her focus, her patience and very special beauty made these photos some of my favorite.
When working with the NYMA artists on their final shoot I often have to delve into my closets to find things I don’t often wear but love and have saved, This coat is from 1982 by Anthony Villareal, a designer who was showing in Paris at the time but is now living in California. Chie did a very pretty makeup on Katka from Click Model Management and Cynthia from John Sahag did the hair crimping it, a retro look from the 70’s. There were marks on the coat from my wild younger days, spilt wine. I painted and screened them over incorporating them into the look of the coat, now I shall start wearing it again.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself as did the six New York Makeup Academy students who took classes with me this year at the end of June. I was very fortunate, Nino Vendome my Landlord from when I had the Art of Beauty had a great space empty on Grand street which he allowed me to use. For the day of the photoshoot, Shizuka Ito was the makeup artist of Anelisa. Cynthia from John Sahag the hairstylist. I have worked with Cynthia for many many years. You also see Gaby my assistant in the ambiance photo. I have the artist start with a natural glowing makeup…add lipstick then do whatever they would like creatively.
Are they twins? Sisters? They are both Sarah. For this class Karina my student from Centro Khuyana in Chile did Sarah’s makeup on the left hand side then changed it by darkening and enlarging the lips slightly and changing the lashes. She removed the long eyelashes, shortened them by cutting off 1/4″ from the outer corner where the hairs are longer, then reversing them (applying the lashes for the right eye to the left eye). This thickens the lashes and shortens the outward sweep giving a more natural appearance, she then reapplied them.
There are many questions that I have always wanted to ask my hairstylist but have not been able to when I am at the hair salon so I have invited my stylist Almog to my place to have this conversation. Almog used to do my hair and I realized how much difficulty I have actualy talking with him. Like many women expressing myself as far as my hair goes is not easy, especially after a certain age. We either have been with a stylist who sees us in one light and is terrified of offending us or we are terrified of offending them. Going to see a new hairstylist is like committing adultery, infact worse, as it is more obvious that we have been unfaithful. I tend to go on the missing list and try to figure some things out on my own which I have done this past year. Experimenting with Organic color at the request of my daughter and ending up using a combination of three colors from Herbatint after experimenting with each one individually. Now I am enlisting the help of Almog who has done such a great job on my hair in the past. I want his opinion ( which I respect very much) on the colors I have chosen and his help doing this in a more flattering way so that I can incorporate my grey without actually going grey which I do not want to do. The results of this conversation are not a miraculous change. That is not what I wanted. The resulting brightness and mix of the colors has made me very happy but the distribution of my grey is not yet where I would like it to be with these results, so Almog and I will follow up on this conversation with a much shorter dialogue speaking about the experience and what we have both learnt and how we are going to perfect this growing in of some of the grey and how I can upkeep my hair so that I only need see him every 2 or 3 months.