When I closed my Soho Boutique/Workshop in 2013. I thought for a moment that I would discontinue my makeup line and focus on my Art. Some wonderful art projects followed with hopefully many more ideas to be realized in the future. However I felt a pang when my makeup clients were begging me for a makeup product of mine they could not replace and I took some of them shopping to try to find replacements. I swore that I would never go back into the business without financing and a great team working alongside!
Never say never, thanks to a great friend Kevin who helped with my Website www.beautyartmakeup.com. now exists making it much easier for customers old and new to make purchases. I discovered a limited supply of my signature metal compacts and many of you really missed my concealers which are on the new site and also the hand made “OOM” compact with transluscent powder. Maybe those foundations you miss so much won’t take too long to materialize.
Thankyouto the Infamous Rose Hartman for this fabulous photo you shot of me over drinks during the summer.
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Tagged Brooklyn, freestyle makeup, makeup artists, pat cleveland, williamsburgh
I love the twists and turns of life and was impatient when I was younger but have fortunately learned patience (proof that its never too late for anything) and to aknowledge that there is a time for everything. This Youtube video that a friend Eddie Teboul made is proof of that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmevEN_nZJQ
Eddie Teboul is a very talented hairstylist whom I happened to know when he first started out in Paris in the 80’s when we worked together on the fashion shows of Rei Kawakubo (Comme Des Garcons) and Yojhi Yamamoto. About 5 years ago Eddie explained to me his passion for Yoga and how he had become a yoga teacher, he told me about a beautiful dream he had of me painting him. I wanted to make this dream come alive so we arranged for him to come over to my studio at The Art of Beauty on Grand Street , where I was at the time, and spend a couple of hours together.
The room was sparse and white there was just a couple of my paintings. Eddie set up his Iphone camera on the floor. “Et voila” fast forward to today and this beautiful video he has made of our work together. The film has been made with such sensitivity I highly recommend it for not just yoga and makeup lovers but anyone interested in special moments. He commentates over the video and it was touching to hear him talk about my method of painting as I feel it is quite magical but have difficulty decribing it myself. I just know that for each person I paint it is a very different individual experience. Thankyou Eddie for capturing this
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Tagged body painting, hair stylist, Inspirational makeup, magical moments, make, Yoga
I have been working with The New York Makeup Academy of Japan since 2002. They hold a very special place in my heart and I thoroughly enjoy their visit and working with very different groups of equally talented Japanese makeup artists. Every training session ends with a photo shoot and I have to continually think of new ideas so that I do not repeat myself. For the Classes I gave to them in the Temptu studio in June 2017 I found some paper shopping bags left over from my boutique The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason and painted these bags, cutting holes in the centre for the girls to look through. Here I digitally manipulated three different images of Cynthia combined. The makeup is by Yuiko.
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Tagged editorial makeup, makeup classes NYC, makeup portfolio, Meryl Streep, NYMA of Japan, photoshoots, sarah villegas, Temptu, temptu air
I enjoy teaching makeup and also taking the photos at the end of the classes as this enables me to see the progression and development of each artists individual style. IBF, NYMA of Japan have been a faithful client for 15 yrs and each year is so very different and always lots of fun. We laugh now when we remember Hurricane Sandy and how we had to work in the dark and cold and the artists had no hot water for a shower. For the students it was not easy, for me it worked out fine, I am rather a fan of the unexpected and love to work in daylight. This is something I learned working on location on photoshoots, we had to adapt to lots of different situations as we had to come back with the photos. My beautiful nieces were visiting and were stuck in a hotel near the Art of Beauty so they modeled for us everyday with other young women from the neighborhood. The interesting thing about the class that year was the fact that we had two students who were spoilt brats. This was very odd as always the Japanese students are truly wonderful, attentive , involved enthusiastic and every other flattering adjective I can think of. They were meant to be here at that time for a life’s lesson and I hope that looking back they have come to appreciate it. Thinking about myself at their age (they were the youngest of the group) maybe I would have reacted as they did..maybe…maybe not. I shall never know.
These two photos of the model Vanessa from Click agency were taken during the last class held at Temptu Studio’s . Her natural makeup and her more creative one. The hair is by Almog. Makeup by Atsuko.
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Tagged hurricane Sandy, life lessons, makeup artists, Makeup classes, NYMA Japan, Temptu
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Tagged Makeup artist, Makeup Artist Portfolios, Makeup classes, results, Temptu, temptu air, tips, tricks
Portraits as opposed to photos are timeless. I love doing them be they mixed media like this one of Carole Radziwill http://lindamasongallery.com/current-exhibition/ or a more classical portrait such as the acrylic on canvas I do of both children and adults . http://lindamasongallery.com/portfolio/classic-childrens-portraits/ Portraits add Mystery and warmth to a home. If they are of the Host or Hostess, a good one will let you discover a different side to them. If they are of people that you don’t know, you can use your own imagination to create a whole story around them. Great artists such as Mark Kostabi capture a depth of human nature without any facial features I capture that in the facial features, each artist is different. When I had my Gallery I noticed Americans were much more reticent than other nationalities to put people on their walls, unless a portrait of their own child, prefering abstract paintings or out door scenes. I find a person is a “paysage” equally as deep and as interesting as The Grand Canyon. This portrait of Carole Radziwill and other portraits of mine were shown on The Real Housewives of New York City episode 10, 2017 filmed at the Vendome Gallery on Spring Street. To discuss commissioning a portrait call the number on the website:- www.lindamasongallery.com
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Tagged art, Carole Radziwill, commissions, Mark Kostabi, portraits, The Real Housewives of New York City
Kim Kardashian brought back the smokey eye launched by Brigitte Bardot in the early 60’s, perfected by the makeup artist Way Bandy in the 70’s and popularized by Kevin Aucoin in the 90’s. Variations on this look good on anyone. I filmed the actress Sarah Reinsch and photographed her with a classic smokey eye, a la Kim Kardashian. Two blogs back I had her looking more natural you will see how versatile she is and which Look you prefer. I used all the products from www.beautyartmakeup.com
Snow White cream base. JazzyPac OOM Transluscent powder. Bare blush. Contouring powder, Bluff and highlighter Bliss. Eyeshadows:- Solo Opal in the inner corner next to the eye. In the outer corner Cocoa and Pitch black softened with a layer of Brown earth. These were also applied delicately under the eye. Black pencil inside the lower rim of the eyes…and lots and lots of black lashes. I oulined the lips with the pencil Sandstone and used a nude gloss.
A very particular point of view
A well deserved article about the designer Jane Wilson Marquis in WAG magazine. The makeup was done by one of my students from the NYMakeup Academy of Japan . To make a Smokey eye , halo the eye with brown earth, cacao and coal eyeshadows then aply a soft lip color ,Babe lipstix. Hair by Almog Burbea 1 9178479288, photos Linda Mason.