Linda Mason is known for her creative and exciting use of color in both Makeup and Art. Born in Sunderland, in the northeast of England her mother inspired in her a fascination for artistic expression through her expert imitations of the hottest designer fashions of the day and eccentric home renovations which transformed their neighborhood.
In 1967 Linda studied with Lancome in Paris then worked for
them in Beirut Lebanon On returning to Paris in 1970 she modeled for five years before starting a Freelance career as a makeup Artist.
In 1976 she became
the premier makeup artist for Helena Rubenstein.
the late 70's, the fashion world was rocked by a revolution, with makeup artist Linda Mason at the forefront. Designers brought fashion to an art form creating runway shows that weren’t simply a marketplace, but full throttle theatrical performances.

Linda worked on early collections for Jean Patou, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Anne Marie Berretta, Theirry Mugler, John Galliano, Commes des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Giorgio Armani, Issey Miyake and many others. The diligence, skill, and ingenuity of these designers inspired her to further develop and refine her own work.

In the early 80s, Linda moved to New York, where her cutting-edge work with renowned photographers Deborah Turbeville, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel and Art Kane continued to make headlines.  The Wall Street Journal stated that “Mason…took face painting out of punk and into high fashion.”  Linda also worked with many celebrities, including Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Brooke Shields, Carol Alt, Joan Jett, Deborah Harry, Naomi Cambell and Charlize Theron.

Linda launched her makeup company, Linda Mason Elements, inc., in 1987.  Her products have been carried in Barney’s, Henri Bendels, Nordstroms and Sacks Fifth Avenue. From 1998 to 2013 Linda could be found at “Linda Mason, the Art of Beauty” a shop and gallery in Soho, New York City. The space also served as a workshops for professionals  and an experimental space to create hand made compacts, makeup accessories and Art.

Since 1985, Linda has published six books . “Makeup, The Art of Beauty” is used as the handbook for her classes; it is now out in paperback and sold across the world. “Teen Makeup” published in 2005, “Eye Candy” released in May of 2008, a best seller already in reprint in the US, Japan and Russia. Her latest book “Makeup for Ageless Beauty” was launched in the spring of 2011 together with her Freestyle Makeup video Glorious Technicolor.

Linda continues to break boundaries with her fusion of Beauty and Art and to continue to develop, show and sell her visual Art, painting, mixed-media collage, photography and glass art.   Her pieces range in style from classical to abstract, reflecting her dynamic personality and variety of sources of inspiration. A selection can be seen online at
. She is currently working on three shows for 2014-2015.

Cameron Diaz, Uma Thurman Charlize Theron, Sarah Michelle Gellar
Courtney Cox, Kim Cattrall Iman, Christie Turlington, Demi Moore,
Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Famke Janssen, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss
Aimee Mann, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, Claire Danes, Sarah Ferguson,
Paloma Picasso, Belinda Carlylse, Isabelle Rossellini, Linda Evangelista,
Lauren Hutton, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Elizabeth Berkley, Brooke Shields
Camryn Manheim, LL Cool J, Rob Lowe, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen,
Matthew Broderick, Paulina Porizkova, Molly Ringwald, Susan Sarandon,
Kelly Lynch, Andie McDowel,l Kirk Douglas, Christy Brinkley,
Laura SanGiacomo, Chaka Kahn, Marsha Gay Harden, Cybil Sheppard,
Jeff Goldblum, Duran/Duran, Judd Nelson, Frederique Van De Velde, Shari Belefonte, Iggy Pop, Sonia Braga,Jerry Hall, Terry Farrel, Bette Midler, Christina Ricci.

Anne Klein, Liza Bruce, Basile, Nina Ricci, Commes de Garcons ( Rei Kawakubo), Norma Kamali, Cynthia Rowley, Patou, Fendi, Perri Ellis, Giorgio Armani, Steven Sprouse, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Laura Biagiotti, Yojhi Yamamoto
, Levi Okunov


Photo Credits

1. Photo: Bruno Gaget
2. Photo: Linda Mason
3. Photo:Bruno Gaget
4. Photo:Bruno Gaget
5. Photo:Bruno Gaget
6. Photo:Bruno Gaget
7. Photo:Bruno Gaget
8. Photo:Bruno Gaget
9. Photo:Bruno Gaget
10. Photo:Bruno Gaget
11. Photo:Bruno Gaget
12. Photo:Bruno Gaget
13. Photo:Bruno Gaget
14. Photo:Bruno Gaget
15. Photo:Bruno Gaget
16. Photo:Bruno Gaget
17. Photo:Walter Chin
18. Photo:Walter Chin
19. Photo:Walter Chin
20. Photo:Walter Chin
21. Photo:Walter Chin
22. Photo:Walter Chin
23. Photo:Walter Chin
24. Photo:Walter Chin
25. Photo:Walter Chin
26. Photo:Javier Vallhonrat
27. Photo:Javier Vallhonrat
28. Photo:William Garrett
29. Photo:Linda Mason
30. Photo:Art Kane
31. Photo:Richard Avedon
32. Photo:Elisabeth Novick
33. Photo:Paul Sunday
34. Photo:Roberto Edwards
35. Photo:Bruno Gaget
36. Photo:John Chen
37. Photo:Walter Chin
38. Photo:Walter Chin
39. Photo:Tom Jacobi
40. Photo:Michel Compte
41. Photo:Linda Mason
42. Photo:Linda Mason
43. Photo:Guzman
44. Photo:Diego Uchitel
45. Photo:Linda Mason
46. Photo:Linda Mason
47. Photo:Linda Mason
48. Photo:Hans Feurer
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51. Photo:Bruno Gaget
52. Photo:Bruno Gaget
53. Photo:Bruno Gaget
54. Photo:Helmut Hoffman.
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56. Photo:Hollister Lowe
57. Photo:Hollister Lowe
58. Photo:Hollister Lowe
59. Photo:Richard Avedon
60. Photo:Richard Avedon
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62. Photo:Linda Mason
63. Photo:Art Kane
64. Photo:Art Kane
65. Photo:Linda Mason
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67. Photo:John Chen
68. Photo:Walter Chin
69. Photo:Linda Mason
70. Photo: Daniele Marracino
71. Photo:Linda Mason
72. Photo:Linda Mason
73. Photo:Linda Mason
74. Photo:Linda Mason
75. Photo: William Garrett
76. Photo:Matthew Rolston
77. Photo: Steven Miesel
78. Photo: Steven Miesel
79. Photo: Steven Miesel
80. Photo: Steven Miesel
81. Photo: Steven Miesel
82. Photo: Steven Miesel
83. Photo: Steven Miesel
84. Photo: Steven Miesel
85. Photo:Sheila Metzner
86. Photo:Sheila Metzner
87. Photo:Bruno Gaget
88. Photo:Michael Myers
89. Photo:Alessandro D'Andrea
90. Photo:Linda Mason
91. Photo:Bruno Gaget
92. Photo:Linda Mason
93. Photo:Linda Mason
94. Photo: Chris Hannan
95. Photo:Alessandro D'Andrea
96. Photo:Linda Mason
97. Photo:Linda Mason
98. Photo:Tom Jacobi
99. Photo:Tom Jacobi

I would greatly appreciate help with the missing photographer credits. Please E-mail me if you know them.