Legendary in the industry for her creative use of color, Linda Mason was one of the first makeup artists to translate abstract art into fashion makeup. While this technique has become something we are used to in recent years, this was groundbreaking back in the late 70’s and 80’s when she was collaborating with fashion designers like Thierry Mugler, John Paul Gaultier, Comme Des Garconnes and France Andrevie. They all created clothing that was boundless, avant garde and, at times, surreal, and Linda knew that traditional makeup would just not work.
In her book “Makeup: The Art of Beauty”, all the topics a makeup artist should know are covered, but “Chapter 4: Freestyle Makeup” is by far my favorite. I just love how her vibrant style of painting with color and texture works on both canvas and human forms and both are equally captivating.
If you are in New York City, treat yourself by stopping by her Soho shop, The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason- it’s beyond inspiring!