Makeup artist to the stars, Scott Barnes, a.k.a. the man who gave J. Lo her famous glow, is in town this week doing publicity for his new book About Face. Which is the zenith of Barnes’ long running career as a makeup artist for celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and a testament to his signature approach to beauty.
About Face is all about the details. From the quality paper the book has been printed on and the layout, to the step-by-step instructions including corresponding photographs to the written dialogue between makeup artist and model in the margins. This book is a pleasure to both read and follow. Every makeup challenged woman in the world (you know who you are) should add this book to her library and use it. Barnes maps out looks from day to night and everything in between like addressing makeup application on different skin tones to creating contours and working with bronzer. Scott basically gives the reader everything she needs to take his “transformations”, as he calls them, from the page directly to her face. Commentary on products, brush strokes and how to enhance specific features make About Face standout. More importantly what you are able to do with makeup once you follow Scott’s instructions will make you stand out.
In case you are unable to see Scott while he is in town he has graciously answered a few questions this writer thought you might have for him.
JF: You promote bringing out the beauty within in your book. In the world we live in today so many people look to procedures and injections in an effort to feel their best. Your approach seems simple, straightforward and refreshing did this philosophy come from personal experience?
SB: Yes. My brother died of Melanoma skin cancer three years ago so I am a big advocate of staying out of the sun and taking care of your body. Sun damage ages you and so many people then need to get procedures to reverse the aging process. Eating healthy, proper exercise and drinking lots of water keeps your body fresh and young. There is nothing wrong with faking a tan, that’s why I created Body Bling.
JF: From painting on canvas to painting faces what made you realize being a makeup artist was it for you?
SB: It was something that I was able to easily translate from a canvas to a woman’s face. It was a challenge for me that I took on and as with any challenge I take on, I wanted to be the best.
JF: You have worked in many different mediums. Do you prefer working on motion pictures, still photo shoots or live events? Why?
SB: I actually love all different kinds of projects. I am an artist and I love to create different looks and different vibes. Movies are great because your work will forever be recorded. Red carpet events and other live events are also great because you have that one shot at creating something memorable.
JF: How much fun did you have putting this book together?
SB: It took me almost three years to get this book written. Over that time, I had so many wonderful experiences, met a lot of interesting people and learned a lot about publishing. I am very excited about my next book project.
JF:If a woman only had enough room in her evening bag for 3 items what 3 items do you think they should be?
SB: Mascara, eyelash curler and lip-gloss
Body Bling fans rejoice! Scott Barnes has reintroduced Body Bling, the tinted moisturizer that gives you a luscious sun kissed glow without the damaging effects to your skin, in Original and new cooler Platinum. Run over to Dash on South Beach or log on to www.scottbarnes.com to purchase your own bit o’ Bling to go along with Scott’s lovely book.
To Go: Books & Books in Bal Harbour this Thursday, April 29th from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm or at Borders in the Village of Merrick Park on Friday, April 30th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and get your own signed copy of About Face.