beauty and art

February 5, 2016 in just drawn that way, she's a beauty by editor

British makeup artist Linda Mason first came to prominence in the late-70s, when European fashion was in the midst of a vastly experimental period. After collaborating with burgeoning designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler, Mason moved to NYC in the early 1980s where she became known as an artist who impeccably translated punk-style makeup into high fashion looks. Never one to back away from color, Mason’s signature style featured splashes and strokes of bright hues that turned models into abstract paintings.

Today, she is still a working makeup artist, as well as a painter, and runs an independent cosmetics line, Linda Mason Elements. First launched in 1987, Elements is everything you’d expect from Mason — crayon-box shadows, blushes, and lipsticks that could be in Cyndi Lauper’s beauty bag. All products are made in the USA and Mason’s own artwork decorates all of the packaging. The ‘Haute Couture’ collection, all-in-one compacts that showcase mini versions of Mason’s portraits, are worth buying just for the covers.


Mason’s work, from Seventeen magazine (December 1987)

Books by Linda Mason