What do Sarah Jessica Parker, Paris Hilton, Glenn Close and Diane Lane all have in common? They love how they look after Dorchester-based make-up artist Tim Quinn waves his magic brushes on them. The part-time Boston area resident is the official celebrity face designer for Giorgio Armani, after all.
Armani Celebrity Face Designer Tim Quinn
Our Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Pierpont, spoke with Quinn during his recent visit to Saks Fifth Avenue at The Shops at Prudential Center about his holiday makeup secrets.
Boston Common: Give us the top 3 gifts that every man and woman will cherish.
Tim Quinn: “Well, men have been using our skincare as well as women, so our Crema Nera Supreme Recovery Oil is out of sight – and gender neutral! Fragrance is a great, always. For the women, I love Si Intense, Cate Blanchett is our model and she is the perfect image. For guys, I love Armani Pour Homme – it’s so classic and wonderful. Mascara is always a gift for everyone because it’s not color specific. Our new mascara gives you a full and long lash, and it doesn’t flake. It’s always great when things do not flake. It’s bad enough when people flake!”
Deck us out for the holiday party circuit…
TQ: “We did this fabulous palette this year called Holiday Night Lights. What I love about it is that it goes night to day. There are matte colors that work with any complexion, from taupe to soft gray. Then, on the second tier, there is some sparkle! You have some bronze and gold. And, I always love red lips for the holiday.
Red lipstick from the Lip Magnet line by Armani.
You work with so many celebrities. Can you give us the lowdown on what all of us should be doing for a no-fault, beauty look?
TQ: “Of course, you must wash your face at night, but moisturizer is the most important thing. I spend more time on skin prep when I’m getting someone ready for the red carpet than I do on the make up. I’ve been working lately with Diane Lane for her show on Broadway, and my favorite thing to do to her is give her a facial massage. We all should do that! It helps the blood flow, it’s like exercising for the skin. I use as little foundation as possible – like one pump for the whole face. Then apply an eye tint, which is like liquid eye shadow. Just put one sweep on. Next, put eye liner along the lash line, mascara, and then fill in the brow with color. Finally, find a neutral lip. Think of it as a uniform – it’s going to work with anything you wear.”