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The Beauty Project: Linda

Photographer Serena Becker has been asking make up artists to turn their brushes inwards. The Beauty Project is an ongoing series in which Serena intimately explores the artists and friends she collaborates with. Here is the first sitting for the project: make up artist Linda Anderson.

Photography
SERENA BECKER
Beauty
LINDA ANDERSON

Beauty Papers: What was the last beautiful thing you saw?
Serena Becker: Rome.

BP: What is the main idea behind The Beauty Project?
SB: This is a series of shoots where I want to explore the concept of identity and the perception of self. How characteristics of personality and identity could be captured by observation. On the question: How do we perceive our self and how are we perceived from the outside? How aesthetic can shape or express our own perception of self and how this is perceived from the outside. Working in an intimate distance with artists and friends, exploring their personality and interpret their identity with colour, shapes and light.

BP: How did you approach the make-up?
Lina Anderson: Serena approached me with her idea about identity and the concept of shooting me while doing my own make up. First I was like, “What, on me? No!” But when she showed me some samples of other artists and friends she’s worked with I was like, “OK yes, why not?” It was very improvised in the moment: I brought some face paints and tried to be as free as possible on the spot, not thinking too much about if it was pretty or not. The first idea I had in my head was to draw different emotions, so a red mouth for happiness, strong eyebrows for concern. I also explored painting different colours all over my face and also using the same technique with glitter. It was a very intimate session and I found it quite challenging but also inspirational to just draw without any limitations, not thinking too much of the final result.

"It was very improvised in the moment: I brought some face paints and tried to be as free as possible on the spot, not thinking too much about if it was pretty or not."

BP: Tell us one of your favourite make up techniques.
LA: I love to spend time perfecting a natural fresh base. On a more creative day I’m really into paint strokes at the moment, and to use the face as a blank canvas. Exploring with different materials and brushes.

BP: Current kit hero product?
LA: Dr Jackson Everyday Face Oil.

BP: What is your favourite black?
LA: Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara.

BP: What is your favourite red?
LA: Retro Matte Liquid – Feel So Grand.

BP: What does the word glamour mean to you?
SB: A summer night in the 50s. West Hollywood. A woman’s hand resting bored on a table. Some live music in the background… maybe jazz. Maybe a piano.A graceful burning cigarette. Golden rings. Red lips. Soft silk and a small beauty mark.

BP: What is your first memory of glamour?
LA: Watching the TV series Dallas in the late 80’s…

BP: What is the future of glamour?
SB: Cyborgs?

BP: Living, dead, real or imaginary … who has the best make-up look?
LA: David Bowie