Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Makeup Chair from Her First Run for President Monday, Apr 13 2015 

Washington, D.C.-

Electricity is in the air over the announcement of her Presidential campaign.  Although not the first female to run for the office of President of the United States, it feels like she’ll be the first woman elected to the most powerful position in the world.  The 2008 Presidential Primary season is in full swing.  Busy going back and forth from President Barack Obama to Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton’s camp, throw in Senator John Edwards with his commitment to his hair (yes it’s true) and you’ll get the feeling of the election season.  At the time all were Senators, however, with quite different levels of popularity.

Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton came to the production company on 20th Street in DC to sit in the makeup chair. Downstairs in the office building there’s a small makeup room with a tall director’s chair which sits before makeup lights around a mirror.  Several containers of product on the shelf are left behind from other makeup artists who use the space on a regular basis. On location like this, I miss my Suze Makeup Studio space with minimal disturbance and maximum privacy where clients relax before a full length Pied a Terre mirror and are bathed in a soft natural light coming in from the windows looking onto Main Street and on the far side by a photographer’s light filtered by a white umbrella.  Here the stark reality of the day is in your face.

As I proceed to line her eyes, she asks politely about my work as a makeup artist. Her kindness, wit and intelligence drown out my nervousness of being responsible for the image of the first female President of the United States.  Like a good doctor, she takes the time to listen to my responses and interacts with me before moving on.  Granted she’s in the market for votes, however, our banter feels sincere.  After finishing her makeup, which is more like a touch up since she’s already made up by other artists from earlier shows that morning, I observe HRC through the glass window of the video production room fielding questions which air on her Presidential Campaign website.  Listening to her responses, I feel like I already know her on a more personal level from working with her in the makeup chair. As an artist, you’ve got to get real personal real fast. Right away, I’m in their face and have to get both of us comfortable with getting the makeup done.  Working with powerful people in such a close setting,even from just a half hour or so of meeting with them, gets you close to their true being.  Clinton’s brain power is evident. Her questions help me know she cares about my feelings.  In Washington there are plenty of people, who are smart and strive to work together to achieve what’s best for our country.  Yet, change occurs through a push and pull and a give and take.  Politicians work outside a vacuum where they’re able to influence other politicians and voters.  As much as politics requires these people skills, there are some politicians who seem interested in their own agenda. A particular politician from a few years ago comes to mind. Just like the slight Lloyd Bentsen gave Dan Quayle in the 1976 Vice President’s debate, the second time doing makeup for this politician my inner dialogue became something like the following.

I know Hillary Clinton, and lady you’re no Hillary Clinton!

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Fast forward a month or so later, I meet HRC again to do makeup for the cover of a magazine, which turns out to be a gorgeous portrait of her taken by California surfer dude Robert Maxwell.  He baths her in banks of lighting that looks like you’re walking into a standing room of a tanning booth.  Shadow less, she probably gets a tan from that shoot. Sunscreen SPF 50 stat! After joking around with the photographer that they both sport the same trendy white Chanel watch, HRC graciously offers to take a photo with our whole crew on set in the law office near Capitol Hill. With a casual air of confidence, she kids about how “stupid I sounded at that speech this morning” to which I respond that on the contrary, she is one of the smartest women ever.  Later, someone asks what role President Bill Clinton will play if she’s elected President “I’ll make him ambassador to the world” she says. She went on to talk about the President’s incredible and serious attention to detail, while still keeping things light enough to have fun.  She says that he can remember “every shot, at every hole, on every course” where he’s ever played golf.  Her openness and friendliness with her remarks is the opposite of every preconceived idea I have about her.  Granted she’s running for office and needs every vote, on the other hand, her warmth is tangible.  With her consistent leadership qualities she displays on these two separate occasions, respect for her as a mother, wife and politician are planted.  The recent news that she uses a personal email in addition to her official one is yet to be a factor.  She’s so happy with my work that day; she asks if I’ll take up her on the offer to “do her makeup from scratch” at home.  Of course, I say it’s an honor.

Well, we’ll see if she calls again for her second Presidential Campaign.  So far, with the her focus on the democratic voter rather than herself no request has come in.

Here’s the link to her soft and low profile roll out from YouTube in The Washington Post article from 4/12/15 announcing her second run for President.

www.washingtonpost.com/politics/she-makes-it-official-clinton-is-ready-for-hillary/2015/04/12/2d4df304-e15c-11e4-905f-cc896d379a32_story.html 

David and Jessica Oyelowo: Celebrity Humanitarians Monday, Jan 19 2015 

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Selma Director and Actor at the White House

There were a lot of hair stylists and makeup artists ready to go in the lobby at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown this past Friday. We were called to work with the actors and director, but not for Oprah she has her own glam team, for the Oscar nominated movie Selma, which had a special screening at the White House.

I was assigned to David Oyelowo’s wife Jessica. The gorgeous and gracious couple welcomed Brian and I into their suite so we could put the finishing touches on their look before they headed over to the private screening of the movie with POTUS and FLOTUS.  I learned later through the OWN Network interview that David is a faith based actor and chose to play the role of MLK as a father and believer in following the dream. He and his wife have a calm and caring demeanor, which made for a rewarding experience for us. These celebrity humanitarians deserve our admiration.

Here’s a link to the video:

http://www.oprah.com/own-show/David-Oyelowo-on-Playing-The-Iconic-Role-of-Dr-King

Jessica looked amazing in a long flowing black and white skirt and a simple short sleeved blouse. Her black platform shoes were trimmed in gold. Her face was natural and glowing so we topped off her lips with an orangey tangerine color from Revlon called Rendezvous. She liked it so much, I gave her the lip color right from my pro kit!

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I <3 Washington Capitals' "Captain America" Caps! Wednesday, Dec 31 2014 

Our crew had fun playing in the snow with Washington Capitals’ #42 Joel Ward for the Reebok advertisement of the Winter Classic gear. Including this shot of Joel wearing the “Captain America” hat that Yahoo Sports blogger, Puck Daddy, described appropriately. The beanie should be popular at tomorrow’s Winter Classic match up between the Caps and the Chicago Blackhawks.  I love the winter cap and was sporting the red pom pom today in anticipation of the game in DC!

For thoughts on great gear go to the Yahoo sports link here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/best-and-worst-of-winter-classic-2015-merchandise–video-photos-142456344.html

Here’s the Reebok Vine of Joel dodging snowballs:

Here’s an article from Scott Allen at WaPo about the shots:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2014/12/23/capitals-joel-ward-takes-an-ice-bath-and-drags-a-log-through-the-snow-in-reeboks-winter-classic-ads/

Rhinestone Cowboy’s Humanity Through Alzheimer’s Sunday, Nov 23 2014 

Glen Campbell I'll Be Me

Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me

In theaters now is the documentary, “Glen Campbell:I’ll Be Me”, that may receive an Oscar nomination in 2 categories for Best Documentary and Best Original Song. A Hollywood Reporter’s article is below.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/could-alzheimers-afflicted-glen-campbell-746887

When Glen sat down in my makeup chair at the Library of Congress with his family in tow on his DC stop during his Farewell Tour in 2012, my view of celebrity and disease were permanently altered for the better. glen_campbell_draft

Here’s my previous post from my time with the Rhinestone Cowboy and his family (wife Kim, daughter Ashley and sons Shannon and Cal).

http://makingupamerica.com/2012/05/18/campbells-courageous-cowboys-family/

 

Check out the film. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry but above all you’ll be inspired to live through the pain.

House of Cards Sunday, Jun 8 2014 

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House of Cards actors
Grooming by Susan Heydt at Suze Makeup Studio for THE Artist Agency

Netflix’s House of Cards begins filming their new season in Baltimore this month. If you think you have what it takes, they are looking for some local actors to fill the roles of DC types.

Fans of the show probably know that some of the cast visited the area for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. You will be happy to learn that they left a very favorable impression.

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Sebastian Arcelus

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Michael Kelly

Demonstrating respect and kindness for my contribution to their job of getting ready, as they prepared to represent the popular hit show in DC, they showed that they are really good guys.

It’s the little things that make the difference.

Michael joked that I saved his behind because his groomer left town before he was ready. Prior to that, Sebastian is the only actor ever, who has taken the time to come down to the lobby to meet me when I arrived as opposed to the usual way that makeup artists are introduced to actors by their handlers in their space when they deem themselves ready.

Thanks guys and best wishes for continued success!

Menswear at Midnight Wednesday, Mar 5 2014 

Menswear at Midnight

Awards Season Fashion Inspiration for Everyday

Similar to what Julia Roberts wore to the Golden Globes and Whoopi Goldberg wore to the Oscars with no stripped Wicked Witch of the West stockings required.
Photo by David Caldwell &Stylist Hikary Geisbert Baltimore Magazine
Makeup and hair by Suze
THE Artist Agency
http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/this-month

Oscar Nominated Best Actor Monday, Mar 3 2014 

Back in 2010, when Oscar nominated actor, Chiwetel, was an unknown talent, he could head out unencumbered for his press junket in DC. Grooming by Susan Heydt for THE Artist Agency.

Bookclub Review: “You Knew Me When” by Emily Liebert Thursday, Nov 14 2013 

A feature film of your progression from awkward teenager to glamourous professional may be in the works.

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Author, Emily Liebert, know for her New York Times best selling “Facebook Fairytales” brings you her first upmarket women’s novel “You Knew Me When”.

Our bookclub welcomed special surprise guest, Hilary Phelps, to discuss the story with Emily via Skype. We learned about the writing process and the endearing power of friendships through the Q & A session.

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4 Moms and 2 Vegans:

Is was also a memorable day to learn about being a vegan. Hilary and Leah’s passion and effort raised our own awareness to the challenges of eating out or at events. In addition, we were inspired at the minimum to eat vegetarian for lunch or to go with Meatless Mondays.

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For a delightful read or for the gift giving season, we recommend YNMW.

Top 10 Celebs You’d Like in Person Monday, Oct 7 2013 

“Who’s someone famous you’ve done makeup for lately?”
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Frequently followed up by,

“What’s that celebrity like in person?”



For my top 10 Celebrities you should meet, prepare your mind for a range of personalities from movie stars to top echelon athletes.


10.
Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles Center Fielder)
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9.
Michelle Obama (First Lady)
8.
Joseph Fiennes (Actor, Ralph’s brother)

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7.
Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State)
6.
Chadwick Boseman (Actor 42)

5.
Elizabeth Olsen (Actress, Sister to twins)

4.
Allison Williams (Actress, Daughter of Anchor John Williams)
3.
Placido Domingo (Opera Maestro)

2.
Laura Linney (Actress, Stage & Screen)

1.
Carolina Herrera (Fashion Designer)

Plus…Honorable Mentions
Platon (International Photographer)
Joanne Froggatt (Actress, Downton Abbey’s Anna Batesimage>
Damian Lewis (Actor, Homeland)

Quvenzhane Wallis (Actress, Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Joe Zee (Creative Director ELLE)
Mary Matalin (Political Analyst)

These artistic and talented individuals share a common core of intelligence and concern that is palpable the minute you meet them. What we can learn from them
is that confidence, hard work and preparation mixed with getting out there in the world leads to productive people and a caring society.

Homeland’s Brody is an It-Brit Wednesday, Sep 11 2013 

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After grooming Damian Lewis for the season premiere of Homeland in DC, it was time to add the It-Brit to my list of noteworthy British actors.

Just like working with Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt and then becoming hooked on the show for Season 3, I recommend you start with Homeland on 9/29.

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