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


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:


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!


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:


Here’s the Reebok Vine of Joel dodging snowballs:

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


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.


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).



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 


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.


Sebastian Arcelus


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

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.


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.


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.


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?”

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.

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


Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State)
Chadwick Boseman (Actor 42)

Elizabeth Olsen (Actress, Sister to twins)

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

Laura Linney (Actress, Stage & Screen)

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 


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.

Makeup as Art Wednesday, Jul 31 2013 

Linda Mason:
Soho Makeup Guru


Suze with Linda Mason

If you want to be inspired by makeup as art, you need to visit Linda Mason studio in Soho. Look for the sign with a sketch of a female face.

Approaching the space by a NYC Yellow cab on a recent hot summer day, I saw a figure, on the sidewalk outside of the first story building, bending over white plates with large dollops of bright colors with a paint brush in hand with splashes of color all over her. Remember the feeling in kindergarten, when you got to play with paints while wearing your dad’s discarded white business shirt as a smock? This grown woman was doing just that in the streets of New York. I instantly loved her and the studio that is divided between art and makeup. But can we really separate the two?

The art side came first because I knew I’d spend more time on the makeup side.

Walking through the threshold to the left, I was greeted by large frameless faces peering out from the canvases covered in swatches of bright reds, bold blues, and youthful yellows. Portraits of these female faces were to be spotlighted that night for an art exhibit at her studio off Grand. What wonderful timing I had to see them prepare for the evening.

Next door was the makeup studio. Like a kid in a candy shop, I joyfully made my way in that afternoon. The defused natural light coming in through the glass windows softened the rustic room which had no air conditioning and no visible electrical components. A pan of loose makeup palettes with a wide range of pigments, looking well worn and loved, where sitting on a large tray. Mulling about the studio was the owner’s grandson, just a toddler himself but a boy in full exploration mode. He seemed to delight in the freedom to play with odds and ends with no mind to whether he were in makeup salon instead of a hardware store. Ever so carefully, he took a disposable mascara wand that was within reach under the counter and pretended to brush his hairline.

The setting was ideal to try your hand at art. An intimate space conducive to an exceptional experience to discover colors and play like a kid without the disruption of technology. That same feeling of a safe, happy place for experimentation is what I bring to Suze Makeup studio.


An interesting and different approach to selecting personal colors is the astrologically based makeup collection by Linda Mason. Even as a pro makeup artist, I admit to thinking the colors for my sign were way out there. Yet, whenever I use them I get compliments on how nice I look that day! Makeup as art can be fun and free.


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