Susan Swanson. Minneapolis Makeup Artist.

Susan - Minneapolis Makeup Artisan

What makes your artistry unique?: I listen! I ask a series of questions to make sure the client and I are on the same page. My client's happiness is first and foremost. Whether I am creating a subtle look or dramatically avant-garde, I take pride in executing what the client envisions. Although I do like to gently nudge them to try new things (I am talking about you, Red Lipstick).

What inspires you? The "aha" moment when someone looks in the mirror. The welling up of tears and the exclamation of "I look beautiful", this has kept me coming back year after year. I love working with the 15 year old just starting with skincare and lipgloss, and the 90 year old who still puts on mascara everyday.

Style Icon: Lucille Ball, and incredibly beautiful woman who was not afraid of looking silly for her craft. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Charlize Theron, Emma Stone, classic beauties.

Hobbies/Interests: Philanthropy. Giving back. I have a roof over my head, three healthy children, and enough to eat. It is my duty to advocate for those who don't. I sit on the Board of Directors for Polo for Philanthropy, an organization who raises money for different charities each year.

WarPaint Artisan Since: I am one of the OG's!

Specialty: Women of Color. All different skin tones, African, Sudanese, East Indian, Native American, Asian, etc. Have trained extensively with Ross Burton, Oprah's MUA for O magazine, I can fearlessly match any skin tone and have it look natural and glowing.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree from Concordia College; Communications and Business Management
  • 24 years with Lancome USA
  • Lead MUA with Lancome for 7 Glamorama Events
  • Nominee: Makeup Artist of the Year for MN Fashion Awards 2014
  • IAMMOODY lead makeup artist for charitable events
  • Dress For Success
  • Dancing with Twin Cities Celebrities
  • Twin Cities Live
  • The Guthrie Theater
  • Kare 11

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
— Unknown