Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Temptalia had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Linsey Snyder, aged 29, who is the president and CEO of Face Time Cosmetics. She runs her own cosmetics line, as well as does side work on television shows, socialites, celebrities, and editorial spreads. She’s been working as an artist since she was “old enough to have makeup of [her] own and [had] friends who wanted makeovers!” Her education has stemmed mostly through learning from magazines as well as classes taught by James Vincent at The Powder Group in New York City.

Linsey, as generous as she is, has donated Beauty In a Box in Stunning ($90 value) for a Temptalia giveaway contest! Enter by leaving commenting on the interview (a real, substantive comment – don’t just say hi!) by 11:59 PST November 2nd. One random, LUCKY winner will be selected November 3rd!

Before you can win, though, you have to read the interview!

Temptalia: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
Linsey: How many wonderfully talented makeup artists there are that don’t get recognized and how supportive of an industry it really is if you know how to be resourceful.

Temptalia: What feature do you love to accentuate?
I love the bow of the lip. It is so under-rated and it’s so sexy and beautiful. I use an angled liner brush, dunk it in Upper Crust Dust and slightly line the bow of the lip. The subtle flecks of gold reflect light and it looks so angelic.

Temptalia: What made you create your own cosmetic line? What have you learned?
Linsey: My friends and I were so sick of dodging the girls working at the makeup counters in department stores, and I realized that women get to a point where they don’t want the trendiest makeup, and instead they want to look sophisticated, elegant, and tailored. No company guaranteed “appropriate makeup,  so we came up with the idea of the Beauty In a Box; a one stop shop for the women who want to simply look well put together. The Face Time Collection is unique because we bridge the gap between boutique and customer.

I have learned so much and I hope to learn more everyday. The most valuable thing I have learned is to trust your gut when making decisions and dealing with people. Many people will cheer you on when you start a business but don’t get discouraged by those who don’t, just get motivated by it. I have learned that starting a company is like being in a maze, when you get to a crossroad you feel out the best next move and then run to light. It is all about trial and error, and constant confidence.

Temptalia: What’s your favorite way to achieve the perfect natural look?
Linsey: Start with a great night sleep, and a clean and exfoliated face. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Dab some Velvet Veil all over the face to bring the natural glow to the surface and add a bit of peachy concealer (not yellow!) to the under eye area (I use my fingers to press the product into the skin). Pop cheeks with a little Palm Beach Pink Embellblush (the light reflecting formula makes the whites of your eyes appear brighter and whiter!) and sweep some Louise’s Liberality all over the lid, and some Virginia’s Vitality in the crease to help open up the eye. Then I take some Upper Crust Dust in Sand Beige and I dab a tiny bit in the bow of the lip and a little High Glass in Peace which literally pulls the natural pink tone in the lip to the surface while adding the perfect amount of shine. This look brings a lot of life and subtle beauty to a fresh face!

Temptalia: What advice do you have for those wanting to become a makeup artist?
Linsey: Be resourceful. Look professional and act professional and remember that your personality and charisma is what makes it or breaks it. Other makeup artists may have skills but no one is you, and you are the only representation of yourself. People do not respect drama queens, but they do respect and hire back hard workers.

Temptalia: What are three important skills required to be a makeup artist?
1) Be on time 2) Be responsible and on your toes 3) Know how to keep up with the industry, read WWD on Fridays, keep up with beauty blogs, and read Allure Magazine cover to cover every month. Also, makeup artists can and should have subscriptions to GCI and Beauty Packaging. They are free and it’s an easy way to know a lot about the industry which makes you much more valuable.

Temptalia: Do you love working any specific brands or lines?
Linsey: I obviously use mostly Face Time products, but the best skin care line that I have found is called Face It. Also, I use Eve Pearl’s salmon under eye concealer.

Temptalia: Could you share your three beauty tips you could not live without?
Linsey: 1) Moisturize before any application 2) Cream blush THEN translucent powder and THEN powder blush (to create a dimensional look). 3) Line lips after gloss/lipstick is on because it tends to be easier to blend and looks more natural–oh and always stay tuned to Temptalia for the latest and greatest product reviews.

We thank Linsey for letting us have the opportunity to interview her! Don’t forget, you can win Beauty In a Box in Stunning ($90 value) by leaving commenting on the interview (a real, substantive comment – don’t just say hi!) by 11:59 PST November 2nd. One random, LUCKY winner will be selected November 3rd!

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29 thoughts on “Interview with Linsey Snyder – Face Time Cosmetics President and Make Up Artist

  1. Vita

    Wow, she really knows her stuff! I didn’t know you could layer powder blush over cream blush. i’m going to have to try that…

    oh, and I use Eve Pearl’s salmon concealer too! it works wonders for my uber-dark undereye cirles!

  2. Traci

    I’m going to try the “bow of the lip” trick. It sounds like it can be super sexy but subtle at the same time.

  3. Carrie

    I really appreciate that she shared those resources with us, GCI and Beauty Packaging, etc. I’ve started to read Allure and obviously I read beauty blogs :) So I’m always happy to learn of other places to pick up new ideas.

    I’ll try the tip about lining lips after glossing, but I gotta admit I’m skeptical, b/c I use liner to help keep lipstick in place. hmm!

  4. Tiffany

    I love how Linsey stresses wearing “sophisticated” and “tailored” makeup that truly shows who we are. You don’t have go to big and bold to look healthy, radiant, and confident :).

    I’ve never tried Face Time cosmetics, but if Temptalia is recommending it then I’ll be sure it give it a try!

  5. TT

    I love the bow of the lip. It is so under-rated and it’s so sexy and beautiful.

    Aw, I’m so glad she said that–I have a very defined cupid’s bow, and I’ve always been self-conscious about it (yeah, weird, I know. But with all the lip-plumpers out there, it’s easy to slip into the whole “trout pout” mindset).

    And I too would much rather find the perfect products for me to create a classic look–new, trendy products are fun to play with, but there’s nothing like the perfect shade of lipstick or blush that always works.

  6. Laura

    What a great interview! I have to look up that concealer now:) I wonder if she has any tips on choosing the right foundation and making sure it works with your skin tone and ways to make a photo-perfect face. I love the idea of giving the boxes as a gift to bridesmaids and the build your own box. I want to see these in real life! Very cool!

  7. Monica

    This was a highly informative interview – thanks so much Temptalia and Linsey!! I appreciate how she mentioned to use a peachy concealor under the eye instead of yellow – since most people use yellow! I also think her blush tip was very helpful, because powder blush looks too clown like on me and cream blush usually slides off – so using both is brilliant!! Loved it!!

  8. abby

    Lots of really great tips!

    I laughed out loud at the dodging the girls at the counters comment. It is like an obstacle course when I just want one specific item at one specific counter.

    I have got to find peach concealer right away.

  9. Adina

    As an aspiring makeup artist- i am always so eager to read fresh perspectives on the industry. Linsey’s insight into what it takes to be a successful makeup artist have inspired me. Thank you Christine for bringing in the pros to talk to us and thanks Linsey for sharing your awesome tips!

  10. Sheena

    Silly as it sounds, I never thought to line lips *after* putting on gloss/lipstick…I’ve always heard that you should do it before, but I never really liked how it looked (a little harsh on me)…will definitely have to try it Linsey’s way! :)

  11. I actually was just doing some research on Face Time a couple days ago. I am always interested in learning the up and coming make up artist who’ve started their lines (my fasination mainly came from Bobbi Brown and her success).

    I love that she’s not trying to be “trendy”, but offering women wearable “everyday” make up. I know that if I find the right color/texture that works for me, I keep on going back for it. So the fact that she packaged everything together is great, because there are only a handful of the “classic” look, the trendy makeup plays it up. i.e. the natural look, the red lip and lined eyes look, the smokey look..etc…

    I was definitely looking forward to buy the her primer – Velvet Veil, because the Beauty in a Box was a bit expensive *blush* for me.. But either way I’m definitely inspired by her story.

    Thanks for the great interview!!!

  12. tricia

    i will try lining my lips after i put on my lipstick/gloss. i always do it before.

  13. Great interview, and good questions! She sounds like a lot of fun to talk to.

  14. Deseree

    Great interview, lots of really good tips. The Velvet Veil is something I will try out.

  15. jen

    Christine, thanks for this great interview.

    I just got interested in this line, and hearing from the creator has increased my lemming 100-fold!

    I particularly enjoyed the post most of the folks above also liked:

    I love the bow of the lip. It is so under-rated and it’s so sexy and beautiful. I use an angled liner brush, dunk it in Upper Crust Dust and slightly line the bow of the lip. The subtle flecks of gold reflect light and it looks so angelic…”>

    Thanks again for great coverage of the up-and-coming lines and products!


  16. cua

    She’s a real inspiration, from self-taught mu skills to her own line, wow! I looked at the site too and the products have a completely different look and feel to them than other lines. Products I’d love to try! Thanks for the interview and informing us about this line!

  17. Gina W.

    I am a huge fan of Face Time, I use all their products and they are amazing. Linsey really knows her stuff- it is awesome that she gave such a detailed interview…I wrote it all down.

    Thanks for a great interview and I hope to hear more from Linsey!!

  18. Kate

    Great interview! A makeup artist at MAC once put lipstick on my lips, then liner over it and then lipglass and I was very confused but it did look nice! Does anybody know what “GCI and Beauty Packaging” is? Is this a product, a magazine, a blog…?

  19. Tiffany

    Excellent interview!!! I will have to definately try Linsey’s tip regarding putting “Cream blush THEN translucent powder and THEN powder blush (to create a dimensional look).” I’m a blush addict!!!

  20. barisaxyvet

    What a classy interview! I love the “face time” she gives the cupid’s bow. I had never thought about it much before my boyfriend commented on how sexy mine is. I will have to try the touch of shimmer in the bow trick.

  21. Emi

    Hi there!I love this site and enjoy every new post!The interviw was great,unlike others I’ve read on other sites and mags in the past. This one actually offered some great tips and resources.Both answerS&questions were interesting!I live in Greece and recently decided to become a makeup artist.There is such a variety of products and these Beauty in a Box items seem lovely both in the inside and outside.Love palettes and kits generally,but this idea is really unique!I also think Ms.Snyder seems really smart and honest.She is really precise and informative and doesn’t just try to simply promote her line.Sorry,I wrote way too much! Thank u!!!

  22. Mack

    I have just discovered this site (and at the age of 20, makeup haha). Thanks for the great interview. I never thought of the idea of a “dimensional” look – it’s always been just slap on a little and go. I already feel like I’m learning so much! I’m still all about the natural look, so I really enjoyed her comments, but I’m definitely ready to start experimenting! Thanks again!

  23. Kelly

    I was just checking out the Face Time website last weekend! I love how the e/s are named after women who are special to them… what an amazing compliment to their friends and family who get their own color.

    Tried the post-gloss lining today and was pleasantly suprised. =)

  24. Linsey just want to let you know that i admire you, you´ve been so brave. I´m studying a degree in administration and bussines management and i would love to create my own company some day. I didn´t think about creating my own cosmetic line but after reading your interview sounds very fun.

    We don´t have in Spain your line, it´s a shame, it looks really good.

    I wish you all success

  25. Terri

    Something I’m not sure cosmetics salespeople realize is that some of us head to a cosmetics counter to buy an item or two that will just make us happy and might become a staple each morning. Unfortunately, after a 10- or 12-hour work day, I don’t want someone who has had all day to touch up their faces to push products on me and examine my end-of-day face :). I want to play with the samples and find one at leisure that works for me.

    I hope to try some Face Time products soon, as I have read great reviews of Velvet Veil and Palm Beach Pink this week.


  26. Mindy

    great interview! I never would have thought about the blush trick. I have the hardest time trying to define my cheeks, so I’m sure it will come in handy.

    Thank you!

  27. Yvette

    I have to say is, right on time..since the holidays are almost upon us and there are several lip collections, there will be plenty of “Lip Bows” to go around. Thank Ms. Snyder for your time and informative information. I’m so blessed to have gotten valuable golden nuggets from you. I love learing and exploring new and exciting way of taking my makeup to different levels. Also, I’m honored to know that Ms. Snyder is young and was determined to achieve her goals, no matter what pitfalls were place in her path. Kudos to you Christine, for taking your time to feed us once again.

  28. LoLo Tatas

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MAKEUP LINE! I have two beauty in a boxes and the products are so amazing. What is so great about the company is the resources they provide–the videos online are awesome and they are really into teaching you the correct way to apply makeup, not just selling the product. This was such a great interview. I know Linsey is going to be in the industry a long time. Love her tips! Thanx Lins 😉