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Backstage with Armani Beauty’s Tim Quinn

Tim Quinn is one of the most in-demand celebrity makeup artists in America. Whether working on a TV set or backstage during fashion week, designers and actresses rely on him to create a natural, flawless look. As Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Official makeup artist, he shares his pro tips with women around the world update their look and select the best shades for their skin tones. Here, he shares an inside view of his remarkable life.


Tim Quinn: In his own words

Mr. Armani likes complexions on the runway to be a little paler than they naturally are. He always has a very specific idea of how he wants his models to look. It’s always about the clothes first and how the makeup can complement the clothes.

armani catwalk spring 2015

What’s interesting about working backstage at a Giorgio Armani fashion show is how organized everything is. He built his own runway in a beautiful building so that he can completely control how his collections are presented. Some backstage locations during Milan Fashion Week are so crowded with few makeup stations. But every makeup artist and model has his or her own station with perfect lighting at an Armani show. It’s also perfectly quiet. It’s orderly and completely organized. I think I’ve been doing his shows for 14 years or so. The presentation he did a few years ago in Beijing is a highlight for me.


tim quinnI love working with Uma Thurman and Glenn Close. When Glenn returned to Broadway she asked me to help with her makeup. I love that she completely transforms into the character. She’s open to trying anything. Working on American Horror Story was also a memorable experience. I discovered that Gabby Sidibe absolutely loves makeup.


One of the strangest experiences I’ve ever had in makeup was being hired to do makeup for a Princess in Dubai last month. Due to their laws, I wasn’t able to touch her since I am a man. Only women could apply her makeup. So I had to stand by and instruct the artist on what makeup to use.


Life changes are a catalyst for many women to change their makeup. A divorce, baby or marriage is when clients come to me looking to update their look. I’ve learned over the years that people don’t look at themselves objectively in the mirror. They tend to get stuck with the same look. It’s so common. My very favourite clients are those recovering from cancer. That really touches my heart.

tim quinn

The best makeup tip I can give anyone is to warm the product in the palm of your hand before applying it. I find this helps break down the pigment a little and makes it easier to apply. This is especially true of liquid foundation and concealer, but I’ll also do this with lipstick. I like working with my fingers.


The biggest mistake I see is mismatched complexions. I see so many women wearing the wrong shade of foundation. They don’t realize that you need a wardrobe of foundations since your skin tone changes season-to-season.

armani lipstick

Rouge Esctasy 202 Milano

I always love a nude lip. Rouge Ecstasy 202 Milano is a warmer nude with deep hazelnut undertones. There isn’t anyone I can’t but that shade on. I like to dab it on with my finger for a sheer hint of colour. It’s so popular it sells out all the time. #526 is also a great nude as it has tiny flecks of pink in it. Both Megan Fox and Glenn Close love Rouge Armani 510 – a beautiful peachy pink. It is another universal colour that works on almost everyone.

rouge armani 510

Rouge Armani 510


Rose gold blush looks great as an eyeshadow. That’s a pro trick I use all the time on my celebrity clients.


Enhancing the brow area can really make a big difference to your look. Carefully grooming and adding a little natural colour can really finish a look.


  • Reply
    Cindi Shafer
    August 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Thank you for this write up on Tim Quinn. I am in the process of fighting breast cancer, and I really enjoyed reading that Tim Quinn enjoyed working with cancer patients and that they are his favorite clients. I really admire him! Thank you Dave Lackie!

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    Bushra muhammad
    August 8, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I really learnt alot 😉 thanks dave 😀

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    Bushra muhammad
    August 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I really learnt it … thanks dave 😉

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    August 8, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Wonderful wow

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    Helene Decoste
    August 8, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I have learned something new today with this info.

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    Amy Seppala
    August 8, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Loved the info!

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    August 8, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Red is the number ONE

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    Elena Bakogiannis
    August 8, 2015 at 3:36 am

    OH MY GOD.It’s perfect

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    Julie Prasad
    August 8, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Love red wish he can do my makeup

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    Melissa Macintosh
    August 8, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Dave I like to look sexy melissamcntsh56

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    May Purser
    August 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I love this lipstick i love pink

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    jennifer goubet
    August 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I love the nude lip

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    Meenal Rathore
    August 7, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I love the Armani 510 … wow … @Meenal_Rathore

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    Colleen Cole
    August 7, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    “The best makeup tip I can give anyone is to warm the product in the palm of your hand before applying it. I find this helps break down the pigment a little and makes it easier to apply. This is especially true of liquid foundation and concealer, but I’ll also do this with lipstick.”

    Lipstick? Never thought of that – but it is a great tip!

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    August 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I love the red lipstick.

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    Gloria Walshver
    August 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I feel dressed up with lipstick.

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    Marsha J
    August 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    love it ! @marsniraj

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    Barbara Wallace
    August 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I appreciate the tip to warm foundations in the hand before applying and love the idea of a “wardrobe of foundations” for seasonal skin tone differences. @Babsblw

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    Tina deacon
    August 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I love the nude lip

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    August 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Got to say the 202 milano is gorgeous!
    Love the information on having a wardrobe of foundations for different seasons.

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    August 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    If I wear red lipstick, I feel like I’m playing “dress up” Nude or pink is all I can wear

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    August 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I have never owned a red lipstick I think with these its time

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    Roberta Platten
    May 14, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I love the Rouge ecstasy 202 Milano. For Tim Quinn to do all of Mr. Armani’s shows, he must know skin type. Mine is sensitive skin due to Crohns. Any advice from Mr. Quinn would be much needed pleasure! @plattenroberta

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    Arge Deianira
    May 13, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Love so much the nude lip too!!1

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    Arge Deianira
    May 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Tim Quinn is dressing exactely like Giorgio Armani, the same style.

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