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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.


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    Gloria Walshver
    August 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

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    Karen rice
    August 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Happy 40th ??

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    Melissa Macintosh
    August 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm

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    Christine Broughton
    August 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Happy 40th Anniversary !!!

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    Paulette Strouth
    August 10, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Happy anniversary. Thanks for the information.

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    Olive Amelita Ramos
    August 10, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Happy 40 anniversary, l

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    Kathleen C Kelly
    August 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Rouge Ecstasy 202 Milano

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    Sandy Cain
    August 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Ah, that Rouge Ecstasy 202 Milano looks wonderful. The perfect shade, I have to hunt it down.

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    Cynthia Smith
    August 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I can see me in Rouge Esctasy 202 Milano. I’m smitten with the ‘link’ ‘top’

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      Cynthia Smith
      August 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm


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    Betty Ramsey
    August 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Interesting read. I learned a lot.

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    Jeanie Potter
    August 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

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    August 9, 2015 at 10:13 am

    i love the colours

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    August 9, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Happy 40 anniversary, love the tips!

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    Illy Junus
    August 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Love the makeup tip, Happy 40th Anniversay Mr Armani

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    August 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Love the collection

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    Katie Piszczak
    August 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Armani forever 🙂

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    Muriel Michael
    August 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Wonderful tips .thank you

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    Sarah Willis
    August 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Happy 40th Armani!! Nothing less than emmaculate! Such an incredible style icon! Bravo

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    Nicole Bertram
    August 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Love your styles!

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    August 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Happy 40 Th ARMANI

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    maram saleh
    August 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    happy 40th Armani

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    Zara Mera
    August 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the pro tips! Happy 40th Anniversary Mr Armani!

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    Joanne Bruce
    August 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I will love him to do my make up any given day

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    Krystal Gehrke
    August 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I love the tip about warming the product in your hand first before you use it. I probably havent gotten the full effects of some products without doing this first! Thank you Dave for the weekend read!

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