Sarah Palin's Makeup Artist Spills Her Secrets

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Say what you will about Sarah Palin — and we've sure said a lot — but the woman is photogenic. She was made more so (for a rather steep price) by makeup artist Amy Strozzi, best known for her work on So You Think You Can Dance Strozzi gave an interview to Talking Shopping this week, where she dished on brands, Palin's skin and those long, long eyelashes behind the glasses.


The interview — published in three parts — is by no means a hit job, but Strozzi does dish on the tricks of her trade. Like, despite a specific request from Palin that Strozzi utilize Palin's personal foundation — Revlon Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm in Medium Beige, by the way — Strozzi cheated and mixed in her own preference, Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Not that Palin needed to be covered up quite the way her running mate did:

I have said this to just about everyone I speak to...the Governor's skin is the most beautiful skin I have ever worked with. Of course, makeup always helps to create an even canvas, but the condition of her skin was flawless. I attribute it to the clean Alaskan air, lots of fresh fish and protein, and a good fitness regime.


Or that picture in the attic, either way.

Oh, and those long eyelashes? If you didn't guess, they're as fake as the ones in the TV commercials. Strozzi says:

Also, she got very accustomed to the individual lashes I would put on her every morning....which, unfortunately are not so easy to do yourself!

Guess that made the winking sexier, right?

Strozzi does shoot down the rumors that Palin's lipliner is tattooed on — she says that she used "an automatic L'Oreal pencil in Nudes, which we covered the lip with and then put a gloss over it." But, if you're a woman whose ever worn lip liner with a shiny gloss, I'll bet you already knew that rumor was false, didn't you? Lip liners always outlast anything else you put on your lips.


Although Strozzi's make-up kit was limited due to space limitations, she does dish on what she regularly applied to Palin, which we've priced out below:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundations: $58.00 (Saks Fifth Ave.)
Revlon Age Defying Makeup with Botafirm: $12.99 (on sale for $11.69 at


Unlisted brand, though Strozzi says "we" switched to oil free face powder when the days began to get increasing long." Given Strozz's penchant for going high-end on products that could clog one's pores, we'll say she spent $30 on each of 2 different powders at a department store (which is generous, considering how much Armani's powders retail for).

MAC blush in Gingerly and Cubic: $18.00 each (MAC)
Chanel blush in Horizon and Narcisse: $42.00 each (Saks Fifth Avenue)


L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: $6.99 (
Individual fake eyelashes: (estimate: $14 for Make Up Forever at Sephora but prices vary)
Chanel eyeshadow quads in Variations and Beiges de Chanel: $56.00 each (Saks Fifth Avenue)
MAC single shadows in Amber Lights and Romp: $14.50 each (MAC)
Sephora Slim Eye pencils in Dark Brown, Chocolate Brown, and Black: $5.00 each (Sephora)

automatic L'Oreal pencil in nudes: $7.85 (
lip gloss: prices vary — but since Strozzi won't spill until she launches her own blog, we're guessing it's not from CVS, and will price this at $30.


So, given that Strozzi probably had a couple of mascaras and glosses, multiple boxes of eyelashes and a couple of things she didn't mention, we estimate that just 10 weeks worth of makeup for Sarah Palin cost between $700 and $1,000. Of course, compared to the $35,000 the campaign spent on Strozzi's services through mid-October, that's a pittance — but it's probably more than some of us have spent on makeup in a lifetime.

Q&A With Sarah Palin's Makeup Artist, Amy Strozzi! [Talking Shopping]
Who's the Fairest of Them All? Amy Says It's Sarah Palin [Talking Shopping]
The Beauty Products Behind Sarah Palin's Look! [Talking Shopping]


Related: Top Salary in McCain Camp? Palin's Makeup Stylist [NY Times]
The Picture of Dorian Gray [Wikipedia]
Is Sarah Palin's Lipliner A Tattoo? [Huffington Post]

Earlier: John McCain's Make-Up Artist

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question. is there any discernible difference between high-end makeup and revlon makeup? is there any difference in what they're made out of?