Scott Barnes: Makeup Artist Extraordinaire
Birthday: April 22, 1968
Birthplace: United States
Relationship Status: Single
Net Worth: $8 million
Social Media: Instagram, Twitter
Scott Barnes is one of the most influential makeup artists of our time. Known for his signature "JLo Glow", Barnes has worked with A-listers like JLo, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera to create showstopping yet natural looks. Read on for the fascinating story of this makeup master!
Discovering His Passion for Makeup
Scott Barnes was born in 1968 and grew up in New York. From a young age, he was mesmerized by the power of makeup to transform looks. According to Barnes, he would practice makeup on his sisters, constantly trying to perfect new techniques.
After graduating high school, Barnes started working at a department store makeup counter. This allowed him to get hands-on experience working with customers and experimenting with trends. Many models and socialites became devotees of Barnes‘ bold approach to beauty.
Big Break in LA
In the 1990s, Barnes decided to take the plunge and moved to Los Angeles. He started taking on every makeup gig he could find – shoots for catalogues, music videos, fashion shows and more.
His creativity and vision ultimately caught the eye of Jennifer Lopez in the late 90s. This proved to be his big break into the elite world of celebrity makeup. JLo loved how Barnes accentuated her best features and made her look naturally gorgeous. She soon tapped him as her personal makeup artist.
Crafting the "JLo Glow"
Together, Barnes and JLo perfected her signature look – a radiant yet contoured glow that highlighted her beauty. Barnes‘ techniques like sculpting cheekbones, defining lips and brightening eyes made JLo look flawless.
According to Barnes, the key to the "JLo Glow" is luminous skin first. He prepped her complexion with skincare and used shimmery highlights to create light-reflecting radiance. Bronzed blush and neutral eyeshadow kept her look natural. The overall effect was showstopping yet still accentuated JLo‘s natural beauty.
Go-To Artist for A-Listers
Thanks to his stunning work with JLo, Barnes became the most coveted celebrity makeup artist. His client list grew to include Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Jessica Alba and more.
For Christina‘s comeback album Back to Basics, Barnes gave her a retro glam look with pinup-inspired makeup. To match Beyonce‘s 2014 MTV VMA outfit, Barnes created an embellished Egyptian-style look with intricate eyeliner. His versatility and ability to maximize each star‘s beauty makes Barnes a favorite for red carpets and high-profile events.
Makeup Brands and Innovations
Beyond his celebrity work, Barnes has expanded his influence through best-selling cosmetics ventures. He partnered with RéVive Skincare on a line designed to perfect and illuminate skin. Barnes also created his own makeup tools and formulas.
Some of Barnes‘ top inventions include pro blending brushes, customizable palettes and AnyWear lipsticks in universally flattering shades. As a makeup trailblazer, Barnes is always innovating to make artistry easier.
Makeup Philosophy: Enhancing Natural Beauty
According to Barnes, good makeup should bring out your best features, not cover up who you are. He focuses on honing and sculpting what‘s already beautiful in clients like JLo, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera.
As Barnes says, "I‘m all about creating shape and architecture on the face." He uses makeup to highlight bone structure and features in the most flattering light.
This natural enhancement philosophy has made Barnes an industry sensation. His artistry proves makeup at its best can illuminate and empower beauty. After decades in the business, Barnes remains one of the most skilled and sought-after makeup masters.