Bold Makeup on Clean Skin Is the Next Wave in Beauty
This was around 2012, when Visser, then 12, was being mentored by L.A.–based hair and makeup artist Sharon Gault (whose clientele included Madonna and Lady Gaga) as well as makeup artist David Hernandez. Both worked regularly with photographer David LaChapelle and allowed Visser to shadow them. "Everyone has a voice in their head saying, 'You can't do it.' You just have to push that aside and be like, 'I do know what I'm doing,'" he says.
By the time Visser was 16, a member of famed momager Kris Jenner's team reached out after discovering him on Instagram, which led to a full-time job working with her and her celebrity family for most of their public appearances.
Visser dusted highlighter on the cheekbones to glow up the skin. He blended high-impact colors, like lime green and yellow eye shadows, for a not-so-subtle sweep across lids; a hot-pinkish coral hue — the new Rouge Dior Cherry Topaz Lipstick ($39, ) — for a touch of '80s pop; and dark sultry shades to evoke old-school Hollywood glamour.
Photography by Bryce Anderson. Makeup by Sam Visser/Dior/Forward Artists. Hair by Lauren Palmer-Smith/Home Agency. Models: Freya Dalgaard/State Management; Amelia Gelert/State Management
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