Jennifer Lopez has had some pretty tough breakups but none have taken the toll on her appearance more than her love affair with Scott Barnes, her makeup artist of five years, with whom she had a very public split in July.
He says she owes him money. She says he was leaking gossip about her. And since, he has moved on to Gwyneth Paltrow (an ironic trading of the exes, don’t you think?). Whatever the case, ever since the “Scottifer,” J. lo seems to have lost her glow. There are white raccoon circles around her eyes. Her lips are not as supple. That bronze sheen has simply disappeared, just like that flawless pink diamond engagement ring she once loved so much.
“When Scott was making J. Lo’s face, she looked radiant, soft, beautiful. You could not tell where the concealer ended or where it began. The colors on her face melted with her skin,” notices Stitch Magazine’s beauty editor, Karlo. In the celebrity world, where image is everything, a makeup artist is as important as a personal assistant. It’s not easy to find someone who can truly do wonders for a famous face.
Karlo points out, “As with any individual in any field, it’s difficult to find someone that has a good eye, good judgment, someone who can take makeup reminiscent of any decade and make it look NOW… and have a good technique. There are few that can deliver.”
Lopez’s new artist just isn’t hitting the spot. Susan Sterling, Chanel International Makeup Artist, has noticed the difference. “She used to do beautiful bronzes and have a golden look and now, she’s wearing pastel colors which are not as flattering on her. She has too much white under her eyes. Her foundation is different. She’s doing more intense color on her cheekbones and she’s not as sculpted in the face as she used to look.”
Perhaps it’s just that she’s going through a transitional phase in her personal life, with a new husband, a new film, a new, more low-key profile, all of which manifest physically as well as emotionally. Since her recent nuptials, she has shied away from the limelight, the crazy red carpet P.D.A., and perhaps that is why she is playing down her facial features and taking on a more subdued esthetic.
“Some say it’s adjusting to married life, but I think it’s the difficulty of adjusting to life without Scott Barnes,” remarks Courtney Fix, a New York based makeup artist. She recommends that Lopez buy Barnes’ new product, called “Glow,” which once gave her that signature fresh rosy complexion. Raychel Wade, another New York makeup artist and founder of Cheek to Chic, a makeup consultation service, observes, “It looks like her makeup is wearing her instead of her wearing the makeup.”
Could Barnes, meanwhile, be mourning the loss of his once-prized client, the ultimate model for his work, as well? Says Karlo, “It’s hard to find a face like J. Lo, someone who can carry your art with grace like a Paso Fino horse. In this celebrity square they both need each other. No matter how good you are as a makeup artiste, if your canvas is not in mint condition your art might not reveal its splendor.”