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Sandy Linter Over the Years

In her makeup studio at Rita Hazan, 2015. Photo by Jennifer Denton.
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Over the years Sandy Linter’s watched the best photographers, supermodels and lighting people work. As one of the top makeup artists in the world, her job has been to make models camera ready gorgeous, but when she’s the one being photographed, Sandy knows how to strike a pose.

The first time we met I was in my early 20’s. Sandy looked like an angelic goddess. It’s a mental image I will always remember. Here are some of my favorite photographs of Sandy.

A test shoot, 1979, with Howard Fugler doing hair; seated is model Juli Foster and Sandy on the right.

As a brunette in 1976

St. Tropez, summer, 1978. Photo by Harry King.

Applying makeup on model, Chris O’Connor, 1978.

With Patti Hansen, the day before her wedding to Keith Richards, 1983.

In case you can’t read the fine print, in 1966, Sandy was working as a secretary for a NYC architectural design firm. She was invited to a business lunch at Lombardy Restaurant on East 56th and was wearing an Evan Picone pantsuit she’d bought at Bloomingdale’s… a beige tunic and cuffed trousers. At the time, women weren’t allowed in the restaurant with pants on, so they asked her to check her pants at the coatroom. Apparently a micro-mini tunic was more acceptable than her chic pantsuit. LOL!

With her friend–and mine–Lois Joy Johnson, Sandy’s co-author of the “Makeup Wakeup,” hands down the best beauty book for women over 50.

From a 2017 article in Canada’s FashionMagazine.com

I don’t know about you, but Sandy Linter inspires me to look the best I can at every age. She’s sweet and funny and a tad naughty in the most endearing way. She knows everybody, and if her stories–the ones she’d dare to share–were collected in a book, they’d keep us reading well into the night.


  • Michelle March 13, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Completely gorgeous!!!

    • 1010ParkPlace March 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      I think she emerged from the womb, gorgeous! Her mother was an ice skater and really beautiful. Thanks, Michelle! Brenda

  • Haralee March 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

    If her stories are like her pictures, I want to read them! For now, her current book looks great!

    • 1010ParkPlace March 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      If you don’t have a copy of “Makeup Wakeup,” you might think about ordering on. She and Lois talk honestly about Botox, fillers, the work they’ve had done. They also list their favorite brands of everything, plus they interview top dermatologists, etc. Brilliant book! xoxox, Brenda

  • Rena March 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Since I’ve been reading about her I’ve done more with my makeup than I have in years!

    • 1010ParkPlace March 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Interesting! I’ll tell Sandy! We’ve always heard to use less makeup as we get older, but Sandy’s theory is “less is less,” that when we reach a certain age, we need some color in our face that we used to have naturally. xoxox, Brenda

  • Renee March 13, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I need to do this again…I was dressing up and putting on makeup every day whether I went out or stayed in…but stopped…who sees me…Me, thats who…I need to do it for me..

    • 1010ParkPlace March 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      “ME, THAT’S WHO… I NEED TO DO IT FOR ME!” Renee, this may be the best thing I’ve read all week! I think you’re absolutely right! Makeup gives us confidence and makes us feel better about ourselves. When I don’t have makeup on, it’s easy to pass by the mirror and think, “Who is that older, plain-looking woman?”It’s like the “before” and “after” makeover photos! I want to look in the mirror and see the “after.” I’ll tell Sandy about your comment. Thanks so much, Brenda

  • Mamavalveeta03 March 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Sandy is da bomb!!! She MUST write a memoir at some point. Her stories are too great to lose.

    • Brenda Coffee April 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Val. She’s an amazing woman who’s led an interesting life and just happens to be “da bomb!!” xoxox, Brenda

  • Donna O'Klock March 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Great photos of a beautiful woman… Oh, I’d love to hear her stories, a memoir is a great idea!
    I’m going to order her book, I could always use a few new tricks!

    • Brenda Coffee April 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      “Makeup Wakeup” is my Bible, Donna! xoxox, Brenda

  • denice April 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

    SO very true! I just moved from Los Angeles to NYC this year. Im a former model and now a photographer and just turned 50 and if women don’t feel “camera ready” in real life they won’t be as bold or crave or confident to try new things I have found. A woman will not go to a party because she feels she doesn’t look good when there are things she can do! Thank you for this! And all you do 1010park place

    • Brenda Coffee April 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Interesting observation, Denice! I believe it. Everything starts with feeling good about ourselves. Thanks so much for your nice comment! xoxox, Brenda

  • Laurie April 27, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Now that’s what I call inspiration! And she is so beautiful!

    • Brenda Coffee April 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Achingly beautiful… and nice… funny…. sweet! Sandy’s the total package, Laurie! Thank you, Brenda

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