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Sandy Linter and Brenda Coffee.
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If you’re regular readers of my blog then you know I admire the talented makeup artist and Ambassador at Every Age for Lancôme, Sandy Linter. Together with her friend, and mine, Lois Joy Johnson— founding editor and former beauty and fashion director of MORE magazine—Sandy and Lois have written the best step-by-step, makeup tutorial for midlife women: Makeup Wakeup. To celebrate the book’s phenomenal success, and it’s recent publication in Russian, I’m giving away a copy of Makeup Wakeup. Don’t worry! This one’s in English! Read on to learn how to win.

“I’m like you are with your readers. I tell it like it is. I’ve made mistakes, but I talk about Botox and surgery and what I did to make me feel better.”

Like all of us, life has thrown Sandy Linter some curves, but she’s bounced back with grace and determination. Since the days when she partied nightly with the Andy Warhol crowd at Studio 54, Sandy Linter has had a cult-like following.

Name a model, celebrity, fashion designer or photographer and Sandy’s makeup artistry has set the tone for countless covers and fashion layouts for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and more magazines than she can count. Today, Sandy is as much in demand as she was when she’d slip into the next day’s 5am photo shoot, still wearing the clothes she’d worn to “Studio.”

Makeup Wakeup is more than a “how-to” book. It’s like dishing with girlfriends, only these girlfriends have helped define what it means to look our best at any age. Makeup Wakeup features “before” and “afters” of some of Sandy and Lois’s real life girlfriends like: Supermodels Nancy Donahue, Patti Hansen, Cheryl Tiegs and Carol Alt; “Behind the Velvet Ropes” Lauren Ezersky; actress Sigourney Weaver, rockstar Debbie Harry, plus the forward is written by Bette Midler.

One of my favorite parts of this 288 page, full-color tutorial are the specific brands and colors Sandy and Lois recommend, as well as the “before” and “after” of Sandy doing her own makeup.

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Makeup Wakeup, leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, and to increase your chances of winning, subscribe to 1010ParkPlace.com. If you’re not the lucky winner and would like to purchase a copy, click on this link.

(Read the the full Style Inspiration piece we did about Sandy Linter)
BC: One of the things I love about Makeup Wakeup is that you and Lois have different styles and approaches to makeup. You help women find something that works for them and not follow a cookie cutter look.

SL: The book has two, distinct flavors because Lois is a beauty and fashion expert, and I’m a makeup artist. I feel one way; she feels another, but we arrive at similar places.

BC: What made you and Lois decide to be so brutally honest about Botox, droopy skin and plastic surgery?

SL: All of the women I makeup, who are over 40, 50 and 60, have questions about eye surgery, lips and facelifts. They want to talk about surgery. Since this is a makeup book for women over 40, you can’t avoid talking about it. Lois and I wanted to write a beauty guide we’d read ourselves; one that solved the kinds of issues women face every day.

BC: One of the reason women love this book is because you talk about yourself.

SL: I’m like you are with your readers. I tell it like it is. I’ve made mistakes, but I talk about Botox and surgery and what I did to make me feel better. It’s not for everybody.

BC: You’ve been doing little procedures all along. I’ve never done anything. Not even Botox. So I’m afraid I’d windup with a drastic new look I wouldn’t like.

SL: You should be afraid of that, so you know what? You pick the one thing that bothers you most, and do that first. Then you heal and live with it, and if you want, then you do the next thing that bothers you.

BC: What’s the most important thing women over 40 can do to take care of their skin?

SL: Sun protection. Women spend thousands of dollars on laser treatment to correct sun damage. Plus sun damage can cause cancer. In the book, Lois talks about her skin cancer. The entire tip of her nose had to be rebuilt because of it.

BC: What’s the worst mistake women over 40 make?

SL: The worst mistake is to give up and stop wearing makeup. Women say, ‘Oh, I have wrinkles. I can’t wear foundation,’ but there’s all kinds of new foundations with better texture, so keep-up-to-date with your products. Don’t wear the same thing you’ve worn forever. Go to the makeup counter and try two or three colors on your jaw until you find the right one. Learn how to make the most of your eyes with eyeliner, mascara; get good brushes; learn the techniques.

BC: As you know, I’m all about survivorship. What’s made you survive in an industry where so many come and go, or succumb to drugs, ego and fame?

SL: When you first knew me, I was really involved in a rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, and I wound up burnt-out. It’s a really weird feeling because you don’t know you’re burnt-out until maybe a year after. You just have to start all over again. I blocked out all the people around me and just zoned in on my own little career. I rebuilt it from the days when you knew me as a star (gesturing from high to low), then went to there. No one knew about me for years. Then little by little, I got back.

BC: What would people be surprised to learn about you?

SL: (Sandy dissolves into gales of laughter.) People would be surprised to learn a lot of things about me, but I won’t tell them!

Love, Brenda


  • paulakiger September 5, 2015 at 6:48 am

    What a fascinating interview. And the point about sun protection is so important — my husband just had to have a basal cell carcinoma removed (they got it all) — but it was a huge wakeup for everyone!

  • E.Crimmins September 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Someone needs to address the color of makeup for women well over sixty. We are still interested in wearing makeup. Our grey hair changes our colors scheme and the way we look in our clothes and makeup. I still collect makeup snd brushes with a passion, and read every article about the “aging female” with a vengeance. And yes, we still like The Stones, and Janice J!

    Thanks Brenda!

    Not dead yet…….:)

  • DollyDiva September 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Is it possible to get a one-time professional makeup session since we all have individual skin issues? It might be worth the cost to be told what to wear and buy instead of experimenting.

  • Helene Cohen Bludman September 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    So interesting and very timely for me. I’ve been wearing the same minimal makeup forever and I need to rethink it. Definitely ready for a makeover and I would love to win this book.

  • [email protected] September 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

    What a great interview Brenda!

  • Angela Mobley September 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I’ve shied away from makeup, mostly because I just don’t want to bother, but I’ve reached a point where my countenance could stand some “help.” I can only tell myself that the age spots add “character” for so long…this is a very interesting and inspiring read!

  • Lynne September 6, 2015 at 7:17 am

    At age 63, and three weeks from my 45th HS reunion, I would love to win a copy, Brenda! I have been a subscriber for about six months…Thank you!

    • 1010 Park Place October 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Lynne!
      You’re our winner of the Makeup Wakeup book! Please send me an email ([email protected]) with our snail mail address so I can mail you a copy of this fabulous book! Don’t think it’s in time for your high school reunion, but you’re going to love it. xoxox, Brenda

  • Chicatanyage September 6, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Sounds like a great book. I would be especially interested to read about Sandy’s experience with her nose. I also had to have mine rebuilt following a melanoma. Not sure if I can get a copy of the book in the UK.

  • Katherines Corner September 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity too. Have you entered my new giveaway? Come on over xo

  • Sheila Hansen September 7, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I LOVE Sandy Linter! This book is just what I need! Sounds like an amazing book! Thanks for such a great interview! I definitely need to wear more sunscreen! I’m so happy for Sandy and It would be wonderful to win a copy!

  • The Blonde September 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I would really enjoy getting this book! I like to wear makeup and think I have decent skills at applying it but would really like something written for women of “a certain age” so I can refine my techniques and maybe reassess products.

  • Judy Krell Freedman September 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I know I have to stay out of the sun. I’ve been trying to wear hats and visors more this summer.

  • metalneck September 9, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Excellent blog, with tips that hit home for me! If only an excerpt of this book could do that, I cannot imagine what all I will read that will cause me to have more “aha!” moments! Your blog is quite interesting, as it pertains to the recovery of skin care AFTER the mistakes have already been made and not just prevention! I’m suscribing!

  • bestill September 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I really enjoyed your interview and would love to win a copy of the book! I work so have been wearing mineral makeup, and could use some serious help! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Leisa Hammett September 19, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Hi, Brenda. I enjoyed this and will consider ordering the book. I’m terribly late to the party. I pretty sure I’ve told you: i think you are beautiful.

  • Katherines Corner October 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I don’t wear much makeup. But I always fill in my MIA (missing in action) eyebrows and wear mascara. I think I’d like to read this book.Hugs P.S. I always enjoy my visits. I love when you share at the Thursday hop too

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