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1970s  
glamour

All bronzy airbrushed skin and smoldering eyes, supermodel Sara Sampaio gets the bombshell treatment for her Screen Test by makeup wunderkind Sam Visser.

Written ByYING CHU

Photography ByBEN HASSETT

Makeup BySAM VISSER

Hair ByDAVID VON CANNON

Styled ByVANESSA CHOW

Nails ByMAKI SAKAMOTO

THE ARTIST

Sam Visser | @samvissermakeup

THE FACE

Sara Sampaio | Actress | @sarasampaio

THE INSPIRATION

A nod to the high-spirited drama of Studio 54—with a fresh sensibility—as seen on model Sara Sampaio.

the 1970s
glamour
tutorial

BY sam visser

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On clean skin, Visser used the Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré and rolled Sara’s face and neck with the Joanna Czech Facial Massager.

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Visser mixed foundation with MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite then sparingly used concealer under her eyes, around her nose, and just on the high points of the face to give her some added highlights. For a sun-kissed effect, Visser applied cream bronzer using a powder puff to her nose, cheekbones, and extended it down her neck. And finished by slicking a gloss stick on her cheekbones, center of her nose, and along her top lip at the cupid’s bow.

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Using a dark brown eye crayon all over the eyes, Visser created a cat shape, then patted a range of shimmering eye shadows in gold and bronze tones just on the center of the lid. At the outer corners, he added a neutral grey shadow.

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Once the shadows were blended, Visser tight-lined the inner rims with a black waterproof pencil and created a cat shape on the inside in the waterline. For the lashes, Visser applied two coats of black mascara: first, just at the base of the lashes to add depth without more color (a good no-makeup makeup look). Then a second coat, root to tip. The brows were shaped naturally with a pencil, then brushed up and out with a brush.

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Visser conditioned the lips with Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm then patted a rosy nude shade on the lips with his fingertip, starting at the center and diffusing it so it blurs out. He layered on some more balm to give locked-in moisture.

ARTIST STATS

Name: Sam Visser
Known For: Unabashed glamour
Where to Find Him: New York

Clients: Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Lily-Rose Depp
Years in the Industry: 7
Instagram: @samvissermakeup 

Beauty Essential: MAC Strobe Cream
Agent: Jordana Holdridge @ Forward Artists

You could call makeup artist Sam Visser, 20, an old soul. His beauty and cultural wisdom takes cues almost exclusively from decades past: As a kid, he discovered makeup by watching his own mother and grandmother apply theirs. Now, he finds inspiration in Paris Vogues from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s (and listens mostly to music from those years) and considers books by beauty icons François Nars and Kevyn Aucoin his personal makeup bibles.

Witnessing his first photo shoot at age 13—with David LaChapelle, no less—then gaining ground as Kris Jenner’s full-time makeup artist at 16, Visser says he’s just getting started. Instead of riding on his Instagram success and natural knack for makeup (he hasn’t done any formal schooling), he’s taking every opportunity to learn from mentors, including celebrated makeup artists Sharon Gault, David Hernandez (who brought Visser to that life-changing LaChapelle shoot), Kim Kardashian West collaborator Mario Dedivanovic, as well as Hollywood favorite Pati Dubroff, who he’s affectionately dubbed his Makeup Mom. 

Through it all, Visser has carved out his own signature: an aesthetic that is both glamorous and raw. Study his work—on everyone from KKW and Bella Hadid to Alexander Wang and Ariana Grande, for whom he gave the black goth lips on her Thank U, Next album cover—and you’ll notice there’s always something slightly off, like the shape of an eyeliner flick or placement of blush. In other words, Visser is all about finding beauty in the imperfections.