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
A Smoldering Look
makeup by sam visser
- Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré
- Joanna Czech Facial Massager
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Multi-Purpose Glow Concealer
- MAC STROBE CREAM IN PINKLITE
- westman atelier beauty butter bronzer
- MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint
- Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara Classico
- Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Bronze
- Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Eyeshadow in Senso
- Surratt Beauty Smoky Eye Baton in Fumee Noir
- Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick
- Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm
- Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in Blush
Sam Visser | @samvissermakeup
Sara Sampaio | Actress | @sarasampaio
A nod to the high-spirited drama of Studio 54—with a fresh sensibility—as seen on model Sara Sampaio.
BY sam visser
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.
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.
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.