Scott Barnes is a celebrated makeup artist and innovator within the cosmetics industry.
He arrived in New York City in 1984 determined to fulfill his dream as a fine-arts painter. After attending New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, Scott began assisting on fashion photography shoots and quickly became one of the most sought after makeup artists in the industry.
International beauty guru Shu Uemura selected Scott to revamp his Atelier Made line, which became a huge success within the fashion industry and among celebrities. Following his success at Shu Uemura, Scott launched his own twenty-one-piece color cosmetic line, Scott Barnes Cosmetics, on QVC in April 2004. Five months later, Scott introduced 130 products at Holt Renfrew, in Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue, in the U.S., and other high-end specialty boutiques. A year later, the collection launched in Europe and Australia and became an overnight success for which Women’s Wear Daily named Scott the “Newcomer of the Year.” He was also a finalist for the Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star” award.
Scott Barnes has worked with world-renowned photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Scavullo, Gilles Bensimon, Tony Duran, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, Ruven Afanador, and Mark Seliger with his work gracing the covers of such leading magazines as Allure, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Marie Claire. Scott has also appeared on top national and regional television programs, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra, Access Hollywood, and Good Day L.A.
Although Scott has worked with a variety of Hollywood talent over the years, including Kate Hudson, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Celine Dion, it’s his work with Jennifer Lopez that birthed the new monochromatic look featuring bronzed skin and pale lips. Described as “The Glow,” this signature look became known as “lit from within” and helped launch Scott’s best-selling beauty product, Body Bling bronzer.
In addition to numerous ad campaigns and music videos, Scott’s work on set includes such films as El Cantante, which earned him Oscar consideration. Scott was also responsible for Jennifer Lopez’s memorable Cinderella moments in Maid in Manhattan.