Makeup Masters

Area experts share stories on how they helped celebrities keep up appearances


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“My makeup, my makeup!” was the popular line from the award-winning Detroit Zoo commercial that ran in the 1980s, depicting the animals preparing for their daily “show” for visitors to the park.

What’s funny is how important those lines seem to be for human celebrities these days, with the popularity of red-carpet events, the advent of high-def TV, and aggressive paparazzi lurking around every corner.

Being caught in public sans makeup these days is almost a tabloid-cover guarantee. Because of that, most people in the public eye make sure that a professional with a powder puff is always nearby.

We asked 12 metro Detroit makeup artists to name some famous faces they’ve been called upon to enhance. Their responses:



Barbara Deyo

Owner of Deyo Studio for Face and Body, Birmingham, has been doing makeup for 20-plus years.

The Faces: Bob Seger (an album-cover shoot), Kid Rock, Shaun Robinson, Tommy Lasorda (she ended up watching the World Series with him), and Jane Pauley.

The Story: “I was working for CNN during the O.J. Simpson trials. With Tom Brokaw and crew on our way into the courthouse, we paused for a moment, so I ran into the ladies’ room. When I came out, everyone had gone through security and gone upstairs. I begged and cried to the security guys to let me in, and they finally let me through after confiscating a brand-new pair of scissors, which they promised to return to me when I left the building. When I got off the elevator, I was attacked by the security. Fortunately, Brokaw was standing right there and yelled, ‘No, that’s my makeup artist.’ I was saved, and I got my scissors back.”



Robin Manoogian

who has nearly 30 years of makeup experience starting at Hudson’s Northland, now owns About Face Beauty Spa in Royal Oak. She has her own product line and has been the house makeup artist for WXYZ-TV for 25 years.

The Faces: Manoogian traveled with Aretha Franklin for 10 years, a decade that took her to Oprah Winfrey’s 40th birthday party, the White House on many occasions, the Grammy Awards, the set of Saturday Night Live, and a visit to one of Martha Stewart’s many homes.

The Story: “When Bill Clinton was running for president, I was called in to make him up for a cover of Newsweek. When I got there, they discovered that Clinton, who had been traveling nonstop, didn’t have a fresh shirt to wear for the photo. My boyfriend at the time was about the same size as Clinton, so I called him and told him to get there with clothes right away. Clinton ended up taking a photo for the cover of Newsweek wearing my boyfriend’s sweater.”



David Marks

a veteran metro Detroit makeup artist, works at HB Salon in Somerset Collection, Troy.


The Faces: Oliver North, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Nadine Labaki, Eugene Levy.

The Story: "I have an agent who books me for a lot of press junkets. I’ve been assigned several times to Elizabeth Berkley. That’s kind of funny, because I first did Elizabeth’s makeup when she was a model in Michigan and only 15 years old."


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