Authentic Beauty Revealed by Chris Scott

Today, I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 4 of Chris Scott’s Virtual Blog Tour. Chris’ book Face With a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty MakeUp is celebrating its big Amazon launch on June 2nd, 2015.

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he has also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show Makeup Gourmet from 2008 to 2010, he was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of the wonderfully visual ‘how to’ book Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup (2014), as well as Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup (2003). 

Yesterday, Chris visited Callie Carling at where they talked about how light affects the way we look, and regaining confidence through authentic beauty.

Today, I’d like to share a recent interview I had with Chris when I got to ask him some questions on authentic beauty for the older generation, and the keys to maintaining healthy skin as we age.


Dana: When you are discussing “authentic beauty,” what do you really mean by that phrase?

CHRIS:  This was a very difficult word to land on.  I wrestled with many words to capture what I wanted to convey.  My authentic beauty method came from a reaction of seeing makeup being way overused. Unless you want someone to notice your makeup first (which is easy), I have made it my makeup mission to create a method so that we are seen more clearly. Authentic beauty is people seeing us for exactly who we are.

Dana:  I’ve noticed that many of my 60ish friends are simply giving up using makeup. The faces and colors we thought of as “us” are no longer there. What suggestions do you have for women who are heading into their greying years for revealing their authentic beauty?

CHRIS:  Color intensity is a major part of my authentic beauty equation. I look at color first from lightness to darkness, then at the hue. There are two factors I consider when choosing color.

  1. Your natural color intensity meaning the lightness to darkness of your skin, hair and eye (iris) color.
  2. I then look at wardrobe and accessories for color intensity as well as hue.

I incorporate the two together to create a cohesive connection between you, your wardrobe and your makeup. I don’t use more or less makeup to create a natural to dramatic look; I only change the intensity of the color I am using in contrast with your natural color intensity and your wardrobe. Sounds a little confusing I know. Once you read Face with a Heart and watch my companion video tutorials, it becomes abundantly clear. The best part is that this approach removes all guesswork and replaces it with clear, dynamic decisions.

Dana:  Charles Revson is quoted as saying he sold “hope in a bottle.” I’ve purchased a lot of “hope” through the years! If you could name the most vital key to maintaining healthy skin as we age, what would it be?

CHRIS:  Exfoliation! Regardless of age, our skin has a 30-day life cycle from skin cell birth until each skin cell leaves us forever. Gently massaging away the surface dead skin cells (exfoliation) sends a message and makes way for new skin cells to be born. The healthiest climate you can provide for your skin cells to flourish in its 30-day cycle from life to departure makes the skin cell look its best when it finally makes it appearance at the surface of your skin. This includes hydration (moisturizer), sun protection (applied last before makeup) and anti-oxidants (more the better). 

I gave my sister a bottle of my Age Defying Serum and she asked if it will make her look younger. I pondered her query and thought, “What does young skin look like?”  Young skin is an abundance of fresh healthy round skin cells full of water and light at the surface of the skin. It made me happy to say, “Yes!” Healthy skin is like a healthy garden. Daily care produces the healthiest results.


I hope you enjoyed this interview with Chris Scott and that you’ll check out his book Face With a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Make-Up during his big Amazon launch on June 2nd.  When you buy the book during the launch, you’ll receive dozens of free gifts from Chris, and his friends and colleagues. You can CLICK HERE to find out more about the book and these free gifts.

One of the gifts when you buy the book is the MP3 downloads to Chris’ 3-Day Telesummit ‘The Keys to Feeling Authentically Beautiful’, with fabulous panel of 11 internationally renowned image experts.

To receive a reminder to buy this book on launch day
so you can get all the authentic beauty bonus gifts, go to


If you’d like to catch more of Chris’ Virtual Blog tour, ‘visit’ him at these dates and places:

WEDNESDAY MAY 27thAndrew Mondia’s Pear-Shaped View Blog at where they will talk about how beauty is for everyone, inner beauty, and seeing yourself through the eyes of others.

THURSDAY MAY 28th: Tina Games’ Moonlight Musings blog at where they will talk about authentic beauty, believing you are beautiful, and the difference between ‘classic’ and ‘authentic’ beauty makeup.

FRIDAY MAY 29th: Callie Carling’s Cancer Goddess blog at  where they will talk about how light affects the way we look, and regaining confidence through authentic beauty.

SATURDAY MAY 30TH:  Dana Taylor’s Supernal Living blog at where they will discuss authentic beauty for the older generation, and the keys to maintaining healthy skin as we age.

SUNDAY MAY 31ST: Michelle Galatoire’s Nourish and Bloom blog at where they will talk about being seen authentically in public, and how to see ourselves the way other people see us.

MONDAY JUNE 1ST: Mali Apple’s and Joe Dunn’s The Soulmate Experience at where they will talk about tapping into our own beauty, and why authentic beauty is unrelated to our age.

TUESDAY JUNE 2nd: Lynn Serafinn’s Spirit Authors blog at where they’ll be talking about how to choose visual images for a full-colour book, working with a photographer, and how ‘crossover’ authors can communicate their message to their audience.

Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.

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