It turns out the official makeup artist of the Republican National Convention is a Hillary Clinton-supporting Democrat. So what’s it like making up people such as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis), Donald Trump, Jr. and Obama’s-a-Muslim convention speaker Scott Baio?
Makeup artist Jason Kelly, owner of Cleveland’s J Kelly Face Art, seemed eager to help the mob of Republican crazies look their best at the convention despite his own political leanings. But he was willing to share a few insider experiences in a Harper’s Bazaar interview.
Kelly revealed that Ryan wanted to cover up his five o’clock shadow and his red ears. So Kelly used “full coverage foundation” for the shadow and powder for Ryan’s ears.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) had taken a fall and needed concealer over her scraped knees, Kelly reported.
The Trump family probably had their own make-up artist with them:
“As far as the Trump family, most of them have come to the arena camera-ready. So, the only one Kelly and his team have worked on is Donald Trump, Jr., who Tamra Malone, one of Kelly’s two assistants, says was very chatty and charming. She notes Donald Trump’s very tan son required the same dark makeup shade she wears.”
But if Donald Sr. needed some touch ups, Kelly was prepared:
“‘I know exactly what he does to himself — the tanning bed, the spray tan, he wears the goggles and you can see the hyper-pigmentation around his eyes. What I’ll do is use a slightly deeper color and blend it into his tan so there’s not an abrupt contrast. I’m ready for it.'”
To be honest, I’m not sure I could spend more than an hour with these people without running from a room, screaming, much less spend four full days trying to make them look as good as possible for the hate-show that was the convention.
But Kelly and his assistants are bigger people than I:
“‘Paul Ryan was funny. I was wearing a Batman shirt and there was this running joke where he’d call me Batman,’ Kelly says. ‘I got a picture with him after. And the girls fell in love,’ he says about his assistants, Malone and Kristian Bailey-Gaines.
Bailey-Gaines worked on Scott Baio, getting a serenade from the actor while she powdered his face. ‘He started singing that song ‘Sister Christian’ because that’s my name,’ the 27-year-old says. ‘It was easy to do his makeup—he has great skin.'”
Yeah, but what about Baio’s Obama wants to “totally eliminate the United States” thing?
You can watch Baio, with his great skin, urge Republicans to “make America America again” at the convention, below, via ABC15 Arizona.
H/T The Slot.
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