Makeup artist brings her skills home CARROLL COUNTY HEALTH


April 20, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer

Mark Massicott is having his face made up by Emmy Award honoree Kathie Dean, a makeup artist and Hampstead resident who has touched some of the most famous faces in music, theater and film.

But this isn't for a movie shoot or a stage performance. It's to help Mr. Massicott, 34, live a normal life, something he has been trying to do since he was a child.

Born with a hemangioma, a benign tumor consisting of clusters of blood vessels, he had undergone eight skin grafts and four other corrective operations by the time he was a teen-ager.

As a child, he was the object of ridicule by other children who couldn't understand what that blotch was on the left side of his face.

A painting foreman by day and a singer by night, for the past two years he has been the lead singer of AWOL, a rock group that plays in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area. He has spent 17 years in the business and has performed at such rock 'n' roll emporiums as Hammerjacks in Baltimore and Steeltown in Essex.

"I've been on the stage performing in front of people since I was in the second grade," he said. "And I think people look up to me and respect me because of how I've tried to overcome my problem with my face.

"Yet, putting on makeup everyday made me feel self-conscious, and no one has any idea what it feels like to have to do that in order to go to work or lead a normal life."

Then he heard of the work of Ms. Dean.

"The kind of makeup that Mark was using not only didn't match his skin tone, it made him look like he was made up," said Ms. Dean.

Ms. Dean, 42, was reared in Owings Mills, graduated from Franklin High School and in 1972 received her degree in mass communications from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She started working at Maryland Public Television as a secretary.

"Since the station had a small staff in those days, everybody did a little of everything and I became interested in makeup," she said.

She went to New York in 1973 and studied with Bert Roth, formerly the head of ABC-TV makeup.

Returning to Baltimore and MPT, she became the makeup artist for the award-winning show, "Crabs," produced by the center. She was awarded an Emmy for her makeup design for the show.

In 1984 she left to become the staff makeup artist for the World Wrestling Federation and spent the next five years traveling throughout the United States, working for Hulk Hogan and Wrestlemania.

"I was a proper Public Television person and wondered 'What's this?' when offered the job with the foundation. However, it proved to be my big break," she said.

Her expertise brought her wide fame. Her list of clients reads like a "Who's Who" of TV, Hollywood, rock music and government. She is also licensed by the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists.

"I've made up Vanna White, Burt Reynolds, Gladys Knight, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and even Gov. William Donald Schaefer. I most recently sent my resume to the White House. Who knows? Maybe I'll be President Clinton's makeup person," she said with a laugh.

But being on the road all the time, and a single parent away from her daughter, Kimmie, 11, made her decide to try something nearer her home.

"I figured if I could put makeup on and do special effects, then I could use my knowledge and abilities to hide birthmarks or cover up vitiligo, which is a pigmentation disorder of the skin," she said.

She says that paramedical makeup is an alternative to more expensive laser or corrective surgery.

"Paramedical makeup has a natural look, it has a sheerness to it and it's durable," she said as she applied makeup to Mr. Massicott's hemangioma.

"It's trial and error until you get the perfect match of skin tones," she said as she worked with a stipple brush on his face from a table filled with creams and powders.

She worked meticulously, almost like an artist working on a canvas.

"Once your client is happy, it's easy to teach them how to do it themselves," she said as she checked his face in the daylight.

"This makeup is so resistant that you can sleep or swim in it."

The necessary cosmetics cost about $55 for a two-month supply and cannot be bought in a drugstore or at a makeup counter. She purchases them from a New York manufacturer that supplies cosmeticians, then sells to her clients.

She plans to make house calls or will visit doctor's offices to treat patients.

"Because of my location experience, I prefer to work for the convenience of the client, and going to them makes it a lot easier," she said.

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