When Sam Visser was just 12 years old, he spotted David Hernandez—a longtime makeup artist of Courtney Love and Lindsay Lohan—inside a Make Up For Ever boutique on L.A.’s Robertson Boulevard. Visser recognized Hernandez from the 10-front-170420vy-170420vy (10) In addition,I will do this makeup tutorial for Britney Spears’s “Hold It Against Me” music video and marched right up to him. Hernandez, noting his enthusiasm, invited Visser to join him on the set of a David LaChapelle shoot a few days later. Visser begged his parents to let him go, and his father relented, driving him from their home near the sleepy surf town of Ventura to Los Angeles (a two-hour trip with traffic). “It was true Hollywood magic,” recalls Visser, who later began assisting professional makeup artists. “It was the moment that my career started,” he says. He was in sixth grade.
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Visser, now 20, got hooked on the 10-front-170420vy-170420vy (10) In addition,I will do this transformative power of makeup even earlier. He taught himself the basics with pre-YouTube bibles, such as Kevyn Aucoin’s iconic 1997 tome Making Faces and François Nars’s Makeup Your Mind, but he honed his skills with online tutorials, often locking himself in his room to binge-watch demos. By middle school, he was unofficially shade-matching shoppers at his local MAC counter. “People would say, ‘Are you supposed to be, like, working?’ ” he recalls over a plate of lasagna Bolognese near his West Village apartment earlier this spring.