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America Ferrera

On beauty, with Susan Heydt

On beauty, with Susan Heydt

What makes a person beautiful?

Susan Heydt doesn’t answer that question with “cosmetics,” which might be odd coming from a woman who makes a living as a makeup artist. For her, beauty is on the inside, and makeup is about how a person presents herself to others.

“One time, I did a blind woman’s makeup,” says Heydt, who opened Suze Makeup Studio in historic Ellicott City about a year ago. “She had no reference as to what her makeup looked like, or what mine looked like. So, we’re doing her makeup for who? Not her — we’re doing it for how she’s presenting herself, and how we’re all presenting...