Lawyer Anna Timon. Anna is the chief compliance officer and general counsel for Diam USA as well, the developing founder of MoneyYouandLife.com. Today we got Anna’s insight into her recent run in with former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea at a conversation moderated by actor and philanthropist Edward Norton. Also a reporter for Digital Journal, she’s here to tell us all about the latest in the Clinton Foundation and the new Millennial Philanthropists.
We also spoke with Donald Simrock, rockstar makeup artist. Donald recently launched a collection of nails for Minx called Sextet. The nails are earthy, tough, beautiful and designed with men in mind. You can view them at Minxtastingroom.com
Listen to Donald discuss his collection and the evolution of nails throughout history. Fun fact I learned today: acrylic nails were created by a dentist.
World renowned makeup artist Donald Simrock has spent his career creating looks for Lady Gaga, Pink, Niki Minaj, Madonna, Shirley Manson, Brooke Shields, Milla Jovovitch, me… you get the idea. This is the go to creator for the unusual and the beautiful. Donald is a contributing beauty editor for Flaunt and shoots with Vogue, Harpers Bazaar as well as Rolling Stone and Interview.
Donald began his career painting the faces of professional clubbers in New York and Europe. These beginnings still influence his work as you can see in one of Gaga’s first videos. (Also note the nails… eh, hem. Those are Minx!)
Donald has been working with Minx co-founds Dawn Lynch-Goodwin and Janice Jordan since they first launched 5 years ago. And now, Donald has created his own collection!
“I photographed the entire collection in the moment that I was inspired, and specifically with this project in mind,” confides Donald. “I really wanted to start with Minx using photographs. I tried to offer an urban view to the more natural elements, and a colorful, artistic view to the more industrial styles. I have started off with a collection of six patterns… And I’m really excited to see where we go from here!!”
Launching later this month, Donald will feature the collection in select nail boutiques as well as online in Minx’s “Tasting Room” where both consumers and professionals can purchase the designs. Each self-applied nail coating pack includes 18 templates for a perfectly prideful manicure/pedicure with absolutely no drying time.
Check out the “Sextet” collection to see the unique vision Donald has in finding beauty in natural surroundings.
Today I chatted with Donald Simrock on Matters of Today. Makeup- artist extrodinaire - Donald Simrock @DSimrock joins the show too. His clients included Lady Gaga, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Britney Spears, and Milla Jovovich to name a few. He is the Beauty editor for Flaunt magazine and creator or the brand new, Minx “Sextet“ nail coatings launching in March.
Listen to us chat about Donald’s process getting actresses ready for the red carpet. It’s all going down on new radio show Matters of Today.
I adore Donald Simrock. He and I first met backstage at Dolce & Gabbana’s runway show. Donald not only had me in stitches, laughing the entire hour we worked together, my tired and dull skin, after weeks of long hours working the runways combined with poor nutrition, came back to life and radiated. He was gifted, kind and insightful, honest and hilarious. He didn’t just apply makeup, he transformed me.
You better believe I paid attention to him after that experience. It was obvious to me that Donald was not only talented, he was gifted.
When Donald moved to Los Angeles, I stayed in contact and we developed a friendship. One that I hold dear.
I’ve always wanted to interview Donald and find out more about his process. I’ve never met another makeup artist who works harder than Donald works off set. He and I have gone on countless trips to the 99 cent store and other odd markets to purchase makeup and research materials. I sit in his house and go through every book on file to see what he’s marked up and what he’s currently drawing from for inspiration. Donald simply doesn’t stop creating and coming up with concepts to execute. And, like most artists of substance, he has a generosity of spirit that is palatable when you enter the room.
Craig Palmer, The Cultural Omnivore, and I sent our questions and Donald answered…