As young pre-teen in growing up in England, Linda Cantello watched a BBC television special that would change her life. She sat mesmerized as she watched David Bowie perform. Linda she watched the strange and beautiful Bowie perform. She credits this event as the first ripples in a stream of creativity that would eventually carry her to the highest levels in the beauty and fashion industries.
As a graduate of Harrow Art School in London Cantello chose an unusual path. Instead of painting, photography, or sculpture, Cantello choose makeup as her primary medium of expression. Upon graduation, she relocated to Rome and began carving out a career as a makeup artist.
Linda teamed up with hairstylist Sam McKnight and together they worked to build the portfolios they would need to garner paid assignments in Rome. Eventually, she got the attention of photographer Alberta Tiburzi. The publication of her work with Tiburzi in Linea Italiana magazine gave her the credibility and confidence to take a chance and head to New York City.
The gamble to head to New York paid off. The team of Cantello and McKnight were booked for a Vogue shoot with legendary photographer Irving Penn within 5 days of landing in New York. The duo so impressed beauty editor Andrea Robinson that they were booked regularly after that.
Linda is the International Make-up Artist for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and is represented by Joe Management
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Expand your range. Linda Cantello can do everything from a Covergirl ad to the most avant-garde runway looks. She does print and runway. She represents a major cosmetics brand and has also tried her hand at creating her own line. Being a Jack (or Jill) of all trades can lead in surprising directions.
Team Up. Teaming up with hairstylist Sam McKnight gave Linda an advantage. Being able to book hair and makeup with one call made things easier for bookers. She had the additional advantage of working with someone who understood her work habits and pacing.
Good can get better. Many artists would have been content to stay in Italy and continue to work. Linda decided that good wasn’t good enough and made the trip to New York. The move and the work for Vogue that resulted, changed everything.