“She’s the face of all faces... She’s a makeup artist’s dream,” says Miss Guy, who is behind over 25 years of Debbie Harry’s convention-defying beauty looks. Even though their first encounter was anything but smooth — Miss Guy was late, due to a mix of bad luck and weather, and ran blocks in the snow with his makeup bag — the performer instantly took a liking to him. The rest, as they say, is seriously well-documented history.
Of course, painting the face of Blondie hasn’t always been the easiest job in the world. “I definitely have a vision for her when I do her makeup, and I like to get my way,” he laughs. For him, Harry is “most Debbie” with “a dark smoky eye and a pale lip...she comes alive when she has that classic look. There’s this personality that comes out.”
Harry has played a huge part in creating that look. The rocker did her own makeup as she rose to stardom, playing at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the '70s, when punk was emerging and Blondie was becoming a cultural — and sartorial — institution. “Even on the road, she really likes to [do it herself]. She finds it relaxing, and it puts her in the zone,” he says.
In honor of Blondie's 40th anniversary (marked by an awesome greatest-hits collection), Miss Guy is spilling some of his best beauty secrets. After all, he's gone from admiring Harry to "[getting] to do her makeup. It’s like striking gold. It’s a surreal pleasure.”