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Sarah Palin Makeup Artist Gets Paid $22,000+ For Work

Is Sarah Palin Overpaying Her Makeup Artist?

Man, I'm in the wrong line of business. The McCain campaign paid Sarah Palin's makeup artist $22,800 for the first two weeks of October. According to campaign records, Emmy-winning makeup artist Amy Strozzi was the highest-paid individual in the campaign during that fortnight. (Palin's hairstylist earned $10,000 — no word yet on how much Michelle Obama's hairstylist earns.)

Now, I know makeup artists can demand high salaries — but coupled with Palin's $150,000 wardrobe, that's a lot of cash spent to look so good. (And, no matter what your political stance, you have to admit, Palin does look polished.) Do you think the makeup artist's fees are fair, or is the campaign overpaying her?


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kh61582 kh61582 8 years
It's easy to say that's too much money but I'd be interested to know what some Hollywood actress' pay for their makeup artists. Who knows, it might be a pretty typical number for people in those leagues.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Crows feet happen folks...we're all getting older.
Jatra Jatra 8 years
I think Sarah Palin needs a job in Hollywood not in a government office. I wonder how much the state she govern in paid for her make up.
Isista Isista 8 years
I'm very biased, seeing as I can't stand the McCain/Palin campaign, but she could easily have hired someone for much cheaper, seeing as her makeup is so-so at best. And to be honest, she's an easy target: every time she opens her mouth, it's just more ammunition. And I personally don't care who you're voting for, I just really don't want to argue about stating my opinion. K? Thanks :)
mollyparnis mollyparnis 8 years
If BO wins get ready for a 70% tax rate
indielove indielove 8 years
Uh Bella...I'm not so sure that all women will have crow's feet someday. My grandmother who recently passed away at 70 years old had none and nary, if any, a wrinkle on her face. May be hard to believe but it's true. My mom is older than Palin and has no crow's feet or wrinkles of any kind.
burke_chi burke_chi 8 years
why can't she just apply her own makeup?? what a waste of taxpayers' $$
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I don't care to see political bias called out on a sight about makeup, but I can't resist the urge to correct. I was a copy editor in another life.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thank you. You sweet sweet thing.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Your html is wrong. It pains me to help you fix it, but you need a space betwen img and src.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
The link for the pic shows up in my email but not here.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Can you see the pic? All I get is a blank speech bubble.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
What? Someone's saying this site is biased? I am shocked! SHOCKED!
Ginger Ginger 8 years
I criticize her policy of reckless spending on something so frivolous and unimportant as make-up and clothing. If she embraced who she is (or claims to be,) she would wear clothes and make-up within her means. Even McCain advisers are now saying she's a total diva who won't listen to anyone and is trying to set up her legacy now to run in 2012, even if it means tossing McCain under the wheels right now.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
What's amazing to me is that you would consider yourself in favor of equal rights and yet you subject the woman of the United States to such criticism. The women of the U.S. should be treated equally, regardless of whether they blow up to a size 14 or have amazing skin and no crow's feet.
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
yes, thank the lord baby jesus she didn't "balloon" up to a size 14. I mean...really, that's about as horrible as it gets.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
What's amazing to me is that most of you would consider yourselves in favor of equal rights and yet you subject the woman VP candidate to such criticism. The woman is 44 years old and has amazing skin - not a crow,s foot in site. And she's better looking than most American women. She's also managed to make it to age 44 without blowing up to a size 14. I wish you all would criticize her policies rather than her looks or "harsh" make-up. I'm not voting for Hillary in the near future but I don't condone hurtful remarks on her body type or her face because it is sexist and low class.
Karen-S Karen-S 8 years
LadyBiscuit7: Please explain to me how in the world she is more qualified than Barack Obama to lead the WHOLE COUNTRY. Please do.
Karen-S Karen-S 8 years
She is not getting her money's worth. It amazes me. You know that "harsh" picture in Newsweek? Everyone was flipping out over how bad it was. If her overly-paid make-up artist had DONE HER JOB, it definately would not have looked as bad. Honestly, with that make-up, she does look like "a bulldog + lipstick".... :/ Now there is a difference between yeah, Obama's suits being 1500 a pop. That's FOR THE WHOLE SUIT, not just paint on his face. Also, it irks me that she's doing this because it's a double-standard. She absolutely cannot claim to be a "hockey mom" or part of the "Joe Six-Pack" crowd if she's blowing 10 grand on make-up. I'm pretty sure a first year cosmetology student (hell, even I) could do her face for $50 a go, at most. Sarah Palin and the RNC just keep disappointing me.
barbiesugar barbiesugar 8 years
i mean the woman's beliefs terrify me but... can i be her make-up artist? also she is kind of adorable
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
She pays her makeup artist how much? And she looks like that? Oh brother...
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