Robert Palmer Girl Makeup Tutorial

September 21, 2009

IT’S HERE! The ONLY OFFICIAL AUTHENTIC ‘Addicted to Love’ Robert Palmer Makeup Tutorial.

robert palmer girl makeup

1980’s superstar Makeup Artist Martin Pretorius made a very rare public appearance when he joined us in-studio to give THE ONLY OFFICIAL ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC makeup tutorial for his famous “Robert Palmer Girl” look as seen in the wildly popular music videos ‘Addicted to Love’ and ‘Simply Irresistible’ (directed by Terence Donovan).

Martin Pretorius is a South African born makeup and hair artist living in Washington DC. Past clients include Princess Diana, Annie Lennox, Catherine Zeta Jones and many more. His work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. He is represented by Halley Resources in New York. For bookings, please contact Russell or Peter at (212) 206-0901.

Got questions for Martin? Email them to with the subject line ‘Dear Martin’ and we’ll have him answer them here on the blog!

Video: Karl Royce Lee
Introduction: Lillian Gao
Photography: Alexander Hankoff
Hair + Makeup (on model, Bruna): Martin Pretorius
Light Grooming (on host, Lillian): Claire Coleman
Model: Bruna at Mc2
Producer: Stella Kae

Filmed at LightSpace Studios in Brooklyn –


The original video:

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  • Reply Michael Sholto Radford January 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Martin,
    How wonderful to see this tutorial! I used to know you when you lived near Russell Square in London, England. This would’ve been 1986-89 and at the time I was a 20 year old art student (and aspiring stylist & make-up artist!)who greatly enjoyed hearing your tales of making up the beau monde! I also have a very vivid memory of the beautiful Victorian, copper hipbath in the corner of your lounge area and the wonderful paint effects with which you’d decorated your home.
    I am now 44, live and work (as tranlator/cinema Art Dept co-ordinator)in Rome, Italy and would very much like to get in touch. Should you happen to be coming this way for work or holidays, please feel free to look me up! My email will be available from this site.
    Very best regards, Michael Sholto Radford

  • Reply Brian January 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Robert Palmer used to be so cool. Great girl too!

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