Makeup by Kriss
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Makeup by Kriss

Kriss Soterion, in her New Hampshire studio, has powdered the noses of every major presidential candidate for the past 16 years. She went from small-town makeup artist to master of the political face not by playing up features or shaving off years, but by achieving the kind of no-makeup makeup that we’re accustomed to seeing on the campaign trail and on HDTV — a healthy, shine-free sameness, no matter the age, race or gender. (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)
Soterion has her own makeup line, Kriss Cosmetics. (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)
A selection of memorabilia has a place at the Kriss Cosmetics salon. Soterion has made up members of both parties in the last seven primary debates sponsored by CNN, and she’ll be waiting in the wings Jan. 21 when the remaining Democrats take the stage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jan. 30 and 31 when candidates from both parties face off in Southern California. (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)
Make-up artist Soterion writes out a color profile for a client at her studio. “I’m probably the only person in the entire world who has had such intimate contact with every presidential candidate in the past four elections,” she says. (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)
The former Miss New Hampshire works with a client at her studio. (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)
Soterion’s own cosmetic line includes lipstick colors “Bombshell,” “Betrayal,” “Surrender” and “Sheer Chocolate Cherries.” (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)
Kriss Cosmetics Studio in Manchester, N.H. (Cheryl Senter / For The Times)