SC: Local makeup maven gets quite a gig: Obama

Chuck Bennett

A makeup gig that tops them all

Birmingham makeup maven Barbara Deyo thought last Wednesday would be just another day at the spa (she owns Deyo Studio for Face and Body), until she got a call from CBS News on Tuesday that she says, “totally blew me away.” Well, it seems that the folks at CBS called Barb with a request that she cancel her appointments for Wednesday because they had a very special job for her. Well, who could it possibly be that she would willingly cancel all her appointments? Just the President of the United States. Yep. Barbara Deyo was called in to do makeup for President Barack Obama for an interview for CBS Sunday News that was filmed in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. “It was definitely one of the most exciting events of my life,” Barbara recalls.Barbara is no stranger to powdering the faces of celebs (Paul McCartney, Kerry Washington, Erin Cummings and Jeff Daniels among them), but this one, she says, trumps them all, so to speak. Barb says she gave the Prez some light powder and trimmed his eyebrows. When she finished, one of the Secret Service personnel asked if she’d like to take a picture. She promptly gave him her phone and ended up with a photo that she will “always treasure.”

Missed sales opportunity at Shinola

Shinola certainly got a nice plug with the president’s recent visit. President Obama reportedly made a stop at the popular Midtown store to pick up one of the firm’s rich leather journals. Upon departure, he was quick to point out and show off the black Shinola watch that he already owns. So now suddenly, of course, that particular watch (from Shinola’s Runwell Sport Collection), we hear is in high demand. Problem is that Shinola no longer makes that model. We can’t help but wonder with all this attention, will Shinola put it back into production or perhaps even create a special president’s edition?

A sneak peek at new penguin digs

We love being privy to secret invitations so we can share the news publicly. That’s not mean, right? Here’s a good one. The Detroit Zoological Society just sent out “first-priority” invitations to the grand opening gala of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Themed “An Evening in Antarctica,” select guests (the zoo calls them “loyal friends and partners”) were pre-invited to join Event Chairs Bobbi and Stephen Polk for this exclusive gathering to take place April 9 from 5-9:30 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an exquisite sit-down dinner in the spectacular Polk Penguin Conservation Center before it opens to the public (that’s the part we like).

Only 200 people can attend the party with “general invitations” going out in a couple weeks. We love that the party is black tie, because we know the penguins will be properly attired. Oh, and yes, gala tickets range from $1,200 to $25,000 and proceeds benefit the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. If you’d like to attend, visit

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