On Jan. 14, Mariposa Restaurant inside Neiman Marcus in Boca Raton was turned into a wonderland of Giorgio Armani makeovers thanks to Tim Quinn. Quinn, who is a cancer survivor and inspiring cancer awareness advocate, hosted the sold out event which benefited The Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research.
As National Director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty, Quinn has traveled the globe doing makeup for Glenn Close, Debra Messing, Kim Cattrall, Tara Reid, Gwen Stefani, Jordana Brewster, Kate Bosworth and many other stars. For his Neiman Marcus event, he was hot off the plane from a trip to The Golden Globes where he was loving Cate Blanchett’s fresh, minimalista spring makeup look.
Quinn, who has been with Giorgio Armani Beauty since its 2001 launch, now splits his time between his intracoastal home in Boca Raton, office in New York and home in Boston. “My parents also live in Boca and I absolutely love it here,” Quinn said. “I love doing this to support any cancer research.”
Quinn has been cancer free since 2008, but his journey to help others never ceases. “Working with L'Oreal and Armani, I’ve been very fortunate because they’re great about me continuing my grassroots efforts to increase cancer awareness,” Quinn said. “As I started sharing my story, I found most men don’t talk about cancer. When I was first diagnosed, I was shocked because I had never been sick and the word ‘chemo’ just really scared me. The tumor grew really quickly. I had testicular cancer in my pelvis and it was really aggressive.”
While Quinn couldn’t change his cancer diagnosis, he did make a vow to handle the illness on his terms. “I traded in my Jaguar for a Mercedes station wagon, which I called my ambulance and after treatment, I would just lay down in the back of it because I was in so much pain,” Quinn said. “And I also learned the importance of finding a doctor who really gets you from my friend Farrah Fawcett.”
After months of chemo and radiation, Quinn admits he never felt discriminated against until he got sick. “I’ve always been tan and I was losing my tan and not looking like myself and feeling terrible,” Quinn said. “Then I was very upset about losing my hair. People around me told me I needed good hats and a good sense of humor to get through it. I took their advice and made everything around me pretty.”
During his stay at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Quinn used his beautifying talents to bring joy to the nurses and patients surrounding him. “I would wheel my IV pole into the sunny part of the hallway, which I started calling my office, and I would teach other patients and nurses on my floor how to look beautiful with makeup tips and more. Raising money to help cancer patients is important but so is raising self-esteems of people while they’re going through it. If you’re not feeling great about yourself, you can’t fight the battle you need to fight.”
For more on Quinn, follow his tweets @TimQuinnBeauty.