Oil Painting : Inspired Makeup Monday

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

The Creation:

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The Process:

The first step was to complete my base, lip color, and brows in order to create a blank canvas to create the final piece. I used a clamp lamp on an elevated surface to create exaggerated shadows on my face to use as a template. With the cooler toned colors, I followed the shadows and traced them out using thick brush strokes (to imitate a thick style of oil painting).

The Darker the shadow the darker the crème eyeshadow I used, the lighter the shadow the lighter the shade. On the lighter side, I used the warmer shades to carve out my features and highlight the areas that were in the most direct light. The higher the plain of my face the lighter the color I used, the more sunken in the deeper color I would use. I went back and forth with my colors until I created a look I was happy with.

 

The Inspiration:

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “painting in oil colors, a medium consisting of pigments suspended in drying oils.” In essence, you’re moving around greasy colors on a canvas of choice. However, a cool side effect of this is that oil (generally speaking) takes an incredibly long time to dry.

Now, you may be thinking “that doesn’t sound cool at all! That sounds super annoying! How will I hang my masterpiece if it doesn’t dry?!”

Well, well, well, my dear friend, if it doesn’t dry quickly that means there is time to change and move and shift. Decide you made Uncle Larry’s nose too big? (Sorry, Big L) Smoosh some of that paint away and you’ve got room to fix it. It’s one of the more malleable art techniques that we’ve seen thus far in this series (yes, I’m intentionally ignoring you, sculptors – I haven’t yet figured out a way to make a makeup look for you, give a girl a second why don’t ya!)

It’s because of that malleability that I wanted to particularly emulate the thick paint style as opposed to some of the smoother and blown out techniques. Oil paint allows a roughness and a flexibility that I don’t often adhere to in my own life which made this look particularly fun.

Jan Van Eyck is generally thought of as the founder of oil painting as a medium but lemme tell you have you seen the ladies, tho?

Cecilia Beaux, after losing her mother was dumped on relatives by her widowed father. That would be enough to make any young girl want to write angsty poetry in her journal and cry all day but instead, at 16, she took up art and would become one of the premium painters of the late 19th century.

Paula Modersohn-Becker painted the first female nude self-portrait in Western History.

Loïs Mailou Jones started painting when “colored” water fountains were a thing yet spanned a 70 YEAR CAREER. In the 70s she was commissioned by the US Government to be an ambassador to Africa and traveled to 11 countries in that time. I’m exhausted just typing that.

I would normally link some current female artists kicking butt and taking names to add to my list here but instead, I’ll just leave ArtNet’s list of the 10 Most Expensive Living Women Artists. Women, get that money!

 

The Products:

 

            The Oil Paint Effect:

                        Rich On Starry Prism Cream Eyeshadow:   White

Black

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Pink

Plum

Purple

Orange

Blue

Dark Blue

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        False Lashes: XO Beauty – The Naturals Set (style unknown)

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick: Snow Cap

                       

                         

            Face:  

Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                     Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                      Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Translucent

                       

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Michelle Palatnik: Inspired Makeup Monday

Makeup Is Art

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

The Creation:

 

The Process:

            My first step was to take scotch tape and press it against the back of my hands a few times. This was to take away some of the stickiness of the tape and save my face from an impromptu wax session. Instead of creating a crisp line towards my brow I extended the line straight out, in an attempt to mimic a watery horizon line. Once the eyebrows were effectively bushy, I then packed the darkest blue from the 35B Palette to my inner and outer corners, being careful not to go too high into the outer v of my lid. In stages, I continued to add the peach color from the palette in a U shape connecting my inner and outer corners filling the center ball of my lid with the bright yellow shade, also in the palette. Gently with a clean fluffy brush, I buffed the edges of each color to be sure they blended evenly into each other, adding more pigment where needed. Using a stiff blender brush, I packed the orange shade into the crease and buffed the edges out again with the same clean fluffy brush. The inner corner is highlighted with the pale yellow shimmer of the palette. Pop the liner in the waterline, mascara, and some false lashes complete the eye look.

            The face was achieved by applying foundation with a brush, crème contouring, and setting the under eyes with a translucent powder. The face was set with a powder close to my own skin tone and the contour was enhanced using my NYX Cosmetics Taupe HD blush. Doused my face with an unholy amount of facial spray and highlighter to complete the look.

            The lips are a combination of my NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap and Jouer Cosmetic’s Lip Topper in Tan Lines.        

 

The Inspiration:

All images are reproduced with permission from the artist

All images are reproduced with permission from the artist

            This look was inspired by a landscape posted on Michelle Palatnik's Instagram page, here.

             The colors of the sun setting on the water reminded me of the current sunset eye trend happening in the beauty community. In addition to being inspired by the colors, I was enthralled with the landscape itself. Her piece made me want to try to go in and out of space with my makeup as well. Instead of choosing to just emulate her colors, I attempted to try and make her landscape on my eyelids. Though the ocular real-estate isn’t exactly ample for a total sun setting masterpiece, I’m happy with how this piece turned out.

How about you? Do you think I did the original justice?

Michelle Palatnik is a New York painter and teacher. Find out more about her, here.

The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Wonder Cover Corrector: White Highlighter

                        Morphe Brushes: 35B Palette

                        L'Oreal Paris: Colour Riche Eyeliner: Cobalt

                        Essence: Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara

                        False Lashes: Unknown

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick: Snow Cap

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Long Wear Lip Topper: Tan Lines

                         

            Face:  

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        LA Girl: PRO. Contour Cream Highlight and Contour Duo: Natural

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Translucent

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Porcelain

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Powder Highlighter: Skinny Dip

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater              

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Watercolor Makeup: Inspired Makeup Monday

Good Morning, Friends!

Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

Using my AOA Wonder Cover Corrector in White, I blanked out my lids and eyebrows. Once I was satisfied with my base, I took several fluffy eye brushes in varying densities and dabbed each color without blending. Using this technique, I attempted to imitate the transparent washes of color seen in many watercolor styles. Once I was happy with my color choice and placement I put some of the Wonder Cover Corrector on the back of my hand. I used a duo fiber face brush to pick up the white corrector and carefully stipple the product over the colors originally placed. These small, randomly placed dots were meant to imitate a technique where an artist throws salt on her watercolor piece in order to create a similar effect.

The brows were achieved using the same colors found on the eye and in the 35B palette. I used an angled brush to both fills in the shape I wanted and cover the white on my natural brow hairs.              

The Inspiration:

I have a deep appreciation for the aesthetic of watercolors. The above was created with lush gardens, delicate flowers, and sumptuous meadows in mind. When doing research for this article I stumbled upon the works of Barbara Nechis, Maude Durland, and Sue Dickinson. Just like in my line art post, finding historical examples of female watercolorists was like fighting to find your size during a 90% off flash sale on Black Friday – unnecessarily difficult and aggravating. Like the female line artists of the early 20th century, I am fairly certain they exist, but to my un-trained and self-educated skill set, I was not able to uncover any who properly represented the style I wished to emulate. Thankfully, both these women, other female artists, and makeup artists all over the internet are taking watercolors and making it their own. I challenge you to take a search on Instagram for Watercolor Makeup and let me know what you find. 

 

The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Wonder Cover Corrector: White Highlighter

                        Morphe Brushes: 35B Palette

                        Essence: Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara

                        False Lashes: Unknown

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Long Wear Crème Lip Liner: Nude

                        Shop Miss A: Diamond Lipgloss: Cosmic

                         

            Face: 

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        LA Girl: PRO. Contour Cream Highlight and Contour Duo: Natural

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Translucent

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Porcelain

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        NYX Cosmetics: Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

                        ELF Cosmetics: Shimmer Highlighting Powder: Starlight Glow

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

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Nicole Franz: Inspired Makeup Monday

Nicole Franz: Inspired Makeup Monday

Makeup is Art

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

The Creation:         

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The Process:

After applying my base products, I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to map out the placement of the larger details. To create the scalloped edge along the circle I took the AOA Liquid Eyeshadow in Kilo and the white AOA concealer on the back of a makeup brush and used it as a dotting tool. I used this technique on the forehead for the crown detail as well. The swirls inside the circle and the black outlines were created using liquid eyeliner.

The gold details were created by mixing my Smolder pigment with their Smolder Potion Mixing Medium to create a liquid liner-like consistency. The opposite lid to the circle detail was created using the AOA Liquid Shadows in Kilo and Litmus interchangeably used and smudged out with a brush. The forehead glitter was dabbed on with the back of a makeup brush tacked with glitter glue.

The lips were created by combining two red liquid lipsticks. The glitter was a mix of Smolder’s Stiletto and Hidden Cosmetic’s Honey Jar and pressed on with my finger to the still damp lipstick base.

The Inspiration:

I was taking an art lesson with Michelle Palatnik, a fabulous artist, and mentor when I noticed some pieces outside her studio door. These grandiose, larger than life images of women collaged with delicate and whimsical photos caught my attention immediately. Each time I went back for a lesson I found myself staring at the work and daydreaming about a future makeup studio with some of the larger pieces’ center stage. I mentioned this to Michelle who encouraged me to take a brochure of, what I discovered to be, Nicole Franz work.

All Images reproduced with permission from the artist. 

All Images reproduced with permission from the artist. 

 

Everything about the subject matter, materials, and style spoke to me. Little did I know she would be showing more of her work in a restaurant very close to where I lived. I knew I had to try and recreate her work in makeup – it was just natural. Messaging Nicole Franz on her social media, I was ecstatic to hear she would allow me to post her original next to my attempted copy. It is not as precise a recreation as I hoped it to be but I am still fairly happy with how it turned out. My hope is that I did the original some sort of justice.

 

You can see more of Nicole Franz work on her Instagram and her website.

The Products:

 

            Eyes:

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Wonder Cover Corrector: White Highlighter

                        Shop Miss A: A2o Glow Liquid Eyeshadow: Kilo

                        Shop Miss A: A2o Glow Liquid Eyeshadow: Litmus

                        NYX Cosmetics: Epic Ink Liquid Liner

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Loose Glam Dust: Gold Digger

                        Essence: Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara

                        False Lashes: Unknown

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        Live Glam: Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick: Vixen

                        Live Glam: Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick: Poison Apple

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Radiant Glitter: Stiletto

                        Hidden Cosmetics: Unicorn Dust Glitter: Honey Jar

                         

            Face: 

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        LA Girl: PRO. Contour Cream Highlight and Contour Duo: Natural

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Translucent

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Perfect Pressed Powder: Porcelain

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        XO Beauty: Highlighting Powder: Lucent

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

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Continuous Line Makeup: Inspired Makeup Monday

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and our first look series on BackPorchPoet.

Makeup Is Art

Makeup is Art is going to look at different techniques and artists as both literal and figurative inspiration for upcoming looks.

 

The Creation:

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The Products:

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Pro Glow Palette

                        Beauty Bakerie: Flour Setting Powder

                        Elf Cosmetics: Blush Bronzer Duo: St. Lucia

                        NYX Cosmetics: Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk

                        Super Glitters: Ultimate Nude Glitter

                        Lit Cosmetics: Glitter Adhesive

                        MAC Cosmetics: Blacktrack Gel Liner

                        L’Oreal: Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

                        House of Lashes: Siren Lashes

                        Duo Lash Glue

            Lips:

                        Too Faced: Melted Liquid Lipstick: Melted Peony

                        Too Faced: Melted Liquid Lipstick: Melted Berry

            Face:

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Essential High Coverage Foundation: Sand

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Shape Tape Concealer: Fair

                        Tarte Cosmetics: Pro Glow Palette

                        Beauty Bakerie: Flour Setting Powder

                        Elf Cosmetics: Blush Bronzer Duo: St. Lucia

                        Super Glitters: Ultimate Nude Glitter

                        Lit Cosmetics: Glitter Adhesive

                        Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

                       

The Process:

After the foundation base and minimal eye makeup was placed, I mapped the design with my NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil. Once I was happy with the shape, I slowly added the glitter by dipping my brush into the Lit Cosmetics Glitter adhesive and then into my Super Glitters Glitter and then placed along the contours of the pattern.

The lip was achieved by blotting the color in the center of the mouth with my finger in patting motions.

 

The History:

According to My Modern Met, the definition of a line drawing, “consists of distinct lines against a primarily solid background. In art, a line can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, abstract, descriptive, or implied.”

When researching this article, I stumbled upon art world heavy hitters such as Matisse and Picasso whose line art most closely resembles the look I chose to create. However, when trying to find female artists creating similar pieces during the early days of modern art, the search turned up pitiable at best.

This leaves me to ask, where the ladies at?! I have a hard time believing that there were none or none with talent. Instead, there are just none that have gotten the attention needed to come up in a google search or a top 10 list.

An article on Artsy highlighting female modern artists references a 1989 Guerrilla Girls poster entitled, Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?

The poster highlights the propensity for women to gain attention as the object of art rather than the creators of art. I wish the lack of historical female line artists were the inspiration, but the connection was made later. I’m happy that I was able to take this style and subvert it with a medium so drenched with feminine energy. I wish I were smarter to have made the connection on my own and much sooner.

To combat this sausage party, I’ve linked the work of several current Modern Line artists, who in my opinion, are killing it.

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