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:


                        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


                        NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick: Snow Cap

                        Jouer Cosmetics: Long Wear Lip Topper: Tan Lines



                        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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