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:



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










Dark Blue


                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

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

                        Duo Lash Glue


                        NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick: Snow Cap




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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