Inspired Palettes.

I was looking at a painting the other day and thinking randomly about how a specific shade in it would make the best lipgloss color. So random, I know, but it got me thinking about how painting and makeup are similar. I majored in painting in college and find those skills make me pretty decent at doing people’s makeup. The day of my wedding I did some of my bridesmaids makeup (and my own), at other weddings I’ve helped fix some brutally overzealous makeup-artist work and I did my sister-in-law’s at her wedding to my brother. It’s like painting on a three dimensional canvas, in a way. So I thought, why not create some makeup palettes based on paintings?? It was a fun creative exercise for me and hopefully fun for you too.

Painting: Coastal Redux #149, Dan Gualdoni

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Photograph: Ruby Magnolia #3, Jeri Eisenberg

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Painting: Winter Magnolia 1, Amanda Talley

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Painting: Kate Long Stevenson

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  1. Such a creative post and love those paintings! I too am color obsessed and often think about how random things I see in nature or paintings would make awesome color palettes for a room. It was only after I started doing this that I realized how limited the palettes really are at major paint stores, and the quest for the perfect color fabric is endless. ;)

  2. I went to art school in Boston and for a final project, one of my classmates made a huge painting of Marylin Monroe entirely out of makeup. It was so gorgeous and feminine and interesting – no wonder it ended up winning some awards!

    1. I want to see that! There’s an artist who creates portraits out of lipstick kisses, and she did one of Marilyn Monroe which was awesome. :)

  3. I enjoyed this. Wish you would do a hair post showing your cut and the way you take care of it on a regular basis. :)

  4. These are fabulous – so inspirational! I do something similar on my blog in a series I call Color Connections – mine is a little more literal. ;) Anyway, I love your makeup/art pairings and want to see more!!

    1. I just flipped over to your blog MM Creator. Love this: ‘I have declared myself the Jeanine Lobell Senior Curator of Cosmetic Artifacts, a highly sought-after endowed curatorship.’ SO Much….it made me laugh, you go girl! Not only a name but also the description. Good for you.

  5. You are so kindred…EVERYTHING I do revolves around color…food, fashion, etc. I see and feel color. franki

  6. Such a fun way to use your knowledge! I’d be happy seeing a feature like this again. One request, I would love it if the link or text gave the brand and price. It bugs me a little to just have a number but it might just be me.

  7. I’m actually in a fairly anti-makeup place at the moment, but this post was so gorgeous and — yes — painterly :) Thank you – it brought some beauty to my day (no pun intended!).

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