Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Art Eye: Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci

Hello everyone!!! So this week, I decided to take on one of the big ones, the Mona Lisa! I have seen a lot of makeup looks around this particular painting, probably because it is one of the most famous pieces of art in the world.

So, Mona Lisa, I am sure most you know something about this painting because of it's fame. This is a half portrait, of Lisa Gherardini, wife to a wealthy cloth merchant. The main aspect of this painting which entices so many, is her expression. It is not happy, nor is it sad, there is little to be said about her emotion, and it continues to be a things of personal interpretation. The mystery behind her 'smile' is something that has only added to the fame of this piece.

So onto the makeup! I used my usual foundation base, and concealer, but I skipped filling in my brow. I tried to take out my brow, and conceal over them but it didn't work. I took a taupe colour through the socket and copied the shape of the dark part around her eye. I then took a darker brown and darkened the crease, and then went back in with a very dark brown, and again darkened the crease. I didn't think it was dark enough, so I used black eyeshadow to darken it even more in the inner and outer corner. I also took the first brown eyeshadow under my eye to re create the bags she had. I reapplied foundation on the eyelid to clean up, and I put foundation on my eyelashes to blank them out a bit.

Possibly one of the more simple looks I have done, but it is very effective, and I actually think that this turned out really well, considering I had a lack of time. (Sorry about the pictures lighting, I didn't get the right light) Hope you enjoyed and as always, feel free to leave a comment, either on here or on my social media pages. 


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Art Eye: Madame de Pompadour at her Tambour Frame, Fran├žois-Hubert Drouais

Hello everyone! I finally got round to doing my art eye this week, I really thought I wasn't going to have time to do it this week, but happily, here we are. So this week I am looking at one of my favourite paintings, not for a contextual or in depth reason, I simply like this painting aesthetically, which is as good as any reason to like a piece of art.

I have been to the National Gallery and seen this in real life, and it is very impressive, the fine detail that is put into the dress, especially the lace. This painting so skillful, which is why I like it so much. The interesting thing about this painting, is that the face was painted on a separate canvas and was painted in April 1763, and then inserted into the bigger picture when it was completed a year later in May 1764. This is the last painting ever done of Madame de Pompadour, a month before her death. Madame de Pompadour became the royal mistress of Louis XV in the last year of her life, and was a patron of the arts, and a leader of fashion. Because of this, I wanted to take the pattern of the dress from this art, to translate into makeup.

So, I started by touching up my skin base (foundation, concealer, eyebrows), because I had been at college all day. I then used a white gel liner to cover my entire lid, basically using it as a cream eyeshadow. I actually used talcum powder over the top, to set it. I then took a grey and black eyeshadow and blended it on the brow bone and below the lower lash line, just ti mimic the dark background on the painting. Using my face paints, I recreated the pattern of the dress on the lid of my eye, lining my eye with a white and green. I applied white eyeliner pencil in my waterline, and ran white powder under my eye. I finished by putting on a dark brown mascara.

I really love the subtle look of this eye makeup, I have always been a big fan of a floral pattern and I am really proud that I got it looking okay. I probably would have liked to make it whiter than it is, but I am quite pale so it's hard to do. I really enjoyed this look, and I hope you will too. Like always, don't be afraid to comment suggestions or requests, and don't forgot to check out my social media pages (the buttons on the right of the screen will take you to my pages). Thank you!


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Art Eye: Oh, Jeff... , Roy Litchenstein

Hello again! So I am again doing another pop art look, and it's probably one you have seen a lot. I see this type of make up look everywhere, and I really wanted to give it a go! Bare with me because this one is going to be picture heavy. 

This is one of the many, comic and cartoon inspired pieces of work Lichtenstein did, I am sure most people are familiar with work like this, it is basically a teaching staple in most art classes. Lichtenstein used small dots in these manga like pieces, and this piece depicts a woman on the phone, to who we assume is her lover. Lichtenstein created a series of paintings that depicted women who were unhappy in love affairs with controlling men, like the more famous piece 'In The Car'. His subjects was often cropped in, and to me it adds to the secrecy of the subject. In real life, if you were cropped in this much of a picture of a woman, you would see a lot of detail, and this is contrasting the fact that this is a very basic, and simple depiction of a woman. 

On to the makeup! I started off by using a lighter foundation than I would usually, because I wanted the red dots to pop. I then concealed well, and powdered a lot to get that flawless finish. I used my Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, in 100% Black, to fill in my brow, line my eye and add eyelashes, and add lines to my nose and mouth. I used a Rimmel eyeliner pencil in white on my waterline, lower lash line and a little in the gap between my top and bottom liner as well. Also, this is the first time I am using like my whole face, and showing my whole face on my blog, which I am kinda scared about it, and my skin is really bad this week so be nice haha :)

I then used the end of a bbq stick (a very thin wooden stick with a flat end) and dipped it in my Collection Lipstick in Queen of Hearts, and put the dots onto my face. I used the same lipstick to fill in my lips with a lip brush for accuracy.

And that is the basic look, it looks really hard, but you just have to have a steady hand with the liner, and the dotting. I know my dots on this aren't that great, but you get the overall idea. I was really trying to avoid doing this makeup because I have seen it done so many times, but I enjoyed it so much, I am actually considering wearing it for Halloween haha. Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and as always feel free to leave a comment. Thank you!


P.S: Seeing as I kinda want to do this for Halloween now, and I have seen this look done full faced a lot, I wanted mine to be different, so I only did half my face. I though I would show you what I would/will wear on the other half of my face as well, like a bonus Halloween tutorial :) 

So for this eye look, I used the Sleek i-Divine eyeshadow palette, in Storm. I used the coppery gold colour on the lid, and the dark matte brown on the outer corner and crease. I then used an angled brush and the black powder to create this wing. I just did my basic everyday base,foundation (except I used a lighter foundation than usual), concealer, contour and blush, and filled in my brow naturally, and continued on the red lip. I think this looks a bit like a pinup look, and is a bit different than the full faced pop art thing, much more party appropriate. It sort of combines the make up from the era and the art from the era which I LOVE.