Art State of Mind

Makeup Inspired by Art

Errika Gerakiti 2 May 2022 min Read

Makeup is a powerful thing. It can transform us into whoever or whatever we want. Many makeup artists create stunning looks for every occasion we can imagine. Also let’s not forget their talent when it comes to special movie effects, where they can transform a human into an entirely different creature. Likewise, some artists spend six to eight hours recreating art masterpieces on their faces and bodies! Makeup inspired by art masterpieces is very impressive. It is both an ode to the masters of art and a celebration of contemporary creativity!

1. Van Gogh

Makeup artists have recreated many works of Van Gogh. Either eye makeup or a whole Starry Night theme all over the body, every makeup creation is stunning. A few artists actually transformed themselves into Van Gogh!

Makeup inspired by art. Makeup by Mary-Ann K. _maryann.k instagram account.
Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night inspired makeup. maryann.k/Instagram.

Almond Blossoms recreation by Stefania. stefaniaviks instagram account.
Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossoms inspired makeup. stefaniaviks/Instagram.

Angie Davis transformed herself into Vincent Van Gogh and has a youtube tutorial available. Angie Davis Instagram account.
Vincent van Gogh inspired makeup. Angie Davis/Instagram.

Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night, 1889, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.
Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night, 1889, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.

2. Salvador Dali

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali is a major inspiration for makeup artists. Whether it is about making a melting clock on their eyes or making their whole face melt, we can’t get enough of their creativity!

Makeup inspired by art. Makeup artist Mimi Choi is famous for creating optical illusions. This one reminds us of Dali.
Salvador Dali inspired makeup. Mimles/Instagram.

Kayleigh Ashman made a composition of Dali artistic references on her body. Kayleigh_Ashman.
Salvador Dali inspired makeup. Kayleigh_Ashman/Instagram.

Eye makeup look by Tal Peleg. tal_peleg.
Salvador Dali inspired makeup. tal_peleg/Instagram.

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.
Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.

3. The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

Everyone is familiar with the famous woodcut of Hokusai. But have you seen the makeup recreations of it?

Makeup inspired by art. Not an ordinary interpretation of the painting. The Great Wave meets Pokemon. elepeints.
Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Pokemon-inspired makeup. elepeints/Instagram.

Canadian artist Andrea Reed created the painting on her lips. girlgreybeauty.
Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa inspired lips makeup. girlgreybeauty/Instagram.

Eye makeup by Ti (tea).
Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa inspired makeup. Ti (tea)/Instagram.

Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, c. 1830-1832, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.
Katsushika Hokusai, Under the Wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830-1832, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.

4. Pop Art

Once again, makeup inspired by art amazes us. The artists turn themselves into true works of Pop Art!

Makeup inspired by art. Makeup by Veranna Salgado.
Roy Lichtenstein inspired makeup. Veranna Salgado/Instagram.

Makeup inspired by Andy Warhol's Marilyn. Kristiniya Griff.
Andy Warhol, Marylin inspired makeup. Kristiniya Griff/Instagram.

Comic book inspired makeup by Kelly Tull.
Roy Lichtenstein inspired makeup. Kelly Tull/Instagram.

Roy Lichtenstein, Crying Girl, 1964
Roy Lichtenstein, Crying Girl, 1964, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, USA.
Andy Warhol, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn
Andy Warhol, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn. Smithsonian Mag.

5. Kandinsky

Many of these Kandinsky-inspired looks could be editorials for fashion magazines!

Makeup inspired by art. Makeup look by Jessica Troppens.
Kandinsky inspired makeup. Jessica Troppens/Instagram.

Makeup by Lydia Vlachou.
Kandinsky inspired makeup. Lydia Vlachou/Instagram.

Inspired by Kandinsky's Composition VIII. Antoinette.
Kandinsky, Composition VIII inspired makeup. Antoinette/Instagram.

Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VIII
Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VIII, 1923, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA.

6. Picasso

If you have ever wondered how you would look in a Picasso painting, look no further. Makeup artists did creative makeup pieces and give us unique ideas!

Makeup inspired by art. Makeup by Christopher Agostino.
Picasso inspired makeup. Christopher Agostino/Instagram.

Makeup by Jena Bena.
Picasso inspired makeup. Jena Bena/Instagram.

Makeup by Elena Martini.
Picasso inspired makeup. Elena Martini/Instagram.

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar
Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937, Musée Picasso, Paris, France.

Of course, the list of artistic inspiration is long, the aforementioned ones are only a few examples. What do you think? Would you like to see more makeup inspired by art? Would you recreate one yourself?

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