How To Wear Makeup Inspired By Great Works Of Art

When it comes to art, the world is your canvas. We’ll show you how to bring five classic masterpieces to life through bold colours and daring designs with makeup – let your creativity run wild!

MONET

“Water Lilies (Agapanthus)”, 1915-26

With an interest in painting nature and the outdoors, French impressionist painter Claude Monet was known for his series of garden paintings. Our interpretation of his famous Water Lillies collection is an ode to springtime trends, with lilac being a trending hue of the season. The eyelids and creases are swiped with generous amounts of the colour. Flecks of white cream eyeshadow are added on the inner corners (as lilies) to brighten up the eyes.

VAN GOGH

“The Starry Night”, 1889

A giant of the art world, Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter known for his post-Impressionist artwork featuring a commanding blend of beauty, emotion and colour. One of his famous masterpieces, The Starry Night in 1889, comprises an exaggerated sky, swirling clouds and a bright crescent moon. The colours used – navy, yellow and black – make a vivid and gorgeous combo when applied on the lids.

MONDRIAN

“Composition With Red, Blue, and Yellow”, 1930

Recognised for his work with horizontal and vertical lines in basic primary colours of red, blue, yellow, white and black, Piet Mondrian’s 1930 Composition piece is the inspiration for this look. Using the same colours and creating simple, asymmetrical lines on the eyelids, the effect is strikingly bright and bold.

POLLOCK

“Autumn Rhythm”, 1950

Inspired by American painter Jackson Pollock, who used one of the most radical styles of painting by flinging at canvases with a stick to create rolling abstract lines and colours, this sultry look is created by using black gel liner and a free hand to get the messy and dramatic effect. Dust a dark-coloured eyeshadow on top of it to keep the colour from smudging too much.

WARHOL

“Untitled from Marilyn Monroe“, 1967

One of the pioneers of the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol’s rise to fame began in New York in the early ‘60s with portraits of everyday objects and celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. His masterpiece featuring Marilyn plays with a contrast of vivid colour with black and white, and to recreate that, bright pops of pink and red are used to bring forward a visually-striking yet wearable look that’s on-trend.

From the print issue. Original text and styling by Sarah Hani Jamil.