Recently, I stumbled upon an Édouard Manet painting that really resonated with me (see below). The larger than life canvas depicts a beggar draped in a blue shabby shawl next to a small pile of oyster shells. The dark shadowy tones have such an austere yet beautiful feel. I had to create a look inspired by this aesthetic.
To mirror the serious shadowy tones I chose to use dark matte eyeshadows. There are shades of grey, navy, taupe, sage, and the blackest black in the painting. Some fitting colors from my collection included: Bobbi Brown Navy, Smoke, Charcoal, and Navajo eyeshadows. NARS Outremer eyeshadow added a beautiful blue accent when blended in with the above colors. You can see a similar blue tone emanating from the beggar's cape. NARS Matto Grosso nail polish and Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Eyeliner added a nice finishing touch.
|Eyeshadow swatches of Bobbi Brown Navajo, Bobbi Brown Navy, NARS Night Breed, Bobbi Brown Smoke, and NARS Outremer
I wish I could better convey how grandiose and elegant this painting was in real life. My photograph is truly a poor substitute. I need to educate myself more on Manet's works.
|Painting by Manet, photo by me.