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.|
I'm really liking Outremer more and more - thanks for the post!ReplyDelete
It's such a great idea to base a look on art :)ReplyDelete
I LOVE this post! What a gorgeous, rich palette. Nicely done, indeed.ReplyDelete
Nice post! Currently Caravaggio's color combination is inspiring me... I would put a pale shimmery gold in the inner corner and a very dark brown or green on the rest for the contrast :)ReplyDelete
this is gorgeous! What a great idea :DReplyDelete
LOVELY! Thanks for the never ending inspiration.ReplyDelete
Lovely inspiration post. Lately, I've been looking at real life items for inspiration as well. ^^ReplyDelete
What a WONDERFUL idea for a post! You've combined two of my loves, makeup and art. I've long wanted to do an "inspired by literature" post, but I wasn't sure how to pull it together. This was a real inspiration!ReplyDelete
you are quite artistic with ur posts and using ur make up! there is a designer..his names escapes me...who uses shu uemura shadows for his designs! u remind me of him, creative mind, and using make up as ur paints!ReplyDelete
Jamilla- me too. It sat unused for a while, but it's actually pretty versatile if you have the patience to pat in on!ReplyDelete
Sarah, Zuzu, Kelly, Lexi, tiffyama- thanks so much! I'm really glad you liked it =)
Amy - I wasn't familiar with Caravaggio, so I googled it. Wow! How intense and dramatic!
Jessica - inspired by literature would be AWESOME! I think it would be really interpretive, but has lots of potential. I don't read enough (Ashamed) to be able to pull that off. I would love to see it!
Lillady life - is it Karl Lagerfeld? I think I remember hearing that somewhere too. Thank you for the thoughtful compliment =)
I love the colours in that Manet. So serene. The colours you chose definitely reflect that mood of the painting.ReplyDelete
I love these posts! You are so creative!ReplyDelete
You are making me want that blue but I know I should stay away....
I hope you have a wonderful September and will be awaiting your return. xx
Amazing post! I'm in awe that you found the exact makeup items that would compliment that painting. :) Beautiful.ReplyDelete
I agree with the other comments, your posts are always so incredibly well thought out and put together! I love what you've done with this one, the shades you've chosen are perfect and your photos and swatches are lovely!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the really nice comment Nat!ReplyDelete
You do some fabulous swatches!ReplyDelete