Sunday, January 1, 2012
New Year's Inspired by Piet Mondrian
Happy New Year! I hope that 2012 will bring everyone a new start and many good things. To kick off the new year on Cute and Mundane, I decided to write an 'Inspired by' art post. This post will be featuring a painting by Piet Mondrian, a dutch painter. Mondrian's abstract compositions are characterized by vertical and horizonatal lines and the use of primary colors. I love the modern, airy, and harmonious quality of this painting. It's a perfect representation of how I picture a new year to be.
To reflect the simplicity of the painting, I thought it would be fitting to use only minimal products. I've chosen Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in black ink. It's the blackest black. I used a MAC 211 eyeliner brush for precise application. NARS Red Lizard lipstick is a full powered red lipstick. It's a great red for one striking red accent, as you see in the painting above.
When drawing on my red lip, I did my best to make a precise application that followed the shape of my natural lip. I did not want a geisha-like lip since this look has modern inspiration. I have full lips, so I colored in a size a hair smaller than my natural lip line for a sleeker look.
Below are swatches of NARS Red Lizard and Bobbi Brown Black Ink. You can see that they are both very primary and basic colors. The Mondrian painting has a beautiful grey in it. I decided not to incorporate it as an eyeshadow since the blended effect of an eyeshadow lacks the stark geometric and linear quality found in the composition. Instead, I would pair this look with a clean-lined pale heather grey sweater (and black skinnies).
Thanks for reading! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful start to your new year. Where do you find your inspiration? What is your favorite red?