Happy New Year! As per tradition, I'm celebrating the New Year with an Inspired by Art post! Last year, I featured a bold red lip inspired by Piet Mondrian. For January 1st, 2013, I'm sharing a makeup palette inspired by the soft blended tones of Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament (1900-1901) from the Art Institute of Chicago. Houses of Parliament is one in a series of paintings of the Palace of Westminster. All pieces in the series were painted on the same size canvas and from the same viewpoint in St. Thomas' Hospital overlooking the Thames, between 1900 and 1905. Westminster palace was designed in the Perpendicular Gothic style with intricate vertically oriented structural detailing (pictured below). Monet, however, was more interested in the interplay between light and fog; he painted the palace at different times of day and during different weather conditions. The resultant paintings showcased the impressionist ethos, blending reality, memory, and imagination together into unified focus.
|Palace of Westminster (photo credit: Mom)|
Hints of pink in the sky truly capture the ephemeral spirit of weather. For my Monet inspired look, I've chosen to layer two cheery 'sky' pink blushes: NARS Deep Throat (a peach pink) and Illamasqua Nymph (a pure pink). Pale pink eyeshadow, like MAC Yogurt, can be incorporated into an eye look as well, as a base color. I'm always a fan of pairing pale pinks and blues; Aquamarine earrings are a nice extra touch to my Monet-inspired color palette.
Inspired by Art posts! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!