I’ve had the idea for this series for a long time and have finally started it! I receive a lot of makeup in the mail to test out, more makeup than I can test and wear. Which is why I do beauty giveaways on my Instagram Stories, send my family packages, give it away to friends, and donate it. I feel like it’s my duty to put it to good use.
One day I had the idea — what if I used some of it and just played with it — to make art. Not art to sell, but just for fun. Like a creative exercise. Sometimes using materials you wouldn’t normally use for something forces you to be creative and you can create things you wouldn’t have never otherwise created.
My first victim — the new Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse. Urban Decay says that this product is weightless, buildable, waterproof lip color and provides high-impact color with a velvety soft finish that feels like you’re wearing nothing. I can absolutely vouch for all of that. If you like a matte look that feels like you are wearing nothing, this product is great.
Personally I don’t wear much matte lip color, so there weren’t any of these that I wanted to keep to actually use, so I used them all for my art project.
First I wanted to get a feel for the product and do some swatches. You can use your finger to apply the product, or it also comes with what looks like a little eyeshadow sponge brush for your lips. So I did both.
My first creation was just trying to get a feel for the product. See how it would deposit on the paper.
Since the product is matte, it felt like a crumbly soft crayon or sort of like a pastel (but much harder to work with).
Once I messed around with the product enough I wanted to do a little abstract painting.
I could have made 10 of these, but wanted to keep testing out different methods of working with the product.
Once I was done using the product in the pot, I dug them out to start playing with them with my fingers, but when I dug them out, they looked like this, and that in itself was beautiful to me.
I love these photos.
As I moved these into perfect place for the photo, I got the idea to lightly move them around the paper and see what that would look like (below).
I don’t know why I love looking at these so much. The white space. The way that I couldn’t make these types of marks with typical art mediums. I love the colors together.
And then sometimes you look down and you just see art (below).
While this is just makeup scooped out of a pot and smushed together (like my artsy terms), I could also see it as a huge sculpture. I love these colors together.
Once the makeup was out of the pots I wanted to see what else I could create. So I started stamping it (above).
Stamping it doesn’t deposit a lot of color, but I loved the abstract shapes I was getting with it.
Then things got messier. I started rolling the clumps of lip mousse all over the paper (below).
And I thought it was looking really cool. The longer I would roll, the wider the product got, and the more cracked.
By this time all the colors were mushed together, I had made a mess, and my hands were all sorts of colors, but I was so happy and satisfied with the outcome!
Can’t do a makeup post without swatches! Ok, you can but I did them for you anyway.
This project gave me the perfect opportunity to test out these Garnier Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes, and they worked like a charm. Very moist! I hate it when towelettes like this don’t have enough moisture.
Hope you guys enjoyed my new column bringing together art & beauty!
Photos by Meg Biram
This product was sent to me by Urban Decay & Garnier. This is not a sponsored post.