Making art with makeup sounds really fun, until sometimes you get to the point where you are about to do it and then you are like, WTF am I going to make with eyeshadow?!?
That’s sort of how I felt when I decided to make art with eyeshadow for my Makeup Art column. But I think of it similar to Project Runway — you make people use weird stuff to create something on a deadline, so they just have to work with it. Sometimes something AMAZING comes out of it, sometimes nothing comes out of it. But by using strange mediums and materials you can experiment and create things you never would have otherwise.
I just love to be forced to create something. Especially with limitations, whether I put the limitations on myself or not — it forces me to create things I never would otherwise. I think it’s awesome to do random creative exercises!
But let’s get to the eyeshadow. This Pixi eyeshadow palette was sent to me a while ago, but I’m way behind on trying out products, especially because I don’t wear a ton of eyeshadow, especially shimmery shadow, and prefer a cream shadow so it’s just been hanging out in a box of makeup that I’ve been meaning to get to. Because I missed the boat on swatching it for you while it was available, I knew I wanted to make something out of this palette because the neutral colors are so gorgeous.
I had no idea what I was going to do so I just started getting the shadow out of the palette with a knife.
Once I got most of it out, I was like yesssss this is gorgeous.
Even just alone it’s so pretty.
Then I just started making small strokes with my fingers in the shadow pile.
And it started to look really cool so I just kept going.
I loved the chunks and piles of shadow between the short strokes.
I was SO HAPPY with the finished product! It just looked really cool. Textures I wouldn’t have been able to create with my typical paint and oil pastels.
Doing something creative and out of the box doesn’t have to be long or involved. This probably took 15 minutes, but it was really fun and got my creative juices going.
Even though it wasn’t something I could preserve as it’s loose makeup, I love the photos!
The photos can’t even begin do to the shimmer in this product justice. I was really beautiful in the light!
I knew I was going to throw it away so I thought it’d be fun to see what it looked like without the loose makeup.
Eh, not as cool.
Please note that I receive a lot of makeup in the mail because of my job (I’ve been blogging for 11 years so I’m on a lot of mailing lists), most of which I don’t ask for or even know it’s arriving. It’s more than I can test myself, and I give the majority of it away to friends and family, or I donate it (unused products only!), and I do giveaways on my Instagram to my followers as well (unused products only and ship it to them at my cost). The small portion of the products that I do use and test I try to review here on the blog, and also try to show on them on my Instagram. And an even smaller portion of the products (I’d say less than 1% of what is sent to me) I use as a creative medium for my own creative experimentation and for this column. I am very conscious of trying to put beauty products that are sent to me in the hands of someone who will use them or put them to good use myself.
Photos by Emma Weiss for MegBiram.com