While wandering around downtown Amman recently an artist friend of mine, Sama Shahrouri, let me know about a little manifesto she has written, which includes some useful tips for art girls who make a living throwing paint around the studio. This got me asking my other arty pals about their tricks for feeling beautiful when being artist makes life a bit messy. After a blast whatsapp message to my art girls, I am happy to present you with some top beauty tips if you spend all day making art.
White Nail Polish Hides Plaster Residue
Flashy manicures and bright coloured nail polish may be totally in right now, but do you want it ruined by plaster? If you are a sculptress by trade, try using white nail polish, it will hide any hint of you having worked with plaster all day once you leave the studio.
Skincare Is Everything
Working with messy materials all day probably means that, in reality, you just can’t be dealing with layers of foundation, mascara and eyeliner. It’s a good idea then to make sure you look after your skin; you’ll definitely feel better for it. Skincare is a reflection of mental and physical wellbeing, so take care of your face.
Use Red Lipstick To Your Advantage
In all walks of life, us females know that if we look good, people are more likely to help us. This is just a fact of life, it isn’t us trying to tell you that beauty is more important than brains (it’s not). One art pal told me: “Instead of trying to convince asshole venue manages to respect your mind, if you put on red lipstick you’ll have them drooling and you can have anything you want. I played their game and won.” Way to go sister!
Carry An Emergency Kit With You
You never know when you might have to leave the studio on short notice, or when a collector or your gallerist might call to say they’re visiting with only ten minutes to spare. Make sure you have a small purse with all the essentials: tinted moisturizer, mascara and lip-gloss. Just the key items that will give you a little lift.
Don’t Forget About Fashion Too
While most artists choose to wear old clothes to make work, others have different techniques about how to not ruin their favourite threads. One artist told me that she has employed a uniform of all black. “When I first started wearing black it was because it was the easiest thing to match when you were in a hurry”, she explains, “Just grab any two things and you look hot. Plus it helped that I was constantly carrying gear, rigging cables, and crawling around on my knees so all the dirt didn’t show.”
Words Lizzy Vartanian
Images via @fa_vinci, @90s.daily, @jhohannails @90smilk