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These Art Works Will Inspire Your Make Up Instantly
Because make up is basically like painting for your face…
Art x Style 19 Dec 2019

We are used to taking fashion and beauty inspiration from our favourite art girls, but what about our favourite art works? Women have long been a favoured subject of artists for centuries, their beauty immortalised in paint on canvas. From Mona Lisa to Marilyn Monroe, all the great beauties of history have been immortalised by artists. So, instead of reaching out for your favourite fashion magazine to prep yourself for your next arty party, why not take a few notes from these famous artworks…
 
Self-Portrait, Fahrelnissa Zeid, 1980


Fahrelnissa Zeid lived a colourful life. Born in Turkey, she married into royalty, and spent much of her life living between Paris, London and Istanbul, eventually settling in Amman, Jordan. While she is famous for her abstract works, she’s also well known for her portraits where her characters have huge cartoon like eyes and are depicted larger than life. This self-portrait has us reaching out for the eyeliner and getting ready to give ourselves the perfect smokey eye.
 
Afro Muses, Chris Ofili, 2005

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AFRO MUSES Predominantly heads of women and men, as well as some studies of flowers and birds, British painter Chris Ofili’s “Afro Muses” are 181 small watercolors made over the course of 10 years, each about 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches and produced in a single sitting. They were first publicly presented at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2005, in an exhibition called “Chris Ofili’s Afro Muses, 1995-2005.” Over the years, Mr. Ofili had steadily squirreled the watercolors away in a box in his studio, pulling out this one or that one whenever he was seeking inspiration. As real as they seem, none of these people exist. They all grew out of Mr. Ofili's imagination and are his way of unlocking ideas that may eventually become full-blown paintings. Text and images: Studio Museum website/Chris Ofili, courtesy the artist. #chrisofili #afromuses #nigerianbritish #studiomuseum #contemporaryart #youngbritishartists #turnerprize #cbe2017 #watercolorpainting #muses #blackexperience #contemporarypainting #blackartist #globalheritageoffashionhistory #thenewpantheon #fashionhistory #massartfashion #vibrantcolors #studioinspiration #studiopractice

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Chris Ofili’s afro muses have gorgeous bouffants, but just look at their lashes and lips. Reminding us that mascara and a shocking shade of pink lipstick can go along way, Ofili’s ladies have us inspired for our next night on the town.  
 
Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo, 1937


Let’s face it, any of Frida’s iconic self-portraits can be described as inspiration. Her confidence, and that iconic brow, have inspired women, in terms of beauty, confidence, feminism and art for decades, we can call this one #browgoals. 
 
Vivienne, Charles Billich, 1981


Big bouncy hair, sultry eyes, a nude lip and a good pinch of blush, the glam in this portrait of Vivienne Vartanian by Charles Bilich will never go out of style.
 
Chinese Girl, Vladimir Tretchikoff, 1952


This iconic painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff is often referred to as the green lady. Not a look for the faint hearted, Monika Pon-su-san’s skin is turned blue-green skin, yet somehow she still looks amazing. Something for next Halloween perhaps…
 
Young Lady With Gloves, Tamara de Lempicka, 1930


You can spot a Tamara de Lempicka work a mile off, which means she certainly succeeded in creating a signature style for her women. A bold lip, and daring eye-make-up, Tamara de Lempicka’s subjects know how to stop traffic.
 
Not Quite Human, Hayv Kahraman, 2019


“She”, the female character in Hayv Kahraman’s work is deliberately designed to conform to Eurocentric standards of beauty, with ivory flesh, long limbs, full lips and jet black hair. This work is a reminder of the subjectivity of beauty, letting us know that we are all works of art, and that we should be just as inspired by ourselves, as by others. 
 
Text Lizzy Vartanian

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