makeup monday: tribute + transformation

The recent death of creative legend and pop-culture icon David Bowie has sparked a beautiful wave of fan art inspired by his body of work and his persona. His impact across several decades of prolific artistic endeavors has no doubt been a catalyst for growth and transformation in people all over the world.

I was fortunate enough to be part of one such collaborative tribute with a small, talented team of Austin-based artists last week, each of whom have been influenced in both work and life by David Bowie, and I am so stoked to show off what we’ve created in the star’s honor.

Photographer Naomi Loghry of Loghry Photography shot the images and coordinated the session. Model, actress, cosplayer, and all-around artistic whirlwind Jennifer Lynn Larsen (Mayhem’s Muse) was the subject. I provided makeup and assisted with hair styling to help bring the looks to life. Our vision was to recreate a few of actress Tilda Swinton’s many Bowie-inspired portraits.

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“For this project,” says model Jen Larsen, “I drew inspiration and mood from one of this generations GREATEST muses-David Bowie himself. A gentleman who knew intimately that act is only limited by our perception, and believed that we should always make statements which help those around us feel more comfortable in their own skins. No matter gender, sexuality, or station in life, art and music speak to us all. All are obtainable.”

Of course, Bowie was well known as a chameleon who regularly reinvented himself. This means there are a plethora of options for style and direction, but I think this one is a perfect fit for Larsen’s physical look, as well as her personal philosophies.

Jen goes on to explain, “This collaboration is done in the style of Tilda Swinton and her iconic tribute to Bowie. She has an amazing ability to transform herself from concept to concept, which is an ability I have always attempted to manifest in my work. It is her chameleon-Esque ability to blend into her setting which drew her to Bowie, and in turn inspired me to reach inside for a more powerful, androgynous self.

It is when we throw caution and boundaries to the wind that we discover our true potential. When we look deep inside and let go of pre-conceived notions and limitations, we are free to be exactly who we dream. We will always dream. We will always Strive for the Highest.”

I think we totally captured that power with this photo set, don’t you?

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When asked about her overall motivation for the collaboration, Jen told me the following: “It has always been important to me to have artistic freedom. To be able to work with people who have beautiful creative freedom, and to trust each other enough to let their muses fly free. Creating art that makes people feel inspired and empowered has always been one of my highest ambitions as a creator.”

Loghry, our masterful photographer, is also thrilled with the outcome. “This was such an inspiring session and I couldn’t be happier with the results! The makeup and hair; Jen’s amazing posing, all resulted in 100% success in creating Tilda and Bowie’s lovechild character.”

I agree completely!

To achieve the bright blues in two of the makeup looks, I used Kat Von D’s Synth eyeshadow, blended with Skulls and Lyric, all from the Mi Vida Loca palette. For the third, darker look, I transitioned to a smokier eye by smudging Dark Wave on the upper eyelid just above the lash line, and blending with Hyperballad, both from the same eyeshadow palette.

We kept Jen’s skin and lips pale, and used concealer to minimize her eyebrow color in a couple of the looks.

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All wardrobe came from the model’s personal collection.

While we’re certainly not alone in our sadness over the loss of this incredibly talented human being, it’s amazing to see the outpouring of residual art being made, and it’s healing to take part in some of that as a participant. I hope you love these photos as much as we do!

“So I turned myself to face me but I’ve never caught a glimpse of how the others must see the faker… Turn and face the strange. Don’t want to be a richer man. Just gonna have to be a different man.” -David Bowie, “Changes”

makeup monday: pantone color of the year 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! As you may know by now, for the first time ever this year, Pantone is combining two colors for its Color of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919). For those of us who are not only color and design geeks, but also love charming humanoid female cartoon characters, this is a joyous situation!

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Whether you’re into both the pale pink of Rose Quartz and the soft periwinkle of Serenity, or are shy about color but want to try one of them this season, you’re in luck. There are plenty of cosmetics brands creating products to satisfy your hankering for these hues. Here are a few of my favorites:

SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Lipsticks

These shades come in a nourishing formula and gorgeous packaging, easy to mix and match with your existing beauty regimen. There are several products to explore in this year’s collection at Sephora, but the lipstick options and eyeshadow palette in particular are all over my radar right now.

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I will definitely be trying out some of these products soon and sharing the results with you all. In the image below are a couple of the looks I found particularly pretty.

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essie nail polish – lapiz of luxury

Beautiful blue tone! This is one I already have, as I’m a huge fan of periwinkles. Find it at essie.com or Target.

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MAKEUP FOREVER Artist Eyeshadow and Powder Blush – Fairly Pink and Periwinkle

These shadows can be purchased individually, and make a great addition to your compact or kit. Get them online or in store at Sephora.

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How will you wear the 2016 color(s) of the year? We’d love to hear about it! Comment below to share.

xo,
Jen

makeup monday: halloween roundup

Happy November, you guys! I awoke this morning to cooler, almost-fall-like weather, and tons of inspiration for the months ahead. But mostly I was just super excited to share some photos of a few Halloween makeup looks I helped create. This post details three of my client costumes.

First? Beetlejuice.

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Beetlejuice.

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Beetlejuice!

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I did Brian‘s hair and makeup for this costume, and it was a treat to work on, as Beetlejuice is one of my absolute favorite fictional characters ever.

Products used are as follows-
HAIR: store-bought wig, styled with surf wax and Tresemmé aerosol hair spray. I textured and blended the rubber forehead part with the same makeup used on Brian’s skin.
FACE: Mehron cream makeup in white for most of the facial skin; Mehron Paradise Paint in black, brown, and blue for the dark eye area; liquid latex and tissue for the textured gunky spots; Mehron Paradise Paint in green and brown atop the textured bits once the latex dried.

The whole face and neck was sealed with barrier spray and Temptu setting powder to help it stay put for the night.

Here he is, below, with girlfriend Lauren dressed as Lydia, at a Halloween party on Friday night.

IT’S SHOWTIME!

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Next, a full costume collaboration with one of the smartest and most dynamic ladies I know, Camille. It was such a pleasure to work on this project, and not just because I have the biggest girl-crush on Imperator Furiosa.

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Well before the makeup part on Halloween day, I was working behind-the-scenes on this custom belt and buckle, inspired by the one worn by Charlize Theron in the film. I used metallic Sculpey, sculpted and carved by hand, then baked and aged with acrylic paint and enamel. Once the medallion piece was completed, I affixed it to a leather backing, added dangling chains in various sizes, and fashioned a customized belt onto which the buckle would go.

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At our makeup session, I did Camille’s face and hair after spending awhile freehand painting the prosthetic arm for her character. For the robot arm, we used Mehron Paradise Paint in black and brown, Mehron metallic powder pigment in silver, and a range of brushes from tiny fine-point to medium and wide for blending. My goal was to apply black to the areas we wanted to disappear, so that the metallic bits would stand out.

The face makeup for this one was simple: black cream makeup atop a fresh, pretty natural look. I used black eyeshadow by BH Cosmetics and a black Sephora kohl eyeliner pencil to smudge and soften around the eyes. We also used Kat Von D Shade & Light palette to contour with slightly darker tans than usual, to make her face appear somewhat sun-kissed and dirty.

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To balance out the gritty, nerdy character transformations, the last client set I’ll show you is feminine and fancy and, well…sort of organic.

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Lindsay chose a Poison Ivy costume this year, which she put together on her own. I did her makeup and rendered her slightly green to tie the ensemble together.

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FACE: bareMinerals powder foundation and mineral veil on the skin, and Kat Von D’s Shade & Light contour palette for the contouring on Lindsay’s “normal” side. On her eyes, we used the three greens and two yellows in the coveted limited-edition Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca eyeshadow palette (available at Sephora. I used the same green eyeshadow so as contour powder on the ivy side of Lindsay’s face. Eyeliner is Stila Stay All Day liquid liner in black, and lashes are by Ardell.
LIPS: I mixed Urban Decay eyeshadow pigment in Graffiti with clear gloss OCC Lip Tar to create a custom metallic green lip color, applied with a brush. Lips are lined with a dark green Sephora eyeliner pencil, which I also used to draw on the viney swirls around Linday’s temple and cheek area. Drop shadow on the vines is Kat Von D ink liner in brown.

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Perfectly poisonous and pretty!

Which look do you like the most? Did you wear or see some creative Halloween makeup this year? If so, tell us about it in the comment section!

XOXO,
Jen

makeup monday: dia de los muertos

This year, the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin hosted its first annual Catrina Ball, a black tie masquerade concept event in celebration of Mexico’s beloved La Catrina. La Calavera Catrina (“The Elegant Skull”) is a 1913 zinc etching by Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada and is most often incorporated into artistic manifestations of el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I had the honor of painting the face of my friend Jessica for the event, which she wanted to coordinate visually with her partner Alex Freeman’s amazing art mask.

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Photo credit: Mexic-Arte Museum
Photo credit: Mexic-Arte Museum

To achieve this intricate sugar skull makeup, I used Mehron Paradise Paint and an arsenal of blending sponges and fine-tip brushes. The entire design was drawn free-hand with a black eyeliner pencil first, then filled in and colored with the water-based paint. We stuck with black, white, and red hues, adding silver (Mehron metallic powder mixed with barrier spray) for metallic accents.

We finished off the look with a pair of dramatic lashes embellished with a silver glitter strip. What a difference this step made! The contrast of the silver against the black eye paint really pulled the whole thing together and made Jess’s eyes pop.

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Jessica pulled this look off beautifully with her own black ball gown and some personalized adornments custom-made by me. I created her rose crown and hand-painted ribbon choked to mimic the details of Alex’s mask design.

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Dia de los Muertos, an annual holiday honoring the dead, is most strongly associated with Mexico – where it originated – but is celebrated throughout Latin America. Dia de los Muertos is actually Dias de los Muertos; the holiday is spread over two days. November 1 is Dia de los Inocentes, honoring children who have died. Graves are decorated with white orchids and baby’s breath. November 2 is Dia de los Muertos, honoring adults, whose graves are decorated with bright orange marigolds.

Photo credit: Mexic-Arte Museum
Photo credit: Mexic-Arte Museum

Mexic-Arte’s Gala de Museo / Catrina Ball looks like it was a magical evening a huge success, raising funds for educational and exhibition resources. I’m beyond thrilled to have had an opportunity to contribute to the event in my own little way. Here’s to the museum’s continued prosperity!

-Jen

makeup monday: tightline mascara

Have you guys heard of a makeup technique called tightlining? It’s a pretty nifty trick for making one’s eyes appear larger without applying a bunch of cosmetics, and is typically done using mascara and a dark eyeliner pencil. Last week I appeared on KVUE Austin for Quita Culpepper’s weekly “Does It Work?” segment, where we tested a product that claims to streamline the process by offering multiple steps in one.

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The product is called Tightline Mascara Primer, and is made by IT Cosmetics. Check out the video for our review!

KVUE Does It Work Wednesday: IT Cosmetics Tightline Mascara Primer

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What do you think? Will you be trying out this product, or at least the technique? We’d love to see pics if you do! Tag @jenheartsart in your posts on Twitter and Instagram and I’ll share them.

Happy tightlining!

-Jen

makeup monday: fantastical floral

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Happy Monday, everyone and happy fall, too! Now that we’re a week into the official autumnal season, I’m getting all sorts of excited for impending cooler weather and fall holidays. Of course, it still feels like summer in Texas, so today’s post is sort of my final farewell to this year’s sunny spring/summer style.

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A couple of months ago, I did this soft, pretty makeup look on Cassidy for an outdoor photo set with local photographer Nick Bruner. The results are beautiful and vibrant, and I think this look is simple and versatile enough to instantly make anyone look and feel a bit rosier.

Product details at the bottom of the post!

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Tips:
•I filled in Cassidy’s brows with a brown powder (by Anastasia Beverly Hills) and angled brush, but did not alter the shape or use harsh lines. The goal is to simply amplify natural features for this look, rather than too much contour or illusion.
•Use a felt-tipped liquid eyeliner pen for faster, cleaner, more user-friendly cat eye application than you’ll get with a brush or gel liner. Need tips for perfecting your cat eye? I’ve written a post about that!
•A rosy pink or peach blush with a little bit of warm gold shimmer will flatter all skin types and brighten up your whole face, making it perfect for a fresh and feminine look like this.
•Choose a lipstick and gloss combination that’s close to your natural lip shade, but slightly brighter and a couple of shades darker. Dusty pinks look great on fair skin, and more bronze/tan neutrals work well with darker complexions.

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Products:
•brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Caramel
•eyes: Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper + Rimmel Pin-Up Tease mascara
•skin: Bare Minerals powder foundation and mineral veil
•blush: NARS Orgasm
•lips: Sephora lip liner in Royal Rose + Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony

I hope you dig this look! I absolutely love the way the makeup colors and Cassidy’s dress and hair color blend perfectly with their surroundings. They found these amazing flowers in south Austin, near St. Edwards University, and I’m incredibly happy with the magical finished product.

-Jen



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