A Colorful Eyeshadow Look Inspired By J.M.W. Turner

How to wear a masterpiece on your eyelids--literally.
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December 4, 2013
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I've been thinking about what I find inspiring that isn't necessarily beauty-related and how I could interpret that into something to wear that's not quite conventional.

I found my answer in J.M.W. Turner.

Like everyone in the world, I am enamoured with his skies. I get Turner. I used to spend afternoons sitting in the National Gallery, staring at The "Fighting Temeraire" Tugged to Her Last Berth to be Broken Up, marveling at the oranges and blues of the the sunset. (JK, I was meeting a friend and pretending to be Q from Bond.)

So let's try this as eyeshadow.

In a perfect world, I'd have one of those giant palettes with every colour of the rainbow, but I don't, so I'm going to improvise. For this look, you'll ideally need some golds, oranges, yellows, blues and maybe some pinks and purples, if you have them.

I used Maybelline's Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in 10 Fierce and Tangy, Urban Decay's Book of Shadows IV, Urban Decay's Smog and Darkhorse from the Naked Palette, Hard Candy's Ginormous Lash Volumizing Mascara in Electric Blue and a Lancome purple holiday palette from ages ago.

I started with Fierce and Tangy (an orange) as the base. Then I added Midnight Cowgirl, a light gold, followed by some blues, Crystal and Blue Bus.

Then, using a lip brush, I applied some strokes of the blue mascara to the outer and inner corners of the lid, focusing on the outer corner. I then added a light touch of purple.

If things got too dark, I went over it with Zephyr, a silvery white.

I then used a tiny amount of Smog and Darkhorse along the upper lash line. I finished by adding Fierce and Tangy to the lower lash line, and coated my lashes with the blue mascara. It doesn't show up too well on dark eyelashes, unfortunately.

I used Fierce and Tangy on my mouth too. I don't think it did me any favours, but I matched.

Here is the final look:

Feels kinda wrong to superimpose myself onto a Turner background. The New Moon or I've lost My Boat, You shan't have Your Hoop.

The look is still subtle. It's more of a soft wash of colour on your eyes. If you're into a more gradient type of blending, you can modify this look too. Braver types, you can also bring the colour up all the way to the brow bone.

Would you try this look? What artist would you wear on your lids?