Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Make up Inspiration

As a working make up artist I am constantly on the lookout for exciting images and products in the beauty industry. I buy magazines, read online articles and spend alot of time on the internet browsing make up collections and images. One of my favourite things to do is to add my favourite images to a folder on my computer called "Make up inspiration". 

This folder is a collection of the most creative and beautiful pictures that I have seen online and they play a huge role in inspiring me as an artist. Of course I am not talking about copying the images, but simply looking at the colours and textures and seeing how they have been put together to create a work of art of the face. I am also inspired by music and fashion and some of my images reflect my love of beauty, theatre, art, fashion and music and I thought I would share some of my favourites with you.

Brigitte Bardot with her soft skin and eyeliner flick represent feminine beauty

Dewy skin finish at Preen catwalk show is delicate but modern

Using make up to subtly enhance natural beauty

Illamasqua know how to use colour and texture!

Black Swan theatrical style make up

NARS campaign uses bronzed skin and pinky red lips to create a summery look

David LaChapelle is a fantastic photographer with unique visions

Subtle but defined catwalk eye contouring

Experimenting with both colour and texture

Using eyeshadow in a less traditional way

Strong brows and lips with flawless skin creates a sophisticated yet sexy look

Using complimentary colours on the eyes and nude lips - great combination!

Texture plays an important role and this photo is a stunning example

Exciting use of colour by Pat Mcgrath 

As you can see I enjoy finding both naturally beautiful images as well as dramatic creative shots. I love the way that make up can be used to enhance beauty and create a radiance to the skin but can also completely reinvent a face and produce a more controversial style. 

Do you have a collection of favourite make up images?



  1. great post! love seeing everyones inspirations! makes me want to look at my folder now haha! :0)

  2. Some gorgeous pics! I love seeing what inspires other people and the makeup they do!

  3. i love the bardot look, big hair and thick black liner is definitely my thing lol x