October 4th & 5th I missed uploading a post…I am so sorry about that! However I was working on this post and it turned out to take a lot longer than I thought it would. I am so excited to share it with you all and share my plans for how to work this post into my channel and Instagram as well. This is going to be more educational and scholarly based than my normal posts but I think it is well worth the read. I hope you enjoy and get as much education/inspirational work out of this concept as I did.
I live in Milwaukee, the art museum here is simply huge. It has all kinds of art; furniture art, pop art, old European art, modern art, sculptures, etc. Each area of art has its own traits and ideals it centers around but overall all art is art. We can all tell what art is, although each person does have some wiggle room for their own interpretation of art it all comes out to the same basics. I, myself, am not a fan of modern art. The giant canvases with just two colors…I don’t get it but I still recognize it as art and talent on a canvas. Lot’s of people see different kinds of art in this way and that is stunning in itself that we can still recognize what other people may like more than our chosen art.
Now let’s think about makeup. Yes, people who do makeup are called makeup ‘artists’ but does anyone really regard them as artists? Real artists with beautiful work? No, its a sad truth but most people do not think of MUA’s as any type of artist. I hear so often that careers centering around makeup or hair are low pay, easy jobs that will not advance or ever end up where you want.
I know my opinion may seem biased, very biased at that. However, let’s think about the meaning of art and what it really means to be an artist for a bit. The definition of art is “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” However, the definition of artist is “a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.” So in the sense of what just art is, makeup and makeup looks are considered art because they are works being created and appreciated for their beauty. However, the definition of an artist is very seemingly specific so it is easier to see why many don’t regard MUA’s as artists.
In this post I really wanted to show how makeup is art and how it really relates to art in the sense of art museums. I want to go in depth on what the similarities are in both sections of, what I consider, art.
Let’s start out with an easy one…how are these two similar? Well the rainbow of bright colors of course! Both have the same bright colors scheme that all blend together in the end on a blank canvas. Both have distinct colors that were put there for certain reasons by the artist.
Do either really have a deeper meaning? No…not specifically…the artist wanted to do colorful art so they did and they had their own meaning to do it. However, anyone and everyone can have their own interpretation of it. That aspect makes it appeal to more people because everyone can have a distinct connection to it. They could be in support of the LGBT community, just a happy colorful piece, or each color could really represent something…it is up to you in the end.
This one is a little more on the interpretation side of things in my mind. The colors have to likeness and the style of it really has no likeness either. So how are they the same? Well the two pictures on the left are the same painting just from different angles, just as the two pictures on the right are the same makeup look just from different angles.
With this I am trying to show how perspective really changes things in art…I mean from each side both of these things look totally different. It gives an exciting and deep dynamic to the art and holds an extra surprise for the viewer. That is something that really keeps the viewer intrigued in my opinion.
To me the art piece on the left has a creepy, forewarning aspect to it, just as the makeup look on the right does. Art has a weird way of being able to evoke emotion within the human brain and these are art pieces that really actually do that. Yes, they are very different but they evoke emotion that some other art pieces may not.
The power of an inanimate thing to evoke emotion is a very strong power and I believe makeup can do this just as much as an old dresser or a painting can.
I know you are probably wondering how these two go together at all. Well not in the sense of colors, or styles, or really anything besides the fact they are both considered classical looks. I wanted to put this one in there to show that even though we may not realize it we categorize makeup looks in the same way we categorize paintings and other kinds of art. We say there is classic makeup, modern makeup, pop art makeup, etc.
In art there are many different kinds, shades, shapes, etc. that all go into one art piece or collection. Some may think this is a stretch of ideas and terminology but I believe the same thing happens with makeup palettes or collections. Each has an array of colors, formulas, details, styles and it all works together beautifully overall.
I think that art museum art and makeup really are very alike and should both be considered art in their own way. I hope this post helped to blend some lines for you and gave you a deeper understanding of what art and artists really mean. I would love to hear your ideas and opinions on this concept.
Before I end this post I would like to say that I am going to try a new series on using paintings or sculpts or any other forms of art as inspiration and kind of a map for a makeup look. I think this could turn out very interesting and create some beautiful looks so I cannot wait to share all of those with you very soon!!
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Here are some of my previous looks…