I initially planned to do this series, Made-Up History, at least once a week. For a total of 52 looks and works of art by the time this beauty blog turned a year old. Funny how things turned out. For this installment, I want to base a look off of a work by Mark Rothko.
I’m sure you’ve seen his works! The most famous are typically blocks of color that almost touch or sometimes run into each other. People’s reactions to the paintings are often, “I could do that,” but I will tell you now that “No, you could not.” There is a rare quality of rawness and honesty present in Rothko’s work. It is inimitable because it’s the outpouring of his soul.
One of my favorite quotes by Rothko is from an interview with Will Gompertz by Interview Magazine:
Somebody said to [Rothko], “Why do you paint these great, big maudlin canvases?” And he said, “Because if there happens to be somebody who’s feeling a bit lonely and they come and stand in front of one of my works, they know they’re not alone.”
Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949
I chose this particular piece because of the colors, which don’t seem hard to work with in terms of face color. I’ve been wanting to try out a cream shadow I got from Benefit. It’s a deep red-violet shade called Stiletto. I can’t really say if this was a hit or a miss, but I do think I could have made it a lot warmer. Ah, well.
On eyes: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner (Stiletto), theBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Palette (Snobby, Stubborn), Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes (Café Au Lait, Coffee Ground, Vanilla Nuts), K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Liner (Black), K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner (01), Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
On cheeks: The Body Shop x Lily Cole Lip & Cheek Dome (Crazy for Coral) On face: Guerlain x Emilio Pucci Météorites (Perles d’Azur) On lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (La Distinguée)
Excuse my hair (and general demeanor)! I took a break from working because I got bored. Hehe. Anyway, I hope you liked the look. I had fun trying to make a new look, especially a darker-than-usual eye. 🙂
Art work credit:
Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red)
Oil on canvas
207 x 167.6 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, Elane and Werner Dannheisser and The Dannheisser Foundation
© 2012 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York