This is a late one. I wanted to get it out in time for my sister’s birthday (June 11) but things got in the way. Truthfully, I was afraid to talk about Van Gogh, because there are so many things to say about him. His is a heartbreaking story that I dare not get into right now.
Still, he’s one of my favorite artists (as clichéd as it may be) and this work of his Almond Blossom is a touching gift to his brother, Theo, and his wife when Vincent received news of their new baby as a symbol of new life.
If you are fortunate enough to see any of Van Gogh’s works in person, I suggest that you do so. The movement of the strokes evoke such powerful emotions.
This work is a little tricky to do, since it’s mostly blue—a color I don’t really know how to wear! Still, I tried, since it’s one of her favorite Van Goghs:
My base is very minimal! A little foundation on the T-zone, and my nose, some concealer on it also because of a big, RED pimple, and a bit of translucent powder. I wore a brown neutral blush, and a matte pinky nude lip.
I made my brows extra thick because of the branches’ outline in the painting, which was inspired by the thick outlines in Japanese paintings.
On the eyes, I used MAC’s Bare Study for the cream in the flowers, and I blended that in with a sky-blue shadow in the outer two-thirds of the lid. With a blue-grey, I deepened the crease and added it to the outer part of the eye. I lined the upper lash line and outer two-thirds of the lower lash line with a mid-tone brown.
Even though it’s made with a blue eyeshadow—something that has a reputation to be garish and tacky—I think I was able to create a soft look. What do you think?
Here are the colors I used:
— Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed
— Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Northern Lights (Used: Magnetic), L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Sultry Smoke, MAC eye kohl in Teddy
— Lips: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay
I hope you like it! I really want to do these more frequently, as they’re rather fun to do. 🙂