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This flowey eyeshadow exemplifies how makeup can be art. (@simplygirls/Twitter)

This flowey eyeshadow exemplifies how makeup can be art. (@simplygirls/Twitter)

Lucy Singer, Jewish Studies Editor

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What comes to mind when you think of makeup? A means to look better? Vanity? Confidence? These are the common thoughts about the purpose of cosmetics, but beauty products can be used for more than this. They can be used to create art.

Oxford Dictionary defines ‘art’ as “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.” When used in the right way, cosmetics become a medium for artists. This type of art can be used for vanity such as for weddings, proms, and other events, but it can also create beautiful, creative, meaningful pieces of artwork. This might be hard to understand because of the stigma that makeup is solely used to make one look and feel more attractive. Here are some convincing pictures that makeup is another means to create art.

 

This is one of Vlada Haggerty’s creations. (Vlada Haggerty, Twitter)

This look is created by Vlada Haggerty, a Ukrainian makeup artist who now works out of Los Angeles, California. As you can see, this makeup disproves the assumption that cosmetics are exclusively used to enhance beauty. Haggerty shows her creativity by using makeup as a way to express herself. Learn more about Vlada Haggerty at https://www.vladamua.com/about.

 

@cyborgonhill made this unique look. (@cyborgonhill, Twitter)

Social media user @Cyborgonhill is a self proclaimed “makeup and blackwork enthusiast” as stated in her Twitter bio. She brings a whole new meaning of aesthetic to art, using makeup to skillfully creating looks destined for art shows. Watch her makeup tutorials here.

 

This look was designed and applied by Yire Castillo (Yire Castillo, Twitter)

Yire Castillo, a nail and makeup artist who I have been following on social media for many years, is the perfect example of how makeup is just another medium to create art with. He invents magnificent artwork, using his face as a canvas. Just as the definition of art says, Castillo uses his “creative skill,” gained through years of practice. He shows his fans how he applies his beautiful creations on his YouTube channel.

 

Pat McGrath designed and applied this makeup look on a model. (Pat McGrath, Twitter)

Pat McGrath is my all time favorite makeup artist. This talented woman created this unique look that evokes an emotion in the viewer, just as artwork should. McGrath possesses unimaginable talent and creativity, and even has her own makeup line. She does makeup for high fashion magazines and shows, focusing more on outside-the-box beauty. 

 

Hannah Jones Morris, a senior at The Weber School, had fun creating this colorful eye look. (Hannah Jones Morris/ The Weber School)

Even some of your fellow classmates use makeup as a form of art. Weber senior Hannah Jones Morris created this colorful eyeshadow look. She says “My inspiration for my makeup is things that make me happy like art or nature. Makeup is a way to express my creativity and do art on my body that isn’t permanent.”

 

I centered this makeup look around the color “blue.” (Lucy Singer/ The Weber School)

I consider myself an amateur makeup artist. Despite my lack of experience in the makeup work field, I have developed a passion for creating stunning, unique, and creative looks. I enjoy playing around with colors and eyebrows. While I was applying this makeup, I realized I wanted to use makeup to express beauty and art in unconventional ways and show people that beauty is more than a single view created by our society.

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