Is Beauty Art?

Todd Lynn SS14

The question ‘is beauty art?’ was posed to me and a few fellow makeup artists by Victoria Hall at Bazaar Beauty online. Here’s what I said below and you can read the rest of the article at – it’s interesting!

“I don’t believe that ‘the face is a canvas’ as each face is unique and you shouldn’t sacrifice beauty for creativity. In my opinion, make-up should enhance the features and communicate a certain amount of character. Fashion is completely inspired by art at the moment – where art leads, fashion follows – but I think that real life is more interesting than art, so I try to be more inspired by the everyday (as Edward de Bono said, “to be inspired by the everyday is a powerful source of creativity”). After all, most artists are trying to communicate or capture a moment of real life. If you’re inspired by what’s happening around you, you’ll always be current.”

Which artists have inspired you?

“I have been inspired by so many artists, including Lempicka for cubic highlighting and shading; the Fauves for their ‘savage’ use of colour, which was considered so shocking at the time; and 
Gilbert and George for their initial restraint with colour. They only used black and white at the beginning of their career, before introducing colour by colour until eventually their work looked like stained-glass windows.

Pictured: Todd Lynn SS14


Heavenly Garden

Perrier Jouet_Warren & Nick_Sept 13_01

Continuing with the garden theme, I’ve just come across this advertisement for Perrier Jouet which I worked on way back in December last year, shot by the incredible partnership Warren and Nick. The garden was created in a studio not far from where I live, and was very much like the garden I’d like to live in! I fell in love with the pure white Japanese anemones and who wouldn’t be happy if champagne was on tap…


Dream a Little Dream


Georgia May Jagger by Venetia Scott for Vogue UK October 2013-004


I really enjoyed making up Georgia Jagger for this story shot by Venetia Scott and styled by Bay Garnett for British Vogue’s October issue. We were on location at Great Dixter House in Rye, probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever worked in. Nature has a way of combining colours that you’d never put together yourself, so it’s very easy to be inspired to try something contrasting – it obviously works because it attracts bees!

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