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 uk.bazaar.com/1eoumlZ – 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