Irises In Monet’s Garden, On Your Eyelids

Yes, it's a masterpiece, but does it have makeup potential?
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Yes, it's a masterpiece, but does it have makeup potential?

I’m going to be honest. I’m not very adventurous with my everyday makeup. I’m a brown eye shadow and pink lip color kind of gal, all day every day. Once in a while, though, I do like to live a little. Though the looks rarely leave my bedroom walls, I at least share them with the Internet.

Last time we discussed art and makeup, I brought you Turner-inspired eyes. This time, since I’m still in Clueless mode, I thought I’d nod my beret at impressionist Claude Monet. Without getting all Water Lilies on you (a request by Anne-Marie that I’m happy to oblige), here is Irises in Monet’s Garden, on my eyelids.

claude monet irises in monets garden painting

Irises in Monet’s Garden

urban decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ransom and a fine brush. 

First, prep your eyelids with a white base so the colors will appear clearer. I used the white in my Maqpro Petite Fard Creme Palette in PP22.

Using Sephora’s Makeup Academy Palette, I applied two shades of purple overtop. Then, with my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ransom, I began creating the “irises” on the outer corner of the eye. Afterward, I dotted on some white from the Maqpro Palette. This doesn’t show as well on the paper above, but it applies nicely on the lid.

Then I grabbed some green eye shadows and drew some leaves and grass on my upper lash line, finishing the look with some purple on the lower lash line.

purple eye makeup

A pretty look?

claude monet irises inspired eye makeup

…or did she forget to blend?

Since the eyes were pretty strong, I kept the rest of the face very minimal. No foundation and just concealer under the eyes and anywhere else I needed. On the lips: pink lip balm.

claude monet irises inspired eye makeup

“It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess.”

I'm not 100 percent there on this, but it's different, that's for sure. In the meantime, I’m still looking for the right masterpiece to wear on my eyelids.  

  • Have you ever looked at a work of art and been inspired to put on makeup?
  • What masterpiece should I tackle next?