Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays—I absolute love dressing up and transforming myself. This year, I was incredibly inspired by the 2018 Met Gala Theme: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
As an Art History nerd, the convergence of art, fashion and Catholicism displayed at the event was such a cool thing to see. As always with the Met Gala, some people really go for the theme: Rihanna as the Pope, Zendaya as Joan of Arc, Cardi B dripped in gold and jewels, while SZA, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kate Bosworth were actual angels on the carpet. Plus, the various halo crowns worn by almost everyone had me at hello.
Even though I’m not religious, I’ve always had an appreciation for religious art and iconography—it’s actually very interesting when you read a bit into it. There’s so many things to interpret, not to mention, these works of art tend to be stunning.
I’ve always loved the depiction of a weeping Mary, and wanted to recreate it. Makeup artists have done this weeping look before, remember when Pat McGrath did it for Rihanna in W? Super inspiring! Here’s my take on it:
I really loved creating this look so much. It required a lot of hot glue and patience, but I’m glad I stuck with it. I had this idea in my mind for the past few weeks, and in order for me to get it out of my head, I had to make it happen.
I’m so impressed with how it all turned out, that I’m currently planning out a series of makeup looks inspired by other various Art History topics and time periods that I love. Especially considering that Black women are almost never depicted in classical art, it could be an interesting project, but more on that later…
Anyway, I hope you guys like this look! Hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween!
ARMANI BEAUTY Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 11.75
ARMANI BEAUTY Fluid Sheer Shade 10
ARMANI BEAUTY Lip Maestro Shade 400
NARS Liquid Blush in Dolce Vita on lips/cheeks
NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Amande
FENTY BEAUTY Flyliner
MILK MAKEUP Kush Mascara
PAT MCGRATH LABS Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette: Entrapment, Disobedient, Bronze Blaze
ILLAMASQUA Blush in Hussy
ILLAMASQUA Beyond Powder in Epic,
ILLAMASQUA Gel Sculpt in Silhouette
KEVYN AUCOIN Sculpting Powder Medium
KOPARI BEAUTY Lip Glossy on eyes, lips, and cheeks
Nails are Gold Leaf topped with clear coat
Tears are melted glue gun glue coated in Gold Leaf, applied with lash glue