MM summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

I understand that the summer 2018 exhibition themes are, once again, not original or thought-provoking, but they definitely got me dreaming of lazing in a hammock under some palm trees on a tropical island filled with exotic colorful birds.  Flamingos and palm trees as well as a pink and green color scheme appear to be everywhere this year, even more so than in past seasons, and I wanted to celebrate these trends with some of the most summery makeup we've ever seen. Consider 2018 an updated version of the Museum's 2015 jungle/safari themed exhibition, that, astonishingly enough, does not contain a single mermaid!  I'll be sharing all the images that inspired me in a follow-up post, but for now let's feast our eyes on some pretties.

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Top row, left to right.

I'm very intrigued by this vintage Bulgarian face powder box and sample packet.  And while I'm not a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, I think the April Vogue cover made a perfect modern example of advertising's love affair with pretty birds.  (See also these images of Jennifer Lawrence and Liz Taylor, as well as this 1957 Harper's cover.)

Ideal face powder, ca. 1930s

Ideal face powder, ca. 1930s

Vogue April 2018 cover

Exhibition label

I believe this is the first time I've worked in a print by an illustrator in an exhibition.  This print by Kendra Dandy pairs well with some of the pieces from the Charlotte Tilbury/Norman Parkinson collection.  I've been a fan of Kendra's since I discovered her via an Anthropologie collection a few years ago, and I'm still kicking myself about not getting anything from it (especially the flamingo-printed lip balm, which would have been perfect for this exhibition.)  Fortunately she consistently puts out amazing illustrations so I'm at least able to buy those.

Palm trees

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Sunny Palms print by Kendra Dandy

Exhibition label

Vintage Rex palm tree compact (ca. 1950s) and Woodbury Tropic Tan ad:

Woodbury and Rex

Vintage Rex palm tree compact

Woodbury Tropic Tan ad, 1949

These flamingo-themed Violet Voss and Nomad palettes were a total surprise, which is one of the reasons I had to delay the exhibition launch.  It was worth it though.  :)  I know they look very cramped but I really wanted them on the same shelf since they're both new and by indie brands.

Violet Voss flamingo palette

Nomad Antilles palette

Second row, left to right.

Sephora lipstick case and Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colors:

Paul & Joe / Sephora

Sephora Coconut Grove lipstick

Paul & Joe

Exhibition label

I adore the packaging for this new Japanese line (look at the little flamingo tracks!), but the story behind its creation is interesting too. 

Astalift

Astalift Highlighter

Exhibition label

I love the palm tree pattern of the By Terry palette, it's so elegant.  The ArtDeco items are actually from last fall, but they read more summer to me.  I ordered the Beauty Box Trio and the Blush Couture so the embossing on the blush and design on the outer cases are visible at the same time, but unfortunately they screwed up my order so I'm still waiting for the Beauty Box Trio.

By Terry Sun Designer palette and ArtDeco Beauty of Nature

Art Deco Beauty of Nature Blush Couture

I'm so pleased that Collecting Vintage Compacts and "Cap'n Rexall" (the author of this blog) had the full story on Jonteel.  And when I say full story, I mean they were somehow able to track down every bit of information on this vintage line.  As always, I weep at the fact that I will never come close to this level of research.

Jonteel ad, 1921

Jonteel ad, 1921

Jonteel face powder

Exhibition label

Third row, left to right.

Another print by Kendra Dandy, I just couldn't resist!  Looks right at home next to these Pai Pai and Etude House lipstick cases.

Lash Flamingo print by Kendra Dandy

Lash Flamingo print by Kendra Dandy

Etude House and Pai Pai lipstick cases

Etude House and Pai Pai lipstick cases

Exhibition label

LM Ladurée blush container:

LM Ladurée

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Here's the palm-tastic Urban Decay Beached collection...well, not the whole lineup since there is a bronzer with palm trees on it as well, but I didn't want to invest any more in this collection.

Urban Decay Beached

How cute is this Dorothy Gray ad?!  The Stratton compact is lovely but I also really appreciate the kitschy vibe of the hand-painted souvenir compact.  If I were a tourist in the golden age of compacts I definitely would have gotten one from every destination I visited.

1946 Dorothy Gray ad

Vintage flamingo compacts

Bottom row, left to right.

Wet 'n' Wild Flights of Fancy items and Morphe Babe in Paradise palette:

Wet-n-wild

Exhibition label

Another vintage powder box which admittedly I bought before trying to come up with information on it.  Alas, I wasn't able to find much save for a couple of newspaper ads.  But the design is just too exquisite to pass up.

Zuané powder box

Zuané powder

Zuané powder ad, 1932

Exhibition label

Clarins 2017 and 2018 bronzers:

Clarins bronzers

Exhibition label

Why Paul & Joe is recycling a print from their 2016 spring collection I don't know, but it was a good fit for this year's summer exhibition.

Paul & Joe lip collection

Paul & Joe

Exhibition label

And that concludes the summer 2018 exhibition!  Any favorite items? 

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MM 10-year anniversary giveaway WINNER!

Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the Museum's 10-year anniversary giveaway!  I was so happy to have so many entries from all over the world.  I really loved seeing all your comments too, but Typepad's commenting system is trash (I really need to install Disqus) and I was overwhelmed trying to reply to everyone.  So I apologize for not getting back to you, but rest assured each and every comment was read and very much appreciated. 

Now onto the winner!  Museum interns Origins Babo and Babo Bear volunteered to do the honors. 

Giveaway-congrats

Giveaway-winner

Woohoo!  I'm so excited for you to get your stuff! 

Uh-oh, here we go again. 

MM staff

"Oooh, little pink sparkly cookies!"  "And look, pink champagne jelly to spread on top of them!  Yummy!" 

MM staff

Sigh.  Since I've come to anticipate staff eating the giveaway prize I kept a close eye and managed to pry out the goodies from those little teeth before they could damage them.  So don't worry, your items are still in pristine condition! 

Thank you again to everyone who entered.  If you didn't win, don't despair - I remembered how fun giveaways are so I will plan on allotting some of the Museum's budget for more of them!  They probably won't be big 10-item ones like this, but I think smaller ones are nice too.  If it's free, it's all good. ;)  And please let me know in the comments what sort of items/brands you want to see in future giveaways. 

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Tiny Makeup as Muse: lipstick sculptures, continued

I'm roughly three years overdue with this installment of Makeup as Muse, but it's a summer Friday so I'm throwing caution to the wind and posting about these amazing micro sculptures by British artist Hedley Wiggan.  Unlike fellow lipstick sculptors May Sum and Theresa Nakhoul, Wiggan isn't really involved in the cosmetics industry, but can carve basically any material that's thrown at him. In 2015 he was commissioned by Heathrow Airport to replicate five iconic buildings from the world's major cities to celebrate Heathrow's first lipstick trend report.  According to HuffPo: "Thanks to its in-terminal retail shops, London Heathrow Airport boasts the largest range of beauty lines in Europe under one roof. The airport released a “Lipstick Colours Of The Year” report, using global sales data to determine the preferred shade of cities all over the world, like New York (classic red), Dubai (rose pink), and more. The report also provides tips to master the perfect lip and a brief history of lipstick."  Wiggan reproduced Dubai's Burj Khalifa, London's Big Ben, NYC's Statue of Liberty, Paris's Eiffel Tower, and Shanghai's Tower. 

Hedley Wiggan lipstick sculptures

I'm astonished at the detail on these.  Carving anything this size is obviously challenging, but lipstick is a totally different animal from other materials given their softer texture.  Says Wiggan, "[The process] was really difficult.  Lipstick is a different material altogether. I had to stick them in the fridge and had 10 minutes sculpting time.  I got some cheaper ones to practise on and I could tell the difference between cheap and expensive lipsticks."  Another reason to treat yourself to high-end lipstick!  I wonder how Pat McGrath's or Chanel's lipsticks would perform as sculptures.  :)

Hedley Wiggan - Burj Khalifa lipstick
(images from hedleywiggan.co.uk)

Here's a pic to give you a better sense of the scale:

Model with Hedley Wiggan lipstick sculpture(image from thisiscow.com)

I also loved how the sculptures were displayed.  I think Heathrow did a nice job showing them in individual cases and putting photos of the actual buildings below.

Hedley Wiggan lipstick sculpture installation(image from themoodieblog)

The display also featured a much larger (2-story high!) lipstick sculpture of the Statue of Liberty.

Lipstick sculpture(image from heathrow.com)

I'm so glad there's a video showing how he works.  It's amazing to watch.

So who is Hedley Wiggan and how did he get into art?  His initial experience is somewhat heartbreaking:  "At age 8 he entered an art competition, hand drawing a Tyrannosaurus Rex with just a graphite pencil, poster paper and a small stamp of the dinosaur to use as a model. A box of chocolate was the prize. The motivation for Hedley was to present the chocolate to a girl in his class for whom he had a deep affection. Hedley dreamed of winning her heart.  His confidence was quickly shattered when his teacher, who was the judge of the competition, immediately disqualified him in disbelief. He said, “You must have cheated and traced this entry.” If only the judge had known that Hedley had been drawing assignments for his friends in class.  Disheartened by this undeserved outcome, Hedley did not pick up a paintbrush and draw again until age 40 when he broke a pencil and noticed it looked like a hand."  In 2012 Wiggan attempted his first carving of an Olympic torch in honor of the London games, which required working around the clock for a full month while also managing his day job as a hospital technician.  His professional medical background came in handy:  "I tried at first with a scalpel but it was too big for the lead so I started using pins and needles and basically anything small enough that I could get my hands on," he says.  (He now uses his own hand-made tools to achieve the necessary precision, as well as a microscope.)  

Hedley Wiggan - Olympic torch

Wiggan wasn't met with much success at first.  "When I tell people what I do, they don't take me seriously, they look at me and think I am talking rubbish," Wiggan noted.  But with the tutelage of his older brother, who also creates micro sculptures, as well as his own hard work and determination, a mere 3 years later he had landed the Heathrow commission and received global attention after making a sculpture of One Direction's Harry Styles.  That same year he also had his own exhibition in Paris.

Hedley Wiggan - Harry Styles lipstick sculpture
(image from theboltonnews.co.uk)

While Wiggan doesn't consider himself strictly a "micro sculptor" - he also paints - his miniature sculptures are probably what he's best known for.  In addition to lipstick, pencil tips and tiny glass jars serve as the foundation for these mini masterpieces. Wiggan cites Dali, Manet and Da Vinci as his favorite artists and draws on a variety of subject matter, from celebrities and fictional superheroes to historical figures and mythical beings. 

Hedley Wiggan superheroes pencil sculptures

Hedley Wiggan - Prince guitar

Hedley Wiggan - Shakespeare and Dickens

Wiggan-pegasus

Hedley Wiggan - fairy sculpture(images from hedleywiggan.co.uk)

I adore the lipstick sculptures, but my inner mermaid is enamored of Wiggan's shark teeth sculptures that were commissioned by London's Sea Life Aquarium in 2015.  The display was meant to attract visitors and increase awarness for ocean conservation.   Says Wiggan, "I was very excited […] at the chance to work on such a great project as it was for a great cause, and I also love all marine creatures.  I hope that the sculptures will educate visitors to the Sea Life center and teach them the real beauty that surrounds us all.  We [must] treat all creatures with the respect they so rightly deserve.”

Hedley Wiggan - shark tooth sculpture

Hedley Wiggan - shark tooth sculpture

Hedley Wiggan - shark tooth sculpture(images from divephotoguide.com)

However painstaking these are to make, Wiggan finds that the enormous amount of concentration required is akin to meditation; he genuinely enjoys creating his art and is pleased that people are enjoying it in turn, even though he's not sure exactly what they find so appealing about it. "I feel like art chose me. I find it so relaxing and it makes you more aware of things. You just take so much in...I feel really blessed that people like my work.  I think my art has tapped in to something — I am not sure what that is, but it is going well."  I just wish he'd get back to lipsticks...I wonder how much it would cost to have a mermaid lipstick sculpture!

What do you think?  Which of these is your favorite?

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Makeup Museum 10-year anniversary giveaway!

10 years

Ten years ago today I wrote my first blog post.  While I haven't accomplished anything in the past decade and toyed with the idea of discontinuing the blog earlier this year, obviously I chose to keep going.  Well, "chose" may not be totally accurate - I just realized that I would be lost without my identity as a makeup blogger and couldn't figure out a way to officially make a clean break and say goodbye, so I'm continuing to muddle through.  I'll be doing a 10-year anniversary exhibition with more thoughts on blogging and the Museum later this year, but for now, I want to celebrate my loyal readers - all 2 of you - with a chance to win a 10-piece giveaway!  I feel quite ashamed I haven't done a giveaway since 2015, so I hope having 10 items makes up for the lack of free goodies over the past couple years.

Makeup Museum 10 year anniversary giveaway

One lucky winner will receive the following:

  1. Pat McGrath Lust 004 Lip Kit in Bloodwine
  2. Urban Decay Heavy Metals palette
  3. Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto
  4. Rodin Olio Lusso Mermaid Illuminating Powder
  5. Vaseline Lip Bubbly
  6. An adorable notebook by beauty illustrator/editor ByMinoue
  7. Republic Nail Frida Kahlo lipstick in Maravilla
  8. Republic Nail Frida Kahlo lipstick in Clavel
  9. Chantecaille Les Paillettes
  10. NARS Andy Warhol Flower Palette no. 1  (I know I gave this away before, but I came across yet another extra I had and given that's one of my all-time favorite collections I thought it would be perfect to include.)

And of course, a choice of samples...or all of the ones I currently have on hand, whatever you'd like.  :) 

There are lots of ways to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  Please note that for all of the Instagram entry options, you must be following me there for them to count.  Yes, it's open internationally!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced next Tuesday, August 14th.  Good luck and thank you!  

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