Digital Color Palettes: The Masters and Makeup

Whether I’m using an app, cutting up pieces of paper, or arranging pans of makeup, I’m always excited by creating color palettes. Today, I’m trying something new purely for visual pleasure. Here, fine art is both the inspiration and the backdrop for these digital color palettes that replace swatches or “chips” with makeup. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did making them!


PALETTE NAME: Turquoise Dream

Modigliani and makeup

ART: Portrait of Madam Survage, Amedeo Modigliani, 1918.

LEFT: Ben Nye Primary Creme Color in Army Green & Turquoise, Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Gratitude, Ben Nye Creme Rouge in Island Coral.

RIGHT: Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Rapture, Cameleon Professional Face & Body Paint in Teal, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Pastel Blue, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Beloved, Cameleon Professional Face & Body Paint in Celadon.


_Renoir with makeup

ART: Jeanne Samary in a Low Necked Dress, Pierre-August Renoir, 1877.

LEFT: RMS Beauty Lip2 Cheek in Smile, Viseart Theory Eyeshadow Palette in Absinthe.

RIGHT: La Femme Eyeshadow in Peach, Pink & Brown, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Dark Matte Brown, Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Infinite & Peridot.

PALETTE NAME: Golden Musings

Gold Makeup Klimt

ART: Judith and the Head of Holofernes, Gustav Klimt, 1901.

LEFT: Ben Nye Lumiere Grande Color in Aztec Gold & Golden Apricot, RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Modest, Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Citrine & Shiva, Lemonhead  Spacepaste in Dirty Penny.

RIGHT: Lemonhead SpaceJam in Paradise Cove, Ben Nye Pearl Sheen Eye Accents in Gold & Sun Goddess, La Femme Eyeshadow in Gold, Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Bliss & Quest.

PALETTE NAME: Violet Tango

vintage makeup ad collage palette

ART: Illustration by Frank Parras (or Frank Parkas?) from an edited vintage makeup ad, early 1930s. (If anyone has information on this artist, please comment. Thanks!)

LEFT: Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Accent, Ben Nye Primary Creme Color in Bright Pink.

RIGHT: Ben Nye Primary Creme Color in Special Orange, Cozzette Infinite Eyeshadow in Violaceaous, Mehron Pro Pencil in Black, RMS Beauty Wild with Desire Lipstick in RMS Red, Viseart Blush Palette in Orange/Violet.

For more creative inspiration, check out Halloween Makeup By Yuki Hayashi.

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