I created this especially for the Make Up Your Mind Group, as I joined awhile ago and liked the challenge of making art with a unusual medium.

Now I know that my hoarding habits can sometimes pay off.
I fished out a large bagful of old make up products and had some fun last night.
All those old eye shadows, nail polishes, eye pencils, foundations etc… played their part in this creation.

I was very surprised just how well they blended with my fingers. I must try using pastels sometime in the future, as I am hooked aftyer this experiment.

Thanks to my daughter Lucy too, who let me use her bright sparkly eye shadows and Kate who left behind some odds and ends of make up which helped in the making of this.

Paper: Gainsborough Pastel/Felt textured paper, colour mid grey.

Size: 310mm x 225mm

White areas were painted with Matisse Titanium White paint

Faces are always interesting aren’t they? I had a picture of a scarab and wanted to incorporate it.
This is an ancient symbol for good luck. It can be worn near the heart or displayed in many other ways to continue it’s 4,000-plus year history of bringing good luck.

Nail polishes were used to colour it.

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  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsover 4 years ago

    oh she is lovely…she looks a little like you!! yes use your cosmetics you dont need them!!!

  • Thanks Shylie :) I have an idea that when all of us create a face we put a little of ourselves into it, unwittingly. My partner made the same comment.

    I made the mistake of putting some dabs of white paint down the centre of the nose before I applied the foundation…thinking it would make it lighter. I didn’t realise that the foundation wouldn’t cover it up. Oh well it was an experiment and fun, not a masterpiece. ~ Anni x

    – Anni Morris

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 4 years ago

    Much better to put the products on this than on you! Love the image:-))

  • Hi Enivea, Yes it is amazing how much make up was squirreled away. The nail polishes were fun as there was amazing colours like purple, green and gold!
    Fun using fingers to blend the foundation. I can understand people using pastel now.
    Thanks for looking ;) ~ Anni x

    – Anni Morris

    PERUGINAover 4 years ago

    wow… who would have thought.. worked wonderfully well. She is striking and mesmerising. Thanks for sharing your experince re the creation of this portrait. Hope you have been well Anni. :)

  • Hello Patricia, good to see you here again. This was a bit of fun with make up. It was great using my fingers for a changed instead of a brush. ~ Anni x

    – Anni Morris

  • kathibook
    kathibookover 4 years ago

    Interesting Anni! I never would have thought to use cosmetics….that’s why you’re the artist and I’m the writer!! lol Is this a portrait, because she looks like you. Love the scarab too!…magical creatures. I like this one quite a lot!

  • Hello Kathi, I am a member of the Make Up Your Mind Group on here, which means 80% of the picture has to be made with make up. Love a challenge :) My partner said it looks like me, I didn’t set out to do so, it just evolved. Good use of old make up and some fun. Thanks Kathi ~ Anni x

    – Anni Morris

  • CiannaRose
    CiannaRoseover 4 years ago

    You made this with old make-up? How cool is that! The eyes are incredible and the lips are so lovely too, well done Anni! xx :)

  • Good morning Cianna :) Thanks for your comment. I always love doing the eyes. I have an almost finished painting of only just eyes which I hope to complete soon. Big hugs up to you ~ Anni x

    – Anni Morris

  • danita clark
    danita clarkover 4 years ago

    Its fun isnt it ! The powders blend so easily ! She is very striking anni

  • Yup, it sure is fun danita, and no mascara used in this one. Thank you :) ~ Anni

    – Anni Morris

  • sky   princess
    sky princessover 4 years ago

    Wow, Brilliant work!

  • Thank you eman :) ~ Anni

    – Anni Morris

  • Midori Furze
    Midori Furzeover 4 years ago

    Awesome work, Anni!!
    Love it!!

  • Thank you so much for looking and your comment ~ Anni :)

    – Anni Morris

  • Angela  van Boxtel
    Angela van Bo...over 4 years ago

    Lovely work Anni!

  • Thanks Angela for taking the time to look and comment ~ Anni :)

    – Anni Morris

  • Lilaviolet
    Lilavioletover 4 years ago

    So beautiful and mystical. Love it, Anni!

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