Makeup as an art form and storytelling tool

My entry to the Buntricia Journey to Nigeria Competition has made me see makeup in a new light. Makeup is more than just applying mascara and a smudge of lipstick or just a tool to enhance beauty- No- it has become more than that! Makeup can be used to tell a story, create awareness about a cause or it could just be pure art! 

Last week, I made it to the final round of the competition and we were given two pictures as inspiration:-

Buntricia Bastain-Journey to Nigeria-Stage 2
Buntricia “Jounney to Nigeria” inspired looks for the finals

Working on my entry, I decided to also tell a story with this new submission. My entry which I titled “Blessed” is inspired by strong women who despite all odds go on and become great women, whether in their homes, with their children, in their community or at work. I think every strong woman has a story to tell, because our imperfections and scars make us survivors and stronger! There’s a sparkle in all of us, we just need to conquer our fears and let it shine! Steve Maraboli said:

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty”

And this is what I tried to capture in this piece!

Ngozy Atta-Jagabeauty-JourneyToNigeria
Jagabeauty entry to Buntricia “Journey to Nigeria” Competition

Just like a painter with his paint and brushes or a photographer with his camera to create art or tell a story, I see myself as a storyteller with my eyeshadow, eyepencil, lipstick, blushes and brushes with which I will tell stories, touch people’s lives positively and fight for causes I believe in. This my Art! This is my Calling! 

This new revelation has made me aware other makeup artist and their art works.

Make-up maestros who are turning makeup into an art form and storytelling

Peter Philips

Peter Philips

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Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath
Pat McGrath for Dior
Pat McGrath
DIOR HAUTE COUTURE 2004, MAKEUP: Pat McGrath, PHOTOGRAPHER: Roxanne Lowit, MUSE: Coco Iman

Alex Box

© Photography Rankin, Make Up Alex Box
© Photography Rankin, Make Up Alex Box
Makeup-Alex Box
Makeup-Alex Box

Jagabeauty

Jagabeauty, Black Swan
The Black Swan, Makeup- Ngozy Atta

Makeup used to create awareness

Inspired by the Chibok girls, #bringbackourgirls, makeup-Ngozy Atta
Inspired by the Chibok girls, #bringbackourgirls, makeup-Ngozy Atta
Breast Cancer Awareness, Makeup- Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs
Breast Cancer Awareness, Makeup- Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs

What is your Art and how are you using it to change your world? Would love to hear from you!

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© Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs, Alex Box, Pat McGrathPeter Philips

 

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