I recently posted this ‘pop art’ look on my instagram, and was overwhelmed with the responses and kind words. People saying that I was talented – little old me, really?! Seeing as it got such a fab response, I thought I’d go into a little more detail on the look, and provide some more pictures! It’s such an easy look to recreate – I’m no professional, and I did an OK job!
I’ve been trying to experiment and practice more makeup looks, and was googling face charts and makeup looks for inspiration. I quickly found ‘pop art’ looks and thought: hey, this looks fun and easy! A google search will provide lots of inspiration, and I combined lots of ideas to create my look. So, I’m going to take you through step by step how I created this look, so you can give it a go, too! I’ve linked to all the products I’ve used, just in case there is anything you fancy the look of. Let’s get started!
The first thing I did was prepare my skin. After cleansing and toning with my Kathleen products, I moisturised with Oxynergy Paris cream and applied lots of Burts Bees lip balm – we wanna keep those lips hydrated!
It was then time for a base – as a pop art look is 2D, you don’t need to worry about contouring or anything like that. I used my Ten Image Professional All Day Make-ip HD 18 Hour Foundation from my Seventa Makeup Academy Masterclass, applied with a beauty sponge, to even out my skin tone and create a thin base layer of foundation.
I then did my brows – I filled these in using a Bellapierre eyebrow pencil, and brushed them out so they were natural looking. Some pop art looks go for a heavier, darker brow than I went for, but I still wanted my brows to match my hair.
Now, onto the fun ‘pop art’ elements of the look!
I actually did my lips first, as these looked the trickiest and I wanted to ensure I didn’t mess them up after doing the rest of the look! For the lips, I took inspiration from Jordan Hanz – mine don’t look anywhere near as good as hers, but I think it was a pretty good attempt, seeing as I didn’t have any white paint/wet products. I used a MUA Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade Criminal (I think this shade may have been discontinued, but similar here), and then a Black Barry M Lipstick with a thin MAC 209 brush to create the edges and shading. I mixed together a lip balm and white eyeshadow for the highlights, but unfortunately this wasn’t as pigmented or accurate as I had hoped for. I really need to pick up some cream colours!
Once my lips were done, I cracked on with the rest of the look. Some pop art looks don’t use any polka dots on the face, others cover their whole face. I saw this picture from jessicarose_makeup and loved the idea of only putting dots on parts of your face. I used a red eyeshadow (from an unbranded ebay knock off I purchased when I was like 16, not gonna lie), wet my MAC 219 brush, and dotted it on. I wasn’t very accurate in where I was dotting it on, but you could of course be more precise for a more perfected finished look.
It was then time to add the black outlines and accents to the look. This is the part of the look that creates the 2D affect of pop art. Some pictures that I saw online use very little outline, some outline the whole face. I decided to go for a bit of both – framing around my jaw, my cheekbone, my chin, cupids bow, nose, eyelid, and forehead. You can use these outline and accents to create emotion, if you wanted to! I used a wet MAC 209 brush and a black eyeshadow to create the lines. Again, I wasn’t the most precise (I got impatient, haha!) but the cleaner and sharper your lines are, the more 2D the overall affect will look.
I also created a sort of large lower lash with the black lines. I felt like the look was missing something around my eye area, as the eye area looked pretty boring in comparison to the rest of the look. Lots of pop arts incorporate tears into their look, as if your 2D character is crying. I decided to create a dramatic lower lash effect, and finished it off by popping on some Nouveau Lashes falsies.
And voila! Your pop art look is finished! Although it might look a little daunting or complicated at first, it is actually such an easy look to recreate. And because pop art takes many forms, theres not really any right or wrong way – you can experiment with lots of different colours and emotions, but just remember, you want your look to appear 2D and very bold!
Let me know in the comments below if you recreate this look, or if you have any suggestions for other makeup looks for me to try!