Creem Asks Elisa Flowers, 'Is This Art?'
Creem asked Elisa Flowers to contribute an editorial to its winter issue, which included a range of answers to the question "Is this art?"
Flowers took the opportunity to unite her two passions – flawless makeup and a painterly application. "For me, the story was a fresh interpretation of the Dutch Golden Age, Expressionism and contemporary movements," she explained. "The colors and hard and soft lines were inspired by Louise Bourgeois, specifically her 'Secret of the Cells' series; the placement of the makeup was informed by Egon Schiele."
Flowers's first step was bleaching model Marcelina's eyebrows to begin with a blank canvas. "In the opening photo, I wanted her to appear like an old, cracked painting, so I liberally sprinkled Make Up For Ever's HD Microfinish Powder," the makeup artist said. "I used Dior Beauty's 5 Coleurs eye shadow palette in Bleu de Paris and Make Up For Ever cream pigments on her eyes and cheeks." Dior Addict lipstick in Rose Deshabille completed the look.
"Elements of this can be recreated for a more approachable, everyday look," Flowers added. "Enhance subtle tones you would find in your skin by gently tapping on a lip and cheek cream."
Photographer: Paul Cruz
Stylist: Leah Levin
Hair: Mara Schiavetti
Model: Marcelina at N.Y. Models