How to Use Paintings for Eye Shadow Color Inspiration

As a makeup-lover, you’re often a slave to whatever color palette the beauty company has chosen for you. They put together a nice dusty plum and a pale pink and you know that they’ll go together.

But what if you want a cool palette of colors that hasn’t been thought of yet? Or maybe you have a huge palette full of a rainbow of colors and you don’t know where to start.

Guess what? You can create your own palette of colors inspired by your favorite paintings and pictures!

1. Find a Painting or Picture You Like

Do you have a favorite painting? Perhaps you like the Mona Lisa or Seurat’s La Grande Jatte. Search online for a picture of that painting.

How to Use Paintings for Eye Shadow Color Inspiration: Starry NightOne of my favorites is Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

2. Get the URL for the Image

For the next step, you’ll need the URL for the image. Once you’ve found a picture of your favorite painting online, just right-click on it and choose “copy image URL” or something similar (it depends on the web browser you’re using).

3. Plug the Painting into a Color Palette Generator

There are a bunch of color palette generators out there, but my favorite is from DeGraeve.com.

Plug in the URL for the picture you found into the palette generator by pressing CTRL-V to paste it into the field under “URL of image.”

Click the “Color-Palette-ify!” button.

4. Marvel at the Results

The color palette generator comes up with two color palettes based on the picture you chose: dull and vibrant.

How to Use Paintings for Eye Shadow Color Inspiration: Starry Night Color PaletteWith the Starry Night painting, it came up with a mix of greens, blues and yellow.

How to Use Paintings for Eye Shadow Color Inspiration: Starry Night Color Palette: Mona Lisa Color PaletteThe Mona Lisa features a neutral color palette with olive undertones.

How to Use Paintings for Eye Shadow Color Inspiration: Starry Night Color Palette: Eiffel Tower Color PaletteLeonid Afremov’s Eiffel Tower features higher contrast colors than the other paintings.

5. Use Those Colors in an Eye Shadow Look

Now that you have your own color palette inspired by your favorite painting, you can go through your eye shadows and match the colors to the palette. Use some or all of the colors in an eye shadow look.

Want to see this in action? Come back to Makeup Files tomorrow to see a tutorial using the Starry Night color palette.

What’s your favorite painting? Would you use the color palette in an eye shadow look?

Let’s chat about it in the comments!

Trisha

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4 Comments

  1. Brilliant! And also wonderful to fashion .. I am the worst at color matching .. so this will be helpful to me.

    Monica

  2. Oh this is such a cool trick! My makeup inspiration has abandoned me lately, but now I’ll just have to dig up my fave paintings and do this. Thank you!

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