Everyone seems to be collaborating with each other these days, and makeup collaborations are a great example of this. Lately we’ve seen many cosmetics companies release limited edition makeup collections that have been created in collaboration with popular designers or artists. Makeup can be an art form in itself, so when makeup brands team with artists and designers, you know something memorable is in the works. Take a look at these arty makeup collaborations.
One of the newest makeup collaborations on the scene is between Alber Elbaz and Lancôme. And it’s gaining quite a bit of buzz. Elbaz, as the designer for Lanvin, is well known for his quirky fashion illustrations and it’s these illustrations that will feature on the packaging of the new Hypnôse Show collection. The collection will include mascaras, eye shadow palettes, and false eyelashes.
While the influential artist is no longer around, the Andy Warhol Foundation collaborated with Nars for a limited edition makeup collection. There are makeup palettes dedicated to Factory it-girls, lip glosses housed in metal soup cans, and Pop Art prints a-plenty! Even if you’re not a die-hard Warhol fan, there’s a lot to like about this collection.
MAC Cosmetics have released many makeup collaborations and limited edition collections. A few years ago they teamed up with popular graffiti artist Fafi. The limited edition collection featured illustrations of Fafi’s signature ‘fafinette’ pin-up girls. It was a highly sought after collection and remains one of MAC’s most memorable collaborations.
Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to a collaboration. He’s done the clothing collaboration thing and last year he teamed up with cosmetics company Shu Uemura. The collection, called Mon Shu Uemura included eye shadow palettes, eyelash curlers, lipsticks, and nail stickers. All of the cosmetics featured quirky packaging designed by Lagerfeld. He even went so far as to photograph the collection himself!
This makeup collaboration between Matthew Williamson and Benefit Cosmetics is definitely worth checking out. While the collaboration only involves one product, what a product it is! This colourful makeup kit contains a mix of eye shadows, mascara, and lip gloss. And it’s all housed in distinctive Matthew Williamson designed packaging.
This collaboration merges cosmetics and home décor. It’s a first for both parties as it’s BareMinerals’ first ever collaboration and Jonathan Adler’s first foray into cosmetics. This special edition box features a patterned Jonathan Adler design and contains a BareMinerals brush and SPF15 foundation.
Last year Topshop enlisted UK designer Louise Gray to collaborate with them on clothing and makeup collections. The makeup collaboration took inspiration from Gray’s signature outlandish style and features plenty of bold and bright products. Think neon lipsticks, glitter nail polishes, and super-bright blushes.
Cosmetic’s brand Kiehl’s teamed up with contemporary artist Kenny Scharf for their Holiday 2012 collection. He customised the packaging of several products for the brand as part of their annual philanthropic project. 100% of the proceeds from the collaboration are donated to various associations around the world that help in protecting children.
These are just a few examples of arty makeup collections. It just goes to show that an artist’s canvas can take any shape or form. Can you think of any other interesting makeup collaborations?
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