By Devon Abelman. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram, YouTube.
Thanks to The Devil Wears Prada, we've firmly established that florals for spring are less than groundbreaking. However, floral eye makeup — taken as literally as possible — most definitely is. Since spring started, makeup artists have been posting close-ups on Instagram of looks created with actual blooms, petals, and blossoms. They glue real flowers around the eyes. Paired with colorful eye shadow and liner, the results are like intricate and gorgeous mini beauty bouquets.
Floral eye makeup is helping some makeup artists get in the spring spirit. Holly Aldous, better known as @hollifer__ on Instagram, decided to give floral eye makeup a go when she "was getting extremely bored of the cold weather in England and just wanted to give [herself] a little spring pick-me-up," she tells Allure. (Uh, same.) Since then, Aldous has experimented with baby's breath and teeny tiny daisies. To make the flowers stand out, she complements them with contrasting eye makeup or occasionally coordinating shadow.
As for selecting which flower is in bloom on her face, Aldous says, "I usually go for a walk, and if I see any flowers or plants looking sad and have seen better days, I take them home and try and turn them into something beautiful again." She later glues on her gatherings with the Eylure Latex Free Clear Adhesive ($7.50). For the record, the fresh flowers don't irritate or bother her face at all.
Poland-based makeup artist Ewelina Niemiec Ecia and Sara Engel, who lives in Denmark, have taken the freshly picked flower route, too.
Ruthie Barone, on the other hand, likes to use dried flowers. She's totally up front about the fact that those, unlike fresh florals, can be a touch itchy. Barone has always found dried plants to be beautiful, so she doesn't mind affixing them to her face for a bit. "I particularly enjoy using dried flowers because they provide texture," she tells Allure. "Using flowers for me is a tool of self expression, so you can use whatever flowers you like to express your mood or personality." Her floral glue of choice is House of Lashes Eyelash Adhesive because "it is cruelty free and keeps them from budging." Here are some of our favorite looks that Barone has created.
Bekka Harvey, a makeup artist from Liverpool, U.K., works with dried flowers, too.
And so does Fran Aguilera (@frantastic_beauty).
Sure, the botanical take on spring eye makeup may not be as much of an everyday look as, say, a rose-printed dress, but we can't help but fantasize. For a picnic with friends, a jaunt around the May pole, or maybe even just our vernal dreams. Thank you, Instagram, for making dreary days of April showers that much brighter.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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