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Le blog de l’artiste peintre franco-américaine Gwenn Seemel. Les articles sont en anglais et en français, et souvent ils sont bilingues.

Makeup tutorial / Tutoriel de maquillage

2017 . 11 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

A tutorial not for putting it on, but for putting them off.

Un tutoriel non pas pour en mettre, mais pour mettre au courant les gens.

The last time I wore makeup was for this video about why people wear makeup, and I’ve never once applied it myself.

La dernière fois que j’avais du maquillage sur mon visage, c’était pour cette vidéo sur les raisons pour lesquelles les gens se maquillent, et je ne me suis jamais maquillée moi-même.

painted self-portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Key ingredients / Ingrédients clés
acrylic on a canvas bag / acrylique sur un sac à main en toile
14 x 20 x 4 inches / 36 x 51 x 10 centimètres

Even when I used to do theater, I always found someone involved in the show who was willing to do it for me.

Même quand je faisais du théâtre, je trouvais toujours quelqu’un qui faisait partie de l’équipe pour le fair pour moi.

Gwenn Seemel

detail of Key ingredients / détail d’Ingrédients clés

This portrait bag is meant to represent my beginnings as an artist, from the braids to buttons to Bob. In my teens I was all about imitating the intricate ancient Roman hairstyles, and I was always requesting buttons from people I liked so that I could make necklaces out of them. Bob is the swirling design that I came up with in high school and that a friend in chemistry class named for me.

Ce sac avec portrait représente mes débuts en tant qu’artiste, des tresses aux boutons et jusqu’à Bob. Adolescente, j’imitais les anciennes coiffures romaines pleines de tresses, et je demandais toujours des boutons aux gens que je trouvais sympas afin que je puisse en faire des colliers. Bob est le design tourbillonnant que j’ai inventé au lycée et qu’un ami en classe de chimie a nommé pour moi.

Gwenn Seemel

detail of Key ingredients / détail d’Ingrédients clés

My personal and artistic styles are both made up of historical references, intimate connections with others, and a certain kind of doodling repetition that’s a very natural expression of me!

Mes styles personnels et artistiques sont tous les deux inspirés par des références historiques, par les liens que j’ai avec les autres, et par une répétition en gribouillage qui est une expression très naturelle de moi!

Gwenn Seemel

on Redbubble / sur Redbubble

Pretty prints and pillows are here.

Des impressions et des coussins sont disponibles here.



CATÉGORIES: - English - Français - Feminism - Philosophy - Process images - Video - You Bag -

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(6) Comments / Commentaires: Makeup tutorial / Tutoriel de maquillage

-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 11 . 20 --


First, that is a great bag! Second, I love the irony that you paint faces for a living but have never “painted” your own face!

I am curious to know if you think there is any age related impulse for people to tell other people to wear makeup. As an example, an older woman suggests to a younger woman to put on some lipstick. Or, an older man might prefer that the women he sees are more “made up.”

For the record, the only person who ever told me to put on some makeup was my mom. She was trying to help and it was indeed a generational/cultural thing. She was a 1950’s American housewife and that is what you did if you were a woman.

Keep it plain and simple, my lipstick-less friend!

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 11 . 20 --

@Libby: Interesting question! I both can and can’t answer it. When it’s people I can see and know the age of, it is older people, and for just the reasons you cite. But a lot of the comments I get are anonymous Internet comments, so I’m not sure of the age.

The last memorable exchange I had about it—a situation where I didn’t just hit delete because the source was clearly a troll—was with a 60-something year old man. He told me I should try wearing makeup because of my light coloring and the way it comes across on video. I responded by telling him he should try wearing makeup because from his photo I could tell he had light coloring as well. I was trying to provoke him into seeing the rudeness of what he was doing, but he told me he does quite often wear makeup, and then we got into an interesting conversation. smile It’s actually why I decided to make this video. Because the conversation was worth it once I could overcome his bossiness!

And re: moms. It’s fascinating the things they do and don’t pass down to us. I should ask mine about the makeup thing and her memory of how I evolved with it. As far as I know she still never leaves the house without “putting her face on” as she calls it.

Thank you, friend, for encouraging me in all sorts of ways, including my lipsticklessness! smile

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-- libby fife -- 2017 . 11 . 20 --


Thanks for your answer(s). It’s probably important to realize that much of the feedback you receive is likely online. People really let it rip when you aren’t right in front of them. Maybe if they were right in front of you they would hold back a bit-hopefully!

My personal favorite from adolescence was when my mom told me to put on some lipstick, that I look like I was laid out. (For the mortician’s table I assume!) Oh, and my brother also told me that my eyeliner made me look like I was sporting two pee holes in the snow! Can’t think of why my self-esteem is low from time to time:)

Thanks again,

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 11 . 20 --

@Libby: All I have to say is “WOW. Brothers.” smile Hugs to you!

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-- Cathy Hasty -- 2017 . 11 . 20 --

I loved this reflection. I laughed outloud at your responses to hypothetical inquiries!  .  No one ever comments anymore on my lack of make up.  It has been so long.  What a time saver! What a way to save money! I am not on line where it seems people check their good sense at the screen. 
This reflection would be good for responding to all kinds of boundary violations. Who has the right to give commentary on our face, weight, lover, personal practices?  I find that a well timed silence and a long look is often enough when I am face to face to elicit an oops response. 

Thanks for your social commentary and the art background.  It is a form of bilateral stimulation that is quite effective!
Love to you, Cathy

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 11 . 24 --

@Cathy: You’re right that silence is often the best response, giving space for the person to see themselves and allowing them their dignity. smile Hugs to you, friend!

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