Make-up inspi(red) by King of Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein with his weeping blonde

Roy Lichtenstein


Make-up inspi(red) by King of Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein
With Contributions from guest blogger, Deniz Calgar

Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist and integral part of the Pop Art movement along with such visionaries as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Richard Hamilton, and Claes Oldenburg. Pop Artists generally used popular culture topics and common household objects for inspiration—everything from French fries to The Velvet Underground.  Lichtenstein will very likely remain well-known for the humorous way in which he used vintage comic strips, and their speckled, classically good-looking American beaus and babes, for the subject matter of his most easily recognized art.

Those iconic spots, called Ben-Day dots by comic book whizzes, are traditionally printed in  the process colours of black, cyan, magenta, and yellow to cheaply illustrate effects of shadowing and produce livlier, more diverse hues like green, purple, orange, and flesh tones.  Lichtenstein’s hallmarks are now being painted across plenty of faces in homage to the Pop master. In some circles, this illustrated style of cosmetic intervention is even referred to as Pop Art or Roy Lichtenstein-inspired make-up.

comic book make-up

Roy Lichtenstein-themed cosmetology by M.A.C. artist Karin Stone.

This make-up session above, nearly animated in appearance, was created the by M.A.C. artist Karin Stone in Chicago, Illinois for a colourful and comical Halloween event.  Precisely spaced magenta dots create a kooky-but-cohesive complexion, and contrast starkly with heavy-handed black outlines and daffodil –dyed locks. How undeniably striking it is to see Lichtenstein’s dappled cartoon blonde in the flesh.


Man and Woman in comic book car

Roy Lichtenstein, In the Car, 1963



Lichtenstein make up

red dots


Roy Lichtenstein, Hopeless, 1963




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