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Gina Beavers, Ombre Lip Tutorial, 2015

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Gina Beavers, Ombre Lip Tutorial, 2015

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Gina Beavers, Ombre Lip Tutorial, 2015

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Gina Beavers
Ombre Lip Tutorial, 2015
Pigmented linen pulp paint on cotton base sheet and archival gloss
12 3/5 x 12 3/4 inches
36 Unique Variants

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Ombre Lip Tutorial, a new Paper Variables commission by Gina Beavers. Working with Studio Collaborator Amy Jacobs, the artist created an edition of 36 low-relief pulp paintings made with cotton and pigmented linen paper pulp. In four grids of nine, each work shows a different step in the process of a make-up application technique, and each grid reflects a different color effect. 

Ombre Lip Tutorial is based on the artist’s paintings of internet video tutorials creating the illusion of full, plump lips with make-up. Beavers said in a recent Modern Painters profile, the make-up application “reminds me of what it feels like to make a painting. You’re using brushes, trying to make yourself appealing. It’s evolutionary. Mate with my painting!” There are 100,000 results for “ombre lip tutorial” on YouTube made by professional and amateur make-up artists, each with a personal take on applying a primer, dark lip liner, bright lipstick, and a lighter central color, then blending everything together. The consistent formula of these tutorials shows a disembodied mouth directly in camera, with an occasional cosmetic brush coming into frame, applying or blending pigment. 

This technique employs the same principals of perspective and shading used by artists for centuries to indicate shape and depth. This pictorial illusion achieves a heightened feminine beauty that is a highly impractical, but highly impactful look. The ombre lip trend appears in photos all over Instagram, which Beavers mines for source material in her thickly layered acrylic paintings. Recent exhibitions at her gallery have presented paintings based on images tagged on the app as “#foodporn”, and other make-up tutorials for dramatic eyeliner and elaborate nail art. 

In the Dieu Donné studio, sheets of cotton paper were pressed on top of foam templates to emboss the form of lips and create physical dimension in the work, a hallmark of the artist’s paintings. Beavers then applied layers of pigmented linen pulp paint in the same way as she would with acrylic paint. Cut foam was placed on the painted liips to emboss the top of the sheet and create the form of natural wrinkles in pouting lips. The artist used screen shots from various videos and images of her own paintings as visual reference, and worked on several pieces simultaneously.