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Makeup As Art: Beauty-Inspired Sculptures


We all know that makeup is art on our face, but some traditional artists are taking lipstick to the next level. Keep reading and see how your everyday makeup transforms into the extraordinary.

"Lipstick Ascending Caterpillar Tracks," by sculptor Claes Oldenburg, is a permanent installation at Yale University's Morse Collage. Oldenburg is known for his playful, over-scaled sculptures, and this colossal tube is no exception. (photo: Michael Marsland/Yale University)

Inspired by pop art of the '60s, California Artist Jean Wells created these mosaic lipsticks as both a celebration and a commentary on modern consumerism and feminism. (photo: Jean Wells)

This lipstick camera is not your standard point-and-shoot. This retro design is straight from the '70s, and we're digging the slightly clunky but oh-so-vintage style. (photo: Alee Willis)

Last August, Lego superstars Dee & Ricky came out with 50 limited edition Chanel lipstick bullets. Apparently, the famous interlocking "CCs" are now kid-friendly too! (photo:

Brussels-based artist Vincent Olinet created these wooden lipstick slabs dripping with pure pigment. We would totally try that black gold shade, would you? (photo:

Artist Willard Wigan created the first lipstick micro-sculpture. Which couple did he choose as his muse? None other than the Hollywood dream duo, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! (photo:

Lipstick Enigma, designed by artist Janet Zweig, is made of 1200 resin lipsticks, powered by 1200 stepper motors, and controlled by 60 circuit boards. Watch this video to see how this fusion of beauty and technology operates. (photo:

Brooklyn-based photographer Stacy Greene shot a series of 20" x 24" lipstick macros. Distinguished by variations in form and texture, each lipstick shape tells us unique information about the owner's complexion, beauty style, and application technique. What shape are you? (photo: Stacey Greene)

Chilean Artist Livia Marin sculpted 2,214 unique lipsticks in chess-like, abstract forms. Like photographer Stacy Greene, Livia wanted to explore individuality within each lipstick shape, and no two lipsticks are alike. (photo: Livia Marin)