Elisa Flowers Blooms
Makeup is enhancement. Its role is to help artists create the best versions of their subjects to be photographed and reproduced for viewers to understand the story being told. A simple blemish can distract from the story, an emboldened eye can inject a fresh energy. Makeup artists work in the space between pedestrian reality and the best version of our world to find a happy convergence of beauty and accessibility. But sometimes artists like to push those boundaries to see what other stories there are to tell.
Elisa Flowers’ new portfolio “Beauty in Bloom” challenges our ideas of how makeup can be used. By challenging the conventions of classic coloring and contouring, Elisa shows us how a face needn’t be just reshaped, but a world can be drawn in color and line. A bold, courageous eye sharpens a look and changes a mood. Strengthened lashes on dewy skin and glossy lips bring otherworldly energy and movement. A matching severe color on a muted skin palette implies a whole culture outside the viewer’s understanding.
Elisa shows us what’s possible at the edges of expectation, and bids us to look deeper.