In the late 1800s, Seurat, along with painter Paul Signac, developed a technique called pointillism, by which tiny dots of paint illustrate the canvas to form a cohesive image. Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (pictured above) represents Seurat’s foray into pointillism, a technique that displays the artist’s dedication to detail. This move marks a departure from traditional sweeping brush strokes popular amongst the Impressionists in the 1880s, but also heightens the effect of luminosity when the painting is seen from afar.
Over a century later, makeup artists are adopting Seurat’s method on the eyelids of the fashion elite, and pointillism is finding a resurgence—this time on skin, as opposed to canvas.
Too bold a look? Try the pointillism technique on the eyelids and brow:
Or, apply to the lips:
Beauty rebel Kat Von D used this technique in a video a couple months ago:
But the Twitterverse is buzzing about Rihanna’s Fenty for Puma show that went down March 6 during Paris Fashion Week, where the models rocked pointillism eye makeup accents:
Leave it to bad girl RiRi to prove one of fashion’s ironclad adages: to be ahead of the curve requires stepping back in time, and using techniques from the masters of yesteryear.