Curator's Corner, June 2018
Summer 2018 exhibition inspiration

MM summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

I understand that the summer 2018 exhibition themes are, once again, not original or thought-provoking, but they definitely got me dreaming of lazing in a hammock under some palm trees on a tropical island filled with exotic colorful birds.  Flamingos and palm trees as well as a pink and green color scheme appear to be everywhere this year, even more so than in past seasons, and I wanted to celebrate these trends with some of the most summery makeup we've ever seen. Consider 2018 an updated version of the Museum's 2015 jungle/safari themed exhibition, that, astonishingly enough, does not contain a single mermaid!  I'll be sharing all the images that inspired me in a follow-up post, but for now let's feast our eyes on some pretties.

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Makeup Museum summer 2018 exhibition

Top row, left to right.

I'm very intrigued by this vintage Bulgarian face powder box and sample packet.  And while I'm not a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, I think the April Vogue cover made a perfect modern example of advertising's love affair with pretty birds.  (See also these images of Jennifer Lawrence and Liz Taylor, as well as this 1957 Harper's cover.)

Ideal face powder, ca. 1930s

Ideal face powder, ca. 1930s

Vogue April 2018 cover

Exhibition label

I believe this is the first time I've worked in a print by an illustrator in an exhibition.  This print by Kendra Dandy pairs well with some of the pieces from the Charlotte Tilbury/Norman Parkinson collection.  I've been a fan of Kendra's since I discovered her via an Anthropologie collection a few years ago, and I'm still kicking myself about not getting anything from it (especially the flamingo-printed lip balm, which would have been perfect for this exhibition.)  Fortunately she consistently puts out amazing illustrations so I'm at least able to buy those.

Palm trees

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson

Sunny Palms print by Kendra Dandy

Exhibition label

Vintage Rex palm tree compact (ca. 1950s) and Woodbury Tropic Tan ad:

Woodbury and Rex

Vintage Rex palm tree compact

Woodbury Tropic Tan ad, 1949

These flamingo-themed Violet Voss and Nomad palettes were a total surprise, which is one of the reasons I had to delay the exhibition launch.  It was worth it though.  :)  I know they look very cramped but I really wanted them on the same shelf since they're both new and by indie brands.

Violet Voss flamingo palette

Nomad Antilles palette

Second row, left to right.

Sephora lipstick case and Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colors:

Paul & Joe / Sephora

Sephora Coconut Grove lipstick

Paul & Joe

Exhibition label

I adore the packaging for this new Japanese line (look at the little flamingo tracks!), but the story behind its creation is interesting too. 

Astalift

Astalift Highlighter

Exhibition label

I love the palm tree pattern of the By Terry palette, it's so elegant.  The ArtDeco items are actually from last fall, but they read more summer to me.  I ordered the Beauty Box Trio and the Blush Couture so the embossing on the blush and design on the outer cases are visible at the same time, but unfortunately they screwed up my order so I'm still waiting for the Beauty Box Trio.

By Terry Sun Designer palette and ArtDeco Beauty of Nature

Art Deco Beauty of Nature Blush Couture

I'm so pleased that Collecting Vintage Compacts and "Cap'n Rexall" (the author of this blog) had the full story on Jonteel.  And when I say full story, I mean they were somehow able to track down every bit of information on this vintage line.  As always, I weep at the fact that I will never come close to this level of research.

Jonteel ad, 1921

Jonteel ad, 1921

Jonteel face powder

Exhibition label

Third row, left to right.

Another print by Kendra Dandy, I just couldn't resist!  Looks right at home next to these Pai Pai and Etude House lipstick cases.

Lash Flamingo print by Kendra Dandy

Lash Flamingo print by Kendra Dandy

Etude House and Pai Pai lipstick cases

Etude House and Pai Pai lipstick cases

Exhibition label

LM Ladurée blush container:

LM Ladurée

Exhibition label

Here's the palm-tastic Urban Decay Beached collection...well, not the whole lineup since there is a bronzer with palm trees on it as well, but I didn't want to invest any more in this collection.

Urban Decay Beached

How cute is this Dorothy Gray ad?!  The Stratton compact is lovely but I also really appreciate the kitschy vibe of the hand-painted souvenir compact.  If I were a tourist in the golden age of compacts I definitely would have gotten one from every destination I visited.

1946 Dorothy Gray ad

Vintage flamingo compacts

Bottom row, left to right.

Wet 'n' Wild Flights of Fancy items and Morphe Babe in Paradise palette:

Wet-n-wild

Exhibition label

Another vintage powder box which admittedly I bought before trying to come up with information on it.  Alas, I wasn't able to find much save for a couple of newspaper ads.  But the design is just too exquisite to pass up.

Zuané powder box

Zuané powder

Zuané powder ad, 1932

Exhibition label

Clarins 2017 and 2018 bronzers:

Clarins bronzers

Exhibition label

Why Paul & Joe is recycling a print from their 2016 spring collection I don't know, but it was a good fit for this year's summer exhibition.

Paul & Joe lip collection

Paul & Joe

Exhibition label

And that concludes the summer 2018 exhibition!  Any favorite items? 

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MM Curator

Hi there! Thank you so much for checking out the exhibition and for the lovely words, I'm so happy you enjoyed it!!

Justine

I am SO curious about the Astalift cosmetics line - I remember when the skincare line first launched - it was one of the fastest selling skincare products in Japanese beauty industry's history - and the flamingos are so cute! I'm always amazed at how fast technology develops, decorated powders used to be so rare!

My favourite item is admitted the Laduree bird cage - it's just so delicate and well done and it would look beautiful on my mantle. I resisted, but I'll have to live vicariously through you!

MM Curator

Hi Justine! Thank you so much for checking out the exhibition! I had no clue about Astalift, had never heard of it before I saw the makeup! You're right, embossed powders are fairly new, I can't say I've seen any prior to the late 90s. Glad you liked the Laduree...but you should consider treating yourself! :D
Thank you so much again for reading and commenting, I really appreciate it!!

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