The plastic lettering lifts up so you can apply the shadow more easily.
Here's the lipstick.
Raised in a family of artists in North Dakota, Curtis Kulig moved to L.A. when he was 19 and later relocated to New York, where he currently resides. Early sketches included animals and human faces, but soon developed into words. Of the "love me" tag, there was no formal decision to create it. He says, "I just did it. And I kept doing it. And it's just something that I continue to do. I've done it over and over so many times, obsessively, that this is what it's become." Indeed, examples abound in NYC.
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"Love Me" also appears in several spots in L.A.
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"Love Me" has many incarnations, and has also been elevated to "high art" in galleries, rendered in neon lights and and steel:
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I wanted to find out more about the collaboration, and fortunately, Smashbox provided some great information at their website. "As major as this collaboration is, as universal as the concept is, it's sometimes hard to believe that it was literally done over lunch. It took all of a minute to decide that Smashbox Cosmetics and artist Curtis Kulig - with his famous 'Love Me' mark - needed to work together. The message that Curtis spreads is amazing. Love is universal. It's relatable to any human being, anywhere in the world. But the thing that sets Curtis apart is that he treats that message in such a fun, fresh way. There's an incredible energy around it, and that's why it's so perfect for us. Our message and his message have the exact same vibe. Everything about this collection is true to Curtis, to his art. The red lipstick is a Pantone match of his signature red. The eye liner looks like the paint pens he uses. The design of the eye shadow palettes makes 'love me' the canvas."
The video on the collection, shot at Smashbox Studios in L.A., provides some background on the artist and sheds a bit more light on the evolution of Kulig's "love me" tag. He says, "Everyone either wants to be loved, and/or wants to love". He estimates he's written the two words half a million times. As for cosmetics, he has never applied them himself but sees the face as "another canvas".
Overall, I liked this collaboration. I thought Kulig's work was translated well onto the makeup, and Smashbox is a good match for his style. I also enjoy the ideas contained in Kulig's signature - it's a positive, universal message that's powerful and breathtakingly simple at the same time. As Kulig's friend Harry says, "It's not a bad thing, man."
What do you think?