Artist cuts up lipstick and paints with nail lacquer

Malaysian artist Red Hong Yi creates news series called Make-Up Meets Chinese Art

By Andrea Tim | Published: 6 Jun 2014

Makeup meets art
Photo: Red Hong Yi

Makeup isn't just for the face, as Malaysian artist-architect Hong Yi a.k.a. Red demonstrates in her new art series, Make-Up Meets Chinese Art. Using everyday (for some) makeup items like lipstick, mascara, foundation, eyelashes, eyeliner, loose powder, and nail polish, Red turns the mundane into firecrackers (quite literally).

"Chinese art requires a lot of precision and skill - one stroke can make a huge difference, and many times, less is more. I felt that this is similar to how a woman carefully puts on her make-up," Red wrote in the description of the series.

You may recognise Red from that incredible Jackie Chan chopsticks portrait video, where she created an image of Hong Kong actor using only string and bunches of chopsticks.

Sticking to her Chinese roots, her Make-Up Meets Chinese Art series is simple, but is done in such a unique way, it's hard not to be proud of our homegrown artist. See the rest of her work from the series here.


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