Dec 8, 2018

What does it feel like to have a skin as smooth and plump as an angel’s or to experience the Venetian women’s moretta or mask to be beautiful? In this beauty products and skincare list, we draw inspiration from the artists and masters of the past.

Lady with Unicorn by Raffaello Santi

Holographic products that highlight and add depth are the unicorns of the beauty industry.

The Multiple for eyes, cheeks, and lips, Copacabana, P2,100. NARS, Power Plant Mall
Aura Dew Face, Eyes, Lips, P1,350, Shiseido, Power Plant Mall
Supreme Beam Just Hustlin’ Liquid Lip Color, P1,350, MAC, Power Plant Mall

Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck

The early Flemish masters crafted the massive polyptych in the 15th century that is widely credited as one of the most important works in the annals of European art. This panel, known as Singing Angels, depicts a choir of angels singing the praises of the heavenly father: In this case, we raise our hands to the divine skincare effects of natural acids.

Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10, P4,600 for four bottles (8.5 ml), Clinique, Power Plant Mall
Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser, P540, CosRX, Beauty Bar, Power Plant Mall
Advanced Night Repair Serum, P6,000, Estée Lauder, Power Plant Mall

Joan of Arc by Peter Paul Rubens

Joan‘s metal armor is a metaphor for the French national heroine’s impassioned zeal. Today’s heroines require an environmental shield to protect them from pollutants and free radicals.

Pure Luxury Maximum Brilliance Protect and Shine, P750, Rich Hair Care, Beauty Bar, Power Plant Mall
Crème Fraîche de Beauté, P1,850, Nuxe, Beauty Bar, Power Plant Mall
Armada Face and Body Shield 60, P2,150, VMV Hypoallergenics, Power Plant Mall

La Moretta Painting by Felice Boscaratti

It may seem counterintuitive but the Venetian women in the 18th century used to wear a black velvet mask called moretta all over their pale faces to be attractive. Now, the tradition of covering faces is still practiced but with face masks meant to brighten and purify skin.

Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask, P1,650, Clarins, Power Plant Mall
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, P1,195, The Body Shop, Power Plant Mall
Bio-Cell Brightening Mask, P195, The Face Shop, Power Plant Mall

 

The Merry Fiddler by Gerrit Van Honthorst

Sometimes, an exquisite beard can complete a look—just like this unshaven instrumentalist in extravagant clothing—but not always. To groom this facial masterpiece properly, consider these essentials.

L’Homme After Shave Balm, P1,850, L’Occitane, Power Plant Mall
Multigroom Series 5000, P8,499, Philips, Personal Care Exchange, Power Plant Mall
Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream in Blue Eagle, P1,165, Kiehl’s, Power Plant Mall

 

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