Marilyn Minter Beauty Guide

Christina Parrella

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Marilyn Minter is known for lush, messy images that redefine the portrayal of women in pop culture. The New York City–based artist began her career as a painter before focusing mainly on photography, creating visuals that explore beauty with provocative undertones. Pretty/Dirty, a retrospective on display at the Brooklyn Museum, brings together some of these images—featuring jewel-toned lips, glitter-covered eyes and unconventionally attractive fingernails (not to mention high-heeled feet splashing through puddles). Although sometimes NSFW, the show is wildly gorgeous—and ample inspiration to reinvigorate your beauty routine. Below, we’ve paired some of the works in the show with products to help you re-create the looks. Only the adventurous need apply. 

Black Orchid (2012)

Try: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Nori or Whiskey
$26, Sephora 
Wear it to: your next Tom Ford model casting.

Blue Poles (2007)

Try: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Glitter in Aqua 
$15, Urban Outfitters  
Urban Decay, Moondust Eyeshadow in Vega 
$49, Macy’s Herald Square
Wear them to: the line outside 1Oak.  

Glazed (2006)

Try: Anything from Pat McGrath
$60–165, Sephora 
Wear it to: see the Rockettes.

Torrent (2013)

Try: Marc Jacobs Enamored Lip Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in Hey You 330
$28, Marc Jacobs Beauty
Wear it to: a Lower East Side bar.

Soiled (2000)

Try: Essie First Timer
$8.50, drugstore, or $32, manicure, Essie Flagship Salon
Wear it to: brunch at Agave

Wangechi Gold 4 (2009)

Try: Mac Bangin’ Brilliant Lipstick in Designer Blue
$17, MAC
Wear it to: your next job interview.

Smash (2014)

Try: Jerome Russell BWild Silver Glitter Spray 
$8.99, Ricky’s NYC
Wear it to: meet Rick Owens

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Pretty/Dirty runs at the Brooklyn Museum through April 2, 2017.

Credits (from top): “Black Orchid” (2012), by Marilyn Minter. Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. “Blue Poles” (2007), by Marilyn Minter. Private collection, Switzerland. Courtesy, Brooklyn Museum. "Glazed” (2006), by Marilyn Minter. Collection of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicolas Rohatyn, New York. Courtesy, Brooklyn Museum. “Torrent” (2013), by Marilyn Minter. Private collection, Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy, Brooklyn Museum. “Soiled” (2000), by Marilyn Minter. Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. “Wangechi Gold 4” (2009), by Marilyn Minter. Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Still from “Smash” (2014), by Marilyn Minter. Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles


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