Makeup imitates art: The Urban Decay x Basquiat collection

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Makeup imitates art: The Urban Decay x Basquiat collection
We may not be able to behold Basquiat’s work in person, but here’s a makeup collection that lets us have a piece of his paintings

What do Urban Decay, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ruby Rose have in common? If you answer 'being groundbreaking, status quo challengers', you've hit it right on the mark. In what is surely a match made in makeup heaven set to the subversive nature of Basquiat's neo-expressionist values, the brand and its muse — and in a happy coincidence, Rose is a fan of the artist and even rocks his iconic crown as a tattoo on her person — have teamed up to splash the beauty canvas with a riot of colours and out-there palettes.

Urban Decay x Basquiat collection

Inspired by Basquiat's artwork, of which the real deal was exclusively viewed IRL by a select pack of journalists that included our sister site, Urban Decay has reproduced his paintings onto the packaging and also specially designed a cutout on the back that lets you hang the palette up — just like a piece of art. Matching the amazing exterior, the inside of each case houses never-seen-before eyeshadows, from vibrant brights to rich neutrals, all finely milled with UD's Pigment Infusion System to pack on intense, buttery and blendable colour.

And adding on to the painterly goodness is the four-pan Gallery blush palette that features two blush shades, a bronzer and a highlighter in the bestselling Afterglow formula, uniquely created to wear beautifully on any skin tone. Rounded off with three all-new, limited edition Vice Lipsticks and electric-hued eyeliners with a creamy yet waterproof payoff, this might just be Urban Decay's most awe-inducing body of work yet.

Urban Decay x Basquiat collection

The Urban Decay x Basquiat limited edition collection is available at Sephora from 11 May and at Urban Decay boutiques from 25 May, from $29 — $62

Angelyn Kwek

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