Clé de Peau Beauté commissions artist Ashley Longshore to design its AW makeup packaging

Clé de Peau Beauté commissions artist Ashley Longshore to design its AW makeup packaging

Jewel of a box

Text: Renée Batchelor

Clé de Peau Beauté has stumbled on an inspired idea for its autumn/winter collection. Getting artist Ashley Longshore to dream up beautiful and glamorous women with an Art Deco vibe to adorn its precious makeup

Makeup should make you feel (and look) pretty. But when it comes in packaging as beautful as this, it literally becomes a work of art. Luxury skincare and makeup brand Clé de Peau Beauté continues the Art Deco theme from its previous collaboration with artist Tamara de Lempicka, by commissioning contemporary artist Ashley Longshore to work on this collection. Longshore's women in this collection are '20s-inspired yet modern, dripping in jewels and fittingly, painted with gorgeous makeup.

Ashley Longshore working on a painting
First up, if you don't know who Ashley Longshore is, you should remember this name. This Louisiana-based feminist painter and artist has eschewed a lot of the norms around art — she famously does not work with galleries and even sells some paintings– which go for US$30,000 — via her Instagram. Unabashedly fashion-loving, some of the tropes in her work include iconic women like Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour and Kate Moss as well as the joys of consumerist life. For the les Années Folles collection inspired by the roaring twenties, Clé de Peau Beauté  got Longshore "to create distinctive package art that celebrates those wilful women who defined the era as they redefined the world's perception of femininity."

Eye Color Palette
The packaging reflects the rich, jewel tones in the makeup colours, designed by Clé de Peau Beauté's creative director of makeup Lucia Pieroni. Standouts for us were the Eye Color Palette, that contains eight Art Deco-inspired shades including a stunning sea green, subtle maroon and gorgeous steel shimmer. The Color Make-Up Brush set is another highlight. Not only does it have Longshore's glamorous peacock (both the bird and the woman) decorating the satin case, it also contains five artisanal brushes — three eyeshadow, one face and one lip — that are fit for even the most exacting makeup conoisseur. Also in the collection are two sleek and compact lip palettes and a limited edition version of the legendary La Crème — a perfect gift for the woman who has it all.
Color Make-Up Brush Set

From $95-$875. Available from 1 November at Clé de Peau Beauté counters