Monday, December 24, 2012

Muse Album Cover Series - The 2nd Law

Hello, and welcome to the final installment of my Muse album cover inspired series! This sure has been fun, challenging, and it has pushed my creativity to another level. The final look is based off of Muse's latest album, The 2nd Law. The name of the album references the second law of thermodynamics.

Released worldwide in September and October of 2012, this album is vastly different from previous albums. Many long-time fans disliked the album, but I quite like it. Yes, it's different, but as an artist myself, I welcome and appreciate creativity and experimentationIn a interview with Absolute Radio, Matt mentioned the new album may have influences from Justice and DIOYY, and that he was very into the 'hard electronica' sound at the moment.
In an NME article according to Dominic, the band "went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went 'Fuck, it's so heavy', loved it. It was like a full metal gig, they had the circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with Unsustainable." Matt added, "Some of that hard dubstep or brostep coming from America is capturing the imagination. The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we're trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, 'Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'" In the same NME Article, the song Panic Station was described as having "demented 80's elements such as backwards 'Let's Dance' drumbeats and riffs reminiscent of INXS' 'Suicide Blonde'". Also, in a recent interview Matt revealed that he took influence from "The Dark Knight Rises" composer Hans Zimmer, claiming:"He's the greatest film composer of recent times. That song 'The 2nd Law', you can definitely hear some Hans Zimmer influence."
The song "Survival" was the official anthem of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Also, Matt took a break for a couple of tracks and let Chris, the bassist, take over and write, compose and sing lead vocals on the tracks "Liquid State" and "Save Me".
The album's cover art, taken from the Human Connectome Project, represents the map of the human brain's pathways, "tracking the circuits in our heads and how we process information with bright, neon colors." The artwork was subsequently utilized by Muse in a social Connectome Project in September of 2012. As more fans joined the online project, the album art was built, representing the network of the neurons within the brain. As the album art branched and more fans joined the network, incremental segments of the album track "The 2nd Law: Isolated System" were released.

This look was hands down the most challenging of the series, but also the funnest! I love bright and bold colors against a black back drop. I tried to take an almost literal interpretation of the album art, because it's so beautiful and intricate to me. It's almost like a redux of my rainbow liner look!

My favorite track from the album has got to be "Follow Me". It's Matt's ode to fatherhood, and is pretty much a lullaby for his son, Bingham. At the beginning of the track, you can hear his son's heartbeat which was recorded with Matt's iPhone. The song starts quietly and gradually increases into an almost dance floor beat with big bass. They have also stated that the track is "out of the ordinary." All in all, a great song and I can't wait to hear and see it live next month!

FACE:

  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff #150
  • Make Up For Ever Powder Foundation in #200

EYES:

  • BFTE Eye and Lip Primer
  • NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean as a base
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt all over lids
  • Wet N Wild Matte White Eyeshadow on browbone
  • TKB Trading Eyeshadow in Hi-Lite Violet on tearduct and brow bone
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Pencil in Pure White on waterline
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Lime Crime Uniliners in Lazuli, 6th Element, Blue Milk, Orchidaceous, Citreuse and Lunar Sea (with matte pink shadow and green matte shadow patted on top to create liner shade)
  • FAUX Lashes in Chloe
  • SugarPill Individual Lashes in Whisper

CHEEKS:

  • NARS Blush in Amour

LIPS:

  • Manic Panic High Voltage Gloss in Naked

And there you have it! My Muse album cover series is complete. I had loads of fun doing this, and I really hope you all enjoyed it. They have a couple of live albums, and I might do those as well one day. Take care, and I hope you have a great holiday and an even better new year! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Muse Album Cover Series - The Resistance

I seriously cannot believe that this is the fifth look in this series! I only have one more to go, and that makes me weep a teeny bit. Maybe I'll go ahead and do the live albums as well...we shall see!

The Resistance is Muse's fifth studio album which was released in September of 2009. Like previous Muse albums, it draws from a wide range of genres and influences, including glam rock, R&B, disco and classical. In 2011, the album won a Grammy for "Best Rock Album". Matt Bellamy summarized the album as having "an emphasis on rhythm and contemporary R&B at the start. Then it gets epic and strange, then it becomes contemporary classical music."

The cover artwork depicts a human figure standing on an illuminated pathway with the Earth at the center. It sort of reminds me of a kaleidoscope. It seems as if the cover is insinuating that a single human is trying to find the meaning of life through all of the world's colors. But knowing Muse, it must have a deeper meaning than just that! The eye-catching cover has been named the best record cover of 2009, and I believe that it is was well deserved.


I was both excited and nervous about what sort of look I would create for this album. Not only is the cover a work of art, but there's a bunch going on with loads of gorgeous colors. I obviously couldn't fit every single color on my eyes, so I just picked the colors that stood out to me the most. I knew this was going to be a bold, bright and colorful look, and that it was going to be a challenge, but I am quite satisfied with the turnout!

My favorite track(s) off the album is the three part, fifteen minute long "Exogenesis: Symphony". It's a magically beautiful piece that is worth listening to. Another favorite is the mighty roar that is known as "Uprising". It's a crowd pleaser, and one of Muse's most popular songs.


FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder in N4

EYES:
  • BFTE Eye and Lip Primer
  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow in Stagedive over black base (NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt in crease and outer-v
  • SugarPill Eyeshadow in Dollipop and Poison Plum above crease
  • Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadow in Recruit on inner half of lower lid
  • SugarPill Eyeshadow in Midori on outer half of lower lid
  • Kiss My Sass Eyeshadow in Vegas on tear duct and brow bone
  • Lime Crime Eyeliner in Citreuse, 6th Element and Quill
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Liner in Pure White on water with SugarPill Butter Cupcake and Flamepoint patted on top
  • FAUX Lashes in Violet Noir

CHEEKS:
  • NYX Blush in Natural

LIPS:
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Delightful

So as you might have already guessed, Muse is my all-time favorite band. Some of my other favorite are The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, The Killers, and many, many more. Who's your favorite band/artist? I'd love to know! I really hope you guys like this loud and colorful look. Take care, and I'll see you next time!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Muse Album Cover Series - Black Holes and Revelations

Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Today I bring you the fourth installment of my Muse album cover series, with Black Holes and Revelations. This album contains some of Muse's biggest hits, such as "Starlight", "Knights of Cydonia", and "Supermassive Black Hole". The album was released in July of 2006, three years after Absolution

Black Holes and Revelations has a different sound and feel to their previous albums. Whilst writing and recording the album, Muse listened to music in the style of Joe Meek, Kill Bill and Nancy Sinatra. Matt Bellamy had been living in North Italy for a short while and had discovered some old Italian traditional folk music, and also listening to the style of his dad's band, The Tornadoes. They also were inspired by Belgian bands such as Millionaire and Evil Superstar. The band's bassist, Chris Wolstenholme, commented that the band listened to Islamic radio stations whilst writing the album and the progressive elements of that music influenced songs such as "Assassin". The general theme of the album centers on dystopian-orientated/kleptocratic politics, along with accompanying war. As well as in the music, this can be seen in the album art and booklet.

The album art, created by Storm Thorgerson, features the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation. Their four horses of different colors, are on the table. The rider of the white horse represents the Anti-Christ, the red one war, the black famine and the pale one represents death and decay. The horses are small to signify the ills of the riders had outgrown those of their horses. Pretty deep stuff.

The album art has two main colors, a deep, rusty orange and a vibrant blue, which are both bold and are opposite of each other. I knew this look was going to be a challenge, since these aren't colors that necessarily work together very well in a makeup look. So I thought I'd go with the flow of things, and create a bold, unconventional look with sharp edges and a cut crease to create an obvious contrast. I think it fits with the theme of the album as well. Oh, and I could not forget the glitter, of course! 

This is album is another favorite of mine, and contains many of my most beloved Muse songs. But I have to give it to "Knights of Cydonia" here. It is hands down one of my all-time favorite songs ever, and it is mind-blowing live. It's so creative and unique, you just can't help but love it.
(skip to 2:28 if you don't want to watch the intro). Also, you should check out the official music video for this song. It features futuristic cowboys. Yes...you read that right.


FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Make Up For Ever Powder Foundation in #200

EYES:
  • BFTE Eye and Lip Primer
  • SugarPill Eyeshadow in Flame Point on inner half of lids
  • TKB Trading Reflecks Natural Glitter in Burning Leaves and Copper over Flame Point
  • SugarPill Eyeshadow in After Party on outer corner and crease
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Pride (matte dark blue shade) on outer corner and crease
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt on outer corner and crease
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Flamepoint and Poison Plum above crease
  • TKB Trading Hi-Lite Eyeshadow in Copper on brow bone and tear duct
  • NYX Liquid Liner in Black
  • Rimmel Spark It Up! Gleaming Eye Darkening Liner in Black Gold in water line
  • Kiss My Sass Eyeshadow in Vegas to set liner
  • FAUX Lashes in Alexia

CHEEKS:
  • Sigma Blush in Peche

LIPS:
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Delightful
  • TKB Trading Hi-Lite Eyeshadow in Copper
I hope you guys are doing well, and that you enjoyed this look. I sure am loving this series, and I'm sort of sad that I only have two albums left! I also hope you're excited for the holidays (if that's your kind of thing). It's getting nippy here in L.A. (finally), and I'm definitely loving it! Take care of yourselves, and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Muse Album Cover Series - Absolution

Today's look is inspired by Muse's third studio album, Absolution. This album is hands down, my personal favorite. This has also been the hardest album cover for me so far to interpret into a look. This was my third attempt at creating something inspired by the album art, and I am finally content with it. I wanted something dark and smokey, which fits in well with the theme of the album.

Absolution was released worldwide during September 2003, and was Muse's first album to reach gold status in the US (and it has gone double platinum in the UK). Absolution reached #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and #107 on the Billboard 200The album has received many positive reviews from critics, magazines, and fans alike, and for good reason too. Absolution introduces many musical and lyrical themes which would later become Muse's trademarks, such as symphonic rock influences on "Butterflies and Hurricanes", classical music influences on "Blackout" and electronic music influences on "Endlessly". Lyrically, the album incorporates themes of fear, mistrust, personal achievement and joy. Bellamy said that the beginning of the Iraq War had an effect on their songwriting. 

The artwork was designed by Storm ThorgersonDominic Howard: "The artwork can either been seen as people coming down to Earth or leaving the Earth, it's open to interpretation". Personally, I see it as bad seeds leaving the earth, and I remember blasting this album during the "rapture" last year!


I took my inspiration from the theme of the album, and of course, the colors. I used dark blues, blacks and silvers to represent the shadows and darkness, and the bronze from the man's hair, and to warm up the look a bit. If you look closely, the guy on the cover is holding a gas mask. I thought a dark, smokey look would be appropriate. This album has a dark and intense feel to it, and I think this look symbolizes that vibe pretty well!

Once again, I had a hard time choosing a favorite song from this album. It's one of those albums that you can listen to from start to finish without having to skip any tracks. I'm going to have to go with one of their fan favorites, "Hysteria". It's just an all around sexy song, that's sure to make you shout. 

FACE:
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff and Sand Beige (2:1 ratio)
  • Make Up For Ever Powder Foundation in #200

EYES:
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt on outer and inner corners (top and bottom lids)
  • Wet N Wild Color Icon Palette in Pride (shimmery dark blue shade) next to Corrupt, leaving center bare 
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Mercury on center of lids
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog on crease and lower lids
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma and brow bone and tear duct
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeshadow in Jet Black
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black with MUG Corrupt patted on top for a softer finish
  • FAUX Lashes in Sasha

CHEEKS:
  • MAC Fafi Blush in Hipness

LIPS:
  • Makeup Geek Lipstick in Delightful

I really hope you guys liked this look! Even though it's inspired by Muse, I think this look is totally holiday appropriate and would look great on just about anyone. Take care, and I'll see you next time!