No murder is beautiful, yet Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) has depicted brutal beauty in his paintings. Caravaggio himself was incorrigible criminal who had been imprisoned many times. His short tempered character got him into even a murder.
Despite troubles, imprisonment, escape to Sicily; Caravaggio never lost enthusiasm to paint. He has produced remarkable paintings with an obsession to depict decapitation. More importantly, Caravaggio did not care about ideal beauty, while his Renaissance counterparts represented beauty in its ideal form as flawless and perfect. Rather than copying of the classics, Caravaggio revealed cruelty in beauty. He transformed beauty in a way that nothing even a murder can overshadow its impact. Isn’t it actual beauty that standstills in spite of tyranny, homicide and poverty? Let’s take a look at how Caravaggio represented beauty in his significant pieces:
Madonna di Loreto: Virgin Mary welcomes two poor pilgrims with naked Jesus in her arms. The point is, the feet of pilgrim are also bare suggesting their equality with the Virgin. First thing one might be dazzled would be two opposite forms of the beauty:One is young Mary who has blushed cheekbones, a gentle neck and nicely positioned of feet. However, on the other side, woman pilgrim looks quite old, poor and filthy. Nevertheless, prominent facial features and long eyelashes on the pilgrim suggest that she is beautiful, although she is wretched.
The Beheading of the St John the Baptist: This painting is widely accepted as masterpiece of Caravaggio. The bloody scene does not prevent us to notice beauty of the woman on the left holding a golden bowl that the head will be placed in. In contrast with the old woman who is about to cry out, the young one looks indifferent, strong and honorable. This opposition reveals that beauty does not mean only celestial features attributed to human, but also strength and cruelty.
Young Sick Bacchus: It is almost impossible to feel that Bacchus is sick in this piece. His green flesh, grey lips, and dark under-eyes are unable to conceal the youth and elegance of Bacchus, as mouth watering grapes that he holds still look bright despite a few crumpled dark grapes.
Judith Beheading Holofernes: According to description from The book of Judith, Judith has seduced Holofernes for the sake of her people. However, beuaty is not hidden in the seduction and pleasure. Caravaggio thought that beauty that deserved to paint was decapitation of Holofernes. It is difficult to resist power and elegance of Judith. She is beautifully dressed, although this is a death scene. Her distance to the victim and nervous lips suggest that she does what she has to do, not what she wants, as if she is ready to forgive him if she hesitates one second.
Well, but what does Caravaggio tell us? Caravaggio has shown us that killing someone is a repulsive act, even to a murderer, but real beauty does not lose its form in any case such as poverty, sickness or homicide. And he leaves a question mark there, maybe these are the times when beauty and elegance are revealed?
Let me introduce you my favorite mascara brand: Eyeko.
Here I am not going to make comment but show only the results. You’re the one who is going to judge this London-based brand.
Basically I have 4 products:
Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do Mascara (Lengthening)
Eyeko Brow Gel
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara (Lengthening)
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (Drama and curl)
Shu Uemura S-Curler and Sephora Heated Eyelash Curler
Here is the results! As name suggests, Eyeko only focuses on eye products which allows them to do their job at high quality. Eventually, of course it is your decision to give a chance to this admirably consistent brand.
I feel inevitably thankful to Dr. Christine Schrammek for her groundbreaking discovery, Beauty Balm, or in other words BB cream which basically combines primer, moisturizer, foundation and sun blocker in one formulation. Well, indeed, you could mix your moisturizer with a high factor sun blocker and claim that you invented BB cream. Well, you could, but proportion of the ingredients and accessory chemicals make BB creams that unique. The fact that BB creams are light in texture and skin-friendly makes BB creams more preferable over heavy, pore blocking foundations.
When I replaced all my foundations with BB or CC (Colour Control) creams, I observed some problems. Although BB creams are lighter than foundations, my skin looks greasy after a few hours. Strangely, also, I could’t find a light shade that suits my skin tone. I do not know why (If I figure out, I will edit the text), BB and CC creams have a dry, wheat-coloured tone, which i don’t like much. I have used Clinique Superdefense CC cream last year, for example. It was looking quite natural, successfully correcting darks spots, but it has such an ashy colour which seems as if i used a foundation which is 3 tones darker than my skin tone to pretend I am older than what I truly am.
Finally, this product (DiorSnow UV Shield BB Creme) from Dior, surprised me with its texture, matte tone but not ash-coloured. As name suggests, It has a snowy tone that I believe prevents that ashy tone I observed in other BB creams. Also, it combats with pigmentation and aging effect of sun with SPF50 which is considerably higher than the other BB creams in the market.
I can happily suggest you to try out this product, or at least get a tester to see the difference as compared too generic BB creams. DiorSnow UV Shield BB Cream pledges you a natural-looking protection with its unique tone that defines characteristics of Beauty Balms again.
Texture: Liquid, easy to absorb, not greasy Skin Type: All Price: $$ Sun protection: PA+++ Suitable for night: Yes Overall (out of 10): 9
As a Caucasian living in Asia (Singapore), I was terrified initially how obsessive people here are to get a whiter skin. Naturally, this obsession is reflected to the Asian cosmetics market that has dominated by whitening products. Whitening products use generally exfoliating principle to get rid of your dead skin cells which results in blemishes and darker skin texture. However, this method brings some concerns. To much exfoliating may lead to aging faster than normal, since we know that cell metabolism and proliferation is reduced at high cell passages that is considered as in vitro model of aging. Rather than exposing your skin to harsh treatments, I will recommend you a game changer product which not only evens out the skin tone but also keeps your skin hydrated.
It is Dr. Jart Ceramidin set. You may wonder who Dr. Jart is. Right question would be What is Dr. Jart? Dr. Jart is a company based in US, but ventured by two close friends, a Korean dermatologist Dr. SungJae Jung and an entrepreneur Chin Took Lee.
Dr. Jart Ceramidin cream and serum first captured my attention with minimalist and simplistic design reminding me old creams that my grandmother used to put on. Their active chemical is ceramide-3.Ceramide-3 has many benefits for the skin ranging from hydration to skin protection. It has been shown that, ceramide-3 attenuates transepidermal water loss (TEWL), erythema and cell cycling due to exposure to exposure to detergents . Also, it protects skin from sodium lauryl sulfate-mediated irritation which is very common due to its vast use in cosmetics . Another ingredient I am caught was Licorice Root Extract. This miraculous plant acts as anti-inflammatory and neutralizer for skin tone. I guess this one adds a rosemary-like scent to these products which I like very much.
I started using these two products about a month ago and results are really promising. Within a week, I could see that my blemishes are reduced and skin became brighter. At the very first use, I thought liquid serum makes it greasy, but liquid evaporates quickly which leaves a refreshing scent on your face.
Ceramidin series are definitely worth to try!
You can visit an exclusive beauty store this weekend and kindly ask for a tester. Next week, probably you will leave the store with an empty wallet and these creams that deserve every penny you have given.
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