Artist Uses Beauty Products to Create Unusual Paintings

Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname “Red,” is a Malaysian artist-architect who “loves to paint, but not with a paintbrush,” according to her Tumblr blog.

Her art finds color from textile sources other than paint, which gives her work its unique dimensions. By foregoing traditional paint mediums, Red’s art is pushed to explore color and texture through the use of unexpected tools.

Her work ranges from the use of flower petals, sliced vegetables, candies, household items such as matches, and beyond.

In a series she posted on Instagram to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Red uses makeup and beauty items, like lipstick, mascara, and nail polish, to mimic the style of traditional Chinese landscapes and portraits.

“Chinese art requires a lot of precision and skill—one stroke can make a huge difference, and many times, less is more. I felt that this is similar to how a woman carefully puts on her make-up,” Red said about her inspiration for the series, as quoted by Design Boom.

Click through the slideshow above to check out her amazing talent. Other works and updates can be found on her website.