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What theme would you love to see embodied in a makeup collection?

What theme would you love to see embodied in a makeup collection? Not a movie, TV show, fictional character, etc. – more like a general theme – think space, flowers, etc.!

Space! I think that you can be really creative with colors, textures, and even names with a space-themed collection! 🙂

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Daniel Avatar

Art. I know makeup brands have made art-inspired collections, but there will never be enough of them. Maybe something more out of the ordinary, like Rothko’s color for eyes, or Damien Hirst for packaging, it would be awesome. Something further away from the woman in art, and more about art itself.

July Avatar

Hi. Space is a fantastic idea, really like it, since one of my passions is Astronomy.
Another theme is: Burlesque, i like it a lot, i think there is more room for great products and colors, not only red lipstick and fake lashes.

KeG Avatar

both great ideas! actually every idea posted is creative-cosmetic companies should be taking notes-they would be getting free and marketable advice

FKS Avatar

Wasn’t MAC’s heavenly creatures a space based collection? The names were exciting, but the products, not so much. However, a collection around flowers in a meadow would be nice, assuming that the products have the expected quality.

Gina Avatar

Goddesses. It could be fun…. Isis, Tara, Pele, Aphrodite, Bronwyn, Freya, Guanyin, Lakshmi, Amaterasu, Uelanuhi, Erzulie, Obatala, Kupala. There are so many images of the elements that you could come up with some pretty rich palattes. Lots of lines have introduced some goddess names for individual products, but a line focused on goddess looks would be fun.

Bronwyn Avatar

I didn’t realize there was a Welsh goddess named Bronwyn, I was always told the princess stories about her instead.
I feel infinitely cooler now.
Also, yay for other Bronwyn(wen)’s in this world!

VickyM Avatar

Aw! I already had an awesome fictional character idea 🙁 , Oh well I will have to go with something else 😛 my first choice would be history fashion, as in there could be an eye shadow pallet, blush, lipsticks and nail polish featuring Rococo, another one with Renaissance, another one with Victorian, Elizabethan, ancient Greece, Medieval etc. lol that would be a huge collection with so many possibilities and colors, textures and styles and if done correctly amazing packaging 😀 . My second choice would be a country themed collection with perfumes, pallets, lipsticks and polishes representing France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Sweden, England, Scotland, USA, Peru, Mexico, India, Japan, Russia etc. I realize this would also be a huge collection and may have to be compressed somehow in continents, for example you could have a European pallet with each shadow named after a country, and some lipsticks named either after a country or areas like Scandinavia or Mediterranean, an American pallet with lipstick named after South America North America etc. an Asian pallet with lipsticks representing the continent and the color range and textures would be HUGE with so many possibilities. My last choice would be a deep turquoise ocean theme lol :P.

For the first two I can only see Mac pulling of such huge collections, for the last one I want a brand like Chanel to do it.

Christine I love your Space idea 😀 .

xamyx Avatar

I was recently thinking how nice it would be to have some sort of “Women of the World” collection! However, it would be broken down more into “regions”, just as to not get too big, and since there are shades that would cross over.

The primary focus would be “face” products, such as foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, etc.; not only would this allow for a broad range of colors, as well as specific under/over-tones, but it would leave alot of the “guesswork” out of shopping. It’s not to say anyone would be restricted to certain ranges, but there would be a set of “basics” to start with, that would be customized, and ultimately built upon.

Eye & lip shades would not only be complientary to specific colorings, but would also be representative of the geographic regions, much in the way NARS names colors.

Having everyone covered under one brand would be ideal, as noone would feel left out, and quality would be consistent across the board, for all to enjoy. I realize this is alot to wish for, but with the right PR, it could be done.

Jennifer Avatar

Decades. Starting with the beginning of the 20th century and going up through the 80’s. I really wouldn’t be interested in any decade beyond the 80’s since it wasn’t long enough ago. I would love to see palettes tailored to reflect what was in fashion for each decade. The packaging should also replicate what was used at that specific time. They could be released similar to how Sephora is doing with the Disney Princess collections which by the way is brilliant. Honestly I don’t know which decade I would be most excited about.

Jaz Avatar

Great idea Christine! A Greek gods and goddesses palette or collection would be very interesting to see put together. If one hasnt already been made. The names would be quite easy too, haha. And I must say Christine, you are a gorgeous woman! With and without makeup.

Precious Avatar

I’d like to see a collection that’s based on the national costumes of different countries around the world. It’s pretty huge, but just imagine how colorful that would be! I’d also like the packaging to be as creative. 🙂

Ryou Avatar

Music! I’ve done a series of franken eyeshadows based on songs before, it was SO fun to translate one media (audio) into another (colors/visual). I call the process “abstraction”, I love it. 🙂

Jan Avatar

Dance – movement. They could subcategorize by style. Latin could be hot and spicy. The Flapper speak-easy dances of the 20s would be primarily pale foundation, rosy cheeks and kohl eyeshadow. The east coast swing look would be the pale foundation, red lips, mascara and little else. Nightclub dances could be wilder, more dramatic. The artwork on the boxes would be very cool for all.

Chanterais Avatar

After seeing what Chanel did with that spectacular Byzantine collection a few years ago, I’d love to see a collection based on ancient Egypt–think of all the fun to be had with elaborate kohl and gold Eye-of-Horus-style eyeliner! Eyeshadow in soft flax, palest eau-de-Nil green and deepest lapis lazuli blue. A shimmery bronzer, of course. A shiny neutral lip lacquer. Inky midnight blue nail polish finished with gleaming gold tips. Oh, it could be so beautiful!

Mariella Avatar

Could “Audrey Hepburn” be a theme? Boring, I know, but I love neutrals with a hit of colour, classic looks and all that so I’m thinking “person” when I read “theme” – Audrey or Grace Kelly. Or else a “Working Woman” sort of palette – great neutrals and natural colour blushes and lipsticks that really enhance rather than making a “fashion forward” statement (again, boring, but that’s my taste in things). I love “work FOTD” videos and such and so yet ANOTHER neutral and wearable palette (still with some colour) would just delight me. Or a “WINTER” collection – not “holiday” but WINTER – rosy colours for cheeks and lips, that sort of thing…

Dominique Avatar

Space was the inspiration of Heavenly Creature I think :^^ great collection but without a primer, sometimes difficult. Well, everything could be a source of inspiration, maybe the 4 elements : earth, air, water, fire ?

Angela Avatar

The jungle/rainforest. Leopard print, parrot feather colors, beautiful golds and bronzes, jewel tones. I imagine neutral lipsticks.

Yellowlantern Avatar

I would like to see more high end takes on a “futuristic” theme. Something inspired by technology, robots, sprawling metropolises, and pollution. The only companies I think of that have done anything like that are MAC and OOC (though I think for OOC it was only a collection of lip tars?).

Mariah Avatar

OMG YES SPACE! Anything space is my favorite subject! Galaxies, maybe even naming a pallet after quantum particles! (up, down, strange, charm,…)

Monica Avatar

Fruits and Veggies! Think of all the wonderful colors we see in the produce sections. Dark red-cheeries, bright green grapes, purple eggplants and all of the wonderful citrus fruits.

Shea Avatar

I would really love to see a geek themed collection. I know there are already independent collections from smaller companies, but it would be great to see a high end company like Mac or UD put one out.

Donna Avatar

Yes! I love this idea, something in the aquatic line with tropical fish. I also love the different countries idea and the different decades – oh and the dance/movement. And my contribution to this is the different music genres – classical, baroque, renaissance, blues, jazz, swing, and Rock & Roll!

erin Avatar

fantasy (either movies or books). i would love a lord of the rings collection or a princess bride collection or even a labyrinth collection. i’d be totally over those. even a dungeons and dragons collection would be something i would be all for having.

LU Avatar

A galactic collection sounds awesome, but by a daring brand like Illamasqua since they are always great quality (unlike MAC) and a large collection, meaning lipsticks, eyeshadows, face powders, pigments, lip glosses, palettes, and nail polish.

Jarvis Avatar

I’d love to see an America-themed collection done right — bold red, white, and blue is patriotic, but on the face it’s kind of tacky. An eyeshadow collection with muted browns and blues and some rust colors, then maybe a red lipstick, would be an interesting collection, but it would have to be done very carefully in order to not slide off the slippery slope onto Oh Say Can We See By The Holy Crap Really It’s Like You Liquefied The American Flag Not Like In A Stephen Colbert Way In A Bad Way.

…other than that, I’d love a Game of Thrones makeup collection.

CeeBee Avatar

Oooh, lots!

Cakes and candies – chocolate, biscuit and macaron inspired eyeshadow duos, cupcake/frosting lip glosses, sheer gumdrop/jelly jube coloured lipsticks, pink fondant blushes and sparkly sugar dusted highlighters…

Beach collections (that don’t have the typical blue, teal and gold shades) – the Pink Sands and Beach Grass eye trios Dick Page did for Shisedio recently were STUNNING and when you see the pictures of what inspired him, you can totally see how it fits perfectly. I know Lancome put out the black Piha (a beach in New Zealand) lipgloss a few years ago but I think there is more scope there that coudl be explored.

Earth and Elements – based on actual minerals and metals such as cobalt, cadmium and chromium salts and the noble gases (who doesn’t want a Krypton lipgloss, huh?) – gold, silver and copper are fairly obvious but things like platinum, iridium, mercury, zinc and nickel could all make wicked inspiration for eyeshadow colours.

I have so many ideas…

Kristy Avatar

I have a very unsophisticated answer – a food theme gets me every time! I don’t care how many times its been done. Candy, baked goods, coffee/tea, chocolate, fruit, mixed drinks, spices, the possibilities are endless.

Karen Avatar

Reading the comments I see such great suggestions. I see most of what I thought of already mentioned which is nice because other people want to these. I’d most like to see goddesses, deep ocean and rain forests (the Amazon) all of which could include a very wide range of colors.

Astrophysicist Avatar

So many i think =o ,well here we go, first Universe theme would be amaaazing *__* , other one could be Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki movies animations full of bright colors and pastels and a Victorian Era or Illuminism full of dark duochromes and glitters. Well that’s my dream collection for sure =) i can die after that in peace LOL.

channing mohaupt Avatar

the renesance
disney princess
greek goddess
the rainforest or the sea creatures
50s and 60s icons – marylne monroe, elvis, grace kelly, audrea hepburn, james dean, raquelle welsch, betty page, james mansfield, bridgett bardott, liv taylor
rock and roll.
80s collection – memorabilia

breyerchic04 Avatar

County Fairs. There are so many things possible, and it’d be so much fun for those of us who do go to fairs to have fun with the names and colors.

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