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*~Sephora Watercolors~*

Working day-in and day-out on the Sephora site and apps, I am often seeking additional ways to be creative, and have fun, with beauty products. 


I’ve started a series that I dub *~Sephora Watercolors~*, mixing pencil, watercolors, a variety of shiny gelly roll pens and deco markers, and, of course, a healthy assortment of Sephora-sourced lip glosses, sparkly nail polishes, glittery face pigments, and more.


In terms of inspo? It’s a mix of the charming illustrations of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the (precious) watercolors of my grandmother, an artist in her own time, known for her Asian-inspired and tropical tableaus, mixing watercolor with fine pen marks. She also designed and merch’ed up the windows for the historic West Coast department store I. Magnin & Company in Los Angeles, which I think is pretty cool. 


So, without further delay, here is the series. I will post whenever I have a chance, hopefully bi-weekly. I’ll note out the date of creation, link to the products and list out the materials used in the work. 


Can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂 ❤️💄


Note: Worked with product management @ / contracted for Sephora previously.







  • Sephora product: CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum 
  • Date of creation: 4/19/23
  • Materials: Watercolors, pencil, pink gelly roll pen, gems, rapid tone repair dark spot corrector, Sephora Collection eyeliner, Dior lip gloss, Sephora Collection nail polish



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Felt like gold was better here than silver given the warmth of the color story...

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Btw I know I teased it before but here's my favorite combo of eyebrow glitter with @ stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Perlina brushed up with @ MILK MAKEUP KUSH Clear Brow Gel Hydro 


(a rare moment of showing my face...)

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One of my girlfriends from art school had gifted me this pink beaded bracelet that she got me at a temple in Korea. I've worn in for years, and, suddenly with the hazards of everyday living, the bracelet snapped in a moment of intense multi-tasking from my side. 


Taking from the zen concept of filing in cracks with gold, I decided to incorporate the broken beads into some gold paint with Sephora Collection nail polish. From there, lots of other material experiments with a variety of beauty products happened (you can peep the list of things above, including a new item from an order I did for Trixie Cosmetics to try some of their stuff (full disclosure I met Trixie out-of-drag at a Sunday party in Silverlake 🙂 and I introduced myself and we chatted and we, resoundly, both agreed that I should try the TC makeup...)


I've been loving this product from Skinfix (green ranks high on my favorite list of colors) so I made it the focal point of this piece. It's a little bit more maximal than my normal more clean and minimal aesthetic... but, in the practice of art, I think the most important thing is to keep going (not every day is the perfect masterpiece...)


There are something about the material quality of makeup that I find very sculptural... I included some detail shots that hopefully illustrates that point... maybe something to explore more..... 💛

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@Julessss14 - Thanks for the closeup shots and items-in-use shots!  I think it's amazing how you can use makeup and skincare in this way. 🥰

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Experimented here with using the eye liner almost like a calligraphy brush... do we like? 💕

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I love learning about new beauty brands. Since I am still a fresh face / n00b in the beauty space (though a bit of a seasoned tech industry vet tbh...), I was delighted to read the new feature on the Sephora iOS app about The Need-to-Know, Skincare Essentials from black-owned brands flipping up / adding a unique POV the beauty game. 


Previously, I had never heard of Hyper Skin before and I was almost cosmically drawn to their logo (wonderfully designed) and the ethos of the brand and founder Desiree Verdejo.



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In terms of my holy grail beauty products, it always seems to go back to Stila Perlina stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Perlina ... It was actually recommended me to by a Sephora co-worker originally and since then I have basically tried the metallic rainbow, with my evergreen fave def being this light opalescent shade. 


The hearts here are actually from a BI rewards bazaar goodie of Charlottle Tilbz and a small Pillow Talk lipstick sample. Maybe something here with the lipstick writing / drawing?




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  • Sephora product: MILK MAKEUP KUSH Clear Brow Gel Hydro 
  • Date of creation: 8/10/23
  • Materials: Watercolors, pencil, beads from the French General, a variety of nail polishes, black micron pen

I kind of like the diptych with contrasting backgrounds. The months of experimentation maybe paid off in terms of adding some dimensionality and sculptural quality to these pieces?

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  • Sephora product: MILK MAKEUP KUSH Clear Brow Gel Hydro 
  • Date of creation: 8/10/23
  • Materials: Watercolors, pencil, beads from the French General, a variety of nail polishes, black micron pen

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They say that the best things in life are free and I think that's absolutely true for this Milk Makeup clear brow gel that a friend happened to gift me. Honestly it's one of my favorite things (and I love to comb in a little eyebrow glitter and mix in some stila perlina).




  • Sephora product:MILK MAKEUP KUSH Clear Brow Gel Hydro 
  • Date of creation: 8/10/23
  • Materials: Watercolors, pencil, beads from the French General, a variety of nail polishes, black micron pen



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Abstraction with nail polish, foundation, sequins and stars...


Going to circle back to Sephora beauty products in a bit but for now enjoying the abstract era 🙂 

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Very pretty, @Julessss14 !  I like the colors and shimmer!

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Thank youuuuuu

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