Have you ever thought it was possible to "see" music? Well, Sarah Marie Sherrard definitely has our eyes glued to her magnificent musical makeup creations!
There is nothing more inspiring than learning about someone who channels an unexpected setback into a moment of triumph. Sarah experienced an unfortunate case of shingles in late 2017 which affected the top left quarter of her face. This hindered her from going to school for weeks as well as not being able to continue one of her favorite hobbies, applying makeup to her face. With much time on her hands and her only free canvas being her right eyelid, the pain prompted her to combine her two loves; and thus her unique series of album eye art began.
“Weeks prior, I had the idea to recreate album cover art in makeup to combine two of my favorite things, makeup and music, into something beautiful and exciting,” Sarah says.
“I will only work when I feel inspired by a new album that I love or intricate and lucid cover art from favorite artists. Each design takes around 1-2 hours to complete.”
Sarah has loved doing makeup on herself since she was young and began dabbling on friends and family when entering high school. She will soon be graduating from Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School in Louisville this coming December and explains, “What I have been doing is not as simple as blending out some eyeshadow so it was difficult the first time putting a tiny person or shoe on my eyelid. That was definitely a challenge for me and every creation is a new challenge because not one of them are the same or honestly even similar. I just have to remain patient and practice constantly on my detail work.”
Her most challenging artwork to date has been Rich the Kid's album, ‘The World Is Yours,’ mostly because she wanted to include the neon pink album title. But her most proud and personal favorite piece of work is the cover art from J Cole's 'KOD' because she says, “I love the album and the cover art is so creative with vivid, intense colors and I was able to encompass the smaller designs under my lower lash line."
When asking Sherrard about advice for someone who is looking to pursue a similar craft she says, “I find it is super helpful to plan out how you want to recreate something onto your face before you just start working with no “rough draft”. I also would only do an album cover recreation for an album I personally enjoy or connect with."
"Have patience, don’t rush your work, only work when you feel inspired, and get some tiny painting brushes from an art store to be more precise than what you will find from a makeup store.”
We are truly inspired by Sarah's story and how she overcame something that was completely out of her control and turned it into an artform she could control.
To see more of Sarah's artistic musical makeup creations hop on over to her Instagram