BEAUTY WATCH: Rorschach-inspired makeup

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I’ve been eyeballing a recent trend for Rorschach- inspired prints lately…seems it’s everywhere I spy.  So many designers have been ricocheting their interpretations down the catwalk in all their symmetrical ink-blot glory, splattering the likes of dresses, tees, hats and accessories with inky creations. Its a big trend in DIY fashion/accessories right now and its a design that lends itself perfectly to DIY projects, as it is impossible to make two of a kind! Graphic prints of any ilk are always popular and the fascination with Rorschach-inspired prints has far-reaching appeal.

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In my travels I’ve been finding that the look seems to have spilled over into the world of makeup and beauty with a series of looks tipping a serious nod to the famous ink blot tests.  Forgoing papers and the traditional black and white colorway, makeup artists and designers are reinterpreting the classic Rorschach imagery on faces in vibrantly colorful cosmetics.

Yulia Gorbachenko ‘Rorschach Test’ Series

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Yulia Gorbachenko ‘Rorschach Test’ Series

I’m sure you’re well accquainted with these little marvels of psychological evaluation, popularised in many a film or television drama.  Invented by Hermann Rorschach in 1921, the evaluations aim to assess a person’s mental state through having them look at a series of symmetrical patterns of ink splotches.

Kristin Von Dietrich Makeup

Using a little more than ink and paper, the series seeks to evoke a response in its viewers with the goal of providing clues about cognition and personality variables such as motivations, response tendencies, cognitive operations, affectivity, and personal/interpersonal perceptions.

The underlying assumption of the Rorschach test is that an individual will class external stimuli based on person-specific perceptual sets, and including needs, base motives, conflicts, and that this clustering process is representative of the process used in real-life situations.


Spilling out of the doctor’s office and seeping across popular culture, these dramatic and bold designs are being seen in a number of editorials recently, bleeding over various cuts and fabrics as designers grasp this unique and bold design technique.

One reason it looks so good? The idea of symmetry and repetition.  Mirroring an image or creating a repeated pattern helps to make the image and scene more surreal.  Symmetry is a strong element of composition, lending a balance and peaceful energy (and abstract qualities) to the image.

© Au Coeur De Mage

© Au Coeur De Mage

What do you think? Cool? Farcicle? Thought-provoking? Or just plain absurd?

Would you give it a run?

I’d love to hear your interpretation. Hit me up and send me a comment!

Inkblot Nails DIY Rorschach Manicure tutorial by Love Maegan. Courtesy Outsapopp

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