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Black Beauty Creator Shantal Martin Used Real Flowers for This Romantic Floral Makeup Look

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I don't know about you guys, but I've been doing a lot of daydreaming about spring lately (with a clear focus on flowers blooming for obvious reasons), so when I came across Shantal Martin's stunning floral-inspired makeup look, I simply had to know more. Luckily, the ultra-talented black beauty creator, who goes by @hairaconda on Instagram, was more than willing to share some details — including where her inspiration stemmed from, and what she wanted the finished look to represent.

"I've been feeling very inspired by the psychology of colours recently, and because of that, I've been letting my moods pick the colours I use," she tells me via email. "Pink is often associated with love, creativity, and calming vibes, all of which I've been feeling in abundance while on vacation in my home of Barbados. So I actually picked these flowers from my front yard garden and created a very romantic, yet graphic editorial eye look. [It's] definitely my favourite look to date."

In addition to the real flowers that she picked from her garden, Martin also used products by Melolops on her eyes, including the brand's Cut Creaser Comic Book Kit, which comes with eight colorful eye pigments and four fine brushes that are perfect for creating graphic eye looks like this. She used pink and white shades from the set to create the abstract lines on her lids, and then finished the eyes off with a few coats of Lancôme's Monsieur Big Mascara and Colourpop's Lovebirds False Lashes.

Unfortunately, you likely won't find any flowers thriving right now if you live in a cold area, but if you want to achieve a similar look at home, you can use faux flower petals, which are available on Amazon, as well as at most craft stores. You'd be surprised, some of them are shockingly realistic-looking.

Needless to say, if you're also yearning for spring and want to try a makeup look that's out of your comfort zone, definitely consider giving this one a go — and then be sure to tag @hairaconda to thank her for the inspiration. Now, excuse me while I go back to impatiently waitinig for flowers to bloom here.

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