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The Coolest Beauty-Artist Collabs in History

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Not many people know this, but I’m a huge art fan. I’d probably be more star-struck meeting Marina Abramović than Meryl Streep (although it would be a close call), and one of my life goals is to own an original Keith Haring painting. With that said, I always get a little giddy when a savvy beauty brand teams up with an influential artist to produce creative packaging or an inspiring campaign. Here are five of my favorites.

1. Kiehl’s x KAWS (2009): This is one of my all-time favorite collaborations of any medium. My fiancé turned me onto legendary street artist KAWS years ago, and I remember us searching far and wide for products from this collab, since everything was snatched up in record time. As luck would have it, one of our art buff friends recently mentioned that they had some unopened Crème de Corps bottle from the line collecting dust in their garage and asked if we’d like to have it. We probably said yes before she could even finish the sentence!

2. NARS x Andy Warhol (2012): For the Warhol Foundation’s biggest collaboration to date, they teamed up with wildly popular NARS for a holiday collection featuring the legendary artist’s iconic prints and silkscreens. I love that the set’s packaging is peppered with all of his classic muses, from Edie Sedgwick to Debbie Harry.

3. Ayami Nishimura x Rankin (2012): A true meeting of minds, renowned Japanese makeup artist Ayami Nishimura linked with Rankin on a rad series of photographs that demonstrate the Lady Gaga favorite’s knack for color-play and the iconic photographer’s eye for innovation.

4. Kiehl’s x Jeff Koons (2010): Kiehl’s kills it again with this artist collab. Jeff Koons is another one of my favorite contemporary artists, and his exhibit at the LACMA that same year was one of the best. This collection’s packaging is absolutely stunning and a perfectly exhibits the artist’s very rich, very colorful imagination.

5. MAC x Cindy Sherman (2011): Cindy Sherman is zany, outrageous, over-the-top, and absolutely brilliant. I love that MAC took a risk and gave full creative freedom to the famed photographer, allowing her to transform into a handful of unique characters. Although no one would ever (ever!) sport these looks in public, I love that each persona is an exaggerated personification of the makeup being showcased.

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