Candy Land Comes to Life! Chad Collaborates Once Again with Artist Will Cotton

Cockaigne, A live performance conceived of, designed and directed by Will Cotton and curated by Stacy Engman for Performa 11 at Prince George Ballroom

I was very excited to once again work with dear friend Will Cotton, and collaborate on the makeup looks for this fabulous evening of art, music dance and festivity. I have created many makeup looks for his paintings and many are featured in his new book, Will Cotton: Paintings and Works on Paper.

Dancers from New York City Ballet were dressed in custom cotton candy creations and set against a back drop of Cotton Candy Clouds. The live-action piece was performed in two acts – ACT I: Whipped Cream Duet for Two Violins and ACT II: Cotton Candy.

For the piece, we created an ethereal makeup look with pops of bright pink (Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain) on the cheeks, glistening silver-whites (Silver and White Shimmer Eye shadow mixed and applied with a wet brush all over the lid) and Pink Shimmer (Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow) as an accent paired with doe-eyed eyeliner (Aurora Crème Eye Definer). Lollipop was painted on the lips as a stain then a veil of Candy Cloud 9 Lip gloss (which tastes like Cotton Candy!) was layered over for a 3-D effect.

A signature Cotton Candy fragrance, “Whipped Cream” was created exclusively for the event by Pascal Gaurin for IFF.

Purchase our Sweetest Thing Collection here and take a look at a step-by-step tutorial to get the look here!


Sweetest Thing: Get The Look

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder of Three
Custom Color Specialists, prepping our model for the Sweetest Thing
photo shoot! Re-creating this fresh spring look is simple,
just follow these steps –

FACE: Start with a flawless canvas. For sheer to medium coverage, apply Three Custom Color Specialists Crème Concealer Foundation with a damp sponge (Devon, our model, is wearing shade #3)

EYES: Apply Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow from the lashline to the brow bone for a wash of light-reflecting shimmer. Line the eyes with Opaline Crème Eye Definer in Aurora (our water-resistant crème eye liner) using our Eye Liner Brush.

To really make the eyes appear bigger, whiter and brighter, line the bottom waterline of the eye with our cult-favorite Clarifier Pencil.

CHEEKS: Use a sponge to apply Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain (hot rosy pink) on the apples of the cheeks, blending out along the cheekbone towards the temples.

LIPS: With a lip brush, apply our sweet Candy Cloud 9 Lip Gloss (a sheer pink with gold and silver shimmer that tastes like cotton

The products (pictured from left): Icing on the Cupcake Eye Shadow, Opaline Creme Eye Definer in “Aurora,” Lollipop Lip & Cheek Stain, Candy Cloud 9 Lip Gloss

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Last weekend, Three Custom Color Specialists Co-Founders Chad Hayduk and Scott Catto joined NYC-based fashion designer, Miles Ehan at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. They were there to celebrate their friend, artist Will Cotton at the opening of his solo exhibition of new works.

Designer Miles Ehan with Three Custom Color Specialists’ Co-Founders Chad Hayduk and Scott Catto

You may be familiar with Cotton’s previous work; his painting of Katy Perry, which features the young singer reclining amid candy clouds, was used as the cover art for her album Teenage Dream. (Fun fact: Cotton’s long-time friend and Three Custom Color Specialists Co-Founder Scott Catto assisted making mounds of cotton candy that adorned the set Cotton created for this shoot!)

Will Cotton with Katy Perry

In this exhibition, Cotton presents paintings in which he incorporates the figure into his landscapes of sweets, rich chocolate, and ambrosial clouds and several of the painting featured in this exhibition featured the lovely Katy Perry.

Celebrity sightings at the gallery also included: James Spader, Molly Shannon, and Fran Drescher.

Rising-star designer, Miles Ehan collaborated with Will Cotton to create many of the “Cupcake Couture” dresses featured in the paintings on exhibition, including a dress composed of cupcake wrappers and a skirt made of cotton candy with a rock candy boddice.

Miles with a painting featuring a dress he collaborated on with Will Cotton.

Stayed tuned for more exciting news: Miles Ehan is partnering with his friends at Three Custom Color Specialists to bring the colors of his sugary sweet designs into the world of cosmetics! The new collection, debuting on January 27th, features an exciting first for Three Custom Color Specialists — a cotton-candy flavored lip gloss!

For more on Miles Ehan’s design inspirations, follow him on twitter @MilesEhan

For more information about the Will Cotton solo exhibition, visit

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