03/05/2012 08:58 am ET

10 Best Makeup Looks In Album Cover Art (PHOTOS)

Most of us use makeup to highlight our favorite features and minimize our least favorites. But with a little creativity, makeup can, like any artistic medium, be used to transform the canvas that is your face. Just look at the pop and rock stars who did it so with such success: David Bowie, Lady Gaga, and, of course, Kiss.

The following works of cover art use makeup as an art form. (Is it a coincidence that many of the greatest artists are also the most compelling 'characters' in pop culture?) Whether the makeup is used to transform a person into their on-stage alter ego or to trademark a face as an aesthetic icon, it is used quite effectively in the slideshow below.

From the lovely to the frightening, these are the artists who made art of out not just music, but makeup. Tell us about your makeup creations, favorite Bowie show, or chastise us for forgetting a key character in the comments section below.