“Makeup can be so much more than meets the eye,” Tal Peleg writes, and she means that quite literally.

Plenty of makeup artists can deftly wing out black eyeliner with a flick of the wrist, but turning eyelids into canvases for miniature paintings requires a pretty unique skillset. Instead of hosting smokey eyes and cut creases, Peleg’s eyes serve as windows into the books, plays, films, and myths that we all know and love.