It’s been quite some time since my last makeup post, and I thought this would be the perfect way to jump back into sharing my adventures in cosmetic artistry: a bold, creative photo set on which I collaborated with some truly talented new friends! After recently getting involved in a group designed to promote sisterhood and body positivity, founded by an amazing Austin-based photographer and model, I was inspired by one member’s idea to recreate something inspired by this Pink Floyd body art poster:
We chose to go with a cinema theme, and designated six models. Lauren, who donned a black wig to coordinate with her V for Vendetta piece, worked hard to help iron out all the details, as she and I planned the shoot together over the course of about a month. For most of us, the day of the shoot was our first time meeting face-to-face (though we’d become acquainted online throughout the planning phase via group messaging). All in all, everyone seemed to have a blast and we’ve already begun brainstorming our next collaborative venture together! I painted three of the models, and another rad local body painter—Andrew Brietzke, who works alongside girlfriend Shade Du Bois creating impressive FX makeup and glam looks—painted the other three. Here is the final image of our group pose:
(Models, from left: Lauren, Kate, Dannie, Corey, Mickey, Whitney)
Professional photos were shot by local photographer Arielle Lewis. (Holy cow, you guys. Check out her ongoing watercolor face paint series, a collaboration with immensely talented FX artist Anthony Paul Gonzales. Seriously.) Kate Kubala, on whom I painted the Batman Returns piece, also did all of our models’ hair and glamour makeup. Here’s her individual shot. Dark, mysterious, and moody…just like Batman!
My other two pieces paid tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Godzilla Kontra Hedora (Godzilla vs. Smog Monster, specifically the Polish movie poster design). For the Rocky Horror look, I added red glitter to the lips, though it’s difficult to see in photos.
To complement the colors found in the Godzilla art, I slightly tinted Mickey’s blonde hair yellow. This one was my first completed painting of the day, and I’m eager to paint more swirly smoky body art in the future because it was way fun to execute.
Arielle did an incredible job of capturing and editing our respective efforts, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Andrew and I each spent about two hours per model, and ended up painting for a total of nearly seven hours. His style is much more colorful and reminiscent of watercolor paintings than mine is, which we took advantage of when pairing Corey’s fiery red hair with his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas art. Each model’s hair and accessories were styled with attention to the feel of her unique back piece.
I used primarily Mehron and Wolfe FX water-based paints, with a combination of makeup brushes and artist’s paintbrushes. For some of the larger areas on Dannie’s time warp, I used white cream makeup for quick coverage. Black felt eyeliner pens were my go-to product for drawing out the sharp edges and fine lines.
We tried to keep the BTS documentation to a minimum, to make sure the final reveal was a big surprise, but Mickey snapped this really great selfie while I was painting her, and I couldn’t help but share. It’s easily one of my favorite action shots, and adequately evokes the overall mood of a productive and exciting day’s work with these guys.
What do you think, friends? I hope this inspires you to get out there and meet some awesome new people in your own respective communities with which to make magic!