Since ancient times, human beings have used various pigments to decorate their bodies for different purposes. In prehistoric times it is believed that the use of makeup was associated with funeral celebrations and the performance of different rituals, while in the Egyptian period (Egypt is considered by many to be the cradle of makeup) it was used to enhance beauty, as well as to protect yourself from the strong desert sun.
At present, if there is one type of makeup that deserves to be called a true work of art, that is undoubtedly 3D makeup, as well as body painting.
Body painting It is a form of artistic expression that is based on applying paint to the entire body or to a part of it, creating different patterns and shapes. It is a technique that is much more difficult than it seems at first glance, since the folds and recesses of the different parts of the body will largely determine the choice of body painting design.
In this technique it is important use paints that are not toxic to our skin and that they can also be easily removed with soap and water (they must be soluble in water).
Body painting artists usually spend long hours doing it. In addition, they can use different techniques, the most common is the use of the brush.
Another technique is, for example, the use of latex and silicone. Latex is a fantastic product for characterization and special effects work, due to its medium hardness and at the same time elasticity, which allows it to be molded in many different ways. In addition, it is a fairly breathable product. Latex will allow us to create or modify any part of the body using prosthetics or masks.
Another technique that will allow you to create spectacular makeup is the use of the airbrush. It is a pressure gun, with which we will be able to make very precise and fast drawings.
A variant that is more fashionable than ever is the belly painting. It is about the realization of body painting on the belly of the pregnant woman. Usually drawings are made with a special meaning and that will generate a beautiful memory for posterity.
Makeup in three dimensions
3D makeup artists have quickly gone viral on social media. Mind-blowing, surreal makeup that creates impossible optical effects. We could say that it is a variable of fantasy makeup, which allows us to let our imagination run wild.
If there is any artist who stands out in this field, that is undoubtedly Mimi Choi, who travels the world exhibiting his incredible works of art, which are usually self-portraits.
Mimi Choi also fuses her 3D makeup with landscapes and exterior objects, creating unique surreal images never seen before, thus increasing the effect of the makeup itself.
Another makeup artist who stands out in this sector is Dain Yoon. Her creations are also surreal and similar in style to Mimi Choi’s. This makeup artist often mixes famous works of art with her makeup, such as Matisse’s Dance or Van Gogh’s self-portrait.
Undoubtedly, the use of one type or another of make-up will allow us to create an infinity of characters for cinema, theater, for advertising… and a long etcetera. The imagination has no limits, since the large number of products available on the market is infinite. We can be creative with latex, with the airbrush or with a simple brush.
To do one of these 3D or body makeup, It is important, first of all, to make a sketch with the design that we want to create. You can look for other makeup already done, photographs or drawings that may help you. Don’t forget to take into account the folds and recesses of the body. Look for paint that is suitable, washable and that is not harmful to your skin.
What are you waiting for to start your work of art? Creativity has no limits.