So, I'm a bit late with this one, but I have been the most busy in these last couple of months. I just wanted to share with everyone that back in May, I got invited to help out with the Zach Scott Theater's Red, Hot, & Soul gala again after a four year hiatus, and it was, yet again, ONE OF MY FAVORITE JOBS EVER. Ever. The designs that they always ask me to do are the most fun, the actors and performers that I get the lucky opportunity to work with are always so freaking great, and it's such a massive job that I always feel like a literal superhuman being after the gig wraps up. This year they asked me to body paint a literal Picasso masterpiece on someone as a "living work of art"........to say it was difficult wasn't even the half of it. What an awesome challenge.
First off, it's a long makeup. This body paint took about 6 hours to totally finish. Then, as an artist, you don't want to regurgitate some other makeup design that another artist has done - so, I did a lot of research, and put some different strokes on it to make this body paint "my own". I also haven't body painted in probably 5 years, so I was worried about being a bit rusty. With all of that said, I feel like I totally killed it. We used Kryolan Aqua paints, and I went out and bought a bunch of proper large paint brushes. The makeup was the best. It stayed on like a dream, didn't streak with sweat, didn't stain, and there wasn't a need for a setting spray. I didn't even need to powder anything. I am now a Kryolan user for life - I already was one, but now I'm for real. That makeup was literally the absolute best thing to use for this project.
Anyways, I just had to share some behind the scenes pics from the event. I just loved these looks so much. Thanks for reading, and be sure to click through to see all the details of the work, and some other showgirls that I helped get into character. :)