What first comes to mind when you see an American flag? Freedom, the Statue of Liberty, or maybe a big juicy burger? This last association has been used by French photographer Jonathan Icher in his “Fat Flag” photo series. With the help of make-up artist Anastasia Parquet, Icher picked five different nationalities and put their iconic foods into his models’ mouths.
Most of us are familiar with makeup application as an everyday thing that women (and sometimes men) do to enhance their appearance. Professional Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, however, has elevated this everyday ritual into an art form. Her eye makeup designs go far beyond a simple touch-up – each is a miniature work of art in its own right. Some look like they might be a bit uncomfortable to wear, but others might go well with certain fancy outfits.
Moscow-based photographer and artist Alexander Khokhlov is at it again, creating stunning and unforgettable portraits of models with painted faces. These stunning colored portraits are only the latest in a series of similar works by Khokhlov, who has also created portrait series with powerful black-and-white designs and series parodying the popular Angry Birds game. To create these images, he works with makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan, who painted the models’ faces.
Tattooing has been practiced by various peoples since ancient times, with evidence of tattoos dating back to the Neolithic period and possibly even earlier. Today, some people associate them with criminal behavior, others with symbolic meaning, and yet others with physical beauty. But whether you’re for or against the idea of getting a tattoo, you’ll be able to appreciate the masterful artistry that went into creating these beautiful and permanent pieces of body art.
While some artists have mastered the Photoshop brushes to give some of their models a much needed face or eye lift, Russian artist Vadim Andreev uses those from the make up artist kit. And his results are sometimes so jaw-dropping it’s hard to believe the pictures weren’t retouched! Using only cosmetics, Vadim transforms women into stunning cover girls, and can do an equally good job with carnival make up as well.
It may be hard to believe, but the frog you’re about to see is not a frog at all! Inspired by nature, recognized body painter Johannes Stoetter turns living models into animals, fruits, flowers or blends them with the surroundings. These impressively detailed paintings take up to five months of thorough planning and up to eight hours of work to complete.
Do you remember the amazing body art illusions by Craig Tracy? It seems that Craig has a competitor – 25-year-old German artist Gesine Marwedel. From flamingo to iguana, she can turn people into any animal using special paint that is not harmful to the body of her models.
Swedish makeup enthusiast Sandra Holmbom admits that her latest eye-lip make-up isn’t pretty, but for some reason it’s hard to take your eyes away from it. It leaves you confused and unsure whether it’s an eye or lips you’re looking at. If you still haven’t guessed, she painted the super realistic eye on her own lips! To make it look more confusing at a first glance, Sandra even attached fake eyelashes on the upper lip.
With Halloween approaching, many of you are probably looking for costume and make-up ideas. Maybe this Japanese art student Chooo-San, aged 19, could inspire you: her new body paint works started circling the Internet and would definitely pass for an impressive Halloween costume.
Bodypaint has become very popular in the media, but the works of Trina Merry from San Francisco and Emma Hack from Adelaide (Australia) has raised the bar even higher. By combining their amazing body painting skills and the athleticism of their models, the two artists managed to transform groups of people into a wrecked car and three different types of motorcycles.
Don’t be deceived, this is not another collection of Guido Daniele’ work. The hand paintings below are all painted by a talented London-based body painter Annie Ralli. Photographed by Ray Massey, these optical illusions are a part of advertising campaign for Ecclesiastical Insurance, a niche insurance company using the byline “You’re in good hands”.
Japanese art student Chooo-San, aged 19, uses only acrylic paint and her incredible talent to transform herself into a mutant or cyborg. Multiple mouths, six eyes or even batteries protruding from her forearms – these are just a few examples of what she can do with a human body. Everything began when Chooo-San was studying for university admission exams. She would draw eyes and other objects on her hands while taking breaks from her studies.