‘Cold as Ice’ – Amber Michael – MUA – NC

Amber Michael Body Artist

Ice Body Painting - Amber Michael

This ‘Ice Cool’ body paint design is by Amber Michael, a MUA based in NC, specializing in SPFX, Body Painting and Beauty/High fashion. / Facebook Amber Michael
Photographer: Tony Jones Photography
Model: Breanna Russell

‘QUOTES’- Face-Art – Alexander Khokhlov

Moscow based Photographer, Alexander Khokhlov and his team decided to transform twin-sisters to commas sign using face-art and real flowers. The Piece is titled ‘Quotes’

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Quotes. “There are billions of them every day and everywhere – in newspapers, social media, blogs. The new work of our team is dedicated to the Golden age of quotation, reposts and lack of original ideas. After Marge Simpson reanimation the team returned to theme of mixing flowers and face-art – original way to create interesting two-dimensional optical illusions.” 

Models twin-sisters Alena and Alla played the role of quotes sign. Veronica Ershova, the make-up artist, choose red and white colors as basic whereas Mikhail Kravchenko, the hairstylist, has created the commas’ circles with handcrafted frames and real chrysanthemums which were separated into petals and glued to paper foundation. 

Face-art by Veronica Ershova
Hairstyle and flower decorations by Mikhail Kravchenko
Photography and video by Alexander Khokhlov

‘Birds of Paradise’ – Paddy McGurgan

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Multi-award-winning Irish make up pro, Paddy McGurgan, turned heads in Belfast’s famous Parliament buildings at Stormont with his artistic makeup show ‘Birds of Paradise’ which was a colourful production of body paint and creative make up .

The make up maestro, who previously held titles such as European creative makeup artist of the year and winner of illamasqua’s professional distinction of makeup, chose to showcase at the venue as part of the city’s fashion week of which Paddy is the official make up partner.  The historic setting offered the perfect surrounding for the striking show as it added an extra dramatic element to his theatrical display.

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Paddy and his team of ten make up artists, as well as his current make up academy students, spent an agonizing nine hours transforming ten models into colourful ‘birds’.

The dramatic show, incorporated all aspects and makeup techniques from special effects body painting using water based paints as well as advanced airbrushing, resulting in a spectacular visual display which mesmerized the packed out audience.  Gorgeous models sported large feathered wings and headpieces, as well as rhinestones and gems on top of their colourful body art to command light to hit the skin and give that sense of magic to the creations.


Paddy McGurgan said: “I always like to challenge myself and create new work which hopefully inspires others – it’s almost like an artistic release.  I chose the exotic birds theme as each bird has its own beautiful colour combination unique and individual to them which is how I believe all make up should be. It was a challenge to get so many models ready as previously I had only ever produced two full detailed bodypaints at any one time, but I have a great team and we put a lot of time into training and perfecting each of the looks before hand to make things run more smoothly on the day.”

Speaking about the make up show, Director of Belfast FASHIONWEEK Cathy Martin said: “I was really impressed by the amazing make up display put on by Paddy and his talented team.  It’s wonderful to have such exceptional creative talent in Ireland and it certainly offered an enthralling end to this season’s FASHIONWEEK.” 

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