‘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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RAW MUA of the Year 2013 – Angela Rene’ Roberts

Angela Rene Roberts Forever Blooming

 ”Forever Blooming” / Model: Luna Labelle

It’s been a great 12 months for New Orleans Body Painter/ MUA, Angela Rene Roberts as she won the 2013 National RAW Makeup Artist of the year! We first featured some of Angela’s fine art body paintings in January 2013 and are delighted to share with you more of her compositions, including this great Salvador Dali Bodypainting tribute below on Model Sean Jones, all which helped her secure this great accolade.

Angela Rene Roberts Body Art Eye See Dali

Eye See Dali” (Dali Tribute Body Paint) / Model: Sean Jones

Angela Rene Roberts Body Art Reflections

Reflections” (Face and Droplets Body Paint) / Model: Ashley Smith

Angela Rene Roberts Body Art - Love

Love” / Model: Courtni Bachelor

Angela Rene Roberts Body Art Letting Go

 ”Letting Go” (Peacock Body Paint) / Model: Denise Musso

Angela Rene Roberts Body Art Treachery

Treachery” (Rose Body Paint) / Model Jessica Rose

All photographs  ©  Cully Firmin

Congratulations to Angela Rene on the RAW title, watch some highlights from the awards below. 

Manon Cormier – Body Painter – France



Manon Cormier, is a young french artist residing in Paris who trained at the ITM Institut Technique de Maquillage. (Institute Technique of Make-up in Paris). She has been practising body painting for 4 years with a passion.

These photos have submitted in by Eric Bernaville who is the painted model in the photos.  Eric may look familiar as he has appeared on I LOVE BODY ART  before as the model for Nathy Champeau’s  Tribal bodypainting design and Audrey Catz’s Man of Woods’ piece we featured last year.


See more of Manon Cormier’s Bodypaintings at

2D Face painting – Alexander Khokhlov


These 2D Face painting photographs are from a project called ‘2D or not 2D’ by Moscow based fashion and beauty photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. The 2D facepaint idea is based upon modern-art inspired posters and the teams goal was to paint the models faces to appear as two-dimensional. / Additional retouching and post-production by Veronica Ershova.






Thanks to Alexander for allowing us to publish these. /