Emma Fay – Tiger Balm x Born Free Foundation

Tiger Balm Body Paint Emma Fay


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The internationally well-known brand, Tiger Balm, has joined forces with the Born Free Foundation to help endangered tigers, of which there are only 3,500 left worldwide. The ‘Born to Run’ campaign created by Tiger Balm, the brand whose heritage and ethos is based on the strength and vitality of tigers, and supported by the international wildlife charity, will work towards preventing wildlife poaching – especially the illegal trade in tiger parts.

To mark the launch of the partnership, Artist Emma Fay has created a stunning image of a tigers head. If you look closely, the majestic face is created from body painted models. The image, made out of human parts of the body, has been created to raise awareness of the tiger facing extinction, specifically focussing on the illegal trade of animal body parts.

Read more about The ‘Born to Run’ campaign


‘Marvels of Nature’ – Emma Fay

SeaHorse Bodypainting Emma Fay

Seahorse Body Painting

‘Marvels of Nature’ is the name of Emma Fay’s stunning series of Body painted Human Animals.  To create these fantastic looking designs Emma teamed up with Contortionist models Beth Sykes and Lowri Thomas and photographer Jonathan Macauley. The images, particularity the Human Giraffe have had worldwide coverage after being published on many of the global news and image sites. UK readers may have seen Emma’s Spider Bodypainting on the Popular UK ITV Daytime TV show’ The Paul O’Grady Show’ on 9th May 2014 where the spider made a crawling entrance on to the show.

Spider Bodypainting

‘A long came a spider’ – Tarantula Bodypainting

Human Giraffe Bodypainting - Emma Fay

 Human Giraffe Bodypainting

‘Marvels of Nature’ are available to purchase as  Fine Art Prints here


‘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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