MAKE UP MAESTRO’S MAGNIFICENT ‘BIRDS OF PARADISE’ SHOW – April 2014
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.
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.”
‘Frida Khalo‘ / Model: Liesl Despy /Body Art and Photograph by Mona Turnbull
‘The Oil Painting’ / Model: Jade Marie
‘The Painted‘ Model: Holly Anne Shaheen / Photography: Jamie Brown @ 410 Photography
Mona Turnbull has a BA in Business and Advertising Management and used to be employed as an administrator at Oxford University before embarking on a career as a freelance face and body painting artist. She has always been creative and interested in art from an early age. During her time as an administrator she also attended various art classes with the hope of one day achieving her dream of a career as an artist. She has won several awards including Charles Fox award in 2011 and the Illusion Magazine Inspirational Artist award in May 2013.
Moths are one of natures ‘masters of camouflage’ allowing them to sleep undisturbed during the day. The photo above looks like just another of these creatures resting on the bark of a tree, but watch the video below and you will see this in fact a clever Bodypaint Illusion by Paul Roustan……
”Sphinx moths, members of the family Sphingidae, are important pollinators. Also known as hawk moths, these medium to large moths coevolved with orchids. Most are nocturnal, though some, like the bumblebee or hummingbird moths, nectar during the day.”