STEP BY STEP - Body painting a butterfly

As promised... here are the step by steps for body painting a Butterfly - Butterfly your way to better Eyeliner and Lip Applications!  For those where was at IMATS SYDNEY this weekend and saw my featured speaker spot... you know WHY painting a butterfly is one way to PLAY and PRACTICE your way to better makeup skills... for those who weren't at IMATS... let me give you a brief background about this idea.

The final result from my IMATS presentation

The final result from my IMATS presentation

I teach artists how to use BODY ART as a TOOL to better your makeup skills. Not only does playing with body art refine your brush skills... it also satisfies our creative side (in a sea of seemingly exclusive smokey eyes and nude lips... or at least it feels that way) and it definitely helps with confidence.

This year at IMATS I demonstrated how to paint a basic butterfly with the INTENTION of it being an exercise that will help you as a makeup artist increase your hand eye coordination... brush control and ultimately make you an artist who always nails liquid liner... confidence going into an elongated eyeliner and someone who does crisp lip liners.

Like a coach who gets their athletes to also do time in the gym to be better athletes... body art should be played with by every makeup artist to be the best version of  a makeup artist they can be.

Without further adieu.. here is the step-by-step to painting a butterfly. 

 

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Brushes used to complete the look. The second from the right is a bullet brush if that helps with scale. The 3 from the left are from a craft store and the last 2 are from KRYOLAN

Brushes used to complete the look. The second from the right is a bullet brush if that helps with scale. The 3 from the left are from a craft store and the last 2 are from KRYOLAN

The colours you will need to complete this look. These are all KRYOLAN AQUACOLOURs which are water based

The colours you will need to complete this look. These are all KRYOLAN AQUACOLOURs which are water based

This is my reference picture. I always work from reference pictures and most of my prep is spent finding reference pictures! 

This is my reference picture. I always work from reference pictures and most of my prep is spent finding reference pictures! 

if you have issues drawing the shape...  I highly recommend completing the book called 'drawing on the right side of the brain' by Betty Edwards. You will be fine after that book trust me it's amazing.

if you have issues drawing the shape...  I highly recommend completing the book called 'drawing on the right side of the brain' by Betty Edwards. You will be fine after that book trust me it's amazing.

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I used the largest pointed brush. different pressures with the brush will give you different thicknesses of the line.

I used the largest pointed brush. different pressures with the brush will give you different thicknesses of the line.

I used the medium sized pointed brush to complete this.

I used the medium sized pointed brush to complete this.

Use the smallest brush to complete this and makeup sure you dont press too hard for a tiny dot!  

Use the smallest brush to complete this and makeup sure you dont press too hard for a tiny dot!

 

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Practice butterflies as often as you can! I did this on my own leg so you can't use the excuse that you need a model to practice...

After a while you will start to notice your new found confidence with a liquid liner and applying lipstick... it's crazy it works! 

For those who also enquired when my next classes are happening... please email me on becca@beccagilmartin.com and I can let you know when I am next coming to your town! I will also update dates here. 

 

Enjoy your butterfly play xx