Reasons to Be Beautiful – Behind the Scenes

Today I announced early 2014 dates for ‘Makeup Excellence using Body Art’… (dates at the end of this post)  with that announcement, I also dropped in a subtle fact that I am working on my first book. Very excited pants over here. The first book will be my MEUBA course in print form as well as a body art story. 2014 is looking like a great year already!

As many of us are wrapping up 2013… I wanted to revisit one of my favourite jobs for this year… and that was Black Magazines ‘Reasons To Be Beautiful’ in Issue #20.

Photography – Thom Kerr

Styling: Sarah Birchley Stylist

Beauty: Amber D @ MAC

Hair: Iggy

Body Art: Becca Gilmartin

Model: Gabby Dover @ Priscillas

Reasons to Be Beautiful – Behind the Scenes

This shoot had me labelled by one article written about it as ‘Australia’s Pat McGrath of intricate body art’… wowsers.

The arms took almost 9 hours of painting to complete and was by far the most technically difficult body art to date. The difficulty came in the fact that it was all hand drawn and there was NO room for error.

I am safe now to share some of my behind the scenes pics!

Thanks to MAC for sponsoring me with delicious body art products!

The inspiration pics included many Beatles artworks… so of course there must be condiments crossing a zebra crossing… naturally

By far my favourite character on the whole paint… and he never featured! I had to paint the arms 360 degrees for freedom of shooting… but Mr Hot Dog was never seen. It was a sad day for fun hot dogs. (note my ONE outline error.. not bad for one error in 8 hours!)

The most time consuming part of this paint was painting the colours up to the black ink line and not going over!… it was all done on a white base… so keeping those black lines free from white poking through the colour was a challenge. I did it this way to ensure a solid black, fine line that didn’t look painted on… and needed to apply the ink first. Challenge much?

We all need some cheeky fruit in our lives…

angry mustard.. second favourite character. Who doesn’t love angry mustard

Thank you to Gabby Dover who was the most patient and excellent model I have worked with! Patience of a saint x

Happy to say… no couture was harmed in the making of this editorial!

This job reminded me to let go of being a perfectionist…( the behind the scenes pics will show that)  and to also trust creatives when they have a vision that you may initially think is impossible. Anything is possible with some thought… and once you get on the shoot to let go of the doubt… craziness can be achieved. I wont say what went though my head when I originally saw the original inspiration pic (some may have come out of my mouth.. in the form of ‘are you on drugs?’) but now this is an editorial to be proud of by all xx