Earlier this week, I became inspired by an arts and craft project I did as a kid. I thought about how the project would look on a human canvas!
After creating this forest scene on my model, Lacey S., I received a lot of great feedback! So here is a quick description on how you can make this look yourself.
Before you get started, make sure you have the following materials:
You are going to need face paint and a lot of it! I recommend Mehron’s Paradise palette. This is what I used for this look and managed to blend colors in the palette to make new colors. I also recommend this product because it does pretty well when you sweat or are rained on a little.
Masking tape is the COMPLETE trick to this look! By tearing strips of masking tape, I was able to create the trees and branches on my model’s face. Be strategic in how you place these strips because you or your model will be very uncomfortable for a while…
After the tape has been removed, you will need to clean up some areas where the tape didn’t quite stick or paint leaked through. You will use a Q-tip and some liquid makeup remover to make these areas sharper. But, keep in mind that you don’t want to take off more than you need to!
In addition to these materials, make sure you have eye shadows in various colors to help blend the scene. I used shadows from Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverley Hills to transition between the day and night scenes on my model’s face.
3 Stage Process
Now, here is a video of what it looks like when you remove the tape! This stage is rewarding since you are revealing your scene after a great amount of hard work.
All the Fun is in the Tape!
Finally, for the last touches of your forest scene, make sure to clean up any leaks in your design with the Q-tips and makeup remover.
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