body paint

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During the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, friends and family pay homage to loved ones that have passed on and help guide their spirit through the afterlife. The festival includes customs of cooking the departed’s favorite foods, building ofrendas, and making decorated sugar skulls in honor of Mictecacihuatl, the Lady Of The Dead.

Inspired by this beautiful tradition, California-based photographer Tim Tadder created a stunning photo series called ‘Las Muertas.’ His subjects adorn intricate makeup from artist Krisztianna and evocative costumes from designer Julia Reeser.

Macabre and mezmorizing, check out more pics from the series after the break.

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YouTuber Madeyewlook is a self-taught makeup artist and body painter, and she’s kind enough to share her knowledge with makeup tutorials like this one.

For her latest video, she shows us how to transform into Deadpool with makeup. The level of detail is truly astounding!

Check out the video after the break…

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Tony Giordano and his wife Stefaney are expecting. They’re big Star Wars fans so, naturally, they got R2-D2 to help keep things running smoothly until the big day.

Artist Nick Wolfe painted her belly and Daniel Deutsch supplied the life-size droid (and the pictures).

Head after the break for two more shots.

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This picture of the Silver Surfer looks like it came out of the pages of a comic book, but it’s actually body paint by Cris Alex. The talented makeup effects artist wanted to re-create the cover of Silver Surfer Vol. 3 #20 by Ron Lim, and she used body paint for the project. I’m going to say she succeeded in her effort. I can’t believe this isn’t a flat illustration. My mind is blown.

Alex used “PPI Skin Illustrator and board and rock created with foam core and acrylic paints” for the effort. She shot the photos with a strong light in order to make the body paint appear flatter and more comic book-y (that’s totally a word).

Be amazed by the entire look after the break.

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These incredible images are the work of New Zealand artist Lara Hawker who has used paint to turn herself into otherworldly creatures. The top image shows her hands, carefully painted, so that when she holds them up to her face she becomes part Tiger. Her other work is downright scary with a a zombie, a monster, and a Titan.

See more pictures after the break.

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This body paint is so good that it takes your brain a few seconds to grasp what it’s actually seeing. Believe it or not, this is a contortionist that’s bent over backward and painted to look like a tarantula. She also did a sea horse and giraffe design but the spider is by far the creepiest of the lot.

See the video after the break.

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It takes a lifetime of training to become a true sword-wielding warrior, but it only takes roughly three hours of body paint work to sort of look like one. Case in point: Mr. Nagata from the Japanese comedy site Omocoro enlisted the aid of artist Hikaru Cho to paint him a sculpted, King Leonidas-style ripped chest. After several hours, quite a bit of body paint (and a haircut?) and the addition of some last minute props, Nagata was magically transformed into a hardened Spartan warrior.

Check out some pics of the process after the break…

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This Corpse Bride cosplayed by Louise Briggs and photographed by Beki Doig really is stunning. Louise made the costume and did the body paint. Beki added a little retouching to recreate the look of the last scene of the film.

Loiuse doesn’t currently have a cosplay page, but if she keeps making cosplays like this, I hope she will soon.

You can see more of this lovely cosplay after the break.

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This very sexy Lady Deadpool body paint cosplay features Shelle-chi as photographed by ArtistiCurves. She’s a big Deadpool fan and was excited about the challenge of trying to get an accurate bodysuit with body paint, and the end result is stunning.

See more pictures after the break.

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This is an amazing mashup of My Little Pony and Transformers in some very sexy body paint. It’s the work of RoustanBodypaint who made the shoes by using hot glue to attach pieces of foam core that were then sculpted into the right shape with a knife. It took about 10 hours to make the costume and then 2.5 hours more hours to apply the body paint for the stunning finished product.

(via reddit)