Recently invited to body paint some British themed artwork for Mehron UK, Sarah and Branka created a look to depict the ‘Best of British’ and then painted their human canvasses using the fabulous Mehron Paradise AQ makeup. Designing a scene of the London skyline on the backs of the girls was the first part of the image, using a number of the fabulous metallic colours. On the front, Branka suggested (in perfect timing with the vote to keep Scotland part of the UK, the Union Jack was painted. Male model Sam was the body painted up as one of the Queen’s Guards – and later on that day posed in London’s famous Carnaby Street for a few photos too.
“I’ve loved face painting since I was a little girl and always been arty” Sarah told me. She completed a degree in specialist make up at West Thames College, where she went on to discover more about the world of body painting. At that point, you can pretty much say she fell in love with it.
Since then, Sarah’s amazing creative work has seen her body painting and providing make up for fancy dress, parties, corporate events and advertising as well as appearing in magazines. She’s even (despite being embarrassed about her appearance) been on ITV’s This Morning with Alan Titchmarsh! “I love visiting the World Body Painting Festival in Austria every year and came 2nd in the student category when I was studying”.
Meeting up with her ‘co pilot’ Branka, Sarah says was a lucky move for her. The two now frequently work together, their skills complimenting each other perfectly. Last year they entered the World body painting festival competition and placed 23rd in the world for brush and sponge category. The girls were our only British finalists!
I’ve seen Sarah and Branka in action and both are amazing in their work. Their use of colour and detail and creativity is clear to see, and it’s also obvious why they work so well together. I can’t wait to see their next project!
And Mehron – How did it all start for Mehron?
Mehron Melik founded Mehron Inc. in 1927 in New York City, just off Broadway, right in the heart of the theatre district. Perfectly located, Mehron catered for the makeup needs of the artists and performers in theatre, vaudeville, burlesque, opera, ballet, and silent films. Slightly later, after the start of WWII, Mehron devoted his talents and expertise to helping severely disfigured soldiers learn how to use makeup products to camouflage their scars, wounds and burns.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the entertainment business began to migrate across the United States. In order to keep pace, the distribution of professional quality makeup products shifted to retail outlets and hundreds of stores became Mehron dealers In 1971, Mehron’s son, Martin Melik, assumed control of the family business. He implemented new methods of promotion and distribution, expanded and improved the Mehron product line, and ushered in a new era of aggressive growth and customer service.
2012 marked the 85th year of operation for Mehron, and today, a diverse group of over 3,000 retail specialty stores carries the Mehron brand of products, worldwide. Brand distribution is supported by a select group of full-line, full-service stocking distributors in the United States, U.K., Indonesia, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia, Korea and Hong Kong.
The UK stockist – Mehron UK commissioned this British themed body paint shoot using Paradise Makeup AQ. The body paint is semi-soft, water activated moist cake makeup co-created with Mehron by Jinny Houle, World Renowned Body Painting Artist. Paradise is the makeup that thrust body painting into a new dimension with its wide selection of dynamic colours. Because it is water activated, the hues of the colours can be controlled by the artist. Professional body painters and face painters love the ease of application and the ability to fully control the depth of the colours. With a huge colour range that goes from bold, striking matt to brilliant metallic sheens, and the well known coconut scent, Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ is world famous. As a brand, Mehron makes products specifically for commercial theatrical, educational, motion picture, television, video, opera, clowning, Halloween, and face painting markets, with their products sold in over 25 countries worldwide. Today, many large productions including Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and The American Ballet Theatre depend on Mehron products to look their best and performers such as the Black Eyed Peas, Hilary Duff and Pink are brand fans.