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.
It’s an essential in my own makeup bag!
I love eye shadows that actually last throughout the day. Creamy pencils that blend easily but stay in place and don’t crease. And, after trying it out, I love this one – NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color Pencil
“A long wearing eye shadow pencil that highlights, provides intense colour, precise lining and primes lids for all day wear.”
I’ve been usng Twilight – a nude, natural soft shade as a base eye shadow colour on it’s own for a daytime look, or blended with shimmers and darker shades for a more smoky night time look .
It applies perfectly and blends so easily. It comes in a cute little tin and the jumbo size pencil also comes with it’s own pencil sharpener too.
Using Mehron Makeup, first I used Celebre Pro HD Foundation to create a high quality base for the model’s skin. Then to show you how I created this look on her eyes, I’ve detailed what colours and products I used and where I used them
2 – The brow bone is highlighted subtly with Precious Gems in Diamond
3 – Into the corner of the eye, Precious Gems Diamond is blended with Precious Gems Citrine
4 – E.Y.E. Powder Espresso is a base to the socket area, blended into E.Y.E. Powder colour Black over the base colour
Here’s how to do this:
It’s an essential in my own makeup bag!
I’m an addict to any makeup product that gives me a fabulous colour and a healthy glow without the dangers of sun exposure! And I love this one – St Tropez Luxe Dry Oil
“Our most luxurious tan yet for the ultimate natural-looking, luminous glow that lasts for days. This Brazilian-inspired indulgent dry oil is suitable for all skin tones with a quick-drying formula that is clinically proven to moisturise for up to 7 days.”
I use this fake tanning dry oil when I want an extra bit of colour and a lovely shimmery finish – it contains tiny golden particles that give you a fabulous sheen and, even better, it doesn’t smell of fake tan!
Use a gloves or a mitt and gently blend into dry skin, then wait til it’s dry before getting dressed – and wait at least 4 hours before getting wet!
St Tropez – £25
I’ve just tried out the 4 new colours for MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer…. These really are LONG – lasting and kiss proof.
There are 9 highly pigmented, velvety smooth colours in the range which you can buy exclusively from Superdrug or online at MUA Academy and they’re only £3 each!
They really do stay put, with a bold matte finish. Perfect for that velvet kiss and selfie pout!
It’s an essential in my own makeup bag!
I prefer to keep my own daytime makeup natural and subtle, using nude tones and shades for my eye shadow as opposed to strong smoky eyes and shimmers – Whilst still wearing makeup, I like to wear neutral colours; eye shadows that are matte, subtle and soft; browns and natural skin tones, resulting in a makeup finish that’s barely there – often called a ‘No Makeup’ look. My favourite is an eye shadow palette called Dior (Incognito) – 5 couleurs
“The legendary Dior palette, with its rich and long-lasting colours, offers an infinite range of possibilities.”
I use this as Dior advise -“Apply the lightest shade to the inside corner of the upper eyelid and a darker shade along the upper lash line. To finish, add a third colour to the corner of the middle lid and, for intensity and emphasis, apply another shade under the lower lash line.”
But don’t get me wrong, much as I love this I still bring out my colours, shimmers and glitters for my eyes at night!!
I was always going to be intrigued hearing about a makeup remover accessory that works with JUST WATER!
Walking past the Glov stand at BeautyWorld Middle East in Dubai in May, my interest was instant so I had to stop and see this for myself. I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t really think it would work that well, doubting that it could even remove lipstick and waterproof mascara, with just water and a cloth.
I watched the girl demo how the makeup remover works. She applied eye shadow, black mascara and lipstick to the back of her hand, and using a ‘cloth’ wetted with only water, she gently removed the lot without any scrubbing or residue!
This solution is fabulous! It’s on my list of brilliant products, in my own travel bag and bathroom, and I’ve already told a number of people about it, who’ve been shopping on the website to buy their own Glov. I can absolutely recommend this.
So what is it and how does it work?
Glov Hydro Demaquillage, using its full name, has been developed by Phenicoptere – a leading innovative company in the global cosmetics industry. And they’ve won awards for this product too – I get why!
The fibres that make up the Glov products are 100 times thinner than a human hair, and 30 times thinner than a cotton pad. Each fibre is star shaped, rather than the cylindrical shape of a normal fibre, so they work as a magnet attracting the dirt and makeup from your skin, activated by water! That’s the technical part.
I am a complete convert to this 100% hypoallergenic, eco friendly product, that’s so gentle on my skin.
My face is clean, and not irritated; even waterproof eyeliner and mascara comes off and it’s significantly reduced the contents of my travel bag. I just need the travel size Glov – forgetting all the lotions and cleansers.
There are two options to choose from, a travel size mitt and a larger size cloth. All easy to find and buy direct from their website – www.glov.me
This product gets the ‘Stamp of Approval’ from me and I’ll be buying more as I need to.