General Tips: Apply lighter colors before applying darker colors.
Apply makeup using a brush: Moisten the brush with water and gently mix into the makeup. Then apply to face in gentle, uniform strokes.
Apply makeup using a sponge: Slightly moisten the sponge and then pick up the makeup with the damp sponge. Makeup should have a creamy consistency. Start with very less amount of water to prevent the makeup from running. For uniform, complete coverage, first put on the makeup by smearing it on face with sponge and then dabbing it evenly.
Step By Step Instructions
Cover the whole face with Pearl Frost using a Blender Sponge.
Load a sponge with White Swan and apply over the tip of the eyebrows towards the eyelids.
Paint some Shocking Pink on one side of the eyelids. Use a sponge.
Using a #6 round brush, outline the eye creases with Wild Violet
Paint a white eyeliner along the lower eyelids with a #6 round brush loaded with White Swan.
Paint a purple line under the white eyeliner using a #6 round brush and Wild Violet.
With a chisel brush, blend the violet paints around the eye area.
With a #2 round brush and some Raven Black, paint the eyelashes.
Using the same paint and brush, paint eyelashes and an eyeliner on the eyelids.
Then, create the eyebrows with the same brush and paint.
Using a wide chisel brush loaded with Gilded Gold, paint a cross design on the forehead.
Load the #6 round brush with Crimson Red and paint a circle on the middle of the cross.
Create an outline on the cross design using #6 round brush loaded with Wild Violet.
Using a chisel brush blend the violet paint on the pearl frost base.
Give the cross blue rays with a #6 round brush loaded with Catalina Blue.
Highlight the design with White Swan on a #6 round brush.
Outline the whole forehead design with Raven Black loaded on a #2 round brush.
Draw lines in the red circle to turn it into a gem with a #2 round brush and Raven Black.
Highlight the red gemstone, using White Swan and #6 round brush,
Give the cheekbones some shadowing using Fuzzy Bear Brown loaded on a sponge.
Create a smooth transition between the brown and pearl colors by applying a layer of Pearl Frost loaded on a sponge.
Using a #2 round brush, paint the lips with Catalina Blue.
Using a #6 round brush, paint dripping blood from the lips with Crimson Red.
Mix some Raven Black and Crimson Red on a #2 round brush and paint drips of blood.
Splatter Crimson Red on the mouth area using a toothbrush.
Using the same technique splatter Raven Black on the mouth area.
Passionate about her art, Ukrainian born, Athena Zhe, practices body and face painting every day. "Nature inspires me, so does reality and textures, but it all goes back to nature." Most of Zhe's work is painted on professional models for advertisers in the form of promotions. She has gone from building her portfolio by working on anyone who would stand still long enough to be painted, volunteering at Athletic events and dance clubs to being continually booked by makeup companies and advertisers. Once a competitor at Body Painting conventions, she now judges them. Zhe has also appeared on reality TV shows such as "Face Off," and "Project Runway." Recently, the Taiwanese government hired her to visit Taiwan and teach artists her art of body painting. "I am fully committed to my art," added Zhe as she rushed off to another event.