You can literally morph into one of your favorite characters or an alter ego with the flick of a brush. With a little skill, ingenuity, and patience, you can make any crazy makeup application appear realistic. You can fool just about anyone, and this is especially true when it comes to extreme body painting.
Julie decided to get her entire body painted. From head to toe, her entire outfit would consist of body paint and absolutely nothing else. Except for a pair of underwear, which would be the only piece of clothing she would sport in public. Her reasoning for conducting this rather risque experiment goes way further than skin-deep.
Rocking Full Body Paint Can Make Someone Especially Vulnerable
It's all about directly combatting her self-consciousness surrounding her body. She started having a bad body image during high school after she overheard someone talking about the cellulite on her thighs when she wore a leotard in the school musical. She wanted to really put herself out there and overcome her fear of being judged and criticized, and the body paint challenge would prevent her from hiding from the world.
Julie's Complete Outfit Was Completed By A Professional Body Painter
Professional body painter Pashur House would be the one to paint Julie's outfit of a white T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. House claims that body painting is a very interactive art form, where a "canvas comes alive on a canvas that is alive." Although the end result is spectacular and intricate, the steps involved can be taxing.
Pasties are pretty much a pair of nipple shields and a pair of underwear for the artist to paint over — because Julie needs to have at least a pair of panties on for this experiment. Just to make the entire painting over your naked body situation a little less awkward (and more sanitary) for both parties. Let the painting begin.
The Meticulous Process Starts With An Outline Of The Design
House must outline the entire outfit before even really thinking about getting down to the color and design details. The entire body painting process can take hours, so it's probably a good idea to have a solid starting point before getting out the big (spray paint) guns.
The entire canvas must be covered in a base coat before any smaller details can be applied. This means that House needs to really get in there with a paint brush and get every tiny spot with a stroke of paint. This part is sure to knock Julie straight out of her comfort zone.
Adding some highlights to make the color of the jeans really pop is one of the final steps to a successful body paint outfit. No two pairs of pants are alike, and no one will be fooled by Julie's outfit if her pair of jeans is painted one solid blue. You have to jazz it up with some subtle shading.
Before letting Julie roam the streets in her new look, House must apply a layer of sealant over the finished outfit to make it more durable. No one is supposed to know how naked she really is, and if the paint starts to rub off there is no hiding her secret.
Before even a drop of paint was applied to her body, Julie was already feeling like she wanted to hide. Once she took a look in the mirror at the final result she was actually feeling confident about going into public. It looked that realistic — and now it was time to see if other people truly bought it.
It Was Time To Approach The General Public — Generally Naked
She admits she was scared to even contemplate going outside with simply body paint on, but after actually going through with the experience she feels like she faced her fears. It really shed light on the truth behind her body insecurities.
Going outside in body paint represents being naked and feeling like everyone is noticing all of your flaws. When in reality, no one even noticed Julie was wearing paint or walking through public naked at all. Her epiphany? A lot of her self-conscious feelings about her body stem from her own personal thoughts, and not what is really there.
Be Flawlessly Yourself — No Matter What People Say
Want to see more incredible examples of body paint that looks like clothing?
Then check out these two fitness models, Maria Luciotti and Sarah Reilly, who let professional body painter Jen Seidel give them new workout outfits...that were made entirely of paint! Even though these ladies are virtually naked, they hit the gym anyway to get their fitness on...and to see if anyone would notice their lack of fabric!
If these women walked into your gym, would you do a double take? Well, sure you would. They're beautiful and have bangin' bods. But I want to know if you would do a double take because their workout attire looks...very thin?
These ladies didn't just throw on their workout clothes and head to the gym. Nope. It took a much, much longer time for them to get ready for their workout sesh. Jen spent hours meticulously painting these realistic sports bras and capris.
Maria and Sarah wore nothing but thongs and pasties to cover their most private areas, and then Jen painted the clothes on top. And she gave the models some pretty cute clothes. If I saw them in the gym, I might have asked where they bought their workout clothes, because, damn ladies, those are some adorable leggings.
Turns out, gym-goers are pretty used to seeing women in skin-tight workout attire, or maybe they're just hyper focused on their own workouts, because hardly anyone noticed that Maria and Sarah were virtually naked.