Heading out to the playa for Burning Man means releasing yourself from the burdens of reality and celebrating the creativity that lies dormant inside. Makeup is a transformative tool that will morph you into a fantasy.
My friend Freddy Lopez is an unbelievably talented makeup artist, and he shows us how to create one of his signature looks, a striking and dramatic Pierced Cage Mask. Black Rock City is filled with color, so Freddy was inspired to add orange, turquoise blue, and hot pink body paint. Then he used materials from the craft store to make a surreal mask that casts amazing shadows and is truly out-of-this-world.
Set out all of your tools and makeup and prepare your skin. Keeping your skin healthy on the playa is crucial, and it's especially important when applying makeup in harsh conditions. Cover your whole face with your favorite moisturizer.
This look begins by turning your face into a blank canvas. That means making your eyebrows disappear! This step is all about alternating layers of paintpot with layers of powder.
Use a flat brush to apply the paintpot product to your brows, then a fluffy brush to apply powder. Alternate paintpot and powder until you have applied 3 layers of both and the hairs are completely covered.
Then, apply foundation over them, to return them to your own skin color.
Now it's time for color! Use a medium gauge fluffy brush, and add white body paint underneath the brows. Start with white to make the brow look even more lifted and exaggerate the arching shape. Paint the white on, then use a stippling technique to create even coverage — just gently dab the tips of the bristles against your face.
Add orange body paint beneath the white, and use the stippling technique to blend the colors together. Draw the orange out past the corners of your eyes, a bit further than you took the white. Bring the orange down to the top of your eyelid.
Glue the rivets onto your face. Place two over each eyebrow, and one right above your nose. Add three underneath each eye, and one on either side of your nostrils, about halfway up your nose. Use the cosmetic glue, and give the rivets a few moments to dry.
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