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Beautiful Images of Painted Faces

Updated on July 6, 2017

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The Art of Face Makeup and Face Painting

As a lover of body painting and face painting art, I wanted to create a photo essay hub, to show this particular side of the body painting world. Face painting and adorning makeup has been around for several thousand years. Men were the first people to wear makeup. American Indian Blackfoot braves wore face paint in battle and during spirit ceremonies. If they died in battle, they were adorn in painted markings representing their spirit and life story.

The ancient Sumerians were the first people to adorn their bodies in organic body paint and face paint. However it was the ancient Egyptians who would begin wearing makeup daily. In ancient times both males and females wore face makeup. The Greecian Athenians were actually the first 'stage makeup artist'. They transformed the faces of men into young maidens. Women did not act in ancient Greece, they were not permitted to be actors.

These images truly express the beauty of wearing make up. We all have grown up with the images of the ancient Egyptians dawning black eyeliner, which enhanced their eyes and made them look more erotic. We have also grown accustom to the make up style of the Victorian Era, where pale skin and rosy pink cheeks dominated the facial makeup scene. For hundreds of years time honored traditions made Chinese Geishas paint their faces in all white and tint their lips bright crimson red. Women even survived the make up styles, of the wild and out 1960's, while rockin neon paint and trashy, material girl looks of the 1980's.

It is my personal hope that you enjoy these chosen images. Feel free to copy the ones you like as a desktop screen, they were randomly found on the Internet with no copyrights attached. Therefore, take what you want and utilized the online weblinks showcased for all make up artists and enthusiasts...

Facial Expressions

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This was done by Norma Jackson
This was done by Norma Jackson
This was done by Norma Jackson

Don't Be Discouraged

  • The facial creativity and makeup applications in this article are miles ahead of the average person's abilities. They bring out a whole new uniqueness to the application of makeup. So don't be discourage, just practice more on yourself and friends.

Applying Airbrush Makeup


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  • Bishop55 profile image


    5 years ago from USA

    Really cool photos! People are so creative.

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Hey thanks for the comment.

  • funmontrealgirl profile image


    8 years ago from Montreal

    I am very fond of make up and I can't stop appreciating these photos. Fantastic!

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Oh yeah she does! See they didn't have to use computer aided images, not if they used a little more make up. Thanks winged! Thanks for dropping by.

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    William Thomas 

    8 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

    Good Day IntimatEvolution

    Great photo essay. There is someting spiritual, if you will, about these representations, because the way we adorn our bodies, is an attempt to capture what's going on the inside, and show that to the world. I like the image, third from the bottom the best -- she reminds me of Avatar!

    Well done!

  • Robwrite profile image


    8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

    Beautiful photographs. Body painting is such an under-rated art form.

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Isn't though? I love body painting.

  • profile image


    8 years ago

    very cool...amazing what you can do with body paint...thanks

  • Springboard profile image


    9 years ago from Wisconsin

    Amazing pictures. The human body as canvas is always something of great fascination. Especially when its the ladies. Hey, I'm biased. What can I say?

  • IntimatEvolution profile imageAUTHOR

    Julie Grimes 

    9 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Thanks loriamoore. I think so too. I just love body art.

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    9 years ago



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