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In an ongoing collaboration between make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan and Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov, the faces of models are transformed into 2D Paintings using just make-up and face paint.
The first series of black and white photos titled Weird Beauty was released last year and was followed with critical acclaim. The series still has a strong presence on social media, particularly Tumblr which is where I discovered it, and sets a bar for makeup artists and painters around the world.
“In these series, we decided to deny any color except black and white to make more accent on forms and volume. The experiment should prove that usual simple forms, familiar things or characters can be a main part of wonderful beauty looks. Model faces in this project are not just canvases for the face-arts – they play their own role in each photo with different parts.” – Alexander Khokhlov.
In the 15 piece series, amazing Mickey Mouse, Chanel, circuit boards, familiar symbols, and bizarre shapes were created. Valeriya Kutsan’s stunning designs prove that creating unique work as a make-up artist with original ideas under your belt will get your work out there!
For the second part of the collaboration, 2D or not 2D, The team of Khokhlov and Kutsan was enhanced by the addition of master retoucher,Veronica Ershova, who led the process of editing and post-production.
For this round, the artists were inspired by two-dimensional posters. Valeriya applied her entire knowledge bank of techniques – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings – to take the creations to new heights.
“Kutsan’s skillfully handled make-up brushes produced images that straddle the second and third dimensions—in some cases, the models look more like flat, illustrated versions of themselves instead of living flesh-and-blood.” – Veronica Ershova.