It’s often thought that being a photographer means you get to be “creative” on a daily basis. Well where that is true, we are often working to a brief someone else has produced. Therefore when you get the chance to just “play around” and have free rein over the brief it is such a treat!

A few weeks ago a make-up artist friend of mine mentioned she’d like to try a project with some specialist body paints, we jumped at the chance to work on the project and got to work organising it. Sarah-Helen is a dab hand with a make-up brush and a pair of hairdressing scissors at the best of times, but her face painting skills are even more awesome!

We went for a geometric theme and set the shoot up building the geometric patterns on model, Emma Lisney’s face in stages. Layering the shapes as we went, the patterns became more dramatic and commanded a more theatrical lighting set up from the more demur editorial style we started with.

You can view the full edit below,


Technical Info:

Make-up artist – Sarah-Helen Harris, Restyle Magic Hair and Make Up

Model – Emma Lisney

Products used – Snazaroo face paints

Photographers – Kristina Muldoon and David Thurston, St. Albans Photography

Retouching – Kristina Muldoon and David Thurston, St. Albans Photography

Camera – Canon 5D Mark II

Lens – 24-105mm


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