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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Moulin Rouge Themed Event at the Shaw Conference Centre

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to experience something other than my usual wedding/beauty makeup!

My makeup artist friend, Ella from, referred me to an actor friend of hers.  He was participating in a very extravagent event at the Shaw Conference Centre on Saturday, January 21st, 2012.
I got a hold of the event coordinator, Barbara Day, and she said she was looking for a makeup artist that could paint 3 guys into "horses".

Uhhh...wha... white horse, one black horse, and a zebra. 
With the advice from Ella, I used Kryolan Aquacolors in white and black to paint their upper body and faces with some synthetic paint brushes that I bought from Michael's craft store.  It covered their bodies pretty fast, and the faint streaks left from the brushes gave an illusion of "horse hairs".

Then, I airbrushed any remaining splotchy areas with Createx airbrush paints.  I didn't paint under their armpits because...well...who would want their pits painted with the brush and then brush the paint all over their face!  Yummy!  So I airbrushed areas like that.  These products were water-based/water soluable so it was easy to scrub off in the shower.

With the zebra (1.5hrs), I used the MAC Pro Acrylic black paint because the Kryolan water based black would mix with the white so I had to use a different base.  Note to self:  If you ever use these paints, make sure you have some sort of oil based remover.  I had to ask the Shaw Conference for a bowl of canola oil to take off the stripes!  Poor zebra.

With the white horse (1hr), I airbrushed a brown color (Temptu foundation in S/B 007) to enhance the shadows that muscles would create...then went over it with a grey (black and white Createx) to enhance it even furthur.I tried to hollow out the cheeks and temples to imitate that of a horse.  When I was snapping picts, I told him to flex!  He was like "I don't have to flex much because I already look like I am!"  bahaha

With the black horse, I airbrushed the black Createx to enhance muscles... these guys were the sweetest student drama/theatre kids...It turned out pretty well for my first horse painting experience, I thought!

After 3.5 hours, they were ready for show time!  They strapped on their horse ears (actually bike helmets that were decorated by the creative, Barbara Day).  They pulled this Cinderella-like carriage with some dancers in it around the room.  It was so cool when it lit up!


  1. Nice blog.Keep it up in future also.


  2. This is beautiful. Really enjoyed catching up with your blog. What a great painting. There were so many amazing views - I could have painted many more too
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