Elaborate Halloween costumes are amazing, but they can get expensive mighty quick. But what other options do you have if you feel like dressing up on All Hallow's Eve? Or on any eve, really. Why limit yourself to dressing up just one night of the year? Well, it turns out you actually don't have to dress up at all. You can literally morph into one of your favorite characters or an alter ego with the flick of a brush... and nothing else. "How," you might ask? With a little skill, ingenuity, and patience, you can make any crazy makeup application appear realistic. While this doesn't seem plausible, you'd be surprised. You can fool just about anyone, and this is especially true when it comes to extreme body painting. Just wait and see.
Julie decided to get her entire body painted. From head to toe, her entire outfit would consist of body paint and absolutely nothing else. Except for a pair of underwear, which would be the only piece of clothing she would sport in public. Why would she do this? What was her reasoning for conducting this rather risque experiment? The answer goes way further than just skin-deep.
Rocking Full Body Paint Can Make Someone Especially Vulnerable
Julie did this in an effort to directly combat her self-consciousness surrounding her body. She started having a bad body image during high school after she overheard someone talking about the cellulite on her thighs when she wore a leotard in the school musical. Ever since then, she's been riddled with insecurities surrounding how she sees herself. This skin-painting experiment was her way of putting herself out there to try and overcome her fear of being judged and criticized by strangers. She had developed a habit of shying away from others. So she chose to participate in the body paint challenge, which would be prevent her from hiding from the world.
Julie's Complete Outfit Was Completed By A Professional Body Painter
Professional body painter Pashur House would be the one to paint Julie's outfit of a white T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. House claims that body painting is a very interactive art form, where a "canvas comes alive on a canvas that is alive." Although the end result is spectacular and intricate, the steps involved can be taxing.
Pasties are pretty much a pair of nipple shields and a pair of underwear for the artist to paint over — because Julie needs to have at least a pair of panties on for this experiment. Just to make the entire painting over your naked body situation a little less awkward (and more sanitary) for both parties. Let the painting begin.
The Meticulous Process Starts With An Outline Of The Design
House must outline the entire outfit before even really thinking about getting down to the color and design details. The entire body painting process can take hours, so it's probably a good idea to have a solid starting point before getting out the big (spray paint) guns.
The entire canvas must be covered in a base coat before any smaller details can be applied. This means that House needs to really get in there with a paint brush and get every tiny spot with a stroke of paint. This part is sure to knock Julie straight out of her comfort zone.
Adding some highlights to make the color of the jeans really pop is one of the final steps to a successful body paint outfit. No two pairs of pants are alike, and no one will be fooled by Julie's outfit if her pair of jeans is painted one solid blue. You have to jazz it up with some subtle shading.
Before letting Julie roam the streets in her new look, House must apply a layer of sealant over the finished outfit to make it more durable. No one is supposed to know how naked she really is, and if the paint starts to rub off there is no hiding her secret.
Before even a drop of paint was applied to her body, Julie was already feeling like she wanted to hide. Once she took a look in the mirror at the final result she was actually feeling confident about going into public. It looked that realistic — and now it was time to see if other people truly bought it.
It Was Time To Approach The General Public — Generally Naked
She admits she was scared to even contemplate going outside with simply body paint on, but after actually going through with the experience she feels like she faced her fears. It really shed light on the truth behind her body insecurities.
Going outside in body paint represents being naked and feeling like everyone is noticing all of your flaws. When in reality, no one even noticed Julie was wearing paint or walking through public naked at all. Her epiphany? A lot of her self-conscious feelings about her body stem from her own personal thoughts, and not what is really there.
Be Flawlessly Yourself — No Matter What People Say
Julie isn't the only woman who has strutted her stuff in public wearing nothing but a layer of paint. One of the women in this photo is not wearing real clothes. Can you tell which one has a painted-on ensemble?
Yep, the woman in the middle! She's virtually naked, minus a hat and boots. This masterpiece is the work of Jen The Body Painter, a professional body painter who gave fitness trainer Maria Luciotti a painted wardrobe and sent her out into public to see if anyone would notice.
Body painters like Jen know that the optical illusion of painted clothes is all in the details. She spent hours perfecting all of the minor details for Maria's painted outfit, and it's that attention to detail that actually makes it look like Maris' wearing real clothes instead of body paint.
When the outfit was complete, Jen sent Maria out in public to see if anyone would notice that she wasn't really wearing any clothes. I'm not sure if I would have immediately caught onto the fact that Maria is technically naked, but from this photo, it looks like some people were definitely able to tell...
Would you have noticed that Julie and Marie weren't actually clothed? It's pretty hard to tell from pictures, right? Maybe you just have to see them up close in person, but I think these painted outfits are pretty convincing!
To see a video of Marie's almost-naked mall excursion, go here.