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Ben From Australia - INSPIRED TO PERFECTION

Pro Makeup Artist Contest winner Ben is drawn to pretty things and beautiful skin. It shows in his work

Ben From Australia - INSPIRED TO PERFECTION

Never having studied fine arts before, he feels as though he is starting from scratch with the body painting

Ben From Australia - INSPIRED TO PERFECTION

Pro Makeup Artist Contest winner Ben is drawn to pretty things and beautiful skin. It shows in his work

To celebrate MAKE UP FOR EVER’s 30 Years Anniversary, a Pro Makeup Artist Contest was launched. 7 winners won a spectacular Body Painting week at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy in Paris. The winners are a creative and infinitely interesting motley crew.


Waiting for me to finish talking to one of his fellow winners, Ben was sitting at the giant communal makeup table killing time, painting a very lifelike feather on his arm. Perfectionist to a fault, it annoyed him no end that he hadn’t mastered the feathering technique taught that morning so the delay was welcomed as a chance to revise.  If at first you don’t succeed and all that.

Wearing a long pleated skirt, combat boots and a top-of-head ponytail, he’s got a great look and a brilliant attitude. A makeup artist and hairdresser, he got into the latter in order to further exploit the former. At first sidetracked into doing hair, he started doing makeup because the two go hand-in-hand. Dance parties, casino productions, people heading out for a night who want to look great, Ben is drawn to pretty things and beautiful skin “because I don’t have it”. MAKE UP FOR EVER products are tough to get hold of in Australia so Ben has spent a small fortune on product while here. How he’ll get it all home is anyone’s guess!

Ben’s winning character

His inspiration when entering the contest was none other than God Himself (or Herself, depending on your belief). Why think small? He interpreted God by reflecting the creation of the universe, from the Big Bang Theory to the stars and planets and his entry work is just gorgeous.

What did he learn & love?

Never having studied fine arts before, he feels as though he is starting from scratch with the body painting, a state that is clearly uncomfortable for an accomplished adult. But Ben welcomes the discomfort of being uncomfortable because he knows it means he’s learning something new. Bring on that beautiful discomfort!
 

 

 

 

  • Tags:
  • International Makeup Artist Contest,
  • 30 years Anniversary,
  • Pro Makeup Artist,
  • Dany Sanz