It's quite different from the work of commercial artists. Body make-up is a procedure of placing decorations directly on the skin (in the case of hair make-up, the decorations are placed on the hair) of an actor, actress or another person. Commercial artists paint for the "long-term". Art made on the body or consisting of the human body is called body art. Body art is temporary at best. Body art and body piercing are very popular with young people and even not-so-young-people would like to have some tattoos or piercing. But you need to know about body make-up artist and what they actually do in their job, if you want to enter this extremely creative yet technical field.
In the beginning of the century in many countries body make-up was something unacceptable and even inadmissible. Only some groups and categories of young girls and boys (for instance, various rock groups or other extraordinary people) had piercing and tattoos. But nowadays body and face piercing and body art are very popular. And that's why piercing and body art business is very profitable. Even more profitable still is the work being done about body make-up artist and their assistants.
There are some interesting facts about the body make-up artist career field. For instance, let's get acquainted with Los Angeles Music Center Opera Rick Geyer. He started out as a stage manager. Then he met Bruce Geller who agreed to train Rick Geyer and told about body make-up artist. Rick learned to do make-up, paint people bodies, ventilate wigs and dress hair. Rick began his success in college with a basic stage makeup class, but training with Bruce Geller was something different, it was informal.
Geller told him the following issues about body make-up artist: you should make-up bodies in texture and color tone, mix greases and prepare grease or oil paint for special color effects, you should also select desired shades from stock liquid make-up or add water to cake, also you should assimilate grease paint, powder and liquid make-up for exposed body's area, using such materials as powder puffs, sponge, and fingers.
Body painting is the most temporary among all forms of body art. Paint people bodies are often played up to be as erotic as it is creative. An interesting facet about the body make-up artist career field is that commercial artists create designs on the client's body which are specific for a certain event or that design is used for marking a particular occasion. Paint people bodies have really evolved into its own art form. Creating a different short term identity about body make-up artist is achieved by temporary transformation, but if you want to be marked forever; tattooing is really the best solution for you (but remember it is costly and tattoos are difficult to remove).
There are some special offers in the body art studios that you can find if you have the desire. One of the special offers is aboriginal dance. During the thousands of years many aboriginal communities have used painting on their bodies. For those communities body painting was necessary but it wasn't just an entertainment. If you know about body make-up artist than you know body painting was exhibited at conventions and religious events and festivals, moreover body painting was used as a way of communication. Nowadays Aboriginal dances are designed on those ancient Aboriginal traditions.
In conclusion it should be said that body art is perceived in different ways in different countries. For instance, in former the USSR, tattoos were not appreciated because most of tattoos were created at places of detention, and most of people who had tattoos were former prisoners. But in most of the countries body paintings such as tattoos and scarifications are considered to be really a kind of art.