Probably most of us know that body make-up is a special procedure of placing decorations directly on the skin (or in case of hair make-up - on the hair) of an actor, actress or another person. Art made on the human body is called body art. Body art and body piercing are very popular with young people and even not-so-young people. Young and old alike are all potential body make-up artists' clients.
In many countries body make-up was something unacceptable and even inadmissible in the beginning of the century. Only some categories and groups of young girls and boys (for example, various rock groups or other unordinary people) used to have piercing and tattoos. But nowadays body and face piercing and body art are very popular. And that's why piercing and body art business appears to be very profitable. More and more people turn out to be body make-up artist's clients, because they all seem to be searching for a means of self-expression.
There are some interesting facts about the body make-up artist career field and body make-up artist's clients. Many of body art artists began to think about their future in this business after visiting wax museums. For instance, take Los Angeles Music Center Opera make-up artist Rick Geyer. He started out as a stage manager. Then he met Bruce Geller who agreed to train Rick Geyer. Rick learned to do make-up, paint people bodies, ventilate wigs and dress hair. Rick felt successful in college with a basic stage makeup class earlier, but training with Bruce Geller was something completely 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, also you should select desired shade 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. One of the most important issues for the beginners is to learn the request, desires and wishes of a body make-up artist's clients. He also encouraged Rick to visit wax museums to learn more about make-up techniques.
As you probably, know body painting is the most temporary one among all forms of body art. It is interesting to know about body make-up artist job, that commercial artists create designs on the body make-up artist's clients body, which are specific for a certain event or that design is used for marking particular occasion. Creating a different short term identity is achieved by temporary transformation, but if you want to be marked for ever, such operations as tattooing and scarification are the best solution for you (but remember it is costly and difficult to remove). Various advertising companies attract body make-up artist's clients by offering various paintings, and likewise many body artists are able to sell their designs to advertising companies.
In conclusion, it should be said that body art is perceived in different ways in different countries. For instance, in former USSR tattoos were not appreciated because most of tattoos were produced 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 definitely considered to be a kind of art, and that's why tattoos and body art paintings are very popular around the world and attract so many body make-up artist's clients.