Georgina Ryland from Brisbane, Australia, has always had a knack for cosmetics, after being professionally trained to do makeup for film and television at the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup. But with the skills she’s acquired for creating 3D art on clients’ faces in the form of wounds and prosthetics, the 23-year-old has successfully taught herself the art of body painting.
Recently, the beautiful flowers she painted onto her friend’s bald head have received viral attention.
Utilizing her friend Rebecca Louise, who has always experimented with their hair, Ryland tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she urged Louise to shave their head completely (Louise prefers to be referred to with plural pronouns). While working at the school where she studied, Ryland wanted to play around with a new type of canvas, and once Louise went completely bald, their head was the perfect thing to try.
“She’s painted me before a few times, but she wanted to do something fun for a demo at the makeup school,” Louise tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “It definitely makes a big impact because painting a head is pretty unique and striking.”
And Ryland certainly agrees.
“I have admired Bec’s head shape ever since they first shaved their head,” she says. “I have painted it twice now, and it’s such an expressive and unique area to paint. I wanted to paint something yellow to get a bit more out of my comfort zone — it’s a color I rarely work with — and one of the first things to come to mind was daffodils.”
This is my first time painting daffodils and it was a bit of fun doing them! I did this piece as a demo for @aacm_au at an open day on my gorgeous model @arrmcarr Using @mehronmakeup Paradise Paints, @meltcosmetics Xenon, @sugarpill Buttercupcake, Flamepoint, Bulletproof, Tako @katvondbeauty Saint and Sinner Palette, Ophelia Studded Kiss Lipstick . . . . . . . #georginaryland #meltcosmetics #mehronmakeup #meltxenon #katvondbeauty #instamakeup #nikkietutorials #sugarpill #hudabeauty
A post shared by Georgina Ryland (@georginaryland) on Apr 4, 2018 at 9:07am PDT
The piece took three hours to complete, which Ryland admits is rather short in her experience with body paint. And once she posted her final work to Instagram, the photo received a vast amount of attention from those admiring Ryland’s work, in addition to those in awe of Louise’s beauty and confidence.
“The reaction has been extremely positive,” Ryland says. “I have received a large number of body-positivity and confidence-related stories and comments, which has been very sweet to read.”
However, the compliments on her work are not necessarily new. Throughout Ryland’s Instagram are photos and videos showcasing the works of art that she creates on herself. From Stranger Things to Finding Nemo, the artist has re-created entire landscapes on her own body, with results that are truly surreal. Each piece takes about eight hours or more in painting time alone.
stranger things A short snippet of my timelapse of this paint – full version is up on YouTube – go check out the link in my bio! ⚡️ . @strangerthingstv @netflix Product List: – @mehronmakeup Paradise Paint in White, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Dark Green, Teal, Lagoon Blue, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Setting Powder in Ultra While – @katvondbeauty L45 Foundation, Pastel Goth Palette, Trooper Tattoo Liner, Neruda Ink Liner, OG Lolita Lipliner – @meltcosmetics Radon, Fixated, Amelie, Lovesick and Neon Eyeshadows – @anastasiabeverlyhills Medium Brown Brow Wiz, Peachy Love Blush Trio, Tara Lipgloss – @inglot_australia Freedom Eyeshadows 293, 301, 389, 616, Kohl Pencil 01, AMC Gel Eyeliner 76 – @sugarpill Bulletproof, Love+, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Midori, Kim Chi, Poison Plum, 2AM, Velocity and Afterparty Eyeshadows – @kryolan_australia Youth Red and TK.2 Aquacolours – @houseoflashes Iconic Lashes – @litcosmetics Heartbreaker Size 3 #georginaryland #strangerthings
A post shared by Georgina Ryland (@georginaryland) on Oct 18, 2017 at 6:38am PDT
This piece is a recreation of a beautiful piece by Ego Guitto. Also I am laughing the whole time through this because I was listening to @jennamarbles talk about conspiracy theories ✌️ Video is now up on YouTube; click the link in the bio for the full length ✨ . . Product list: – #mehronmakeup White, Yellow, Lime Green, Dark Green, Teal, Black Paradise Paints, Setting Powder in Ultra White – #katvondbeauty Pastel Goth Palette, Neruda and Trooper Ink Liners, Saint and Sinner Palette, Plan 9 Studded Kiss Lipstick, Lemmy LipLiner – #nyxcosmeticsaustralia White Liquid Liner, Vivid Envy and Halo Liners, – #sugarpill Mochi, Bulletproof, Midori, Buttercupcake, Velocity – #meltcosmetics Xenon, Neon, Fixated eyeshadows Hair is #gooddyeyoung RIOT! . . . . . . #georginaryland #nyxcosmetics #meltxenon #hudabeauty #brian_champagne #kvdlook #studdedkiss #worldofartists #art_spotlight
A post shared by Georgina Ryland (@georginaryland) on Mar 8, 2018 at 6:47am PST
just keep swimming For @theellenshow ✨ And here is a quick little timelapse; full video is now up on YouTube – link in the bio✨ Apparently I used every single product I own; – #mehronmakeup Paradise Paint in White, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Setting Powder in Ultra White – #katvondbeauty Pastel Goth Palette, Metal Crush Palette, Neruda Ink Liner, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in A-Go-Go, Dreamer, K-Dub, Everlasting LipLiner in Poe, Outlaw, Sexer, Roxy, X – #sugarpill Poison Plum, Afterparty, Mochi, Velocity, Buttercupcake, Flamepoint, Tako, Bulletproof – #meltcosmetics Lovesick, Xenon, Neon, Radioactive, Fixated and Amelie shadows – #nyxcosmeticsaustralia #nyxcosmetics Vivid Blossom, Vivid Envy – #anastasiabeverlyhills #abhbrows Medium Brown Brow Wiz, Peachy Love Blush Trio – #houseoflashes Demure Lite Lashes – #zoevacosmetics Rodeo and Matte Palettes – #modelsown Sculpt and Glow Palette – #fentybeauty Confetti and Clapback #georginaryland #findingnemo
A post shared by Georgina Ryland (@georginaryland) on Jan 25, 2018 at 5:49am PST
As for the future of her work, Ryland admits to being immensely inspired by the uplifting reaction to her painting on Louise’s head.
“I am very tempted to take the offer up on photographing a book for alopecia and cancer sufferers, as I believe it would be so rewarding for everyone involved,” Ryland says. “Perhaps a future endeavor!”
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