Nail art is the newest form of body art to hit beauty salons and catwalks. It consists of any decorative art done to the fingernails and toenails. Nail paint, UV gel, hybrid coatings like Shellac, water marbling and stencilling, and artificial extensions are all included. Nail art dates back to roughly 3200 BCE in Ancient Babylonia, despite being a reflection of improvements in the cosmetics and medicinal sectors. Contemporary Art Movements list additional hypermodern art styles (from 1970).
Nude-scape Photography of Humans
This style of body art, which is related to installation art, is typified by the work of American photographer Spencer Tunick (b.1967), who is known for his surrealistic photographs of huge groups of female nudists in unexpected public settings.
Helmut Newton (1920-2004), a German-born camera artist, was another proponent of “body photography,” with his dramatic black-and-white photographs appearing on Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazine in the 1980s and 1990s.
Painting on the Face
Face painting, like body painting, is an old skill that stretches back to the Paleolithic age of art and civilization. Face painting was a popular cultural practice in most regions of the world, used largely to identify significant persons (such as tribal leaders, shamans, and witch doctors), to distinguish distinct genders and social classes, and to represent military rank: see, for example, American Indian art. Indeed, it may be seen in tribal art in Africa, Asia, South America, portions of Australia, and the Pacific Islands of Polynesia and Melanesia. Woad, charcoal, ochre, henna, and annatto are among the pigments employed.
Paint with a Purpose
Camouflage face paint, sports paint to prevent sun glare, and highly specialized protective paint applied for medical reasons are all examples of more realistic face painting. Children’s face painting has also become a popular pastime.
Cosmetic Pigments & Cosmetics for the Face
Western women’s cosmetic colourants have a striking resemblance to archaic facial paints. This style of cosmetic body art uses a variety of dyes, lotions, applicators, and procedures to embellish the lines of the eyes and lips and colour the cheeks, mouth, and other facial regions. It’s still a complicated ornamental art form that’s used to emphasize gender and beauty and show individuality. The Japanese Geisha culture, in which women’s faces were adorned to almost artistic quality, was a high point of this style of face painting.