KARACHI: Art is usually the first discipline that humans try their hands at. As children, we are handed crayons to colour with, schools introduce us to art classes (which many of us fail). More recently, face art has gained increased popularity specially with new artists emerging on Instagram. However, in no way is the concept of painting the human body new.
Body and face painting have been present for centuries, often associated with cultural practices. Hunters would paint their faces in order to camouflage with their surroundings. Native American tribes have used face painting for artistic expression since ancient times. Carnivals have stalls for face painting and even cricket and football matches have their fans cheering from the crowds with their faces plastered in colours of their team’s flag.
Today, artists use cosmetic paint to decorate their faces. Here are five of our favourite local Instagram accounts for face art:
1. Rubiya’s Artistry
Rubiya is only 20 years old but her face art is no less perfect than a professional’s. From recreating superhero looks to replicating Van Gogh’s starry night, Rubiya’s work only gets better with each look.
2. Makeup by JK
Another 20-year-old on the list is Jiya Khurram, a self-taught artist. While her content extends beyond just face art, the creative looks that the young artist posts are hard to look away from.
3. Beha basic
Another self taught artist on the list is Beha Zaidi. From galaxies to skulls, Zaidi recreated them all. And she doesn’t just do them on herself!
4. Le Beauty Affair
While Rammal’s content is majorly about beauty, her looks aren’t just pleasing to the eye! They contain a deeper message which Rammal writes about as well.
5. Made up Shaheer
What made you think we would not have a male artist on the list? Shaheer Khan from Multan creates stunning looks using make up, but his eye make-up is definitely the star.