Superficial snack: a different kind of body art

December 15 2011 | bijouxandbits
Source: Bridespaint.nl
Source: Bridespaint.nl

A while back we featured Lenny's amazing green bridespaint, which consisted of intricate designs of vines painted directly onto her skin to complement her green gown. She actually had to drive across the Netherlands to find someone to do it, but the results were worth it. The concept of body art featured at weddings isn't new, of course (see here, here, and here), but this was definitely something different. Temporary and completely customizable to match your outfit are two concepts I can get behind.

I did some searching and apparently this concept for weddings is only just starting to trend and really only in certain parts of Europe. Innnteresting. I found some examples from Bridespaint.nl to give us more inspiration and feed the curiosity.

The paint is glycerin-based and semi-permanent, so it shouldn't rub off too much. Fear not, though, as it does remove with soap and water.

Yay or nay to painted bods on your wedding day? I vote yay, although perhaps not this much.

  1. I mean this with the utmost respect, but what makes this different from other bodypainting (other than style) It kinda reminds me of how adding "Wedding" as an adjective also adds $$. Please explain?

    • I don't know about you, but I haven't seen much of any body painting at weddings or special events (outside of henna). Technically, if you could find the right smudge-proof paint and a friend with a creative touch, this doesn't have to be "wedding" expensive at all.

    • Of course it isn't that different. It also wasn't extremely costly, just because they called it a 'bridespaint'. The costs are relatively expensive because only a small part of your body is painted, while you still have to make a try-out appointment to discuss your wishes and test some designs, and pay for the travellibg costs. But I don't think it would have been any cheaper it for another event.

  2. They sell this stuff at a kiosk in our local mall its like multi color sparkly temp tattoos…not my cup of tea but the teens here in Florida are wearing it at school dances and prom, so it can't be that pricy.

  3. I think I would be too afraid that it would rub off. I have a talent for things rubbing off my skin and for spilling things on my clothes even when the items are spill proof. I know I'll have enough to worry about,so even if it realy doesn't come off I would be too stressed the entire day that it might, I wouldn't enjoy myself. But I would love to do body paint for any of the festivities like the engament party (which we didn't have), the bridal shower, the bachlorette party, rehersal, next day brunch, honeymoon (with nothing else *wink*), or any Tuesday.

  4. YAY! I'm ghost-pale and can imagine maybe a snow pink or silver color? I'm thinking bigass wings to add some dazzle to a bare back. *swoon*

  5. I think this is a really great idea for a bride to express her identity in a non-permanent way.

    I have a shooting star tattoo on my shoulder (which many family members have insisted I cover up at my wedding, the same speech I got at my sister's wedding 2 years ago). I wonder if there would be the same kind of resistance if they knew it wasn't real

  6. Hello,
    I'm a face and body artist in Cleveland, OH and I've done my share of what is being called BridesPainting here. Depending on the level of complexity and coverage, the cost for such a service can cost anywhere from $50 – $300 and the cost of design ideation is minimal at best ($10-$20 per design).
    The products I use are either temporary tattoo ink (Temptu, EBA ect.) and cosmetic glitter or mica powder OR body glue that has been specifically formulated for free hand work and again, cosmetic glitter/mica powder. I don't use stencils for this type of work and it is smudge and waterproof, lasting 3-7 days unless intentionally removed with alcohol or oil based moisturizers.
    While the cost of having this done might lead some to think that there is a "wedding related" markup on the service, I assure you that the cost of the proper materials, my constant training, liability insurance (that any reputable face/body artist should carry), travel costs and time costs truly justify the cost of the service. In fact, I don't charge any differently whether I'm painting a prenatal "bump", a promotional body painting for print ads or nuptial events.
    Whatever you do, please don't let anyone put acrylics on your skin as nothing spoils a wedding photo like a bad skin reaction to someone's $.59 Apple Barrel paints…besides…it will crack and flake and you can't get the same sparkle or sheen that you can get with professional products.
    Have a great day!
    CJ

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