“Game of Thrones” is back, and the Sunday scaries have gone out the window — society now excitedly awaits the once dreaded day of the week. Some prefer to attend watch parties, and some like to watch alone in a dimly lit room. And then there is the third option: Some literally transform themselves into the characters they love.
When I first heard about cospaint, the art of recreating characters with body paint, I was blown away by some of the creations online. As someone who finds top eyeliner to be a challenge, I can’t imagine being so talented and steady-handed.
With only three episodes left, these cospainters are helping to keep “Game of Thrones” alive long after the finale.
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Sophia White, also known as Djarii online, is a professional gamer and makeup artist with 336K Twitch followers. White showcases her cospaint talent on her Djarii MUA channel, which is separate from her gaming channel. The 24-year-old has transformed herself into a variety of characters including Princess Peach, Harley Quinn, Frankenstein, Poison Ivy and more.
According to White, there are a few things you need when partaking in cospaint. “Good quality paints, patience and time,” she says. “The hardest part of large-scale paintings on yourself is to persevere when it doesn’t look promising yet, (trust the process!!) and really just to endure the 10+ hours it can take sometimes.”
Is cospaint as hard as it looks? “It’s something that gets easier and easier once you train your brain to paint through a mirror. It’s not hard for me, but I am always learning! I also consider myself a bit of a perfectionist, so once I have done something once, I immediately want to do it again but better!” she says. “I always remove makeup with an oil-based product, then wipe away with a moist towel or a wipe, gently exfoliate and moisturize!”
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You know what…? I changed my mind. New video TONIGHT at 9pm CST. ❄️ TAG someone who is obsessed with #gameofthrones ❄️ YouTube.com/madeyewlook ❄️ YES, this is all body paint. The only prosthetics I have on are a brow piece and home made horns ❄️ (and a bald cap, if you count that)
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Alexys Fleming, who goes by Lex online, is a 25-year-old self-taught cospainter licensed in both esthetics and cosmetology. With over 2.6 million YouTube followers, Fleming has a huge platform to showcase her transformations.
On her channel, Fleming credits makeup as something that helps heal the mind, pointing out that many people use it to cover up scars, bruises or discoloration.
After suffering with grade 3 acne in high school, bullying and type-1 diabetes diagnosis, her interest in body paint and cosmetology has helped her manage the stress.
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💀❄️WHITE WALKER❄️💀 painted September 2017. Second look at my white walker, Thanks for the love on this look, you guys really make me feel so happy! I know I didn't manage to make this one look like a male very much, but I've learned from this one and I hope you can see that I've taken this on board for next weeks post! 🤗 . Painted using @mehronmakeup @mehronuk, Fab paints, tag and @globalcolours. I forgot to mention in my last post that I used a lot of @urbandecaycosmetics brushes to create this look, as well as the electric palette to help me get a glow around the eyes which are painted onto my lids. . WHO SHOULD I PAINT NEXT?! . I love your guys support on my paints! I always read all the comments and do my best to get back to you if you ask any questions 🤗 thanks for joining me while I learn how to body paint. . #discover_muas #makeupart #makeupartist #mua #cosmetics #facepaint #instamakeup #mehrongirl #cosplay #makeup_features #makeupxfeature #cospaint #bodypaint #beautyblogger #makeupbyme #makeupoftheday #love #dupemag #got @gameofthrones #gameofthrones #mehronuk #westeros #asongoficeandfire #hbo #whitewalker #crazymakeups
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Melissa Croft is a graphic designer by day, self-taught cospainter by night. The half Filipino, half British creative live-streams her body painting every Saturday on Twitch. She says, “The best part of my body paint is when I am almost finished, and people see me live and comment about how they are so happy I brought their favorite character to life,” Croft says. “This especially happens with superheroes. They bring so much hope and happiness to us even though we know they are fictional. I’m just happy I can bring them to life for a short amount of time to really lift people’s spirits and make it memorable for them. I make sure people understand I’m a regular person just like them, so they can also feel like they can achieve and be anything.”
In honor of “Avengers: Endgame,” she transformed herself into Black Widow which took her 13 hours. Other looks of hers include Billie Eilish, Deadpool, Bob Ross, “The Silence of The Lambs” cover image, and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” painting.
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