Makeup Wizardry: Women's Faces Painted To Look 2-D

November 27, 2013


This is '2D or not 2D', a series of faces painted by Valeriya Kutsan to look 2-D and photographed by Alexander Khokhlov. I am most impressed by Valeriya's face painting skills. Because one time at the county fair I asked for a Spider Man face painting and everyone thought I was a Jack o' Lantern. That sucked.

The project explains: "Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations - from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching."

Did you read that? 'Careful retouching.' That basically means it's all Photoshop. "That's not what that means." It is too and you know it! "Give people some credit." Pfft, the last time I tried to give a person credit, you know what happened? Turns out they'd lied and made me look stupid. Nope, from now on everything is fake.

Keep going for a bunch more









Thanks to Steph and A, who only wear this kind of makeup to the office on whatever the opposite of casual Friday is.

  • Matt

    2nd to the last, close to the Illustrator splash screen http://www.guidebookgallery...

  • MustacheHam

    Instantly tricked this graphic designer's brain.

    Well done my friend...well done.

  • Guest

    These are poorly done and some are just ugly. There are so many impressive and skilled face painters out there that don't use photoshop, why show these?

  • Laura is a bitch

    Laurasweet, your a fucking idiot. Go take your keyboard warrior attitude someplace else. You have been in art and photo retouching for 20 years and come on here to demand respect and put others down? You should be ashamed of yourself, I have been a human being for 30 years and its apparent that I am more skilled and better at it than you are. You need to learn some manners and quit being a total bitch to complete strangers. The world has enough of your kind we don't need any more.

  • Guest

    You are mean. I have removed my comments because I didin't realize that giving my opinion would make me appear as a "bitch". I hope you will consider deleting this mean reply to me.

  • Elak Swindell

    These are not Photoshop creations. They are face paint designs. If you can't see that, then you're blind. Some are so-so, but most are spectacular.

  • Guest


    I don't wish to be rude, but you are incorrect. At least four of these have extensive and poorly done "photoshop".

    For example, the one at the top has the red dots just laid over the image, not even wrapped onto the skin.
    I could go over each one and point out the bad digital work on them, but I won't waste my time.

    I know because it's been my job to both look at art and retouching for over 20 years, (and have used photoshop since its inception) so please don't call me blind.

  • Mr. K

    I think we're missing the big picture here (pun intended?): Pictures are already 2-D.

  • Johnson

    2nd to last looks like a Real Life Mona Lisa Model.

  • Forblat

    Some of these are really good, a couple of them are not so good, I could not create any of them.

  • MeggyMonster

    Picture 6 makes me reminds of somebody that I used to know....

    Soommebooodeeee. *plays xylophone* o 3o

  • TheOtakuX

    Wow, that last one...

  • WhiteEagle2

    Hmm, these look pretty cool.

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