Make-up becomes a work of art in gallery launch

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 August, 2009, 12:00am

Paint adds colour to a blank canvas the way make-up dresses up a woman's face. That was the inherent analogy at the M.A.C. Cosmetics' autumn collection event on Friday night.

The firm even hosted it at the 10 Chancery Lane's gallery (not the SoHo space but the larger warehouse in Chai Wan), with interpretations of the new colours in illustrations and photography by three international artists. The atelier included three art school students sketching on live models - and not just on their faces.

The centrepiece of the night though wasn't the M.A.C. make-up demonstration but a most revealing display. Two semi-nude models stood and sat in front of a large-scale representation of one of American artist Richard Phillips' paintings of a woman's face. What made it interesting was that they were completely covered in body paint matching the facial features of the illustration. What an excuse for the guys to get a close-up look at, um, some artistic canvases.

Celebrity guest Stephanie Cheng Yung, for one, knows all about over-enthusiastic male admirers. One of her fans was charged last month for touching her inappropriately at a public event. However, Cheng stands by her right to dress provocatively - and the unstated rule that fans can look but not touch. 'Life goes on. I'll wear whatever I like,' Cheng said. 'I've always been careful, last time was an accident.'