Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing makeup or paint in the Paint And Makeup Photo Contest with chances to win a Leica Camera and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Paul Roustan for his collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. A born native of Chicago, Paul Roustan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. After moving to Rhode Island, he completed a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Roustan's body paints have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Providence Journal, Spike TV, Univision, Playboy, Airbrush Action Magazine and more. His imagery has also been displayed in numerous galleries internationally. Roustan's airbrushed body paintings are regularly used for corporate, private, television, and nightclub events worldwide, including clients Playboy, Bacardi, Tupperware, and more.

Grand Jury Winner

"Well, this certainly wasn’t easy, but when judging, I often gravitate towards the strikingness of an image. This shot certainly caught my attention. Often acknowledging the K.I.S.S method, I value simplicity significantly. And this image is about as simple as it gets when it comes to paint and makeup. With that said, the technique applied in that seemingly single brush stroke is solid. If it was JUST that, I probably wouldn’t have chosen it as tops. But combining the high quality photography, lighting, subject, freckles, mood, and the forethought to utilize complimentary colors, it is simply too strong to ignore. The photograph is just as relevant as the artwork it displays. Otherwise, it is just a snapshot documenting the work of the makeup artist. I chose this image because it is an excellent balance of image, subject, and makeup all working in harmony." - Paul Roustan

Runner Up

"The minimal colors, one of my favorites combos (Red and White), and it’s masterful application caught my attention. And what a beautiful carefully applied aesthetic with the flowers and splatter. The splatter technique can EASILY be over applied, but this artist used excellent restraint in keeping it minimal. As a result, the effect in combination with the lighting creates such a wonderful mood. I can see this coming straight out of an American Horror Story ad. There is a strong symbiotic balance between photography, model, and makeup. I always love when each element is given its due respect." - Paul Roustan

Runner Up

"Oh man! The texture of this got me quick. I LOVE texture! If it wasn’t for the nice clean line on the face, I’d think Xerox toner exploded all over the poor model. But, that line tells me there was some intelligent intent behind this, and she doesn’t seem to mind :) I also enjoy how the texture tapers around her shoulder too. I think it would have been less successful had it been continuous throughout the image. These kind of things show me how real it is in this age of digital manipulation, and I highly value REAL." - Paul Roustan

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