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Meopham artist who body painted Katie Price talks about her latest show

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 July 2014

Liz Bylett and model Penelope Wood. Picture: simonsphotography.co.uk

Liz Bylett and model Penelope Wood. Picture: simonsphotography.co.uk

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A multi award winning body painter who has worked her magic on celebrities including Katie Price and given Sir Richard Branson a "black eye" said the latest instalment of her Living Art Show was a great success.

Picture: Phil GladwinPicture: Phil Gladwin

Liz Bylett, of Meopham, is the founder of Follies Face & Beauty Art.

The make up artist and body painter, whose career has spanned 25 years, started the living art shows earlier this year, giving body painters from all over the UK the chance to showcase their talents and compete against each other in a catwalk show.

The latest show took place at The Cray Festival at St Mary Cray Recreation Ground on July 5.

Liz said: “It was absolutely amazing, it was lovely. It was such a great show, we were really really pleased with it.

“Initially people were waiting outside, they weren’t sure whether to come in or not. I don’t think anyone in the area had seen anything like that before.

“There were body painters from all over the UK.

“People thought it was amazing!”

The exciting show saw creatures and characters created with paint and prosthetic pieces from three themes including Sci-Fi, earth and the elements and steam punk and the models performed in the judged catwalk show with an array of props including a Tardis.

Liz and her professional team also offered free taster workshops to members of the public on the day.

The mother of three works from her home in the Cedars as well as offering classes in Meopham and Greenwich and loves the variety the work offers to herself and members of her team.

“It’s really, really varied. One day we’ll be doing a catwalk show, doing make up and hair, and another day we’ll be doing a children’s face painting party and then I’ll be teaching people how to body paint.

“It’s really hard work but there’s nothing else like it.

“It’s great fun.

“I love teaching, I love to share that with other people because I know how much I get from it. I love to give other people the opportunity to do that as well.

“It’s a nice thing to do. It’s nice to be creative.”

Liz’s impressive career has seen her travel all over the world to paint and she used make up to create a black eye and a bloody nose on Sir Richard Branson.

“It was for one of their [Virgin’s] staff events.

“I body painted Katie Price.”

Liz has no intention of slowing down, with more shows and projects taking place in the near future.

“I am body painting at a show next week and the theme is heroes and heroines. My heroine is going to be the domestic goddess, and it’s based on that, but I am going to change it slightly.

“It’s going to be more of a pop art theme, a bit Wonder Woman, saying that the woman, the mother, she’s got to be Wonder Woman running a business!”

To find out more about Liz and her work please visit follies.co.uk.

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