Karen Fratti
July 30, 2017 12:22 pm
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Did you know that every single year, people gather in southern Austria to compete in body painting? Now that we’ve seen some of the stunning pictures from the World Bodypainting Festival,we are definitely booking tickets for next year.

The models sit around for up to six whole hours letting their bodies act as blank canvases for this art, and they’re transformed using paint and latex makeup; some of the women become totally unrecognizable, with horns and butterflies coming out of their heads and flowers and animals painted all over them.

Artists from over 50 countries participated in the festival this year. The full body art is the main draw, but awards are also given in brush and sponge technique, UV effects, special effect makeup, and even awards for amateurs trying their hand at this amazing art form for the first time (or at least not professionally).

Here are some of the highlights from the World Bodypainting Festival this year.

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This creation looks like it came from a dream.

Some were totally out of this world.

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Faces in faces in faces.

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This is something else.

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Stunning, right?

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Check that gluteus maximus.

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Taking “peacocking” to the next level.

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Full face paint.

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The festival also had music events, catwalk shows, mini competitions, and general *good times,* according to all the reports. Winners will be announced at the end of the festival later today, we have no idea how the judges can choose between them.

Like we said, we’ll see you next year at the festival because something tells us that it’s even more jaw-dropping and gorgeous in person.

Although we have to wonder: What kind of makeup remover do you think the models use afterwards?

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