Nu-Rave Face Painting Ideas

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Nu-Rave Face Painting Ideas
The Nu-Rave movement involves face paint in bright neon colours. (graffiti eye image by Stanisa Martinovic from

Nu-Rave face painting came about through the Nu-Rave movement in music and fashion, which began in the United Kingdom around 2006 before spreading to the rest of the world. Being a follower of Nu-Rave typically involves wearing brightly coloured and often fluorescent clothing as well as face and body paint. Glow-in-the-dark face paint, which comes in a variety of colours, is perfect for the Nu-Rave look.

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Fashion and Face Painting

Beginning around 2006, certain musical acts associated with Nu-Rave distinguished themselves by wearing face paint---and face painting was soon common among Nu-Rave fans. Over the years, Nu-Rave fashion accessories have included both neon clothing and body paint. Glow-in-the-dark face and body paint is available in a vast assortment of colours including white, red, pink, silver, yellow, blue and green. That said, all glow-in-the-dark products intended for the skin should be used cautiously.

Face Painting Ideas

Nu-Rave face painting ideas include stripes in a variety of neon colours painted from forehead to cheek, two or three blue dots painted on a single cheek, a splash of green or any other colour worn under the eye and a blue stripe painted along the cheekbone. Alternatively dabs of paint in different colours can be randomly applied all over the face, and other body parts such as the arms.

A less extreme Nu-Rave look can be achieved through the application of non-neon eyeshadow in several shades, such as a top layer of purple followed by a second one of sky blue with the eyelids painted half in sky blue and half in lime green and finished with sky blue eyeliner. Another less extreme Nu-Rave look for the eyes is orange eyeshadow and violet eyeliner.

Extreme Face Painting

Extreme Nu-Rave face painting ideas include a black triangle outlined by green under one eye and a green triangle outlined by black under the other, panda-style glitter in green worn on one eye or simply daubed underneath it and a mask effect of painting large circles around the eyes of various colours. One example is painting one half of an eye circle turquoise and the other eye circle half-orange and half-turquoise with a green strip applied to the bridge of the nose. Elaborate, multicoloured geometrical patterns also can be applied.

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