Body art isn’t just for festival goers and sub-cultures; Phyllis Cohen has taken it to another level with Face Lace. Lynnette reports from London Fashion Week on this sophisticated and stylish way to experiment with skin adornment.
“Make-up artist Phyllis Cohen is a beauty industry legend who first studied illustration, then fine art and calls herself a ‘face fanatic’. I first encountered her in 2001, when I was Beauty Director of Eve magazine, and we worked on a beauty photo shoot where she hand painted a nude model’s body to look as if she was wearing lingerie. Phyllis was mainly known for her expertise in body art then. Pure genius. She is now famed for her ‘Face Lace by Phyllis Cohen’ brand, which is ready-to-wear make-up designs, such as lace face and eye masks that you adhere to the skin wherever you wish.
I went backstage at the Mariana Jungmann catwalk show for London Fashion Week where Face Lace was being applied to faces and hands of the models by Phyllis and her team. Phyllis told me that Face Lace is popular with all ages: “Young trendy girls like the simple designs and older women wear the masks for masquerade balls as they are so light they can wear them all night without it driving them mad”.”