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The affordable face paint perfect for creating works of art on your skin

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Kicki Yang Zhang shares the secret to creating her intricate, hand-painted make-up looks – Maskworld’s Aqua make-up paint pots

Berlin-based artist, beauty influencer, and model Kicki Yang Zhang is known for decorating her face with intricate, hand-painted motifs inspired by her Chinese heritage. “I love to mix western and eastern elements together, show what I’ve seen and learned from each side of the world I grew up in,” says the Dazed 100 alum who has also worked with fashion houses like Gucci and Maison Margiela. Here, she shares her choice for Product of the Week – a weekly round-up of the Dazed Beauty team and wider community must-have buys.


Brand: Maskworld
Product: Aqua make-up paint pots
Price: €4.90


I bought my first pot of aqua paint when I was looking for a white to do a Halloween make-up look in 2018. Maskworld has a physical store in Berlin so I decided to go there. I was so impressed by the pigmentation I went back a week later and purchased 10 more colours. I’ve been using them to create face paint looks ever since.  

A lot of make-up palettes consist solely of variations of brown for the typical smokey eye, but make-up can be so much more than that! The aqua make-up has a really wide variation of colours so there are no limits to what you can create. They are really inexpensive but still so pigmented and one pot lasts forever. To use them all you have to do is mix with a bit of water and use a thin brush of your choice. I even use regular painting brushes for my make-up and it works perfectly.

 I love painting my face, it’s such a great alternative to using paper or canvas. How amazing is it that we can wear art on our face? It’s beautiful to create something so temporary. It gives a piece a whole different meaning.


It smells like… to me it smells like happiness!

 The fictional character who would use this product is… Harley Quinn. She uses this for her everyday looks

 If this product was one of the astrological signs it would be… definitely an Aries. They are great artists and I vibe with them as friends (but not as lovers though).

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