Body art at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event

The theme of Crystal Couture 2011, held at 1750 Crystal Drive in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 1-5, 2011, was “Exotic and Elegant to Everything Everyday.” The event was part art exhibition, nightclub, fashion show, and retail store, featuring a cash bar, body painting, hair and makeup makeovers, henna, DJ entertainment, runway shows, and boutique shopping.

Makeup artist Kim Reyes of Washington, D.C., paints the face of model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., and makeup artist Roger Riggle of Olney, Md., owner Roger Riggle Make Up, LLC, with the help of this assistant Emily Johnston, 26, of Washington, D.C., paints the head of model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Reyes and Riggles painted hearts, literal and figurative, on both models to honor the partner of the evening Go Red for Women, an initiative of the American Heart Association. (Photo by Anna Miars)

Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., talks with makeup artist Roger Riggle of Olney, Md., owner Roger Riggle Make Up, LLC, and his two assistants for the evening while waiting for her body paint to dry at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. A body art model for the evening, Alessandra wore only a cotton thong and pasties. (Photo by Anna Miars)

Makeup artist Kim Reyes of Washington, D.C., paints the face of model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Reyes painted a model each night of the five-day event. (Photo by Anna Miars)

One of makeup artist Roger Riggle’s two assistants for the evening, Emily Johnston, 26, of Washington, D.C., paints the forehead of model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Johnston has worked as a makeup artist for the last six years. (Photo by Anna Miars)

Makeup artist Kim Reyes of Washington, D.C., applies red paint to the fingers of model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. When asked how she knows she’s finished, Reyes said, “you just have to stop and let it go.” (Photo by Anna Miars)

Make up artist Roger Riggle of Olney, Md., owner Roger Riggle Make Up, LLC, applies black paint to the eyelid of model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Riggle, a professional makeup artist for more than 16 years, tries not to overcomplicate body art, he said, “the more you fuss, the less likely you’ll be happy with it.” (Photo by Anna Miars)

Makeup artist Kim Reyes of Washington, D.C., paints the back of model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., and makeup artist Roger Riggle of Olney, Md., owner Roger Riggle Make Up, LLC, with the help of one his two assistants for the evening, Jewel Grisham, 16, of Washington, D.C., paint the head of model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. This year’s theme was “Exotic and Elegant to Everything Everyday.” (Photo by Anna Miars)

Makeup artist Kim Reyes of Washington, D.C., secures a headpiece on model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Reyes often uses headpieces to accentuate the look and feel of the body art she creates. (Photo by Anna Miars)

One of makeup artist Roger Riggle’s two assistants for the evening, Emily Johnston, 26, of Washington, D.C., applies paint to the lower back of model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Riggle used hearts to represent snake scales on model Alessandra to honor the partner of the evening Go Red for Women, an initiative of the American Heart Association. (Photo by Anna Miars)

The brushes of makeup artist Kim Reyes of Washington, D.C., soak in water stained red from the paint used to create full body art on Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Reyes spent more than three hours painting Schoolfield for the event. (Photo by Anna Miars)

Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., poses at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. When asked how she felt about being nude except for a cotton thong and pasties, she said “I love it; it’s so freeing.” (Photo by Anna Miars)

Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., strikes a pose at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. When asked what the process is like, she said, “first it’s spray paint, then they do most of the detail work, then they spray paint you again.” (Photo by Anna Miars)

Model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., and model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., mingle with the crowd at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Schoolfield and Alessandra had never modeled body art prior to the event. (Photo by Anna Miars)

Model Mariah Schoolfield, 17, of Washington, D.C., and model Alessandra, 19, of Washington, D.C., chat while they pose for photographs at the third annual Crystal Couture fashion event at Crystal City in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 4, 2011. Many attendees weren’t immediately aware that Schoolfield and Alessandra were nude except for a cotton thong and pasties. (Photo by Anna Miars)

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