This Was the Thought Process Behind Miley Cyrus' 'Paper' Mag Makeup

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Photographed by Paoloa Kudacki with Creative Direction by Diane Martel for Paper Magazine

Makeup artist Pati Dubroff shares what went on behind the scenes of the provocative and colorful photo shoot.

Pretty much nothing Miley Cyrus does shocks us anymore, but her latest magazine cover, which depicts her covered in mud and naked with her pig, Bubba Sue, came pretty close — especially when we saw her full-frontal nudity inside. But while she’s not wearing any clothing, she does sport some pretty inventive accessories and makeup.

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Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff — who also works with Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianne Moore — was responsible for the provocative singer’s face. "For this shoot with Miley, we wanted her to look super natural," Dubroff tells Pret-a-Reporter. "She had flawless skin, so there was no need to put [on] any foundation at all. The focus was on some artistic flourishes, which really speak to the proudly colorful life Miley leads."


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Dubroff shares that graphic and visual artist Ben Jones created the artwork on Cyrus' body using a palette of vibrant neon shades in graphic shapes. Dubroff "carried the color palette onto the face, using shapes that were a bit linear but also flattering as face makeup. I took a few of the colors used on body paint and translated them onto the face."

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As for the "third eye" photo, Dubroff says it was just bare, neutral skin with a slash of white cream color across Cyrus’ throat chakra. And those infamous pig shots? "We didn’t want to make Miley’s face all muddy, but we coated her body in mud, so she and [Bubba Sue] were happy together." Sounds like it’s just Miley being Miley.


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