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New face painting world record set

A new Guinness World Record has been set by five artists who painted 950 full faces in just four hours in the Indian city of Chennai.

On Thursday 10 January, the face painters broke the previous record of 680 faces that was set in 2012 in the UK by a team of five face painters (Helen Elvins, Helen Eyre, Sandra Crofts, Rosie Watson and Jane Amatt) in Birmingham, UK, on 18 April 2012.

The record-breaking feat was performed by Azhagesan, Anandan, Vijayaraj, Rosario John Victor and L Ramachandran  and was organised by The Art in coordination with Tharansia.

“When I was working for a photo gallery project in Chennai, officials from The Art lauded my work and said I should do something unique,” said L Ramachandran. “Even in my photographs, paintings are always given prominence, so when I came across the face-painting record on the internet, I immediately wanted to break it!”

The designs were all painted around the theme of ‘World Peace’, with the colours taken from different flags of the world. “Painting 950 different designs is not an easy task,” he continued, “we practiced for a whole week on mannequins!”

The record will be officially sent to the Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, US Record Setter and World Wows as well as other record platforms.

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