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Tina Smith has won a national body art painting award, pictured painting Chad reporter Katie Butler's face for Halloween.
Tina Smith has won a national body art painting award, pictured painting Chad reporter Katie Butler's face for Halloween.

Hallowe’en may have come and gone this year, but for Mansfield artist Tina Smith turning people’s faces into something ‘unusual and unique’ is an every day job .

Her trick is her artistic talent and her treat is to magically transform people into mystical and ghoulish characters.

Mum-of-one Tina went to art school but had a 20-year break from the arts world - but is back fulfilling her dreams.

Tina (45), of Loxley Drive, has created her own business, Enchanted Faces, where she gives excited youngsters makeovers to become their favourite movie characters.

She had also just been crowned the Body Artist of the Year in the intermediate category for her detailed creation of a princess warrior.

The design took five hours to create - even with help of assistant and friend, Anna Brookfield.

The competition saw her compete with artists from all over the UK for judges from across the globe.

She said: “It’s all been a bit surreal really. I never imagined I would win the competition but am so proud.”

Her passion comes from transforming everyday faces into something unusual and unique.

She said: “When you transform someone’s face or body, it really makes them feel like that person which is incredible to see.

“When children get a web they become Spiderman.

“I love that I am not working on a flat canvas, it’s testing for me as all faces and bodies are different. That’s what keeps me inspired and motivated. It’s a test of my ability.”

She started off work as a sign writer but due to technology that role was no longer required.

She then went into administration - and still works at All Saints Academy - but felt the desire to follow her passion.

At Easter four years ago she thought her daughter, Alexandra, pictured left, who was one at the time, would look adorable as a rabbit. So out came the face paints.

Tina added: “It all started from there. I just love it and it’s my passion. If I could paints all day long I would.”

She aspires to work on TV or in films in the future.

Visit www.enchanted-faces.com for more information.