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Mwah! Olivia Munn, Anna Kendrick and More Get the Kiss-Off -- For a Good Cause!

10/03/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

Olivia Munn, Ali Larter, Camilla Belle and Anna Kendrick may have some of the most recognizable faces in the world — but we guarantee you haven’t seen them like this before. The four stars were the subjects of Urban Decay’s “Kisshibition” in N.Y.C. Wednesday night, in which their portraits were unveiled by artist Natalie Irish.

Kiss portraits of celebritiesCourtesy of Urban Decay and Natalie Irish

But these aren’t just your standard, run-of-the-mill watercolor paintings. Instead, Irish decorates her canvas with hundreds of kisses in order to reveal her subjects, who have ranged from Marilyn Monroe to young cancer victim (and makeup enthusiast) Talia Joy Castellano.

And she teamed up with Urban Decay to use their new “Revolution” lipstick to create four celebrity portraits (and four additional paintings) for the event to benefit The Art of Elysium, a charity that brings the arts to children suffering from serious medical ailments. “As a long-time supporter of The Art of Elysium’s self-esteem programs, I am honored to lend my face … to help raise awareness for the organization and their creative arts programming,” Larter said.

Kiss portraits of celebritiesCourtesy of Urban Decay and Natalie Irish

We caught up with Irish on the scene, where she was creating another piece in the Sephora window, and asked her how she got her start. “I tried every medium I could get my hands on,” she said. “I basically make out with canvas. [Each one] takes several days but it’s hard on my lips and eyes.”

Irish also shares that each portrait can take up to four tubes of lipstick to complete, and to counteract the “great exfoliant” power of the canvas, she coats her lips with “coconut oil or a thick layer of Vaseline. X Compound is my current favorite. I also ice my lips and take Ibuprofen. Cold beer helps too!”

One of her creations will be auctioned off on UrbanDecay.com and on the line’s social channels, and the site will also have a “digital exhibition” so fans can check out all of the portraits Irish created for the initiative (trust us — there are some super cool ones you should not miss). So what does a lipstick artist wear in her spare time? Nothing if she can help it, she swears, but if she has to, she’ll wear Urban Decay’s “Native.” Sounds portrait-worthy to us!

What do you think of Irish’s art? Would you want to own one of her kiss paintings?

–Alex Apatoff

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launchingpad on

they all look like the same person drawn by a third grader

sinibaldi1 on

In the torpor.

Sweet
serenades
and the light
of a luminous
darkness when
a fine bird
is singing…..

Francesco Sinibaldi

katie on

They are all lovely portraits, but I wouldn’t have recognized Ali and Olivia. Anna and Camilla are very good likenesses!

Tiffany on

They are def better than anything I could ever do but it was hard for me to tell who was who and if there weren’t names attached I probably wouldn’t have known who they were at all. They are good but I don’t know about the likeness.

Seabot on

I have no idea which portrait is supposed to be which. They look like basic drawings of people, not specific portraits.

marinara on

@launchingpad – by a third grader? I don’t know what kind of third graders you know that can produce results like that. Must be your kids, since you were so brilliant with your comment, they must be brilliant too.

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