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Beauty Artist Turns “Skull Face” Makeup into a Gorgeous Art Form

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Makeup artist Vanessa Davis, known on social media as ‘The Skulltress,’ dreams up ambitious and artistic face paint designs. Each elaborate work of makeup art showcases Davis’ cosmetic know-how and wild imagination.

Davis designs a range of out-of-this-world looks. The self-described “makeup and mixed media face-artist”  is known for her skull-inspired designs that transcend traditional and trendy skeletal face paint. Unlike many other makeup artists who dabble in this motif, Davis creatively and continuously finds ways to dress it up. Colorful koi fish, a rising phoenix, a butterfly’s wing, and even a sleek, neon hologram are just some of the many ways the artist has experimented with the skull aesthetic.

So, why the skull? For Davis, the decision was a personal one. “I noticed that the successful makeup accounts specialized in either a particular style or subject, so I chose skulls, which also worked as my heritage is Mexican and English,” she told Allure. “I am fascinated how skulls are portrayed in fashion, art and tattoo art, particularly by Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst.” Davis first exhibited her interest in the skeletal theme a couple of years ago, when she posted her first attempt at the craft on Instagram. Since then, she’s amassed a loyal following, and continues to improve her skull-centric skills.

Vanessa Davis, “The Skulltress,” uses her artistic face paint skills to create skull-themed makeup art.

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Davis shares the step-by-step progress of one of her face paintings.

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And check out another one of Davis’s shimmering makeup creations in motion:

Vanessa Davis: Instagram | Facebook | YouTube 
h/t: [Hello Giggles]

All images via Vanessa Davis.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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