Special Effects Makeup Artist Subtly Transforms Her Face Into Striking Illusions

Special Effects Makeup Artist Monika Falčik

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Special effects makeup artist Monika Falčik produces striking—yet subtle—looks that will make you do a double-take. A self-confessed “makeup junkie” from Lithuania, she uses the material to create illusions that her entire face has shifted or that her hand suddenly has a heart-shaped hole in it. Creatures are also popular subjects for Falčik, from beautiful butterflies to slippery reptiles to a ferocious big cat.

What’s even more impressive is that Falčik is entirely self-taught. Intrigued by special effects tutorials she saw on YouTube and Instagram, she tried to replicate them for herself. “Now it’s my passion and my biggest hobby,” she tells My Modern Met. So, how does she do it? “To create my looks I use Aquacolor (Kyolan) paint made for body paint.” In addition to her face painting, Falčik will also construct gory illusions on herself. For that, she uses latex and fake blood.

Falčik regularly shares her latest creations on her Instagram. If you’re an aspiring special effects makeup artist, it’s a great resource, as she shares the products she uses to achieve her amazing looks.

Special effects makeup artist Monika Falčik creates subtly striking illusions that will make you do a double take.

Special Effects Makeup Artist Monika Falčik

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Many of her looks aren't gory, but they show a shift in her face…

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Special Effects Makeup Artist Monika Falčik

Or a kissing couple…

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…and lifelike creatures.

Special Effects Makeup Artist Monika Falčik

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Special Effects Makeup Artist Monika FalčikMonika Falčik: Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Monika Falčik.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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