Woman is going viral after incredibly turning her face into the Mona Lisa
Makeup application is a work of art. Cosplayers use makeup to turn into all your favorite characters from movies, video games and manga. Body paint artists use makeup to make almost-nude models look like they're wearing clothes in public. And regular people wear makeup every day just to look a little bit better. Either way, it's magic.
But one thing I haven't seen is someone use makeup to turn into the Mona Lisa. Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503, The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous works of art, and one of the most popular attractions at The Louvre Museum in Paris. I don't get it. I think other paintings are better. If the Mona Lisa popped up on Tinder, I'd swipe left.
However, makeup artist Yuya Mika, from southwest China, contoured her face to look just like the Mona Lisa, and that is an impressive achievement. On her Instagram account, she's transformed herself into various pieces from art history and gained quite a following. You can watch her perfectly recreate the iconic painting in the sped-up video below.
To match Mona Lisa's look, she used multiple shades of bronzer and concealer to add shadows to her face and alter her bone structure. Typically when you're doing makeup, you pick a contouring shade that is just a few shades darker than your skin. However, Yuya picked a shade much darker than that, which almost matches her hair. Then she applied it to the usual places - hairlines, cheekbones, eyebrows, jawline, sides and tip of her nose. Just how they rolled in 1503.
For the eyes, she used gray-blue eyeshadow, which never goes out of style, even 515 years later. Then she shaded the bottom and top of her eyes with a brown pencil, blended everything, and there you have it. The end result is a perfect doppelgänger of Mona Lisa - her sista from another mista.
I think she nailed it.
She also recreated one of Leonardo Da Vinci's other paintings, Lady With An Ermine. However, instead of posing with a weasel, she posed with a cat. Because everybody likes cats, and nobody likes weasels. (Sorry, weasels.)
In case you'd like to watch her recreate the look in real-time, here's a sped-up video:
Her Instagram followers loved the transformations. In the comments, they praised her skill and creativity, writing:
"Your makeup skills are beyond expert level... they're like da Vinci level."
"More stunning than the Mona Lisa herself."
"You are art. Please make more make up videos like this! I love this very much omg!"
"Leonardo da Vinci would be proud."
And in case you're not impressed by recreating 16th century art, Yuya Mika also transformed into 1950's icon, Marilyn Monroe. Happy birthday, Mister President...
Well, now there's no need to go to Paris and visit the Louvre. Just stay at home, and watch Yuya's transformations on Instagram.
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