Some makeup professionals really transformed their craft into an art form, and Ryan Kelly is definitely one of them. She’s known for using lips as a canvas and transforming them into tiny masterpieces inspired by pop culture.
The Maryland-based artist has been perfecting her skills for four years and has earned almost 90 thousand followers. It took a lot of practice and patience to get there, and things weren’t really looking up for her in the beginning.
“My technique has certainly evolved. I definitely look back on my earlier looks and cringe a bit. One thing that’s remained pretty consistent is the content. I love playing with trends and pop culture references,” said Kelly while chatting with Allure.
We’ve seen her reference everything from Clueless to Game of Thrones over the years, and it initially took her six to seven hours to finish a single idea. She discovered new techniques over the years, and some of her works are no longer painted freehand.
“I saw another makeup artist use transfer paper – similar to what a tattoo artist uses – for body painting, and a light-bulb went off in my head. It took some serious refining, but now I love having that as an option for days when I’m limited on time,” Kelly told Allure.
Check out some more of her amazing lip art and we’re sure you’ll be completely mind-blown!