Irish makeup artist gets millions of views with St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun TikTok videos
A Co Tyrone makeup artist wowed her social media followers with a stunning St. Patrick’s Day pixie transformation that lasted about 48 hours.
Iara McKeown (29), of Galbally, who specializes in the creative side of makeup artistry, revealed the pixie look on Instagram on Thursday to thousands of likes and more than five million views on TikTok as well.
The transformation was so detailed that several people thought she used filters to create the look, which included a ruddy complexion, chubby cheeks and wrinkles.
But that was all her work, and was achieved using a prosthetic piece that she painted, wore to bed, and left to dry overnight.
The magic was then completed with shading, coloring, costume and accessories, which she found in a shop in Dungannon.
“For me, makeup is an art form,” Ciara said.
“I love the beauty side, which is to say that my clients feel wonderful when they walk through the door, but it’s the creative side that is really my passion.
“I’ve always had an interest in art and painting since my school days, especially portraits, and doing makeup was really the next step. It allows me to be as creative and artistic as I want to be. wish.
“In makeup circles now, the standard is so high. To stand out, I like to create looks that inspire others or provide shock.
“I wanted to do something really dramatic and unique for St. Patrick’s Day – take something stereotypical like a pixie and give it a twist – and I was thrilled with the response to the transformation.”
Before getting started, Ciara, who trained at Paddy McGurgan’s Make-Up Pro Store in Belfast, visualized how she wanted the look to turn out and then came up with a plan to achieve it.
She visited a local costume store where she purchased the costume, beard, hat and pipe, then, using special effect makeup, began working on the prosthetic piece for his nose, forehead and cheekbones. ears.
Ciara let it dry overnight while she wore it.
She then worked on the look’s ruddy complexion, blending, blending and creating contrast between light and dark to accentuate the shadows and give the impression of puffy cheeks.
“I took a few special effects classes and created a lot of looks using face paints, airbrush and special effects brands,” she said.
“In total, it took me two days to complete the transformation, but I think it’s one of my favorites now.”
Ciara has also created makeup inspired by Halloween, Christmas, and characters from TV, movies, and literature, including another of her personal favorites, Hocus Pocus’ Winifred Sanderson.
The people of Galbally are so used to her weird and wonderful creations that they don’t bat an eyelid when she comes out.
She said: “I drove around Galbally on St. Patrick’s Day dressed as a fully made-up pixie, and no one even noticed me.”
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