The Surreal Face Art and Wearables of Vanessa Davis

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Vanessa Davis, also known as The Skulltress, crafts surreal characters through wizardry in makeup and wearable art. The artist’s motif of skulls, she has said, is partially influenced by her English and Mexican heritage. Through her Instagram account, the artist shares both tutorials and collaborations with other artists.

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She’s here! BARBIE PROCESS TUTORIAL? YES OR NO? Let me know in the comments below! Barbie Bones Baberunner Makeup, Wig/ Headdress, Costume, crystal and doll pearl clusters all by me @the_wigs_and_makeup_manager for @tushmagazine and @arminmorbach on the exquisite @jeanaturner The brief I was given was ‘PINK’ The whole design was inspired by pure nostalgic childhood associations with the colour and my love for Barbie. At some point in childhood it becomes embarrassing playing with dolls because you want to seem more grown up. Revisiting my obsession with Barbie ignited the same joy my 8 year old self remembered. Contrasting this with elements of punk, military, costume and skulls of course. For the doll work my inspirations where the works of @freyajobbins @margauxlangejewelry for the hair, @charlielemindu and for the shape, Stephen Jones Milinery in Motion as my artistic inspirations and influence. Tush 44 Set design @_friederike.m_ styling @laurentdombrowicz PRODUCTS ALL GIFTED @face_lace Skulltra bespoke pink bones by @phylliscohen_archives decorated and embellished by me using @evoluk and @mattel Barbie Faces and hands @narssist Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation in ‘Punjab’ + ‘Barcelona’ @danessamyricks 24 Hour Colour ‘Latte’ on eyes and lips @maccosmetics Studio Fix Sculpt & Shape Contour Palette Light – Medium @illamasqua Translucent Powder @elegantouch press on nails #barbie #tushmagazine #hudabeauty #punk

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The artist has said it takes between six to 10 hours to craft each look. The artist’s penchant for drama also partially comes from her work within the wigs and makeup department at the English National Opera. She’s been working as a makeup artist for the past 17 years, after graduating with a B.A. from London College of Fashion.

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