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.
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.