They say a picture (or painting) is worth a thousand words, but what about a makeup palette?
We can’t help but ponder that question now that we’ve seen what beauty blogger and makeup artist Yuka Mika can do with her brushes and creams. While we’re still wrapping our heads around some of the contouring techniques out there, this girl has gone and recreated the Mona Lisa — on her own face — with just a little foundation and shadow.
Colour us impressed.
Mika’s Da Vinci-level talent was first bestowed upon social media users when the China-based artist shared a sped-up video of herself recreating the world-famous work of art, and now thanks to the sheer impressiveness of it it’s gone viral.
From the base foundation and the blue-grey eyes to the contoured cheekbones and brown shadows around the brow and undereye area, Mika absolutely nails the look, which is extra impressive since she doesn’t exactly look anything like the painting without makeup. And then at the end, to top it all off, she dons a brown wig and gives the camera that sly side-eye to really capture the moment. Like, how is that even possible?
It’s probably worth noting the video isn’t exactly a tutorial, but more of a cool thing that proves the transformative powers of makeup. Some art lovers may be disappointed that Mika isn’t sharing her know-how, but let’s be honest: beyond a theme party, festival or Halloween you’re probably not going to be adding the “Mona Lisa” face to your repertoire anytime soon anyhow.
That said, people are clamouring to see what the artist will pull out of her renaissance-inspired (makeup)bag of tricks next. In the comments section people have been cheering her on and even making requests for more, like “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” What Mika actually plans to recreate next remains as mysterious as the Mona Lisa smile itself, but we do know she has a soft spot for Da Vinci because she’s recreated “Lady with an Ermine” on her Instagram account too.
Beyond that, it seems like Mika is just getting started. She only has a dozen or so posts on her account to date, but based on how well received her videos have been so far we’re anticipating another entry in the very near future. For now, check out this more contemporary Marilyn Monroe look, which she shared on her YouTube channel.
Give a girl the right makeup palette and she’ll conquer the world.