A makeup artist from Co Tyrone wowed her followers on social media with a stunning leprechaun transformation for St. Patrick’s Day that took about 48 hours to complete.
Iara McKeown, 29, from Galbally, who specializes in the creative side of makeup artistry, unveiled the leprechaun look on Instagram on Thursday with 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 it was all her own handiwork and was achieved with a prosthesis that she painted, wore to bed and left to dry overnight.
The magic was then completed with shades, colors, costumes and props found in a shop in Dungannon.
“For me, makeup is an art form,” says Ciara.
“I love the beauty side of it – making my customers feel great when they walk out the door – but it’s the creative side that’s really my passion.
“Since my school days I have always been interested in art and painting, especially portraits, and makeup was really the next step. It allows me to be as creative and artistic as I want.
“The standard is so high in makeup circles now. In order to stand out, I like to create looks that inspire other people or provide the shock factor.
“I wanted to do something really dramatic and unique for St. Patrick’s Day – taking something cliché like a leprechaun and giving it a twist – and I was blown away by the response to the transformation.”
Before she started, Ciara, who trained at Paddy McGurgan’s Make-Up Pro Store in Belfast, envisioned what she wanted her look to be like and then devised a plan to achieve it.
She visited a local costume shop where she bought the costume, beard, hat, and whistle, and then, using special effects makeup, began working on the prosthetic nose, forehead, and ears.
Ciara let it dry overnight while wearing it.
Then she tackled the ruddy complexion of the look, blending, shading and creating a contrast between light and dark to accentuate the shadows and give the impression of bulging cheeks.
“I took some special effects classes and created a lot of looks using face paint, an airbrush machine, and special effects markers,” she said.
“All in all, it took me two days to complete the transformation, but I think it’s one of my favorites now.”
Ciara has also created makeup looks inspired by Halloween, Christmas and television, film and literature characters, including another of her personal favourites, Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus.
The people of Galbally are so used to her weird and wonderful creations that they don’t bat an eyelid when she goes out with one.
She said: “I drove around Galbally on St. Patrick’s Day dressed up as a leprechaun and all made up, and no one even noticed me.”
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