By Cally Brooks
Meet the incredible make-up artist that can transform herself into different film characters using only make-up.
Shannon Atkinson, 23, started watching make-up tutorials on YouTube when she was 13 and decided to start a TikTok account to showcase her talent in October 2019.
Since posting a Halloween themed make-up transformation on TikTok where she turned herself into half Annabelle and half Chucky, she has gained over 40,000 followers and the video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
The nursery practitioner, from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, has gone on to transform herself into a number of film characters including Elastigirl from The Incredibles, Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Anna from Frozen.
The process can take Shannon up to six-hours per look and means she has to save a lot of her money to buy new make-up but she hopes to one-day turn it into a business.
Shannon currently lives with her boyfriend, Oliver, 22 and uses all of her spare time to create new looks for her growing audience on TikTok.
She said: “I have been working a nursery practitioner for four years but it’s my dream to one day work as a make-up artist on film-sets.
“I have been doing my make-up ever since my Mum would let me but it was only in October that I realised my passion was with special effects and more dramatic make-up transformations.
“Before that, I would practice on all my family and friends and post it to my Instagram account.
“My boyfriend is actually the one who persuaded me to start a TikTok account because I never thought I would be good enough but he’s always believed in me.
“The first video I posted just blew up, I was so overwhelmed and I just never expected it.
“Since then, my Instagram following has also increased and I hope to be able to go part-time at my current job soon so that I can focus more time on my passion.
“I’m always doubting myself because the make-up industry is extremely competitive but the support I have received has been amazing”.