By Jack Williams
This talented British makeup artist opts to use her own face as the canvas, transforming herself into a series of mind-bending illusions.
Romanie-Jade Tulloch, 19, from Nottingham, often looks like she would be right at home in one of Picasso’s cubist works, having spent hours painstakingly converting herself into an abstract work of art.
Each of her works is enough to make viewers double take, with the talented teenager managing to morph her face into illusions that look like she’s a sink, cracking an egg on her forehead, and even filling her face up with water.
The time taken to create each design varies, Romanie-Jade – who goes by RJ – said, but, on average, a full face transformation can take between three and five hours.
Having studied fine art in college, RJ became interested in the medium of illusions, which forms the base for most of her works.
This genre, plus elements of nature, she said, are what inspire her.
Creating such masterpieces has seen her build a huge following, too: RJ’s social media channels have more than 100,000 followers.
The Nottighamshire-based artist said: “Illusions create such a confusion to an onlooker, and I have to admit I find it really entertaining when someone is confused by the work I’ve done, when in reality its a simple concept.
“I am honestly overwhelmed by the support from so many.
“There will always be a few negatives, but the positives definitely outweigh.
“I think that makeup can be interpreted in different ways, and I feel many are starting to realize that you don’t necessarily have to use makeup to look or feel pretty.
“It can be used to just express yourself and your creative side, and I really hope more people will see that message come through in my work.”
Going forward, RJ hopes to continue inspiring others with her designs, which have recently been influenced by the likes of social media also.
RJ intends to turn her passion into a business going forward, and recently secured a loan in order to do so.
She added: “I hope to continue inspiring others to express themselves with makeup, and to realise there’s no right or wrong way of using it when it comes to art.
“I would love to see more people using makeup as a form of art in the near future.”