Makeup tutorials are often used to achieve certain standards of beauty, allowing us to experiment with the aesthetics possibilities afforded by paints and powders. However, tutorials can also produce some truly nightmare-inducing looks, by virtue of the very same cosmetics used to cover up blemishes and create glamorous eyebrows.
Channing Carlisle, a 23-year-old makeup artist from Broken Bow, Oklahoma, has achieved that delicate balance of horror and beauty with her recent mermaid body art, which incorporates slimy fish scales and decaying flesh.
Channing says she was inspired by mermaid body art initially made famous by Arianna Chaylene last year.
“Hers was everywhere last October — I never got the chance to recreate it but kept getting tagged,” Channing tells BuzzFeed.
So, Channing finally decided to recreate the look herself during a recent evening at home. However, Channing updated the original body art concept by creating tiny little individual scales, as opposed to simply painting the fish scales on her body.
The results were both disturbing and impressive.
It truly looks like a mermaid tail bursting forth from the skin — and definitely isn’t for the faint of heart (or stomach).
“I used scar wax, a silicone for the scales,” Channing tells BuzzFeed. “I used cream and alcohol paints for the bruising and irritation, and used eyeshadow pigments and glitters to get the shiny effect.”
As soon as Channing shared the photo, the internet was obsessed.
Channing is hoping to get involved with special effects makeup in Hollywood, and is moving to Los Angeles in two months to attend the Cinema Makeup School. She says that doing makeup has been a passion project from the very beginning.
“(I) just watched a YouTube video and fell in love with the idea of being able to turn myself into a different character or do a really nasty wound.”
“I’ve been posting my work for a while and I never would’ve thought something would go so viral,” she adds. “(It has) opened my eyes to a lot. I’m happy to see my work out there but that also so many people enjoy it.”
Here’s hoping that Channing sails through her schooling quickly, so audiences can finally get that mermaid horror movie we’ve all been waiting for.