Andrea De La Ossa is going to be your new favorite makeup artist on Instagram once you get to see her strange and wonderful transformations.
With the rise of makeup art and even more talented and often self-taught makeup artists, you'd think we might have had enough of all this. That's where you're wrong. In fact, we're begging for more. And more this particular artist gave us.
Andrea De La Ossa is a cosmetologist, a beauty blogger, and a tattooed mom. So just how did her makeup skills turn from the usual smokey eyes we all try so hard to perfect before a night out into all of this beautiful madness? Michael Jackson's Thriller makeup may have something to do with it.
“The first time I remember realizing someone was responsible for makeup transformations was when MTV aired a young Rick Baker applying Michael Jackson’s Thriller makeup. It was amazing, but I don’t have to tell you that.” Andrea says.
When she was starting out, the Instagram makeup community turned out to be of big help as it boosted her artist career with the fellow artist friends she's made and all the opportunities from makeup companies sponsorships. “Instagram makeup community is such a rad place, and makeup companies sponsor body paint contests all the time,” Andrea says.
“So I started talking to other artists across the world! I began to research and I bought my first Mehron paradise makeup AQ palette and some Makeup Geek shadows, and I've been practicing ever since. What I post on social media isn't the work of someone showing off. You're watching me learn,” she adds.
Andrea began experimenting with pop culture materials—films, icons, and characters. She also played around recreating movie posters and video game characters, mimicking textures, highlights, and shadows. Soon, she began creating characters on her own, taking cues from her personal inspirations—from tattoos to books to sci-fi films.
Andrea lets us in on her creative process: “As far as my current process, I’ll get an idea and take a picture of myself and draw on it on myself with my phone just to make sure the design will fit.”
“I’ll then put together my color palette using color theory to hopefully create a mood. Then I sketch everything out in white pencil eyeliner on my body—this is my last chance to tweak the design. Not unlike a painting on a traditional canvas, I go in and base everything out, and then I begin to carve out any details using highlights and lowlights.”
“Sometimes I’ll snap a ridiculous selfie and send it to a friend. Maybe go down stairs and startle my husband, but he’s seen it all, so he’s pretty immune to my shenanigans by now,” she adds.