This make-up artist created an ‘inverted’ look that is making people double-take

This make-up artist created an ‘inverted’ look that is making people double-take

Nils Kuiper created make-up art that looks just like a colour-inverting filter.

(Nils Kuiper/Lithunium Snow/PA)
(Nils Kuiper/Lithunium Snow/PA)

A make-up artist from the Netherlands has received praise online for creating a robotic style that appears to have come straight out of an iPhone.

Nils Kuiper, from Haarlem, posted a look on Twitter that showed half of his face made up to look like a photographic negative, leaving the other half clear.

Under the photos, he wrote: “This is make-up, not a filter.”

Kuiper, a full-time Instagrammer and YouTuber, told the Press Association: “I have a background in analogue and digital art, and I’ve dabbled into photography for quite a while too.

“Playing around with filters over the top of stuff is quite fun, so I decided ‘Why not just take one of those, and paste it into real life’.”

The psychedelic photos received more than 27,000 likes on Twitter.

Kuiper then actually applied a colour-inverted filter to the picture to show his fans, with “terrifying” results.

The make-up artist said he started doing special effects make-up at the age of seven, and has progressed to creating detailed make-up artwork.

He said: “I remember way back in the day when I was around seven I wanted to do SFX make-up so I got a small make-up kit for my birthday, and I’d scare my mom on purpose by making fake bruises, wounds and all that type of stuff.

“Nowadays, I occasionally do make-up on other people, but mostly focus on my own face and mostly just trying to inspire others for ‘greatness’.

“I was always kind of an underdog, and I enjoy showing people the way creativity has paved a new road for me to wander down, and that, regardless of what medium you choose, you can do the same.”


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Kuiper has also posted ambitious make-up projects, including turning himself into famous cartoon characters, and painting himself with copies of the Mona Lisa and other artworks.

The transformations have earned him more than half a million followers on his Instagram page.

He said: “I have a lot of ideas racked up in my brain on looks I want to create, bigger, and hopefully better.

“I’m most proud of the time I turned myself into Scar from The Lion King, and the times I painted The Birth Of Venus by Botticelli, and the Mona Lisa on my neck.”

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Commenting on his inverted make-up look, Kuiper said: “It’s far from my most popular look by numbers, but numbers don’t erase praise and feedback from people I admire, look up to, and people that look up to me.

“Obviously it’s not all just roses and sunshine – a lot of work goes into production of everything I do, the looks themselves, videos, video editing, photography, responding to emails, and quite a bit of paperwork.

“As a one-man team, I work between 50 to 70 hours every week, but the payoff, even if not always monetary, is completely worth my time and effort.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to sit down, create something, and inspire tens of thousands of people in the process.”

Press Association

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