Makeup artist goes viral for his incredible transformations

A makeup artist who has gone viral for his impeccable transformations into Disney characters and pieces of art revealed what inspires him for his beauty looks.

California-based freelance makeup artist Richard Schaefer, 25, has garnered more than 245,000 fans online who look forward to his stunning transformations into popular characters and artwork.

In an interview with DailyMail.com, Richard explained how he chooses his makeup looks and what inspires his beauty transformations.

Incredible: Richard Schaefer, 25, is a California-based freelance makeup artist who uses his Instagram account to share his transformations. Pictured is his Ariel from The Little Mermaid

 

Incredible: Richard Schaefer, 25, is a California-based freelance makeup artist who uses his Instagram account to share his transformations. Pictured is his Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Magical: The makeup artist, pictured as Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, has garnered a following of more than 245,000 fans on Instagram 

 

Magical: The makeup artist, pictured as Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, has garnered a following of more than 245,000 fans on Instagram

Out of this world: Richard will often scour the internet for ideas. This transformation into a Siren, with the help of NYX and Kat Von D products, came from a TV show he is watching 

 

Out of this world: Richard will often scour the internet for ideas. This transformation into a Siren, with the help of NYX and Kat Von D products, came from a TV show he is watching

Inspiration: In an interview with DailyMail.com, Richard said his transformations are often influenced by 17th and 18th century art as well as the Victorian Era

 

Inspiration: In an interview with DailyMail.com, Richard said his transformations are often influenced by 17th and 18th century art as well as the Victorian Era

‘I am very inspired by Rococo art, Baroque art, and the pre-Raphaelites,’ the makeup artist explained. His attraction to art in the 17th and 18th century has resulted in makeup looks that mirror paintings.

‘I am also inspired by the Victorian era as well as the 1920’s,’ he said.

Richard will look to the artwork from those time periods, or even scour the Internet, to see if something sparks his interest for an upcoming design.

Besides his attraction to artwork, Richard has also seeks inspiration from Disney and fictional characters.

Popular characters he has done in the last year include Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Clara from The Nutcracker.

Each makeup look will take Richard about 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the complexity of the transformation.

One of his favorite projects as of late was when he transformed into a mermaid for a photo shoot along the water.

‘I got to take photos in freezing water but I had a ball doing so,’ Richard said.

Fit for a princess: Followers love Richard's Disney transformations, including his Cinderella look created with the help of contact lenses and a blonde wig 

 

Fit for a princess: Followers love Richard’s Disney transformations, including his Cinderella look created with the help of contact lenses and a blonde wig

That's the tea: 'I am very inspired by Rococo art, Baroque art, and the pre-Raphaelites,' the makeup artist explained. Pictured is his 'Rococo vampire'

 

That’s the tea: ‘I am very inspired by Rococo art, Baroque art, and the pre-Raphaelites,’ the makeup artist explained. Pictured is his ‘Rococo vampire’

Impeccable: Richard said each transformation takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity. Pictured is his transformation into Clara from The Nutcracker 

 

Impeccable: Richard said each transformation takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity. Pictured is his transformation into Clara from The Nutcracker

All in the detail: Not only will Richard design the makeup on his face, but he will also extend it down the length of his body for certain looks 

 

All in the detail: Not only will Richard design the makeup on his face, but he will also extend it down the length of his body for certain looks

Richard’s commitment to his transformations shows, as he will often don wigs and full outfits, and may even cover his entire body in makeup for the look.

Certain photoshoots also entail using props and shooting on different sites to fully transform into the character.

‘It’s pretty awesome seeing how many people choose to see my art and follow it,’ Richard said, whose love for makeup first started at 17 years old, when he dabbled with beauty products.

Although there are hundreds of thousands of people following his work, this doesn’t pressure Richard into changing what he wants to share.

‘I share what I like and move along,’ the artist said. ‘I create for myself and no one else, and if people like what I do and want to support me, that’s an added plus.’

Social media has become a prominent medium for makeup artists like Richard to share their work with people around the world.

‘I definitely think social media has changed the makeup industry,’ he said. ‘It’s amazing seeing all the talent on my feed.’

Bell(e) of the ball! Richard's transformations into Disney princesses, like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, include a dress and wig for the look 

 

Bell(e) of the ball! Richard’s transformations into Disney princesses, like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, include a dress and wig for the look

Spooky: Social media has helped Richard share his work with people around the world, and he has amassed more than 245,000 followers online who enjoy his makeup looks 

 

Spooky: Social media has helped Richard share his work with people around the world, and he has amassed more than 245,000 followers online who enjoy his makeup looks

Colorful: 'I share what I like and move along,' Richard said. 'I create for myself and no one else and if people like what I do and want to support me, that’s an added plus'

 

Colorful: ‘I share what I like and move along,’ Richard said. ‘I create for myself and no one else and if people like what I do and want to support me, that’s an added plus’

Amazing: Richard will use props and wigs for different photo shoots depending on the makeup look he created 

 

Amazing: Richard will use props and wigs for different photo shoots depending on the makeup look he created

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