Melancholy is known for doing outside the box makeup looks, personally I spotted Melancholy’s talents when she began working on series of looks on instagram. I always find it so fascinating when artists dedicate their time to creating daily looks which are so unique and different. Firstly because I just wouldn’t have the motivation to create a look a day, but also because I am simply not talented enough! So when an artist dedicates their time to their art and challenge themselves, I find it fascinating. The series which has me hooked on Melancholy was her phobia series. I have a lot of phobias and when I saw how they were interpreted on her instagram wall they made me feel uncomfortable but at the same time intrigued as to what made her think about it and how she cleverly took the concept and created a visual for the viewer to feel the discomfort.
Melancholy explains “I actually got the inspiration for my phobias series after seeing the storyline on American Horror Story Cult and I wanted to explore the phobias of the main character! I researched lots of phobias and was shocked at how diverse and unusual some phobias are. This really got me into the series because it would be really challenging to create looks to embrace each phobia.” Reflecting on the series Melancholy continues “I definitely think my phobia series was the most successful! They made people feel uncomfortable even if they didn’t actually have the phobia! One of my favourite looks from the series was “trypophobia” where I created an optical illusion on my face to look like there were lots of holes in my skin!”
So what’s next for Melancholy? “For my next series, I plan on recreating some of my looks from when I first started doing makeup! There were a lot of cool looks that I tried but I feel at the time I didn’t know enough about makeup to execute them properly. So I’m looking forward to recreating vision I originally had!”
So go give her a follow @melancholymoons on Instagram to see more work (featuring our lashes of course - ha) and see what else this incredible artist has planned!
Director: Johnny (aka drag queen Dirti Denise)
"I founded Give Face Cosmetics in 2016 working in my editorial photography business Outside the Box Photography, I researched and sourced incredible ingredients to create an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free products designed especially for artists who need amazing pigmentation and effects with no additives to reduce allergic reactions and irritation. I want to bring artists affordable, amazing quality."