“Makeup so good it’s scaring me.”
Channing is a 23-year-old from a small town called Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She is a self-taught makeup artist, who fell into doing special effects work by chance.
“[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,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Channing does normal makeup for her clients, but likes to experiment with special effects on herself, she said.
Recently, Channing was inspired to try and recreate a “mermaid leg” that was created by another makeup artist, Arianna Chaylene, last year.
“Hers was everywhere last October I never got the chance to recreate it but kept getting tagged,” she said.
Channing decided that for her version, she would attempt to make real scales.
“I opted for that instead of hand painting,” she said.
The finished product was….incredible.
Channing said it took her an “hour or two” to create the leg.
“I used scar wax, a silicone for the scales,” she said. “I used cream and alcohol paints for the bruising and irritation, and used eyeshadow pigments and glitters to get the shiny effect.”