You will never look at your eyeshadow, contour, and lipstick the same way after you meet Nicky Hill—a 27-year-old makeup guru turned SFX fascinator who creates the most trippy optical illusions and transforms herself into any celebrity she wants. The now-professional makeup artist will make you look twice at her hyper-realistic and somewhat hallucinogenic designs and marvel at the spitting images of famous people and film characters. Inspired by her dreams or even getting ideas while walking down the street could explain her art's surreal and hypnotizing nature.


With currently over 11.8k followers on her Instagram account, Nicky’s makeup empire is growing and so is her imagination. Bored Panda got in touch with her and you can read about it below, as well as admire some of the works and let us know your favorites.

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Mickir Carbonell
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4 months ago

Robin williams

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With her intricate designs, Nicky proves that the sky’s the limit when it comes to makeup and fantasy. The ‘professional shapeshifter’ has been in the makeup world for the past 7 years and has transformed herself into numerous characters, celebrities, and optical illusions. She told Bored Panda that art has always fascinated her and the creative streak was always there, but she never knew what to do with it even from a young age as ‘makeup art’ wasn’t really a thing. Experimenting on herself later led to making up friends for their nights out, who started complimenting her on her brilliant skills and suggesting that she make a career out of it.

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The Super Bumblebee
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4 months ago

holy cow.

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Kinga Złotkowska
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4 months ago

So now i got to see my ophthalmologist.

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Nicky started as a self-taught makeup artist, gradually incorporating art into her work and using her face as a canvas. The feedback after posting the pictures online was phenomenal and really encouraged her, but it was a trial and error process. "One of my looks went viral 4 years ago, and still, to this day, it is circulating, but unfortunately, because I was young and didn’t know I needed to watermark my work, I never got credit for it. When I say it went viral, I mean like shared by millions of platforms globally and it threw me off massively. I stopped believing in myself and fell off the makeup wagon for a while."

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Jolee zzstu Abramson
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4 months ago

wow

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

thank you for Chering your talent

Little Dino
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4 months ago

hahaha, good one!

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TexasWoman
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4 months ago

Makes me think of Morticia Addams.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

Cher would have been an awesome morticia!

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

Kinda looks like Cher mixed with Lindsay Lohan.

JEONSI
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4 months ago

is she the female version of Oli London aka the Jimin wannabe ?

Kim Lorton
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4 months ago

Wow!

Knoxy
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4 months ago

Woah...

PurplePringle
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4 months ago

C*x I also saw that it won't let you say k**b K-n-o-b

Ian Simpson
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4 months ago

Or weird as c*x?

Ian Simpson
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh yeah, weird as f**k.

Ian Simpson
Community Member
4 months ago

Coz?

Megan Norman
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4 months ago

looks like courtney c*x no shade

Megan Norman
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4 months ago

why wont it let me say c*x lol

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Makeup for Nicky is therapeutic and anything that tricks the mind, making people look twice, is what she is really into and ends up incorporating a lot in the designs. Some of the makeup, such as her Robin Williams transformation, can take as long as 12 hours and requires a lot of concentration for the detailing and shading. Nicky also shared that she often sends her makeup looks to her partner Adam before posting them online. "He is my biggest supporter, and is always messaging people about my work to get my name out there. He will always be honest with me and tell me if he thinks things need anything added—and that really helps me keep my creative flow!" And if you’re curious, Adam does model for makeup sessions and gladly volunteers.

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Mickir Carbonell
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4 months ago

Angelina. Jolie

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

I find this one a peeling

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The pandemic and boredom in the lockdown was what reignited her creativity again. The artist started to be inspired and expressive again, which boosted her Instagram followers from 7k to 10k within months. "My looks were being shared again—globally and people were recreating them and crediting me. Made me realize that I do actually have a talent worth sharing!" Once the lockdown restrictions are lifted, Nicky is planning to make herself up as a celebrity (choice number one being Angelina Jolie) and go out in town. In the future, she is hoping to turn posting makeup looks into a full-time career. She does miss her clients and currently is trying to get a job to see her through the current situation. If you’re fascinated by what people using makeup can do, you can also check out some of our other articles here, here, or here.

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Why?
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4 months ago

Eye know eye put it here somewhere.

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

this one sucks

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Star of the world
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4 months ago

👏Get 👏into 👏it 👏

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AlmightyOne
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4 months ago

I'm uncomfyyyyyyy

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Mickir Carbonell
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4 months ago

Adele

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Rannveig Ess
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4 months ago

Kim Kardashian without the High Def air brushed make up? Spot on!

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Iggy
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4 months ago

Is it all her own work? Corset is!

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Crazy Meerkat Lady
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4 months ago

Those are some big ass tears

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Julianna Whalen
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4 months ago

Looks like one of the Kardashians

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Julianna Whalen
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4 months ago

can you spot her real eyes

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Spaghetti
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4 months ago

This one's probably my favorite.

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The Super Bumblebee
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4 months ago

I DONT LIKE IT

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Melanie King
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4 months ago

uh ma'am i think you have something on your face, let me just wipe it off... face: *smudges*, me: *panics and tries to fix it* And thats the story of how this happened.

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Phica
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4 months ago

No thank you :)

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

people go Gaga for this

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Robert Thomas
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4 months ago

i love this one

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AlmightyOne
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4 months ago (edited)

Ah yes. Spiderman living inside her face. You might wanna see a doctor about that...

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Justin G
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4 months ago

The amount of work that must go into making these is insane

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
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4 months ago

That one chaotic evil character in D&D.

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Why?
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4 months ago

It makes no scents!

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

oh beehave!

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Brie Sansotta
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4 months ago

Another COVID mask

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Josey Griffin
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4 months ago

This is one very clever girl. I wish you much success, and look forward to seeing more of your work.

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