If You’ve Ever Wanted to Be Someone Else for a Day, Take Some Tips From This Makeup Artist

Makeup can be transformative in a lot of ways, from a subtle splash of color to a completely new face. And for Halloween, face paint is an easy costume that’s not as bulky or restrictive as a mask and can be just as, if not more, effective. With the right application techniques, makeup can transform one face into another.

That’s what makeup artist Kandee Johnson is known for. She can transform her already naturally cute face into a whole cast of characters, from celebrities to cartoon characters. 

Flo from the Progressive Commercials

Some exaggerated cheekbones, red lipstick and a headband, and the perky spokescharacter comes to life.


We think Kandee has more of a present-day Miley Cyrus thing happening, but it might be because her profile is blending into the background.

Lady Gaga

Contouring with darker colors allows Kandee to create the illusion of having a different bone structure.

Kim Kardashian

The resemblance here is a little creepy, but it probably means that Kandee and Kim both naturally have similarly-shaped facial features, even if they look different in everyday life.

Audrey Hepburn

Eyebrows make a surprising difference to faces when they’re altered, so thickening them is the first step into mimicking Audrey’s iconic look.

Natalie Portman in The Black Swan

The dramatic Black Swan makeup would alter just about anyone’s face, and Kandee took it a step further by creating sunken cheeks.

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Even Angelina went through some serious alterations to portray the villainous Maleficent, and Kandee followed suit with thick eyebrows, full red lips, and sharply contoured cheekbones.

Effie Trinket from

One of The Hunger Games‘s more bizarre characters, Effie is known for her wild getups and pancake makeup. The heavily lined eyes and white lips help mask Kandee’s actual features.

Betty Boop

Betty’s a 2D cartoon character, so there’s some room for interpretation regarding her features. To create the cartoony look, Kandee drew on eyebrows far above her natural ones, which she covered, and also drew on Betty’s spit curls and widow’s peak.

Edward Scissorhands

This makeup also requires the appearance of scarring, as well as a lot of deathly pale skin tones.

You can be whoever you want to be…especially if you have insane makeup skills to back you up.

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