Vanessa Davis, a talented makeup and mixed media face artist, creates gorgeous visages loosely inspired by traditional Mexican calaveras (sugar skulls). Using brightly colored shadows and pencils, Davis completes her look with such decorative items as crystals, mirrors and feathers. Davis explained her process and her favorite looks in an interview with Allure.
My top two favorite looks which I have done are currently my Golden Disco Skull and my recent Holographic Star Skull. I created them because I love using color and mixed media in my makeup art to distort the face and add varying shapes and textures. I’m fascinated by the way light hits bone structure and how to amplify and exaggerate this using Swarovski crystals, spikes, large sequins, and chunky glitters.