While Instagram is jam packed with celebrity makeup artists, beauty vloggers, casual makeup lovers, and six-second "copy my look" tutorials, every now and then you come across a profile that really brings you something truly different. Which, on social media, is a tall order. Beauty influencers are always brainstorming new ideas on how to keep things fresh and how to hold their followers' interest, from creating "100 layers of makeup" challenges to whipping together so-bad-it's-good trends, like squiggle eyebrows. But Ryan Kelly's album cover lip art has to take the cake — or at least, for this week.
Ryan Kelly is a makeup artist that showcases her work both on YouTube and Instagram, and specifically focuses on lip art. While scrolling through her grid, you won't find tutorials on smokey eyeshadows or avant garde takes on highlighting. Instead it's all lips — but that doesn't make it boring. She thinks outside of the box and creates looks that could double as works of art. From an avocado tribute, to really fun lip tattoos made with Kat Von D liquid eyeliner, to an eerily realistic neon glow lip liner look, she's got a lot of ideas.
And the newest of which was to recreate some of the most iconic, well-known album covers on her lips. While it might sound difficult to do (just imagine the detailing,) the results were amazing. A four part series, she reinterpreted famous bands like Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, and the Rolling Stones.
If you're wondering how she got the idea to pay tribute to these iconic bands, the inspiration came naturally. "I was actually a musician (singer/songwriter) long before I knew anything about makeup. I had to learn how to do my make-up for the stage and it just sort of went from there!" Kelly tells Bustle. "So for me, music and this weird little art niche of mine go hand and hand (or lip and lip?). I figured it was high time to integrate the two." Check out her creations below.