Meet the woman who paints pop culture icons like Rihanna and Lady Gaga on her lips

Ryan Kelly recreates pop culture icons on her lips
Ryan Kelly recreates pop culture icons on her lips

Instagram is home to talented makeup artists from all over the world. From swoonworthy eye makeup to glitter-drenched lips and galaxy tears makeup, it truly is a magical world. 

But Ryan Kelly’s lip art is original and truly unlike anything we have ever seen elsewhere.

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The U.S. based makeup artist paints intricate portraits of our favourite celebrities, popular movie scenes, iconic music albums and all kinds of pop culture references on her lips. 

Her pop culture inspired lip art has turned her into an internet sensation, attracting over 78 000 followers on Instagram and more than 6000 YouTube followers hooked on her mesmerising video tutorials. 

Her unique designs are both refreshing and alluring especially looking at the kind of detail she is able to produce on such a tiny canvas.

For instance, her portrait of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born looks unbelievably accurate.

She coordinated her lips and nails for a totally impressive look of Starbucks-inspired lipstick and nail art. 

She has even painted Kim Kardashian's ugly cry - one of the internet’s favourite memes.

The Romeo and Juliet art is so impressive! Is there anything she can’t paint on her lips?

Take a look at this heartwarming picture of the cast of Golden Girls.

Her painstakingly intricate portrait of Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones is stunning.

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And this dreamy design in honour of 'The Notebook'?

She took us back to the '90s with this portrait of the Friends cast.

How breathtaking is this picture of Rihanna rocking a gold crown in her eighth studio album Anti?

Ryan blew us away with her blindfolded Sandra Bullock portrait, a homage to Netflix movie Bird Box.

Watch her create a portrait of American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and get ready to feel your jaw drop. 

So how does she pull it off?

Explaining the process to her fascinated Instagram followers she wrote on her caption:

"Truthfully, details are always difficult and time consuming. There’s no easy way out," she said. 

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"I found a reference photo that I liked and drew it out with some adjustments so that the proportions would work for my lips (i.e. no heads/major details between my top and bottom lip, and rounding it out in places), then made the drawing into a stencil and transferred it to my lips," she elaborated. 

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