Meet the self-taught makeup artist who can transform herself into your favourite film character

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Shannon Atkinson is a self-taught makeup artist who can transform herself into your favourite film character (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).
Shannon Atkinson is a self-taught makeup artist who can transform herself into your favourite film character (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).

Shannon Atkinson from the UK started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube when she was 13 years old, which inspired her to start a TikTok account in October 2019 to showcase her talent.

Since posting a Halloween-themed makeup transformation on the social media platform, she has gained over 40 000 followers and the video has been viewed more than 1,5 million times.

The nursery practitioner has gone on to transform herself into a number of film characters, including Elastigirl from The Incredibles, Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Anna from Frozen.

The process can take the 23-year-old up to six hours per look and means she has to save a lot of her money to buy new makeup.

 However, she hopes to turn her work into videos one day. 

“I have been working as nursery practitioner for four years but it's my dream to one day work as a makeup artist on film sets,” she said.

According to Shannon, it was her boyfriend who persuaded her to start a TikTok account after she shared her work on her Instagram account.

“I never thought I would be good enough but he's always believed in me,” she said.

“The first video I posted just blew up, I was so overwhelmed and I just never expected it.”

Since then, Shannon’s Instagram following has also increased and she hopes to be able to work part-time at her current job so that she can spend more time focusing on her passion.

Sources: Magazine Sources, Instagram

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