We are in constant awe and inspired by the talented makeup artist, photographer and Pat McGrath ambassador, Ryan Burke. So when we saw this feature he did for them (This Makeup Transformation Is WILD — But Don’t You Dare Call It “Drag”), we had to share. His work truly unique, and to get a view into how he meticulously creates these pieces of art is fascinating. For those who were lucky to catch Ryan at The Artist Summit 2017, they got personal insight into his journey as an artist, and how he comes up with his creations. Check out the full featured video from them below and we hope you and your work is as inspired as we are by Ryan’s talent.  Don’t forget to also check out the piece from the Fall 2016 issue of On Makeup Magazine we did on Ryan, Inspired: Ryan Burke.

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How did you first develop an interest in makeup?
My interest in makeup came from my friends and nightlife when I lived in LA. When I started going to clubs I wanted to dress up and do looks but I didn’t know a thing about makeup so I developed a style comprised mostly of glued on elements to decorate my face. In the meantime, I slowly taught myself different techniques starting with eyeliner and blocking out brows. I didn’t pursue it much beyond what was needed to do simple graphic designs because I had no intention of becoming a makeup artist, it was all just for fun. I was more serious about photography which inspired me to do self portraits as a way of documenting my looks. It wasn’t until I moved to New York that I got more involved in makeup.

Do you have an art background other than makeup?
I do. I grew up in an artistic family and I majored in studio art in college. There wasn’t a Continue reading