Game of Thrones is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s the ultimate form of Sunday night escapism, an easy, spicy beach read and the inspiration for a collection of seriously badass chokers. Now, thanks to Filipino actor, TV host and scarily talented makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros (whom we’ve showcased before), the show is also blessed us with some of the most stunning makeup transformations we’ve ever seen.
While his 1.7 million and counting followers look on via Instagram, Ballesteros, who’s known for using his formidable skills to morph into celebrities, recreates Westeros’ leading ladies using his own face as the canvas. It’s an extended process. “I start out by Googling pictures of the characters in different lighting to see the facial structures and contours,” Ballesteros told Mashable. After that, it’s a simple matter of procuring a suitable wig, trimming it to mirror the character’s length, sketching the subject’s face onto his own using an eyebrow pencil, covering his eyebrows in gluestick, priming, highlighting and contouring his face, lining his eyes to appear either bigger or further apart, shaping the size of his nostrils and, last but not least, mastering the mouth.
“Most of the lips are the same shape,” Ballesteros explained. “But if they’re not, I’ll put black liner on the lower part of my upper lip to make it thinner and give that half-open mouth expression.”
Check out his spot-on impressions of Arya, Cersei, Sansa, Brienne, Daenerys, Margaery and Melisandre in the pictures below — and prepare for your withdrawal pangs to multiply. (more…)