Edition:
United States
Pictures | Tue Aug 21, 2018 | 9:36am EDT

Becoming the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

Makeup artist He Yuhong, also known as "Yuya", checks herself in the mirror during a photo shoot following her transformation into the "Girl with a Pearl Earring", the 17th century oil painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, at her house in Chongqing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

Makeup artist He Yuhong, also known as "Yuya", checks herself in the mirror during a photo shoot following her transformation into the "Girl with a Pearl Earring", the 17th century oil painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, at her house in...more

Makeup artist He Yuhong, also known as "Yuya", checks herself in the mirror during a photo shoot following her transformation into the "Girl with a Pearl Earring", the 17th century oil painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, at her house in Chongqing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
1 / 12
Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Cristiano Ronaldo are just a few of the famous faces that Chinese makeup artist He Yuhong can transform her features into, but now she's turning to famous artworks such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring", an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Cristiano Ronaldo are just a few of the famous faces that Chinese makeup artist He Yuhong can transform her features into, but now she's turning to famous artworks such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring", an oil...more

Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Cristiano Ronaldo are just a few of the famous faces that Chinese makeup artist He Yuhong can transform her features into, but now she's turning to famous artworks such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring", an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
2 / 12
He Yuhong poses for a photo without makeup. The 27-year-old has gone viral on Chinese social media for her videos of her makeup transformations, drawing a million followers on popular video and music platform TikTok.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses for a photo without makeup. The 27-year-old has gone viral on Chinese social media for her videos of her makeup transformations, drawing a million followers on popular video and music platform TikTok. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses for a photo without makeup. The 27-year-old has gone viral on Chinese social media for her videos of her makeup transformations, drawing a million followers on popular video and music platform TikTok. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
3 / 12
"It's more difficult to do this kind of makeup, because it's more like drawing," said He, who is based in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

"It's more difficult to do this kind of makeup, because it's more like drawing," said He, who is based in the southwestern city of Chongqing. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

"It's more difficult to do this kind of makeup, because it's more like drawing," said He, who is based in the southwestern city of Chongqing. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
4 / 12
"I need to draw other people's faces onto my own, with a lot of details added, and I need to change my facial features."

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

"I need to draw other people's faces onto my own, with a lot of details added, and I need to change my facial features." REUTERS/Thomas Suen

"I need to draw other people's faces onto my own, with a lot of details added, and I need to change my facial features." REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
5 / 12
It took her more than six hours to recreate, carefully adding layers of foundation to her face to replicate shadows, and wearing a headscarf to match the one on the canvas.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

It took her more than six hours to recreate, carefully adding layers of foundation to her face to replicate shadows, and wearing a headscarf to match the one on the canvas. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

It took her more than six hours to recreate, carefully adding layers of foundation to her face to replicate shadows, and wearing a headscarf to match the one on the canvas. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
6 / 12
He Yuhong adjusts her headscarf during the transformation. In May, He kicked off her video series, unexpectedly bringing to life Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" in a recreation that captured attention on social media.


REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong adjusts her headscarf during the transformation. In May, He kicked off her video series, unexpectedly bringing to life Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" in a recreation that captured attention on social media. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong adjusts her headscarf during the transformation. In May, He kicked off her video series, unexpectedly bringing to life Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" in a recreation that captured attention on social media. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
7 / 12
He Yuhong poses for a photo after removing her makeup. Before she became a blogger on the transformative use of makeup, she had her own studio, applying cosmetics in preparation for weddings and advertisement shoots.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses for a photo after removing her makeup. Before she became a blogger on the transformative use of makeup, she had her own studio, applying cosmetics in preparation for weddings and advertisement shoots. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses for a photo after removing her makeup. Before she became a blogger on the transformative use of makeup, she had her own studio, applying cosmetics in preparation for weddings and advertisement shoots. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
8 / 12
He Yuhong cuts a string from her headscarf during her transformation.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong cuts a string from her headscarf during her transformation. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong cuts a string from her headscarf during her transformation. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
9 / 12
He Yuhong poses during a photo shoot following her transformation.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses during a photo shoot following her transformation. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses during a photo shoot following her transformation. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
10 / 12
He Yuhong applies makeup during a recording of her transformation.

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong applies makeup during a recording of her transformation. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong applies makeup during a recording of her transformation. REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
11 / 12
He Yuhong poses for a photo after her transformation into the "Girl with a Pearl Earring".

REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses for a photo after her transformation into the "Girl with a Pearl Earring". REUTERS/Thomas Suen

He Yuhong poses for a photo after her transformation into the "Girl with a Pearl Earring". REUTERS/Thomas Suen
Close
12 / 12

Next Slideshows

Protesters topple Confederate statue

Protesters topple a statue of a Confederate soldier on the campus of University of North Carolina.

Aug 21 2018

Perseid meteor shower lights up the sky

The Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with annual event at its peak.

Aug 20 2018

World Hot Air Balloon Championship

Competitors at the FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship near Gross-Siegharts, Austria.

Aug 20 2018

Recreating the happiest day

Elderly couples, who have been married for more than 50 years, recreate their wedding photos ahead of the Qixi festival, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day.

Aug 16 2018

MORE IN PICTURES

Best of Cannes

Best of Cannes

Highlights from the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera.

Tornadoes touch down in Missouri

Tornadoes touch down in Missouri

Tornadoes raked across southwest Missouri in the middle of the night, devastating the state capital of Jefferson City.

Suitcase bomb in Lyon

Suitcase bomb in Lyon

French police are hunting a suspected suitcase bomber after an explosion in the central city of Lyon that injured 13 people, officials said.

amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS gala

amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS gala

Inside the amfAR gala, the biggest, starriest party at the Cannes Film Festival, where top celebrities help persuade the super-rich to part with their cash to raise money for AIDS research.

Theresa May's tumultuous tenure

Theresa May's tumultuous tenure

Prime Minister Theresa May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit referendum, steps down with her central pledge - to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions - unfulfilled.

Key moments from Theresa May's three years as prime minister

Key moments from Theresa May's three years as prime minister

Highlights from Theresa May's tumultuous time in office as she bows out after nearly three years as prime minister, defeated by her inability to deliver Brexit.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Modi wins historic election victory

Modi wins historic election victory

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

North Korea's eclectic architecture

North Korea's eclectic architecture

Futuristic skyscrapers meet socialist monuments in the reclusive state.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast