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Mahya Farshchian

Mahya Farshchian's strong aptitude for blending art with her face demonstrates her talent as a makeup artist. Through her artistry, the creator of "Grimm Fairy Faces" transforms paintings into makeup.

Shenzhen, China

Kohaku and Showa Koi Fishes

Mahya has a keen eye for noticing elements of beauty, even when it is something simple. Her makeup looks are frequently inspired by other forms of art that mix paint and colour. Applying her skills, she is able to replicate these looks using the tools and techniques of visual beauty.

Colour out of Space

Little Hands

Little Hands

The Kiss Painting

What is the meaning behind “Grimm Fairy Faces”. Why did you choose this name?

This name is inspired by the well-known “Grimms' Fairy Tales.” I chose it because I wanted to create faces, and show that each of them can tell a fairytale.

How long have you been a make-up artist? Were you doing anything creative before this?

Currently, I am [only]focused on makeup, [but] I am also interested in painting on paper. I started my makeup journey in early 2018. However, I should mention that I received my BSc in Computer Science several years ago.

How do your interests influence you and what you choose to create? What sparks your creativity?

I like painting, colors, and makeup. So I enjoy doing all those things simultaneously by painting on faces. I dedicate my time and energy to do what I enjoy, which makes me feel good about life. I usually browse on the net and enjoy looking at other’s makeup looks and also famous paintings. When I find a painting/look that I like, I do not hesitate to paint it on my face.

Water Lillies, Claude Monet

Minimal Faces

Graphic Eyeliner


Mentally Somewhere Else

Why make-up? What about it attracts you to use it as a form of artistic expression?

Makeup is a kind of art that besides its own beauty, it enhances individuals’ outer beauty as well. So in addition to creating beauty, I can help people to feel better about themselves by improving their feelings of self-esteem.

How do you feel when you see or think of a piece of art and replicate it on your own skin?

I feel so excited that I found a piece of beautiful art that I can create on a face. They are like my children.

What emotions or thoughts do you hope to convey through your work?

Calmness, confidence, and enjoyment.

Drowning in Tears


Smokey Eyes & Nude Lips

Smokey Eyes & Nude Lips

The Purple Green

It takes a great deal of confidence to show others what you’re capable of, especially when first starting out. How did you find the courage to start your makeup channel?

My family and I found that I have the potential of becoming a makeup artist. With the support and encouragement of my family, and also my passion for starting the journey I love, I started my channel.

What are some of the accessories you use in addition to makeup? I’ve noticed glitter and rhinestones, are there any other accessories that you’d like to try?

I use flowers, pearls, paper crafts, temporary tattoos, and any other accessories that help me to create what I want.

Pearls Eyeliner

Blue Anemone

Galaxy of Stars

Spring Vibes

Have you ever felt “burnt-out”? If so, what do you do to overcome moments of low motivation? What is a good way for you to recover and take breaks?

No, never. I enjoy every second of working on this. I really love this work, and I am self-employed, so no one can stop me from enjoying my work.

The make-up industry is so broad, what brands/tools do you personally like to use? What guides do you follow when purchasing new products, and how do you decide what to buy?

I try to use/buy high-quality products which have positive review/feedback. I usually google the products and read/watch the reviews.

How do you make yourself stand out in the make-up artist community?

By doing my best in my work, trying to have diversity, and focusing only on my work.

A Woman and A Man

Pops of Colour

Sea Waves

Sea Waves

Cranes Snowy Scene

In the process of creating work, what have you learned about yourself?

I learned how much of a hard-worker I can be when I do what I love.

Where do you hope to be in the near present future? What are your goals/what would you like to achieve?

We are going to move to an English country, Australia or the UK, and I have a plan to apply to join a fashion-related company and start doing editorial makeup on others.

How can people/fans/friends continue to support or begin to support you throughout your journey as an artist?

By sharing their feelings about my works with me.

Mahya has an extensive portfolio on her Instagram channel @grimmfairyfaces where you can view her makeup looks and grab some inspiration!

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