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These makeup looks take Elf on the Shelf to a whole new level

by Kahla Preston / Thursday, 07 December 2017

Right now, parents all around the world are quietly regretting their commitment to the Elf on the Shelf ritual.
The relatively recent tradition involves placing a figurine of Santa’s ‘scout elf’ – a spy, essentially – around the house every day in the leadup to Christmas.

I guess even the #elves are tired of 🎤#letitgo #elfontheshelf

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Each time, the position and location of the toy is changed overnight to convince the resident children it’s all happening by magic (and not thanks to the efforts of their sleep-deprived parent/s).

The internet is full of creative Elf on the Shelf ideas, but a UK-based makeup artist has perhaps upstaged them all.

🍭CANDYCANE CARNAGE🍭 At it again… Time-wise this is about all I can manage, so Mr. Elf is going to be hanging around a little longer as I make plans behind the scenes to achieve as many as I can of the 12 days of Christmas ready for the lead up to the big day… Products used: @maccosmetics #prolongwear foundation and concealer @maccosmeticsuk lipstick in shade #sushikiss @maccosmetics eyeshadow In #paradisco (used as blush too) @natashadenona #lilapalette @anastasiabeverlyhills #eyebrowpomade @mehronmakeup #paradisepaint in red DiamondFX in white and skin tones @mehronmakeup #starblends in tan and ebony . . Special thanks to @hairby.sophie at @haringtonswokingham for a lovely and very much needed colour and cut today. Was a little bit of heaven! 😇 . . #facepaint #faceart #mua #makeupart #bodypaint #bodyart #mac #maccosmetics #mehron #illusion #illusionart #illusionmakeup #instaart #elfontheshelf #naughtyelf #candy #candycane #christmasiscoming #crazymakeup #crazymakeups #feature_my_stuff #sfx #sfxmakeup

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Posting on Instagram as @zoe-artistsharvest, she’s been incorporating the elf into her special effects makeup looks, with some eye-boggling results.

Zoe’s first creation gives the very convincing illusion of the elf sitting on her head and pulling back her eyelids.

“It’s that time of year again, time to literally keep your eyes peeled for those naughty little elves,” the self-taught face painter writes.

Other looks involve the elf setting Zoe’s hair on fire, skewering her nose with a candy cane, and hanging off her bottom lip.

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The fire idea was inspired by a real-life incident in which Zoe singed her hair on a candle – with no input from her cheeky elf.

“This would be funnier if I didn’t actually set my hair on fire last week. Luckily no real damage done,” she writes.

“Although I’m not sure how long I can say that with this naughty guy around.

“This is 100% makeup and paint but I used a little blurring tool to help the illusion of the fire along.”

In each caption, Zoe details the products used, which include synthetic wax alongside more common makeup tools like eyeshadow and lipstick.

So if you’re tempted to try her Elf on the Shelf looks at home – brave soul, you are – make sure you’ve got a steady hand.