To put it simply, Vlada Haggerty takes the term “makeup artist” to a whole new level. Not only does she wear make-up, but she literally turns it into art. Take a look at her professional website and you will see how talented she is.
The lips are painted in gold and silver, in fire red and sky blue and with imaginative patterns – it’s hard to believe that each of these pictures has a “real” mouth. Haggerty likes to decorate the lips with gemstones and add to their composition a seductive element such as a sweet raspberry, a petite bees or even a fiery-hot chili pepper.
Haggerty is known for her lip drips, which you may know when combing Instagram for beauty inspiration. There was even a controversy between the artist and a small brand called Kylie Cosmetics, as some of the Haggerty fans noted some similarities between the makeup artist’s work and some of the brand’s marketing credentials.
In a statement, Haggerty’s lawyer Stephen McArthur said: “Vlada Haggerty is known for pioneering the dripping lip art style. This is the second time that Kylie Cosmetics has taken images without any acknowledgement and without the payment of a proper licensing fee, which amounts to copyright infringement.” They later settled the lawsuit.
Now, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers, Haggerty has built a career out of her mesmerizing lip art. She was born in the Soviet Union and raised in Ukraine. She began her career as a professional makeup artist in 2011 in Kiev. In 2013 she moved to the US and after a few setbacks lip art became her way to escape reality and reconnect with her creativity.
Soon her Instagram blew up and has now built partnerships with beauty companies like Smashbox, which in May named her its “Lip Editor in Chief,” a role that includes formulating new colors and using existing products to create new lip looks. Check out her Instagram for more amazing lip art!