A make-up artist from Chicago who suffers from vitiligo, a rare skin condition that causes the loss of skin color in patches across the body, has happily highlighted her unique appearance in a series of stunning Halloween beauty looks.
Lauren Elyse, 26, first started developing vitiligo as a child, when it started appearing on her knees, but it wasn't until she was 20-years-old that it started on her face, with white patches forming around her eyes – patches which she now incorporates into her stunning make-up routines and special effects illusions.
'At first it was really hard for me to get used to it because I wasn't in a confident place. I thought the spots on my face would take away from my looks, but now I think it adds to it – and makes it even cooler,' she told Refinery29.
Unique: Lauren Elyse, 26, a make-up artist with vitiligo, uses her rare skin condition to create clever Halloween-inspired beauty looks, including Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Real-life ragdoll: The talented Chicago native plays on the skin patches and uses them to add to the effects she creates, in this case making it appear as though they had been sewn on
Terrifying: Although Lauren normally spends more time working on colorful, glamorous looks, she has dedicated herself to spookier, more gory options in honor of Halloween
Although Lauren has long proven her talents with make-up in the form of bold, glamorous looks, she recently started focusing her attentions on creepy and gory illusions, just in time for Halloween.
All of her looks play up the appearance of her vitiligo, and in many of them the white patches actually serve a vital role in terms of achieving a truly realistic illusion.
For example, in one of her make-up designs, Lauren emulated the character Sally from the Tim Burton cartoon, The Nightmare Before Christmas which is one of her favorite films.
The final look saw the make-up guru creating the illusion of a ragdoll, with her skin patches made to look as though they had been sewn on with thick, coarse string.
'For this Halloween season, I decided to do looks based off of spooky/horror characters as opposed to doing literal interpretations or cosplay,' Lauren explained on her Instagram account, while sharing a picture of the finished look.
'This one is of Sally from [one of my all-time favorite films] The Nightmare Before Christmas. Figured I'd utilize my vitiligo and turn my face into a real-life patched-up, ragdoll.'
Lauren used hair bonding glue for the threading and cut up fake lashes for the bottom of her eyes allowing her to accurately portray the classic character.
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Getting glittery: Lauren got creative and used red glitter as fake blood for this 'punk' Halloween look
Make-up for a man: Lauren did her make-up to reflect the appearance of a man complete with a tuxedo and cigarette
A source of inspiration: Lauren said she didn't have anybody to look up to when she was a kid and loves that people can look up to her
But her Halloween inspiration didn't stop there as she designed her own 'bloody' look complete with a spiked choker and red lip.
The make-up artist also designed her glittery interpretation of a bloody nose for a punk look that happens when 'you have too much fun in the mosh pit,' according to her caption.
But Lauren doesn't limit herself to scary make-up. She's a fan of using bold lip colors and props to create daring looks.
In one of her Instagram photos, the make-up artist even transformed herself into a man complete with a tuxedo and cigarette for added affect.
Bold and beautiful: The make-up artist also likes to mix up her look with daring lip colors
A rare condition: Lauren started developing vitiligo, an uncommon skin disease, when she was a child but it didn't begin to appear on her face until she was 20
Social media star: Lauren now has more than 300,000 Instagram followers and has received a lot of positive feedback since she debuted her make-up looks
And for her most recent look that she shared on her Instagram on Wednesday, Lauren used the perfectly symmetrical patches around her eyes for an 'infected' look with heavy orange and red blended eye shadow that only appeared more real with her vitiligo.
But don't worry, she said in her caption that her eye color was edited in photoshop although there soon may be an epidemic if people see her looking that good with an infection.
Lauren now has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and received positive feedback since sharing her beauty looks on the social media platform.
'I love hearing from people who have vitiligo or other skin conditions. I didn't have anybody to look up to when I was a kid and I love being a source of inspiration for people,' she told Refinery29.