Every weekend as I’m scrolling through my feed and Insta-stalking the celebrities and influencers that I fangirl for, I come across something interesting and inspiring in the beauty space. From jaw-dropping transformations to drool-inducing hair, there’s always something that I can’t stop staring at or watching, and it instantly garners a double-tap.

This weekend I was mesmerized by the artwork of Nia Mulan. The Cincinnati-based celebrity makeup artist has decided to wow us with 30 days of Halloween ideas on Instagram, and she hasn’t disappointed yet. I was pulled in by her day 2 Exorcism look initially. But as I scrolled through her page it quickly became evident that the 22-year-old is immensely talented.

“Makeup allows me to be expressive—I feel creative, I feel confident, I feel beautiful,” she says in her artist statement on her website. “Whether I’m doing crazy, colorful, bloody SFX makeup looks, to a simple, soft beat, makeup means so much more to me than a career.”

Last month she posted an outstanding technicolor look using just a few different items, including eyeshadow from NYX Professional Makeup and lipstick from The Crayon Case. And just before that she posted a look dedicated to her hometown of Cincinnati using just eyeshadow and eyeliner.


The artistry in the looks is so stunning, it’s almost hard to believe that this is all done with makeup. It’s also hard to believe that she’s only been doing makeup professionally for less than two years. I look at beautiful beat work all day so to be surprised is such a delight. She showed a beauty editor just how creative one can get with a couple of palettes and some brushes.


I’m still waiting to get the scoop on whether or not Mulan can see out of that blacked out eye from the Exorcism look, and how long it would take someone with a less skilled hand to pull it off. In the meantime, I’m so fascinated by her work that I’ll be stopping by every day through Halloween (and beyond) to see what she posts next.

*UPDATE: Nia Mulan shared that she used Mehron Makeup gel blood for the runny blood effect.

Shop The Exorcism Look

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