This Makeup Artist Uses Real Bugs on Her Face and We’re Going to Cry

Beetles, mealworms, bees, oh, my.

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(Image credit: @butterflyjasmine49)

We’re all about realism in art. A painted plant that looks like a real plant? Great. Two cats chilling on a couch? Neato. But one makeup artist is taking the realistic aspect up a few (billion) notches by creating intensely intricate makeup looks with an added flair: real bugs.

Yes, yup, mhmm. And we’re not just talkin’ butterflies and ladybugs, either—no, makeup artist Jasmine (@butterflyjasmine49) uses the whole insect kingdom to complete her looks, including beetles, grasshoppers, bees, mealworms, and more! It’s a buffet of terror, all in one place. Just check out this spider look:

YEAH! THAT IS A REAL SPIDER, FOLKS. What a wild and crazy world we live in. Jasmine has almost 600 photos on her Instagram, and although not all of them are of bugged makeup looks (she’s actually a phenomenal makeup artist and also creates killer Halloween-level looks), her specialty seems to exist in the creep-factor arena. And also maybe fun facts, since she posts facts about each of the insects she uses in the caption of the photos.

Regardless of how you feel about the grass and bug-laden looks, though, you’ve got to hand it to her: She has a way with insects. How else is she keeping these bugs from walking down her face during photos? For more “oh my god; what?!” moments, keep on scrollin’. You’re welcome.

Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.