He Yuhong, of Chongqing in southwestern China, has become famous on Instagram and TikTok for her makeup looks. Those looks aren't your typical 'everyday,' 'date night,' or 'no-makeup makeup' fare; Yuhong transforms her features into an astoundingly accurate copy of someone else with every new video.
Yuhong's everyday look makes it hard to believe that she can really transform her features into these famous people and paintings.
She has copied paintings:
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Yuhong (who uses the pseudonym Yuya Mika online) told the South China Morning Post that, though the video only ran for about 25 seconds on TikTok, it took her nearly six hours to complete the transformation. She didn't expect the video to be particularly successful, and was worried that internet users might be offended that she had tried to copy such a well-known painting.
"I wasn't sure how internet users would feel about me trying to copy such a famous and beloved painting onto my face. I prepared myself for criticism."
Her worry was unfounded, however. When He woke up the morning after she posted the video, she found that tens of thousands of people had given the video a thumbs up. The same video posted to YouTube has been viewed over 580,000 times!
Lady With an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
Before deciding to become a makeup Instagrammer full-time, He was a teacher. She took two years of putting her looks online before she decided it was time to make the switch.
She has also transformed herself into quite a few celebrities:
Imitation makeup Einstein 仿妆爱因斯坦【宇芽YUYAMIKA】 youtu.be
Yuhong said that the eyes are key when trying to make her face look more western.
"The most important facial feature is the eyes. It's key to whether the copy is successful or not."
In her interview with the South China Morning Post, Yuhong said that she has yet to see any financial benefit from her TikTok and Instagram posts. She does, however, have a rapidly expanding group of fans who can't wait to see who she will transform into next.
This isn't off-putting to her, though.
"A lot of traffic but no income so far. But, I'm content to be the vlogger who shares make-up tips … for now."