Why trouble a team of animators to create a stunning Disney princess when a cosplay genius can flawlessly knock out that look in the flesh? That’s what makeup artist Richard Schaefer has accomplished and the results will turn your brain into pop rocks and Coke. If you ever need to engage in Belle from Beauty and the Beast related espionage, Richard’s who you should call.
Recently featured on Buzzfeed, the 22-year-old talent showcases his incredible feats of animated-to-IRL transformation on Instagram with over 177,000 followers keeping eyes glued to the account. Considering the attention to detail, why wouldn’t you want to check out the results? There’s a Phi Phi O’Hara doing ’90s looks level of sophistication on display.
Poor Prince Eric. Doesn’t he know a growing mermaid lady needs *reads carton label* “100% Boys Tears” as part of their balanced breakfast? As you can see, there’s incredible versatility to Schaefer’s look game.
“I think it’s a real compliment when people think that I’m a female cosplayer because it means that my transformations must be convincing,” offered Schaefer in a June interview with the Daily Mail. “I enjoy being in character because I get to be a different person for a while, which is fun.”