Facepaint: When Extra Drag Meets Clean Minimalism


On the daily search for creativity, we came across Mante. A young and talented artist from Klaipeda, who lives with a passion for makeup and is a great example what happens when super extra drag meets minimalism. Here is what we had to ask her.


How long are you into makeup? What caught your attention?

I knew makeup since I was a child, I use to watch my mom powdering her face every day and sometime when she doesn’t see me I used to take few products and experiment myself. 

It started to become more serious during the last year of art school when I was painting on a flat canvas I found out about drag and it inspired me to look at the makeup through the art side.


How would you describe your style in three words?

In makeup I am - editorial, colourful and the one who breaks old rules.

What inspires you?

I get my inspiration from other artists and works of art from the interwar period.


What’s the best advice you could give to the one who is just starting?

Don’t be afraid to go further than what is created by professional makeup artists, only in this way you can find what you like and what suits you, not to be afraid of bright colours and bring them to a daily routine.


Tell us about the look you created that stuck with you the most.

My most memorable look probably would be a red square of glitter, it was an ode to my favourite painter Kazimir Malevich. His work ‘Black Square’ inspired this look, it’s so minimal and simple. It was not too hard to achieve but way harder to take all this glitter off a sticky surface.


Which fashion or beauty stereotype always raised you some questions?

Back from the childhood, I felt the burden of being just like the others - to dress the same, to look the same. That beauty idol dictates that if you want to be likeable by others you have to blend in. That always made me wonder.


Which person would you like to do makeup for? Or is this more a way of self-expression just for you?

There is no specific person, but I like doing makeup on others more than on myself - the same canvas gets me bored and variety is always good for the work.

How do you look daily, do you wear makeup?

I try to avoid putting on makeup every day, I don't feel the need to hide my face imperfections under a layer of powder.


What are the biggest obstacles in what you do?

When working with makeup the hardest is to get the last drop from an already empty wallet, this is an expensive hobby that needs lots of products from basic mascara to oil paint palettes.

Who are the 3 most inspiring makeup artist for you and why?

Pat McGrath - for her talent to make her passion to a huge business and courage to be different.
Kate Mur - for her ideal editorial aesthetics that just sticks with me.
Aquaria - drag queen and talent to create art on the face and the stage.