Marvel at this incredible Christmas-themed make-up as artist takes on 12-look challenge

A show-stopping make-up artist is counting down to Christmas in an original way – with 12 incredible festive looks racking up thousands of likes on Instagram.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 12:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 2:51 pm

Philippa Gibbons launched her “12 Days of Pipmas” challenge in November, pledging to create a dozen daring Christmas make-up looks as we head closer towards December 25.

The 21-year-old, who works at Blush & Blow Salon in West Boldon, has so far transformed into a gingerbread man, Christmas pudding, snowman and this year’s John Lewis advert character Edgar the Dragon.

Philippa, who studied at Northumberland College, said some of her “dream” make-up looks are still to come before the challenge is up.

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Philippa Gibbons, left, and in her snowman make-up, right.

She said: “My inspiration has come from all places this year, John Lewis advert, Christmas foods and decorations.

“The reactions have been amazing! Mostly people laughing at my gingerbread-shaped head, but I also had positive feedback from John Lewis themselves too!

“I like to use materials that aren’t just make-up to create my looks, like gingerbread biscuits and chocolate for the pudding look.”

Philippa said she loves to create looks that are different – and that the weirder they are, the better. Her time at college also included work on prosthetics and special effects.

Philippa Gibbons as a gingerbread man and Edgar the Dragon from the John Lewis advert.

The make-up artist, of East Boldon, has previously hit the headlines for her stunning body art tribute to the iconic Tommy statue at Seaham and a hard-hitting photo shoot warning of the dangers of plastic in our oceans.

You can follow her on Instagram at @philippaggg. She has more than 14,000 followers on the social media platform.

Philippa Gibbons transforms into a Christmas pudding.