Ever dreamed of having your face immortalized in expensive lipstick? No? Well, you can, thanks to Singapore-based artist May Sum, who has made a name for himself by carving expensive lipsticks from top brands in the makeup industry into detailed busts of various celebrities, from Lady Gaga to Audrey Hepburn.
Some women would kill for a stick of lipstick from established brands such as Yves Saint Laurent or Estee Lauder, but artist May Sum doesn’t think twice before butchering them into oily busts of popular fashion icons. It’s not clear what kind of tools he uses during the carving process, but considering the size of his medium, they must be pretty tiny and precise. Although his lipstick busts aren’t exact replicas of the characters he aims to depict, the Singaporean somehow manages to always nail the details that define his muses. For example, Lady Gaga is easily recognizable by her unmistakable hairdo and large glasses, while Coco Channel can be distinguished by her signature hat and pearls. May Sum can carve sticks of lipsticks into anything from animals to sceneries and customs portraits, but she is most famous for her “Strong Women” series.
Obviously, high-end lipsticks are not cheap, so you may find May Sum’s unique sculptures a bit on the expensive side as well. Prices start at $600, but the artist will give you the option to choose the lipstick brand, the model and the color. Pretty steep, but if you don’t like the finished product you can always just use the lipstick for its intended purpose, and yor invetsment wouldn’t be completely wasted. If you’re interested in May Sum’s services, check out her Etsy shop.