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Today the Department of Marvelous Makeup is enjoying the amazing cosmetic transformations of Italian makeup artist and portrait painter Lucia Pittalis. Using wigs, makeup, an array of brushes , and some times wax and collodion, she likes to turn herself into a wide variety of celebrities, actors, musicians, and fictional characters, both female and male.

Lucia, who studied the classics and art in school, makes use of her background as well as self-developed techniques to completely transform her own face. But she revealed that her most important tool is observation: “The process is studying the character – watching photos, movies, videos, and saving frames where necessary. I think how can it be adapted on my face. It is a kind of acting process before. I must be that character. Then I put on background music related to that character to be in the mood and I start to watch myself in the mirror.”

Pittalis’ most time-consuming transformation to date has been Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, which took over five hours because she created variations with and without boxing-related facial injuries:

And her favorite transformation is actress Bette Davis, because of her “deep love for such a great actress and talent.”

Head over to Lucia Pittalis’ Facebook page or Instagram feed to check out many more of her amazing makeup transformations.

[via WHUDAT and Oddity Central]