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This man has perfected the Disney-princess transformation

Dude is a wiz with makeup.

 

Lyz Lenz

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Published Jun 9, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 3:35 pm CDT

Richard Schaefer has an incredible talent. Using just a little bit of blush, glue sticks, and probably pixie dust, the 21-year-old from Orange County, California, can transform himself into a Disney princess.

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In a video application to the Cinema Makeup School’s Next Level Cosplay scholarship, Shaefer says that he has being doing his makeup for two years and is completely self-taught.

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His transformations are documented on his Instagram page, which has over 83,000 followers. He as a Facebook page, RAS Designs, where he also documents his creations, and an Etsy page, where he describes himself as a “a costume designer, illustrator, and part time merman!”

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Despite his obvious talent, Schaefer did not win the scholarship. On June 1, the Cinema Makeup School announced Julia Melnik, who transformed herself into a White Walker from the series Game of Thrones, as the winner.

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Lee Joyner, director of admissions for the Cinema Makeup School, told the Daily Dot in an email that competition was steep and that officials had a difficult time making their decision. “[Schaefer] does a really nice job with his beauty and corrective makeup and has a strong grasp of blending and contouring,” she said. “We hope that Richard will apply for our scholarship next year again.” 

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Schaefer did not immediately return requests for comment, but he told the Daily Mail that he used to be bullied for his looks, saying: 

“Being a princess definitely helped me to become a more confident person. Not only do I feel beautiful as a princess, but I feel even more beautiful when I’m just myself, the ball gown is just an added bonus. I often receive rude comments, but I’m quick to shut them down by turning their comment into a joke. I’m sure of myself and who I am, so I never take someone else’s opinion to heart.”   

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*First Published: Jun 9, 2016, 1:01 pm CDT